Musician Bios

Carlisle Music Festival @Old Home Day

Saturday June 25 & Sunday June 26, 2022

Family-friendly  Carlisle musicians  Diverse styles  Food & fun

Festival information

About the Musicians

Saturday Vocal Group Showcase

Sound Bites − 12-member contemporary a cappella group 

Carlisle members: Sandra Serkes, Aaron Goodisman

Soundbites is an adult contemporary a cappella group that sings an eclectic repertoire–from pop to doo-wop to Broadway. Our members hail from all over greater Boston. The group loves singing together and most recently performed at the Melrose and Natick Porchfests. The group is accepting new members for all voice parts in September. Join them at their special summer concert – 7:30pm Saturday, July 23 at First Parish Church in Lexington. Contact: singacappella20@gmail.com  Web: meetup.com/soundbites

Carlisle Community Chorus − intergenerational choral ensemble

Carlisle members: Amanda Kern, Catherine Cole, Donna Fitzsimmons, Kathy Simpson, Katherine Sorrows, Alison Thompson, Mary Aufiero, Barney Arnold, Kevin Barrow, Peter Carmichael, Bob Goldsmith, Bill White

The Carlisle Community Chorus is an inter-generational choral community now in its twelfth year. Their mission is to bring musical enjoyment and opportunities to the greater Carlisle area and to build relationships among members of all ages through learning and performing quality choral music. 

 The Carlisle Community Chorus believes in reaching out to the greater community through music, artistic collaborations and contributions. Performances are always free and open to the public. All are welcome.. Contact: ahammondkern@gmail.com Web: carlislecommunitychorus.org

Members: Music Director - Amanda Kern; Accompanist - Liat Shapiro; Sopranos - Catherine Cole, Donna Fitzsimmons, Kathy Simpson, Katherine Sorrows, Alison Thompson; Altos - Mary Aufiero, Barney Arnold, Susan Current, Ann Donoghue, Sue Guillemette, Joan Laxson, Vanessa Rene; Tenors and Basses - Kevin Barrow, Peter Carmichael, Bob Goldsmith, Bill White

The Conchords − 5-member eclectic genre-spanning vocal ensemble

Carlisle connection: Lauren Evans

The Conchords are a mixed a cappella vocal ensemble based at First Parish in Concord, whose members come from the local area and bring years of varied choral experience to the stage. They offer an eclectic repertoire with styles ranging from baroque, jazz, and pop to doo-wop, gospel and the Great American Songbook. 

Singing for you today are soprano Pam Schweppe (Maynard), alto Lauren Evans (bookkeeper at the First Religious Society, formerly from Carlisle), tenor Rick Moore (Concord), bass-baritone Larry Gall (Arlington), and bass Rex Morrill (Concord). Contact: rhmoore151@comcast.net  Web: theconchords.us

Saturday Solo Performers

Catherine O'Kelly − classical guitar

Carlisle member: Catherine O’Kelly

Classical guitarist Catherine O’Kelly is a native and current Carlislean and an active performer, both as a soloist and with Tedesco Duo alongside flutist Arielle Burke. In 2020 Catherine founded and directed two online guitar festivals, and in March of 2022 she founded and directed Guitar Weekend at The Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, where she serves as the chair of the classical guitar department. Catherine is working towards finishing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in classical guitar performance at The Hartt School in West Hartford, CT, for which she earned a full scholarship through The Hartt School’s Honors Chamber Music Program. Web: catherineokelly.com Catherine will also perform on Sunday in the Tedesco Duo.

Ravi Pathak − classic Indian & Bollywood songs; vocals/guitar 

Carlisle member: Ravi Pathak

Ravi Pathak, a newcomer to Carlisle, is a self-taught musician whose artistic mission is to popularize semi-classical Indian music and vintage Bollywood songs. He is primarily a vocalist and has performed extensively in India and the United States. Ravi believes that the human emotions expressed through music are universal, and despite the differences in languages, a heartfelt performance will always be recognized by the audience. While most people associate Bollywood songs with movies and dance, few are aware that the compositions are based on Indian folk and classical themes that are combined with western instrumentation and orchestra. It is this aspect of Indian music that Ravi would like to share with the international community. Contact: contact@ravirameshpathak.com Ravi will also perform on Sunday. 

Dale Joachim − solo piano

Carlisle member: Dale Joachim

Dale Joachim is a Carlisle resident who enjoys the study of music, having performed in bands in New Orleans and occasionally now in Carlisle. He studied classical saxophone at the Geneva Conservatory and later learned the piano. Contact: joachimd@me.com

                Dale will also perform on Sunday in the CJ3 Jazz Trio

Sunday Performers

Concord Women's Chorus − classical and contemporary choral music

Carlisle members: Ellen Materne, Cynthia Nunan, Stephanie Smith, Cynthia Sorn

Concord Women’s Chorus is a 45-voice ensemble from Concord and greater Boston (a smaller force will sing at Old Home Day). Directed by Jane Ring Frank, CWC performs a wide range of classical and contemporary music with emphasis on works written for women’s voices. 

For Concord Women’s Chorus, music is alchemy. Their commitment to the mastery and performance of a dynamic repertoire for women transforms the act of choral singing into an instrument for collaboration, education, and connection. Confident singers, they care deeply about creating, through women’s voices, a source of strength and inspiration for themselves, their audience, and the world around us. The Chorus has performed on tours in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. Web: concordwomenschorus.org

Tedesco Duo − classical guitar & flute

Carlisle member: Catherine O’Kelly

Tedesco Duo is a lively flute and guitar duo comprised of Arielle Burke on flute and Carlisle native Catherine O’Kelly on guitar. Arielle and Catherine began performing together in 2011 as students at The Hartt School. Their first performance was “Sonatina for Flute and Guitar” by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, which prompted their ensemble name. Tedesco Duo has performed in local concert series, including Longwood Towers in Brookline, The Shirley Meetinghouse, and Cambridge Chamber Concerts.  Tedesco Duo has been praised for their communicative playing and for performing repertoire that is colorful and spirited. Web: tedescoduo.com

Atomic Adam − pop & country; solo vocals/guitar

Carlisle member: Adam Synnestvedt

“Atomic Adam” was born and raised in Carlisle and is a rising CCHS freshman. He took up guitar 3 years ago, transitioning from piano. Currently playing a mix of pop, rock, and country music, Adam has performed at Old Home Day 2021 and at a 2020 Carlisle Cheer Committee pandemic drive-by concert. Adam counts country as his favorite kind of music. Beyond music, he loves mowing lawns around Carlisle and driving his boat on Caspian Lake in Vermont. Contact: adamsynnestvedt@gmail.com

Ravi Pathak − classic Indian & Bollywood songs; vocals/guitar 

Carlisle member: Ravi Pathak

Ravi Pathak, a new resident of Carlisle, is a self-taught musician whose artistic mission is to popularize semi-classical Indian music and vintage Bollywood songs. He is primarily a vocalist and has performed extensively in India and the United States. Ravi believes that the human emotions expressed through music are universal, and despite the differences in languages, a heartfelt performance will always be recognized by the audience. While most people associate Bollywood songs with movies and dance, few are aware that the compositions are based on Indian folk and classical themes that are combined with western instrumentation and orchestra. It is this aspect of Indian music that Ravi would like to share with the international community. Contact: contact@ravirameshpathak.com

Neighborly − Americana; vocals+guitar/harmonica duo

Carlisle members: Mark Levitan, Jen Sagalyn

The very Neighborly duo of Carlisle next-door neighbors Jen Sagalyn (vocals + guitar) and Mark Levitan (harmonica) puts an Americana spin on notable songs, with feeling. Newer songs feel nostalgic and older ones fresh, creating an unexpected and beautiful sonic blend. Jen’s music takes heavy cues from blues, gospel, and traditional country. Though a classical pianist and vocalist for most of her music career, she picked up the guitar to channel her influences. Something of a music historian, Mark has been tracing the roots, shoots, branches, streams and tributaries of all kinds of music for decades. His performing palette includes blues, R&B, country, rock, folk and more. Contact: neighborlymusic.official@gmail.com Web: neighborly-music.com

Jon Golden's Carlisle All Stars − featuring some of Carlisle’s best musicians

Carlisle members: Jon Golden, Mark Caddell, Mac Ritchey

In 1971, Jon Golden saw a friend playing drums and said... "That's for me!"... and never looked back. He has been in and around Boston's film and music industry since the early 80's. He currently owns Tables To Teapots and 3-D Concepts By Jon Golden (audio/visual services). Jon, his family and four legged-friends have been loving the Carlisle experience since 2000. Contact: jsgolden3d@gmail.com

Long time Carlisle resident Mark Caddell has lent his bass-playing and singing talents to many bands playing rock, funk, blues, jazz, and R&B over the years. He’s a practicing dentist and Assistant Professor at Tufts Dental School, and a mentor at Berklee College of Music. He and his wife raised and schooled their two daughters in Carlisle. 

Mac Ritchey, guitar – see below

Mac Ritchey “The Oud Dude” − international; solo oud music 

Carlisle member: Mac Ritchey

Once referred to as a "musical Swiss Army knife", multi-instrumentalist and Carlisle resident Mac Ritchey brings a diverse palette of sounds and skills to both performance stage and recording studio. For the past 20 years, Mac's instrumental focus has been on the oud (also known as the "Arabic lute"), the centerpiece of his performance at the Festival. He has studied Turkish and Armenian music traditions extensively and was a student of the late Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian, as well as studying with Brahim Fribgane (Hassan Hakmoun, Club d'Elf) and Mal Barsamian.

Along with 30 years of composition and performance, Mac has also recorded and produced over 200 albums for clients, bands, and his own music through his recording studio Possum Hall in Carlisle. New album "Amphora"  Web: possumhall.com  

CJ3 Jazz Trio − piano/bass/drum combo

Carlisle members: Dale Joachim, John Lyons, Harvey Nosowitz

The CJ3 Jazz trio has performed the past 5 years with John Lyons' positive attitude permeating his bass, Harvey Nosowitz's singing through the drums, and Dale Joachim's sprinkling dissonance through the piano.

A bit more about the cast: John Lyons, a 34-year Carlisle resident, has enjoyed playing jazz bass with friends for the last twenty years or so. Harvey Nosowitz has been living in Carlisle for 30 years and playing drums for almost twice that. He looks forward to teaching his Carlisle granddaughter to paradiddle. Dale Joachim, a 10-year Carlisle resident continues to enjoy expression through music, having moved north from New Orleans. Contact: joachimd@me.com

Kenny Selcer − original songs and covers; solo vocals/guitar

Carlisle member: Kenny Selcer 

Carlisle resident Kenny Selcer is an eclectic performer who plays a wide range of material: folk rock, blues, Americana, reggae, and everything in between. Selcer’s stunning guitar work and intimate vocals keep audiences asking for more. He plays originals and covers that will have you tapping your feet and singing along. Kenny currently has 4 solo CDs available online (with enough material ready for 2 more).

Kenny performs as a soloist, in duos, trios and bands. He backs up other musicians, and he has also had a successful career as a pro sound specialist, producer, and engineer and previously owned a full-service sound and graphics business. Web: kennyselcer.com and kennyselcer.bandcamp.com

Five O'Clock Shadow − world class inventive/percussive a cappella pop group

Carlisle member: Dan Lennon 

Five O’Clock Shadow effectively blurs the lines between traditional a cappella singing and today’s mainstream audio. Throughout its 31-year history, Five O’Clock Shadow has redefined the possibilities of vocal music by incorporating mouth percussion, real-time digital effect processing and innovative writing and arranging into its critically acclaimed live performances and recordings. These six talented vocalists produce rock solid leads and harmonies, while exploring instrumental mimicry and creating unique textures that excite, entertain and inspire audiences of all ages. What’s more, these guys love what they do, and their joy is contagious!

From the United States to Europe and Asia, audiences have been witness to the revolutionary form of all-vocal music that is Five O’Clock Shadow. Now you can witness it too. Web: focs.com

Members: Dan Lennon – tenor; Jon Lavalley – tenor; Paul Pampinella – baritone; Caleb Whelden – tenor; Judd Tomaselli – bass; Scott Cobban – baritone/vocal percussion

7 Of 7 − vocal-heavy classic pop, rock and folk band

Carlisle member: Jonathan Beakley

7 of 7 is a rock cover band, playing classic pop, rock and folk tunes in an adult-contemporary style that allows them to feature their super-talented female vocalists. Some members have been playing together for over 20 years; the current configuration has been together for the last seven. Contact:

Members: Jonathan Beakley (formerly of The Hip Replacements): drums; Alison Brown (Tewksbury): vocals; Susan Newsham (Acton): vocals; Gigi Garcia-Rogers (North Reading): vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar; Kenny Chan (Andover): lead guitar, vocals; Sepehr Sekhavat (Cambridge): rhythm guitar, harmonica; Pete Krautscheid (Medford): bass guitar

Festival information

The Carlisle Music Festival @Old Home Day is produced by the Carlisle Cultural Council in conjunction with the Carlisle Old Home Day Committee.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, and the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council. Additional funding provided via an ARPA grant from the Town of Carlisle.