Meet Our Team
Please contact us if you are interested in joining the board.
Erin Eberhardt is a multi-instrumentalist and music educator from the Adirondacks. She is a recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music, where she studied education, marimba, and how to best serve students with special needs. Erin’s goal as a music teacher is to provide customized instruction, driven by student created goals.
Erin specializes in teaching music to students with diverse needs. She started teaching a United Sound chapter in 2016, and has been using the arts to unite people since then. That chapter of United Sound has performed on stage with the Boston Pops and the Lexington Community Orchestra. Now, Erin has stepped into an innovative teaching role for United Sound. She teaches contemporary music based general music classes to students with a wide range of needs from all around the country. Erin also works extensively with the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs. She teaches private lessons, rock band, and builds curriculum to best suit a wide range of students. Through these programs, Erin has seen music as the driving force to build relationships, learn new skills, and create a chance for self expression.
I’ve lived in Hardwick for over 30 years, with my wonderful husband, Lou, and our
motley mutt, Shiloh (part shepherd) but I grew up In Lamoille County. All of our
children are grown and on their own (YES!). The past 18 years, I’ve been a state employee, mostly with Labor. I also work with the City of Montpelier as a private contractor, as the treasurer and clerk for the Hazen Union school board and as treasurer for the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union
Elementary School board.
I also serve as the treasurer and on the board for the Rainbow Bridge Community Center in Barre and Central Vermont Share the Music. Currently, I’m learning how to do taxes as a volunteer with AARP.
I’ve been playing woodwinds for many years and was the manager for the Morrisville
Military Band for 10 years, as well as playing alto clarinet in that band and occasionally
in the Capital City Band.
Deb Smoller has been a Monteverdi board member since 2017 and President since 2019. Deb has taught piano lessons for 27 years (bio here) and flute for 18 years. Her early careers in Burlington included work in the nonprofit sector including Flynn Theatre for Performing Arts, Discover Jazz Festival, and Burlington City Arts as well as in the for-profit sector in cinema. More recently Deb spent 6 years with a local/sustainable food organization as operations manager and currently as a manager sub with Hunger Mountain Co-op.
A musician since childhood, Larry has made music recordings since his teens. He worked in studios and concert venues through the 1970s, when he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music engineering. A progressive hearing loss led to a research-oriented masters degree in audiology, and now he has come full circle: creating laboratory sound systems used in hearing aid and cochlear implant research. A member of the Monteverdi board since 2018, Larry has remained a performing musician, playing guitar and electric bass at venues throughout Vermont.
Liz Benjamin has been a member of the Monteverdi Music School board of directors since 2018 and secretary since 2019. She has been studying composition with Erik Nielsen for six years. She has included music and singing in her work with children, youth, and adults all her life. She taught Music Together for ten years and was a kindergarten teacher and a minister of religious education.
A vocal performance major at NYU, Jolynda worked as a performing artist in New York City for a number of years after school. In 2017, she returned to Vermont with a breadth of nonprofit management experience gained in NYC and Philly. She has worked with Just Basics, the nonprofit that runs the Montpelier Food Pantry, and is on the board of MRPS Partners in Education. Jolynda is elated to join Monteverdi Music School. She has missed working in the arts and the opportunity to help Monteverdi expand its program and community reach is basically a dream job for her!
Our treasurer, Steve Falbel, sings with Counterpoint Choir