Meet Our Team
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.
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.
Allison Rogers joined the board in 2018. Alli’s career has spanned the past two decades from Capitol Hill, the Harvard University Sustainability Office, state government, to the nonprofit sector. She currently serves as Fundraising Director for Climable.org and is enrolled in the Accelerated J.D./L.L.M. degree program at Vermont Law School.
Alli’s lifelong love for both Vermont and classical music was solidified while she spent summers as a young girl in Old Bennington at Sonatina Piano Camp, where she returned to work as a counselor in her teens. During college, Alli worked as an arts educator at the original House of Blues in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Alli studied classical piano with Shirley Medici of Rhode Island College, Dr. Donald Rankin of the University of Rhode Island, and Wayman Chin, Dean Emeritus of the Longy School of Music; classical guitar with Chris Brelsford; and voice with Dede Wyland, a pioneering artist who has served as a role model and artistic influence for a generation of female bluegrass musicians. A singer-songwriter, Alli has attended songwriting classes across the country, from NYU Steinhardt School’s songwriting program, the Hudson Valley’s Garrison Institute with Dar Williams, Martha’s Vineyard with New England to Nashville, virtual Melody Masterclass coursework with SongTown, to the deep wilderness outside of Anchorage with Acoustic Alaska.
Alli received her B.A. from Harvard College, her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate
School of Education, and her M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S.
Naval War College. Most of all, Alli believes in the power of music and and the power of community, and she is grateful to our Monteverdi Music School students, faculty, parents, and supporters for their contributions to Monteverdi Music School and our community.