Board of Directors
Claudia Ayer, President
Trish Schaller, Vice President
Roberta Verbyla, Secretary
Jean Esselink, Treasurer
Marietta A. M. Marquez, Community Liaison
Alex Lombard, Executive Director
Kenneth Craig – Music Director
Mr. Craig has been the senior choir director of the Main Street Children’s Choir since 2012. He began his professional music career as member of the award-winning five-man recording group “Cappaccino”. Kenneth received a bachelor’s degree in music education from the Hartt School of Music, a master’s degree in music education from Boston University and an advanced degree in educational leadership from Sacred Heart University.
Mr. Craig currently is the Principal at Hall Memorial School in Wellington, CT. Before taking this position, Mr. Craig taught general music and chorus at Naubuc Elementary School in Glastonbury, CT. Mr. Craig performs and records with a rock band called “The Soaring Eagles” and also a member of CONCORA, Connecticut’s premiere professional choral ensemble. Mr Craig is a recipient of numerous awards including the Connecticut Association of Schools’ “Exemplary Elementary Educator of the Year” for 2014, The Ronald McDonald House Charities “Local Hero Award” for 2014 and the Glastonbury Public Schools’ “Red Apple Award” for 2013-2014.
Roberta Verbyla – Assistant Director
Roberta Verbyla taught elementary vocal music for the Bristol Public School system for 38 years where she helped direct and co-conducted the 2011 grade five honors choir. She also serves as festival accompanist for Northeast Middle School, Chippens Hill Middle School and Bristol Central High School. She has been trained in ‘Making Standards Work’ and has served on the Effective Teaching Strategies Committee for Bristol Public Schools. She has been a participant in ‘Designing Standards-Based Classroom and District-Wide Assessment in Art and Music’ co-sponsored by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Most recently, she has been trained in Conversational Solfege levels 2 and 3 and has assisted fellow teachers in implementing the pedagogy in their classrooms. She presented on the State Arts Assessment Project Fifth Grade Composition for the November 2nd Professional Development day and for the CMEA inservice conference April 7-9, 2011. Presently she is working with Kodaly Educators of Southern New England.