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Program #14963RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Paul Flaum

A teacher for more than two decades in New York public schools, Paul Flaum loves sharing his passion for symphonic music and opera with Road Scholar participants. As an avid volunteer with the Boston Symphony Association, Paul has served as an usher for the past 28 years at Tanglewood. He is the former president of the New York State Council for Social Studies and is the retired Superintendent of Schools in Smithtown, N.Y.

Teresa Neff

Since 2007, Teresa Neff has looked forward to spending time each summer as an instructor with Road Scholar. Teresa received her Ph.D. in musicology from Boston University, and has focused her research around Gottfried van Swieten, a late 18th century Viennese patron, composer, librettist. Theresa teaches at MIT and the Boston Conservancy, and since 2010, has been the Historically-Informed-Performance Fellow with the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston.

J. Bergman

J. Peter Bergman has been a theater critic since 1960 when he first published in the Nine Times, a local weekly newspaper in Bayside, Queens, NYC. Since then, he has written for many publications and news media including CBS TV News, The Artful Mind and The Independent, and now as the principal theater critic for the Advocate. As playwright, actor and director he has been involved with more than 60 productions, and serves as the executive director of The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society.

Laura Wetzler

Laura Wetzler began working as a musician at the age of 15, singing and teaching traditional songs from the Mideast, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. She graduated with honors on a full vocal scholarship from Hofstra University. Laura performs in over 150 concerts and lectures each year and has recorded four CDs broadcast around the world. As a volunteer, Laura co-founded the “Delicious Peace” fair-trade, interfaith, organic coffee project with Ugandan farmers.

Phyllis Jaffe

An award-winning teacher and lecturer, Phyllis Jaffe taught advanced placement and Shakespeare classes in the New York City high schools, where she was named the 1984 Teacher of the Year. She was also a mentor and curriculum developer for the New York City Board of Education. Today, Phyllis continues to share her love for Shakespeare as a lecturer for Shakespeare & Company and for Road Scholar. In addition, Phyllis has been a frequent contributor to the Distinguished Speaker Series of Berkshire Community College’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a lecturer at Pierian Springs in Sarasota, and a docent at the Tappan House on the grounds of Tanglewood. She spends her retirement days between Lenox, Massachusetts and Sarasota, Florida, busily facilitating 10 book groups, serving as a Hospice volunteer, and playing bridge.

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Group Leaders make sure your program runs smoothly and are attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants. These Group Leaders are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
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Lynette Cornwell

Lynette Cornwell has what she considers to be the best job — showing off the Berkshire’s natural beauty and cultural richness, meeting sophisticated travel-learners, and going to performances all summer! A Midwestern girl by upbringing and nature, she has lived from coast to coast and overseas. She taught English and French in Turkey, Germany, and Walpole, Mass. After stints in educational publishing and banking, she worked for 20 years at Berkshire Community College, in noncredit offerings and special events, then as the college’s first director of public relations. Lynette is also a passionate craftsperson, creating purses from hard book covers, and selling them at fairs and on-line.

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Andrea Borak

Andrea Borak is a certified Laban Movement Analyst and a certified Trager Practitioner. While working in New York, she performed with the Eleo Pomare Dance Company and the Phyllis Lamhut Dance Company, and served as the movement specialist at The Little Red School House. Andrea has taught dance at numerous schools including NYU, and since relocating to the Berkshires in 1998, has taught at the Albany/Berkshire Ballet, the Pittsfield public schools and Berkshire Community College.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
6 Performances


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