Our Amazing teachers
Mrs. Kraus is the vocal Director at MBA and SHS.
Marika J. Kraus (Director) has been the Director of Choral Studies at Somers High School and the MBA Middle School since 2014. She has also been the Drama Club advisor/director/music director at SHS since 2016. Mrs. Kraus has been a private voice and piano instructor, director and musical director throughout New England since 1998. She has studied vocal performance at Ithaca College (MM), Millikin University (BM) and Eastman School of Music and earned her teaching certification through the ARC program. Mrs. Kraus believes: chorus is an invaluable team of students who are kind, who try their very best, who grow together, who support one another, who make mistakes, who learn, who create music, who sing together and share their gift of music.
Mrs. McCarthy is the general music/instrumental teacher at Somers Elementary School.
She graduated from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. She started teaching in Somers right out of college and never left!! Her first 11 years were spent teaching at MBA where she taught 4th-8th grade general music and chorus. Since 1996, she has been teaching instrument lessons, band and general music at SES.
Jessica L. Wolf is the band director at Somers High School and Mabelle B. Avery Middle School,
She has taught instrumentalists in grades 6-12 for the past four years. During her tenure, the band program has grown by almost 50% and she has initiated many new programs, including an Honors Band Class, the All District Concert and “Celebration of the Arts,” an interdisciplinary art, culinary, and music extravaganza.
Previously, Mrs. Wolf has worked with several band programs over the course of her 13 year career, including Tourtellotte High School and Parish Hill High School, where she initiated several new programs such as the Parish Hill Jazz Band, the Surround Sound Chamber Ensemble, the Community Summer Band and the Parish Hill Percussion Ensemble.
As a musical theater pit director, Mrs. Wolf has worked with drama programs in Suffield, Chaplin, and Somers CT, where she had the opportunity to music direct several productions, including “Into the Woods,” “Guys and Dolls” and “The Drowsy Chaperone.” She has also played reeds for many shows around the state of Connecticut.
She received her music education degree, with an emphasis on flute performance, from the Hartt School of Music where she studied with Greg Shearer of the Hartford Symphony and Janet Arms of the New York City Opera Orchestra. She has studied conducting with several of the leading wind conductors of our time, including Frank Ticheli, Frank Battisti and Glen Adsit.
In her spare time, Mrs. Wolf likes to sing barbershop music, and has performed with the Sweet Adeline International champion chorus “Millennium Magic.” She also enjoys yoga and reading on the beach at Amston Lake, where she resides with her husband and son.