👥 Meet the Course Coordinators

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Linda Shamoon, LLC member for 7 years, has co-coordinated Concerts and Conversations many times and has also co-coordinated LLC classes in contemporary art and led numerous workshops for LLC about collaborative learning and teaching. Before retiring, she was Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at URI, where she founded and served as Chair of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. During high school and college she studied music history and played the clarinet, cello and banjo. These days in addition to enjoying LLC courses and serving as Chair of LLC’s Digital Technology Committee, she has taken leadership roles in arts and education programing at Temple Emanu-El, Providence, has served as a big sister in: BBBSOS - Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Ocean State, and leads a weekly Italian conversation group.    

Contact information: 401-996-1934, <[email protected]>  

Penney Stein has been a member of LLC for four years and a member of the Concerts and Conversations class for four years as well.  Before retiring, she taught French language and world literature at Roger Williams University.  She is an avid fan of classical music, opera, jazz, folk and classic rock.  This is her first time co-coordinating an LLC class.

Contact information: <[email protected]> Phone:  401-480-0467

                            Bonnie Ryvicker has been a member of LLC for one year and a member of the Concerts and Conversations class during that time. Before retiring she worked as a community educator for Community VNA of Attleboro, MA. She believes that music has the capacity to change us individually and the world for the better, and that music contributes to the quality of life. Although this is her first time helping to coordinate an LLC class, she is a music enthusiast, enjoying classical, folk, opera and jazz.

Contact information: <[email protected]> 401-580-5341

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Amelia Piroli is the Community Partnerships Manager with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School. Originally from South Carolina, she graduated from Boston University with a degree in Music Education. Amelia completed her student teaching at the prestigious Boston Latin School and continued on to teach general and choral music in elementary schools in Chicago, IL, and Brooklyn, NY. She has also volunteered teaching choir and voice in a community music school in Veracruz, Mexico through the Harvard University-based initiative MESDA Group (Music Education for Social Development Agency). She is a vocalist, has studied piano for many years, and also enjoys playing banjo and guitar. 

Contact information: <[email protected]> Office: (401)248-7008 

© Linda K. Shamoon 2013