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Alisa Bucchiere

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Professor Bucchiere likes to travel in time which is why the choral concerts she directs each semester typically feature music composed over a 500-year time span.

“With music, you can experience other time periods,” she says. “It’s an opportunity to sample other cultures.”

A recent concert, for example, included a 16th century motet as well as a 21st century piece by a Swedish composer. While Professor Bucchiere appreciates the classical repertoire, she is not averse to including pop music on the program. And whatever her chorus is performing, she enjoys the element of surprise, whether it is adding hand bells to a piece or having her singers surround the room, creating a circle of beautiful sound for concert goers.

When she’s not committed to her students at Northern Essex, Professor Bucchiere is in demand throughout the region, serving as music director for the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly’s Camp Broadway and as music director for Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest collegiate theatrical organization in the United States.

The latter experience was one she won’t soon forget. The talented performers are male students dressed in drag and she had the unique experience of directing one piece with a parrot umbrella.

A graduate of UMass Lowell with a bachelor’s of music and the Westminster Choir College with a master’s of music, Professor Bucchiere is currently pursuing her doctorate degree of musical arts in musical education at Boston University.