Faculty

Jonathan Carsley

Mr. Carsley is the music director at Lisbon High School and the director of the grade 4-5 Beginning Band at the Lisbon Community School. He also previously taught general music and chorus at both the Lisbon Community School and the Philip W. Sugg Middle School. He completed his bachelors degree in Music Education with a concentration in Instrumental Music from the University of Southern Maine School of Music. He studied clarinet with Dr. Thomas Parchman, Principal Clarinetist in the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Oboe with Neil Boyer, Principal Oboist in the PSO (retired). While at USM he had the privilege of playing clarinet under the baton of Professor Emeritus Dr. Peter Martin and singing in the University Chorale and Chamber Singers with Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Russell. During his undergraduate studies he auditioned for and was excepted into the Intercollegiate Band, and participated in two European Tours with the University Chamber Singers. He also worked guest conductors Anthony Maiello, Eugene Corporon, Jack Stamp, Doreen Rao, and Daniel Pinkham.

He attended the prestigious Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut and earned a masters degree in Music Education with a concentration in Pedagogy and Kodály. In conjunction with his degree program Mr Carsley also attended the Hartt Summer Kodály Institution where he received his Kodály Level III Certification. He is greatly indebted to his mentors Dr. John Feierabend, Victoria Lebel, Jeffrey Rhone, Dr. Edward Bolkovac, Dr. T. Clark Saunders, Dr. Dee Hanson, Dr. Kenneth Nott, and Michael Schiano.

Mr. Carsley lives in Lewiston with his wife Dorothy and daughter Ava. In addition to making music with his students Mr. Carsley enjoys working in his garden, cooking for friends and family, and photography.

Jonathan Pollock

Mr. Jonathan Pollock has been teaching at Lisbon for 7 years. He teaches General Music for grades 4 and 5 at Lisbon Community School and grade 6, 7 and 8 at Philip W. Sugg Middle School. Also he teaches Chorus and Band at Philip W. Sugg Middle School. In 2001 he graduated from Messiah College with a bachelors of science degree in Music Education with a concentration in Voice. In 2016 he completed his masters program from the University of New England. He received his degree in Curriculum and Instructional Strategies.

Over the years Mr. Pollock has performed in many music groups performing barbershop, doo-wop, and jazz music while focusing on choral music. He performed in many different countries including, England, Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, Scotland, and Ireland. For the last year and a half he has performed with the Portland group called the Camerata directed by Dr. Robert Russell. Also he had the privilege of performing Brahms Requiem in German at Carnegie Hall in the last year.

Mr. Pollock lives in Durham with his wonderful wife Erin and his son Gabriel, and daughter Lily. In addition to all that he does with music he enjoys riding his UTV, motorcycle and outdoor activities, while still getting some time to play video games.

Matthew Watras

Matthew Watras is a music teacher at Lisbon Community School in Lisbon, Maine. He teaches general music for grades K through third grade. He also teaches the string ensembles for the school district, currently include students from third grade through high school.

Mr. Watras graduated from Arizona State University with an undergraduate degree in violin performance in 1991. He also graduated from Boston University with a Master’s degree is violin performance in 1994.

Mr. Watras is a violinist in the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Watras also performs with various ensembles as a musician.

Jeffrey Coggins, District Piano Accompanist

Jeffrey Coggins serves as Music Director of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Sanford/Springvale where he plays organ and directs the parish choir and cantors. He also serves as accompanist for Tri-City Community Chorus.

Prior to St. Thérèse, he served as an organist for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland and Holy Spirit Parish in Kennebunk/Wells/Ogunquit. He has also served as accompanist, cantor, and Coordinator of Liturgical Music at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish.

Since the summer of 2008, he has been Music Director of Booth Productions (Booth Theater) in Ogunquit - just a 5-minute walk down to Ogunquit Beach. He also performs at other musical theaters throughout southern Maine, mostly community productions, either as music director, conductor, pianist, or keyboardist. He takes delight in assisting in the growth and development of an appreciation of music in communities.

In 2005, he earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine, School of Music. Here he studied piano, harpsichord, organ, percussion, and choral music with exceptional music teachers, and performed in many ensembles under the baton of notable conductors. He feels very fortunate to have met many talented musicians there and elsewhere, and looks forward to meeting many more!