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Abigale Winkler (Assistant Director)

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Yale where she studied fine art and music art, Abigail lived in Germany for two years, during which time she sang with two jazz ensembles and an acoustic band. Also while in Germany, she studied classical piano at the Kolner Musikhochschule (Cologne Conservatory) and interned at Sound Around recording studio. While living in Maine, Abigail worked as the Music Director of a predominantly vocal music curriculum at a Waldorf elementary school where she taught grades 1-8; created a weekly after school music program for a local community arts and learning center; and created and taught a vocal course for all ages focused in Broadway-style singing performance for the New Surry Theatre Performing Arts School. Additionally, as Musical Director for several community theater companies, Abigail was responsible for the vocal coaching of the cast as well as conducting and performing in the pit band for multiple productions, including South Pacific, The Secret Garden, My Fair Lady and Three Penny Opera.

As well as singing, Abigail also plays piano, guitar, ukulele, cello, flute, clarinet, and the vibes. You can hear her play the local open-mic circuit every now and then, and she tries to jam and perform with her acoustic band unintentional sinners as often as possible. Abigail enjoys teaching students of all ages and emphatically believes that everyone deserves music.


Greg Colossale  (Director)

Greg Colossale has spent 20 years working on the behalf of young people - raising them up to extraordinary heights.  Through the power of music, acting, and conversation, Greg has empowered young people since he was 15, and will continue to do so for as long as he's able.

Greg can be seen directing choirs, tearing up the Hammond Organ, running improv acting seminars or sharing inspiring stories with students.  

Greg is the founder and Artistic Director of BackBeat City - a one-stop destination for all music instruction and performance needs right here in Glastonbury!  

Back Beat City

In his 30 year artistic career, Greg has been involved in all aspects of performance.  He promotes his students and instructors to stretch their artistic capabilities to new and unfamiliar territories.  "Failure is expected here at BackBeat City" he says, " If you are not failing or feeling uneasy, you are not growing."

Greg’s keen awareness of young people's gentle and fragile sense of self, makes him unique among educators and musicians alike.  "We care, we smile, we laugh, we encourage, and we model what we expect from the student."  Greg goes on to say how vital it is to change your approach with the fast changing world. "If you can recall your own youth, you can easily muster up creative learning situations that are universal to young people."

Before BackBeat City, Greg served as a middle-school chorus teacher for nine years, where he developed the first BackBeat Show Choirs after school. Greg holds high expectations for his young people and instructors. Most importantly, Greg puts the experiences and lessons students will take away from BackBeat City first.