Staff

Artistic Director

Eaton 1Dr. Robert P. Eaton is founder and director of the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, a 70 voice regional chorus dedicated to the performance of major choral masterworks, and also the sixteen voice Assabet Valley Chambersingers. Dr. Eaton has a long career in church music and is currently Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Lexington, MA. He has served as President for Eastern Division American Choral Directors Association as well as at the State and Division level in many capacities.

Dr. Eaton was Choral Director at Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough, MA for many years. Dr. Eaton’s choruses won numerous awards at festivals and competitions, including gold medals for Jazz Choir, Camerata Choir, Chamber Choir, and Concert Choir. Dr. Eaton”s students have been selected for National and Regional Honors Choirs and were always well represented in District and All State Choruses. In 1994 he was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award at Algonquin for his work in developing Humanities courses.

In addition Dr. Eaton has been an organist/choir director for most of his career, active in the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists, Music Educators National Conference, and Central District Massachusetts Music Educators Association. He has served as adjudicator and manager of All-State and District choruses and clinician/adjudicator for Festivals of Music. He received a Master of Music Education degree from Hartt School of Music with Dr. Gerald Mack and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting with Dr. James Jordan, also from Hartt. His DMA Dissertation was on Duruflé’s Requiem. Dr. Eaton has also studied conducting with Allen Lannom, Joseph Flummerfelt, and Sir David Willcocks.

General Manager

Thomas Spataro has spent the last 20 years supporting arts organizations of all sizes and disciplines, enabling them to fulfill their missions and evangelizing the transformative power of live performance. He served as Executive Director of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps from 2008 – 2013, and Managing Director of the Improvisation Center of Boston from 2013 – 2018. Under his leadership, both organizations experienced unprecedented growth and international renown. Spataro has served on several Boards of Directors across the country and in 2011 was recognized as the Drum Corps International Director of the Year. He is also a member of the Boston Crusaders Hall of Fame. A non-profit and small business consultant, Thomas lives in the MetroWest area with his wife, two sets of twins, and a small flock of chickens.

Director of Media & Technology

Andrew Taylor majored in Music Recording Technology at Lebanon Valley College where he studied guitar and voice, was president of the audio engineering society, and president of the radio station. He has worked as an audio engineer at a professional recording studio and done live sound reinforcement for concerts and theater productions. Outside of the music world, he worked for Summit Educational Group for 15 years: first as a test-prep tutor, then trainer and manager of tutors. At Summit he also ended up being the go-to person for technology support. Having always enjoyed taking things apart to see how they work, Andrew taught himself much of what he knows about electronics and web design. He recently completed Google’s IT Support Professional course and earned his CompTIA A+ and Security+ certifications. He has sung with AVM for 10 years now, and serves as the bass and tenor section coordinator, webmaster, and concert recordist.

Accompanist

Judy Yauckoes, accompanist, enjoyed a 27 year career as a Music Educator in the towns of Bedford and Stow, MA.  A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University College at Potsdam, NY (Crane School of Music), Ms. Yauckoes also earned a Master of Arts degree at Boston University in Piano Performance and Music Education. Additional studies were undertaken at Westminster Choir College, New England Conservatory, Hartt School of Music and Lesley College.

She has accompanied numerous choral groups, musical theater productions and performed in chamber music groups and featured soloist in orchestral concerti. She is also the keyboard accompanist at the Church of the Nativity in Northborough, MA. This concert season proudly marks Ms. Yauckoes’ twenty second season with the Assabet Valley Mastersingers.

Currently a Realtor® with Keller Williams in Westborough MA, she has recently received the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation, the real estate industry’s most advanced degree. Visit Judy at www.JudyYauckoes.com or call 508-365-3944.