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String Department


String Department - Core Philosophy

String Dept. Chair -
String Dept. Chair -
Amanda Roberts

Welcome to the string department at the South Shore Conservatory! By choosing to study the violin, viola, cello, double bass, or guitar at either our Duxbury or Hingham locations, you are joining a community of teachers, students, and families that are committed to the highest ideals in performing arts education. We offer traditional and Suzuki teaching methods and teachers that are experienced in working with every type of student, from young children and adult beginners to advanced high school students.

In addition to studying their instrument of choice, our students have the opportunity to study music in all of its varied genres from classical, American fiddle, Irish fiddle, pop, rock, and more. We also offer classes in basic musicianship and music theory, fiddle groups, and ensembles ranging in size from small chamber groups all the way up to a full symphony orchestra as part of the South Shore Conservatory Youth Orchestra (SSCYO) program. Throughout the year are numerous chances on both campuses for students to perform in workshops and recitals, participate in string-related events and opportunities with fellow students, and to hear our world-class faculty perform on Conservatory Concert Series.

Our string teachers are among the best and most experienced in the Boston Metro area, holding advanced degrees from some of the nation’s finest conservatories and universities, performing with many of the major ensembles in the region, and bringing years of experience and a commitment to teaching at the highest levels.

String Department Faculty

Instrument Instruction

Private Lessons
Most students may begin traditional lessons on violin, viola, cello and bass when they are four or five. Suzuki instruction on violin, viola, cello, bass and guitar may begin for children at age four. Private lessons are 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 60 minutes in length.  Group instruction (for three or more students) is 60 minutes in length.  Click here for complete pricing.

String Department Class Offerings

South Shore Conservatory Youth Orchestra (SSCYO)

An auditioned*, sequential youth orchestra program. In partnership with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra.

Chamber Music

Chamber opportunities are available in strings, percussion, woodwind, brass, voice and mixed instruments with or without voice.

Fiddle FUNdamentals
Ages 6 and up with one year violin playing experience

American Music Camp for Strings

String Department Events

FREE Festival Audition Workshop
October 29, 12-3 pm, Hingham
All instruments and voice A chance for students planning on auditioning for District, All State and SEMSBA Festivals to gather tips on the fine art of auditioning in general, and on the specific works they are preparing.

String Day
November 4, 3-5 pm, Hingham
Bring your string instruments and your friends and join us for an afternoon of fun, free workshops, musical games, arts and crafts, and more. Try your hand at playing all instruments of the string family at musical petting zoo provided by Johnson Strings. Trace string instruments back to their ancient roots with specialist Sarah Mead in a hands-on demo of Baroque and Medieval instruments. Bowed string players are invited to drop-in for at tuning workshop with Sassan Haghighi and guitar students are invited to attend a guitar maintenance and string changing workshop with George Little.

String-related merchandise provided by Johnson Strings will be available for purchase and instrument rental orders can also be requested in advance for convenient pick-up at SSC during this event. Place your order HERE.

Concerto Competition
January 12, Hingham *snow date January 14 An all-school competition in which the winner is given the opportunity to perform with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra.

American Music Camp Preview
Saturday, March 3, 2-5pm - Hingham
Bring your instruments and join us for FREE fiddle workshops provided by the amazing faculty of our American Music Camp for Strings at SSC! Open to all ages, levels, and stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin). Classes will include: Irish and American Styles, Rock’n’Roll, Foot Percussion, Improvisation, Jamming, and more! Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a mandolin and other prizes!

‘Kids Helping Kids’ April 5-8 at Barnes and Noble, Derby Street Shoppes Come help raise money for the SSC scholarship fund and maybe win a prize!

Graduating Seniors Recital
Friday May 5, 7 pm, Hingham

String Competition
Saturday May 6, 11 am-4 pm, Hingham Students in three age groups compete against their peers for scholarships, medals, and prizes donated by area music merchants. Winners of each division will perform at a Conservatory wide Winner’s Concert on May 19nd in Hingham.

American Music Camp for Strings at SSC
June 24-29, Hingham
A fun hands-on camp for violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin and guitar students ages 3 and up!

Chamber Music Ensembles for Strings
Interested in joining a string chamber ensemble? Contact string chamber coordinator Sassan Haghighi to set up a group and schedule coachings with an available instructor!

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (RCMDP)
Students of all ages are eligible and encouraged to participate in this internationally recognized certificate program created by the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. For more information visit or contact SSC’s RCMDP coordinator, Jonathan Roberts .


String Department Faculty

Igor Fonberg Sassan Haghighi Emily HaleChristine HeddenSusanna JohnsonDaphne Manavopoulos, Violin - Strings, Suzuki
Igor Fonberg
Sassan Haghighi
Emily Hale, violin Christine Hedden
viola, Irish fiddle, violin
Susanna Johnson-Chelaru
violin, viola
Daphne Manavopoulos, Violin - Strings, Suzuki
Sarah Manning Stuart Amanda RobertsAnya Shemetyeva Carlos Sulbarán Cassandra SulbaránCynthia Weller
Sarah Manning Stuart
Amanda Roberts
Chair, violin, fiddle
Anya Shemetyeva
violin, viola
Carlos Sulbarán, double bass Cassandra Sulbarán
viola, violin
Cynthia Weller
violin, viola and cello

Tuition Assistance

Financial aid is available for those who can document financial need.
Financial Aid deadlines and application.