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Bay Youth Symphony (BaYS)

Chamber Music

Fiddle Classes

American Music Camp

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String Competition

Concerto Competition

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String Department


String Department - Core Philosophy

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

Welcome to the string department at South Shore Conservatory! By choosing to study the violin, viola, cello or double bass at either our Duxbury or Hingham locations you and your child are joining a community of teachers, parents and students committed to the highest ideals in performing arts education. In addition to studying their instrument of choice, our students also have the opportunity to study music in all of its varied forms, from classes in basic musicianship and music theory to ensembles ranging in size from a small chamber ensemble all the way up to a full symphony orchestra as part of the BaYS youth symphony program. We offer numerous chances to hear our world class faculty perform on both campuses, and our students perform in recitals throughout the year.

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. We offer traditional and Suzuki teaching methods and our teachers are experienced in working with every type of student, from young children and adult beginners to advanced high school students and college undergraduates, in both individual and group settings.

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

Bay Youth Symphony (BaYS)

Symphony Conductor - Phaedre Sassano
Repertory Conductor - Elijah Langille 
Program Director- Cassandra Sulbarán
Artistic Advisor - Steven Karidoyanes

BaYS is an auditioned*, sequential youth orchestra program. In partnership with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, the program offers ensembles at two levels: a full orchestra for intermediate level string, wind and percussion students (Repertory), and a full orchestra for advanced string, wind and percussion students (Symphony).

Chamber Music

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

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

American Music Camp for Strings
June 26 – July 1, 2016, Hingham
A fun hands-­on camp for violin, viola, cello, bass, and guitar students ages 4 and up!

String Department Events

Strings Competition
String students compete. Click for details

Concerto Competition

Students compete. Click for details

String Day
November 19, 2016, 3-6 pm, Hingham
Open to string students and non-string students of all ages. Stop by for this fun-filled, educational event!  Musical games and activities provided by students of SSC! Live demonstrations of string instrument making and woodworking skills by violin maker Evan Lowenstein-Davenport.  Learn about the bow re-hair process and proper bow care with Carlos Sulbaran. (Drop off your bow for a re-hair and have it returned to you at SSC! For pricing and more information about bow re-hairs, contact Carlos Sulbaran at (240) 645-5800 or visit Musical Petting Zoo provided by Johnson Strings - A hands-on exploration where students can try out all of the instruments in the string family. Johnson Strings will also have a sales table set up where accessories such as strings, shoulder rests, and rosin will be available for purchase.

Lower Strings Bash
Open to viola, cello, and double bass students of all ages and levels. Come interact with your fellow lower string pals at this unique event for alto and bass stringed instruments! Try out the electric bass with representatives from South Shore Music. Experience your hand at playing stringed instruments from the Baroque period with Sarah Mead. Observe bow re-hair demos or set up re-hair appointments with Carlos Sulbaran. Upgrade your instruments, purchase sheet music, or try out different brands of strings with representative from Johnson Strings. Attend a set-up clinic (4:30-5:30pm only) with Cassie Sulbaran to try out various types of shoulder rests or endpins and find your perfect fit!

Family Folk Night
A fun gathering for families and friends with folk dancing, live music from our student fiddle classes, refreshments, and socializing. Bring your fiddles and join in on the jam session at the end!

String Department Faculty

Igor Fonberg Sassan Haghighi Emily HaleChristine HeddenSusanna JohnsonSarah Manning Stuart
Igor Fonberg
Sassan Haghighi
Emily Hale, violin Christine Hedden
viola, Irish fiddle, violin
Susanna Johnson-Chelaru
violin, viola
Sarah Manning Stuart
Chris Rathbun Amanda RobertsAnya Shemetyeva Cassandra Sulbarán Cynthia Weller 
Chris Rathbun
bass, cello
Amanda Roberts
Chair, violin, fiddle
Anya Shemetyeva
violin, viola
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.