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Where did you grow up?  Washington State. Where do you currently live?  Wakefield, MA. What instruments do you play?  Violin and piano. Educational background:  I was educated in the public schools in WA, attended University of Washington, and received my undergraduate degree there. I also did one year of a Masters Degree at New England Conservatory. I began… Read More

Sarah Atwood is the Principal Second Violin of both the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Boston Lyric Opera. She actively performs and tours with the Boston Pops. Sarah also holds a first violin position with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and performs weekly Bach cantatas with Emmanuel Music. She appears regularly with many other ensembles such as… Read More

Where did you grow up?  Sofia, Bulgaria. Where do you currently live?  Melrose, MA. What instrument do you play?  Violin Educational Background:  After graduating the National School of Music “L. Pipkov”, I came to the US to further my studies – first at LSU School of Music, where I received my BM, followed by completing a MM… Read More

Where did you grow up?  Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Where do you currently live?  Cape Elizabeth, Maine. What instruments do you play?  Violin. Educational background:  Pre-med Columbia University; Masters Eastman School of Music; Bachelor Degree Philadelphia Musical Academy. Family, Pets, Kids:  Married to Steve Blumenthal. Four children: Andrew (23), Kelsey (22), Corey (20), and Jaime (19)…. Read More

Where did you grow up?  Indianapolis. Where do you currently live?  Boston, MA.  What instruments do you play?  Violin and viola. Educational background:  BM from Butler University; MM from University of Michigan. How did you get started in music?  Public School. Read More

Where did you grow up?  Claremont, CA. Where do you currently live?  Jamaica Plain, MA.  What instruments do you play?  Violin and Baroque violin. Educational background:  University of Southern California Thornton School of Music: Bachelor and Master of Music, Violin Performance with Eudice Shapiro. Family, Pets, Kids:  Mother, Father retired in Claremont, CA. My older brother is a civil… Read More

Praised by the Boston Globe for his “cool clarity of expression,” violinist Charles Dimmick enjoys a varied and distinguished career as concertmaster, soloist, and chamber musician.  As one of New England’s most sought-after orchestral musicians, he is concertmaster of the Portland Symphony and the Rhode Island Philharmonic, appears regularly as concertmaster of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra,… Read More

Lisa Hennessy has been the PSO’s principal flutist since 2000.  She is also principal flutist with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and performs regularly with Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Pops, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and others.  She also enjoys performing with Inside Out, her woodwind quintet.  Lisa teaches at… Read More

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This year’s Youth Concert will feature a performance of Carnival of the Animals: Remix, an engaging and reimagined version of Saint-Saëns’ famous work. Featuring local artists including a rapper, a Native American flute player, and an erhu player, this interactive daytime performance is perfect for all elementary students (K-4).

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