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All ages, for intermediate to advanced violin, viola, cello and bass students

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, $215 + $15 registration fee

The CMS String Ensemble had a modest start in 2002, with 4 children and one adult. Today, it’s an amazing inter-generational orchestra with nearly 50 members, from age 8 to 80! They play music at an intermediate to advanced level in a wide variety of musical styles, from classical to pop to fiddle. The rehearsals begin in September with public performances each year. All violins, violas, cellos and basses are welcome; an audition may be requested. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Old Saybrook High School beginning September 10.

String Ensemble rehearses for approximately 26 weeks, working toward public performances throughout the year.

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Martha Herrle

Martha received her B. Mus. Ed degree from Hartt College of Music, studying both violin and viola. She spent the following year studying string quartet literature at the University of Connecticut with the Laurel String Quartet. She is the founder of Goodwin Strings, a before-school group violin instructional program for 2nd and 3rd graders at Goodwin Elementary School in Old Saybrook. She also presents our weekly music program for the collaborative preschool students at Essex Elementary School, teaches Kindermusik, and is the Director of Kate’s Camp for Kids. Martha is the founder and conductor of CMS First Time Fiddlers and CMS String Ensemble orchestra, two groups that bring her immeasurable joy as a frustrated conductor, and the Chamber Connections program. Martha teaches Monday – Friday.

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To enroll in music lessons in Essex or East Lyme, CT call Community Music School at 860-767-0026.