Music Lessons in Centerbrook, CT


SPRING 2024 Session:  January 16 – May 14
Directed by Martha Herrle
Rehearsals: Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Essex Town Hall Auditorium

Tuition:  $200 + $15 registration fee 

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

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 mid September with public performances each year. All violins, violas, cellos and basses are welcome; an audition may be requested.

For more information or to register:

Call  860-767-0026 or email

Faculty for this Program

Martha Herrle

Martha Herrle 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. Martha is the founder and conductor of the CMS String Ensemble orchestra, which brings her immeasurable joy as a frustrated conductor, as well as the Chamber Connections and Violin Karate programs. Martha teaches Monday through Friday.