MEET THE FACULTY
Stephen Smith
Stephen Smith (Festival and Orchestra director) recently retired as music director of the Waring School where he conducted the Waring School Orchestra. His work with young musicians includes coaching the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, directing the Greater Manchester (NH) Youth Symphony Orchestra and serving on the faculty of the Cape Ann Waldorf School. Mr. Smith was principal cellist of the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra for ten years.
Patricia Doucette
Patricia Doucette (violin and viola) has a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Boston University. She is a member of the Cape Ann Chamber Trio and principal second violinist of the Cape Ann Symphony.
Mary Weeks
Mary Weeks (viola) has a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Cloud State University and has studied viola with Francis Tursi at the Eastman School of Music. She also did graduate study in Music Administration and studied conducting with Frank Battisti at New England Conservatory. She is the retired Orchestra Director of the Melrose Public Schools and a member of the Symphony by the Sea and the Melrose Symphony Orchestra.
Phil Maffa
Phil Maffa (violin) is the Director of String Music in the Bedford Public Schools. A graduate of the Boston University School for The Arts, he is an active freelance violinist and a gifted teacher.
Nathan Cohen
Nathan Cohen (violin) is a violinist and orchestra and chamber music director of the Rockport Public Schools. He recently earned a Master's Degree in Music Education from the Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City.
John Bumstead
John Bumstead co-founded the New England String Ensemble and was a 17-year member of its cello section. His music education includes undergraduate studies at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Ohio and Manhattan School of Music as well as a Master of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts - Lowell. He is an active freelance musician in the Boston area, including regular performing with Symphony by the Sea, North Shore Music Theatre and is also a member of two Boston area chamber ensembles, Due Celli and Quartet For-Te. John has a private teaching studio locally and teaches at Endicott College during the school year.
Gabryel Smith
Gabryel Smith (violin) is a graduate on New york University's Steinhart School for the Arts. He is an experienced teacher and active freelance player in New York City.
Briana Creamer

Ms. Creamer is originally from Philadelphia, PA. She became interested in the violin after seeing Itzhak Perlman on Sesame Street and began lessons at age 4. She picked up the viola her junior year of High School while at Point Counter Point under the direction of Paul Roby.

Growing up she studied with Patricia Licetti, Julian Meyer, and Davyd Booth on violin; she also studied with Che-Hun Chen on viola. 

Ms. Creamer received her BM in Viola Performance from Boston University in 2011, where she studied with Edward Gazouleas. 

Ms. Creamer went on to receive her MM in Music Education from Boston University in 2012. Recently, she completed a CAGS in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts: Boston. 

Prior to teaching strings in Bedford, Ms. Creamer taught in Weston, Wilmington, and Lynn.