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 (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 (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 (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 (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 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 performances with Symphony by the Sea and at North Shore Music Theatre. In addition to his private studio, John is cello professor at UMass-Lowell where he performs in the faculty ensemble, Pawtucket Falls Trio.
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.
Susanne Powers violin Performer and Teacher, Susanne is currently Executive Director of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra. She holds a D.M.A. and M.Mus from Catholic University of America and a B.Mus from Juiliard. While performing all over New England she maintains a teaching studio in Ipswich.