Where Music Meets the Mountains



We will be proceeding with a season for the Rep and Senior STRING Orchestras. However, due to State concerns about the aerosol nature of wind and brass instruments, we need to wait a bit to introduce them back into the ensemble. I hope to be able to bring back winds and brass soon. We definitely miss them! 

String rehearsals will be socially-distanced and all participants will wear masks.

Rehearsals will be held every Wednesday evening at SACRED HEART SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES PARISH HALL, located at  238 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201. 

Our early to intermediate string group, REP STRINGS, will meet from 5:30pm-6:15pm. 

Our advanced group, SENIOR STRINGS, made up mostly of high school students and adult community members, will meet from 6:20pm-7:20pm. 

Our first rehearsal will be on Wednesday, September 23. 

This year, I am also including 10 minute check-in lessons over ZOOM for students who are looking for extra help on their parts. 

PRIVATE STUDIO: In addition, I have limited space in my string studio for one-on-one instruction IN-PERSON or ZOOM. Rates for a spot in my string studio are: $25/half hour; $40/45 minutes.

Please find the registration form below:



The Green Mountain Youth Orchestra is a haven of music-making resonating among the foothills of the Green Mountains in Bennington, Vermont. Our local youth and passionate community members converge each Wednesday evening to bring to life great works of the past and present. Founded in 1987 by Ellen Sager, the Green Mountain Youth Orchestra (GMYO) accepts musicians of all ages and levels. Talented musicians from the VT/MA/NY tri-state area rehearse weekly and perform two to three times a season. The GMYO represents the fulfillment of founder Ellen Sager's longtime goal of reestablishing a quality orchestral program in the area. Director Patrick O'Connell welcomes musicians of all talents and ages to join the GMYO. The Orchestra is the only one of its kind to accept passionate adult musicians as well as youth into all levels of the ensembles. 

The GMYO is comprised of three performance groups:

Repertory String Ensemble for string players who are still developing their skills. The group works on string orchestra repertoire while refining scales, theory and tone production. The Repertory Strings perform two to three times a year.

Senior String Ensemble for more advanced string players who are in the Symphonic Orchestra; Senior strings rehearse the music for symphony orchestra repertoire and prepare string orchestra repertoire. 

Symphonic Orchestra comprised of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion that rehearse and perform great works from the past and present. works. 

All three groups meet on Wednesday evening. All rehearsals, unless otherwise specified, are in the Mount Anthony Union Middle School Band Room in Bennington, Vermont. No auditions are required. 


Thank you to all the kids, teachers and parents who made the Green Mountain Summer Sinfonia a success!

The Green Mountain Summer Sinfonia was held from July 15-19th in Bennington, VT. It was so encouraging to see our local music talent coming to camp each day ready to learn and perform. We had a blast working with each of them in classes and rehearsals. Of course, one of our favorite moments was coming together at the beginning and end of the day in a huge West African drum circle. At the end of the week, the students put together a stellar performance which showcased their ensemble skills and their musical theater talent. I could not have been more proud of their hard work. Of course, I would be remiss not to thank the wonderful teachers, Mrs. Rebecca Mills, Mrs. Lynn Sweet, Mrs. Michelle Despard, Mrs. Heather Allen, Mrs. Jessica O'Connell and Mr. Brian DeAngelo. They also put their heart and soul into their teaching for the week. I cannot thank them enough! 

Thank all of you who supported the Green Mountain Summer Sinfonia! We hope to see you next Summer!


If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,
it would be a merrier world.

Thoren Oakenshield's last words to Bilbo, from The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien



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