Dear fellow Hanoverians:
For the first time ever, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is offering free
participation in its SSC Youth Orchestra program for the first 65 students
signing up for private lessons on orchestral instruments at SSC this fall.
Under the direction of Elijah Langille, the orchestra program will be
offered virtually for the 2020/2021 school year.
Instruments considered orchestra include including string instruments such
as violin, viola, cello, and double bass; brass instruments such as the
horn, trumpet, trombone and tuba; woodwind instruments such as flute, oboe,
clarinet and bassoon; and percussion instruments such as timpani, bass
drum, triangle, snare drum, cymbals, and mallet percussion instruments.
SSC Youth Orchestra (SSCYO) is an auditioned, sequential, three-tiered
youth orchestra program that provides an opportunity for young musicians to
perform symphonic music at a high level in a well-organized and supportive
full orchestra program. SSCYO meets online Wednesday evenings.
“It’s extremely beneficial for students to perform in a group such as
an orchestra, so that they can put into practice skills they learn in their
weekly private lesson,” said Langille. “The earlier they do this, the
more comfortable they become with their instrument.”
When the orchestra program moved online in March due to COVID-19, Langille,
who conducts the orchestra’s Symphony ensemble, and Repertory ensemble
conductor Maria Varonko were concerned their students would not welcome
this new virtual learning experience. They were delighted when students
not only embraced the new platform, but asked for more.
“SSCYO students have asked us to continue our Zoom sessions throughout
the summer months. They see this as a time to connect with other
musicians, and to find motivation to keep playing,” said Langille.
Participants in the virtual orchestra can expect fun weekly masterclasses
designed to connect kids with high quality instruction, as well as with one
another, in an interactive way, plus some individualized instruction. The
group will also experience and provide music for a virtual gallery walk
with a local artist, perform a holiday favorite for an online sing-along,
and celebrate Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by virtually performing his work of
Ave Verum Corpus, arranged by local conductor and composer Steven
Karidoyanes. Students will be mentored by members of the Plymouth
Philharmonic to better understand, express, and present this famous work.
Langille is hopeful the pandemic will be under control by March 2021, in
time for Symphony students to perform in a side-by-side concert on March
27, 2021 with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra.
Students may sign up for private lessons at
Learn more about SSC Youth Orchestra at
About South Shore Conservatory
Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed
to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents.
Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for
Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school
for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages
at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham. Students participate in
more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100
exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally
produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative
partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies
throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the
community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts
Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with
developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit
In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality
education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all
segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography,
and financial means. Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students
and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the
rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made
available to students at the school.
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