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Department chair - violin, string ensembles
Bozena O'Brien received her training at Boston University and later coached with Marylou Speaker Churchill of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She holds a certificate for Suzuki Pedagogy and Book 1. Her teaching career spans more than 30 years and includes Plymouth State University, St. Paul's School, Holderness School and Kimball Union Academy. O’Brien performs regularly with her two piano trios, the Musicians of Wall Street and the Brinkler Piano Trio, and the New Hampshire Music Festival and Vermont Symphony Orchestra. She is a freelance artist throughout New England. O'Brien joined the Music School faculty in September 1987.
Violin, viola, String Chamber Orchestra, Scholarship String Quartet
Rodger Ellsworth graduated from the New School of Music and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He has studied with Max Aronoff, Gerald Horner, Alan de Veritch, Joseph Gingold, Jascha Brodsky, and the Curtis Quartet. His credits include performances with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and the Wolf Trap Summer Festival. Ellsworth has been teaching and performing for more than 25 years.
Cello, viola da gamba
Gary Hodges earned a B.M. in music education and a M.A. in music history from the University of New Hampshire. He is principal cellist of the New Hampshire Philharmonic and a member of the Artful Noise String Quartet, the Kelsh Trio and the Brinkler Piano Trio. His teachers have included Mary Rasmussen, Larry Veal, Sato Knudsen, Andres Diaz and David Wells. He has been a member of the Goodmorrow Consort, the Portland Early Music Consort and the Woodman Consort. Hodges teaches strings at the Pine Hill Waldorf School in Wilton, N.H., and directs the Phillips Exeter Summer School Orchestra. In addition, he maintains private teaching studios in Amherst. Hodges joined the Music School faculty in 2011.
Kate Jensik earned a bachelor's degree in music from Ithaca College, received an Artists Diploma from Brandeis University, and earned a master's degree from The Boston Conservatory, studying with renowned teacher and performer Rhonda Rider. She also studied at the Janacek Academy of Music in the Czech Republic and has participated in master classes with Yo Yo Ma, Benjamin Zander and Paul Katz. As an educator, Jensik has taught at the Powers Music School, the Rivers Music School, Ithaca Talent Education Suzuki School, Ithaca College and Brandeis University. Orchestral work and chamber performances make up an important part of her schedule, as does outreach and education. Jensik has performed with the Indian Hill Symphony, the New Bedford Symphony and the Atlantic Symphony, and has played at the Bowdoin and Chautauqua summer music festivals. With the Boston Public String Quartet, she introduced music to school children in the Greater Boston area, and also spent a week providing a similar opportunity to schools in the Turks and Caicos. Jensik joined the Music School faculty in 2011.
Michelle Ordorica graduated from Boston Conservatory with a B.M., cum laude, and M.M. in violin performance. She has studied with Magdelena Richter, Bonnie Berwick and Irina Muresanu. Ms. Ordorica is certified as a Suzuki teacher for Books 1 - 5 having trained with Allen Lieb and Carol Sykes. She is a former facutly member at the Suzuki School of Newton and has performed with Symphony Nova (formerly Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra), Brockton Symphony and Newton Symphony.
Lissa Thomas holds a B.A. in Violin Performance and Music Education from Northern Arizona University. She studied with Dr. Louise Scott and completed Long Term Suzuki Teacher Training for Violin Books 1-8. Ms. Thomas created and ran Dolce Studios, a successful Suzuki program in Minneapolis, MN before relocating to New Hampshire. She has played an active role in the community as an adjudicator for various festivals and served as a board member for the Suzuki Association of Minnesota. She performed with Flagstaff Symphony, Arizona Opera Company, and Bloomington Symphony in Minnesota.