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Violin, Fiddle, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Ukulele, Guitar, Bass Guitar


$35.00 once per semester 


$35 for 30-minute; $52 for 45-minute;

$70 for 60-minute

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Kathryn Kalmansson

Violin, Viola, String Bass, Rose Thorn & Fiddle

Since earning her BMued in 1986, Kathryn Kalmansson has taught private violin and viola lessons and ukulele classes, taught classroom music and school orchestras, conducted children’s choruses, assisted as section coach with the Youth Ensemble of New England, and directs the popular local group Rose, Thorn & Fiddle, of which she is founder and sole music arranger. Many of her students have participated in the MMEA District and All-State orchestras and have earned substantial college orchestra scholarships. Kathryn recently  completed her Master's in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Kathryn joined Thayer Conservatory’s music faculty in 1992.


Fun Fact: She enjoys braiding rugs from thrifted wool and adding to her home library with frequent trips to the book sections of all the local Goodwill stores. 

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Patrick Chatham


Patrick was principle cellist with the Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2015-2019 under the artistic executive director Jonathan Colby. He was also with the Worcester Youth Honors String Quartet and the
Worcester Youth Baroque Orchestra from 2016-2019. Patrick studied cello with Betsy Bronstein in Worcester. From 2019-2020 he performed with the Worcester Polytech Institute Orchestra and Medwin Quartet. Patrick was Young Artist in Residence at the First Unitarian Church of Worcester from 2017-2019 as a soloist and with the honors string quartet. He has also attended the Global String Intensive Summer Program at Berklee College of Music twice and was first chair in the New England Conservatory’s Summer Orchestra Institute. 

Currently Patrick is the Junior High Strings Director at the Bancroft School in Worcester, and a member of the Symphony Pro Musica Orchestra under conductor Mark Churchill.  He is also a faculty member at the
Worcester Music Academy where he gives private lessons. He enjoys freelancing across New England performing at weddings, school musicals, shows at the Hanover theater, retirement homes, and private functions. 


Fun Fact: Patrick enjoys learning about history and collecting historical American World War 1 antiques. He also builds and flies RC
planes and has a pet chicken named Brahms (yes, like the composer).

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