Carrie Young

Counselor & ​​Bass Faculty

Aya Wakita

Counselor & ​​Violin Faculty

Michael Sherman 

Counselor, Photographer &​ Violin Faculty

Aaron Pettengill

Counselor &​ Violin Faculty

Aaron began playing the violin in third grade after seeing an orchestra perform at his school. Since then, he has devoted his life to music. Before graduating high school, he became the concertmaster of the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Maine All-State Orchestra. During his time at USM, he was one of three winners of the Concerto Competition and the Composition Competition. He has also won the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Young Composers Competition. Currently, he plays in the first violin section of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. His past violin teachers have included Anne Wilkinson, Deirdre Oehrtmann, Ronald Lantz and Robert Lehmann. He has also studied composition with Dan Sonenberg. Aaron has been on the SMSC faculty since 2011.

Michael Sherman grew up outside of Boston where he began Suzuki violin at age five. For two years, Michael attended the University of New Hampshire where he was concertmaster of the UNH Symphony Orchestra and a member, leader and soloist with Divertimento Chamber Orchestra. Michael was a member of the Baroque chamber orchestras at the New England Conservatory Prep School where he performed several concertos as soloist and director. He has also participated in the Lutheran Summer Music Academy at Luther College where he was principal second violin and concertmaster. Michael has performed with the Harvard Summer Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica, and Reading Symphony Orchestra where he was a concerto soloist in addition to first violinist. Michael has made his career outside of music and lives in Boston where he works for Saks Fifth Avenue. Michael has been on the SMSC faculty since 2011.

Evan Viera is a rising senior at the University of Southern Maine, where he studies Music Education with a focus in classical piano. He studies piano with Dr Laura Kargul and began studying voice in the fall of 2015 studying both classical and jazz technique. He has been featured as a soloist in the USM Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr Nicolás Dosman. In addition to piano and voice, he plays French horn in the USM Concert Band.  Viera has been the Director of Music at Camp Takajo since the summer of 2017. In this role he works with boys aged 6 to 15, running music classes, giving private music tutoring, as well as directing and accompanying two musicals throughout the summer. He also teaches piano privately, having worked with students from age 8 to 80.  Evan enjoys playing chess, ping pong, and volleyball. He has great interest in languages; having taken four years of French in high school, and has studied German, Spanish, and Japanese on his own. Viera has pursued music since the age of 5, studying piano, saxophone, trumpet, and percussion. Upon graduating, Evan hopes to work as a music teacher abroad. Having studied both instrumental and vocal technique, he looks forward to working with choirs, bands, and orchestras, as well as teaching piano and voice privately.

Elizabeth Roy

Counselor & Viola Faculty

 AnnMarie began playing violin at the age of seven and participated in all of the youth orchestras at the Manchester Community Music School and in high school was a member of the NH Youth Symphony. In 2016 she graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in instrumental (violin) performance. She just finished her second year teaching elementary general music and chorus at Pollard School in Plaistow, NH and is also currently pursuing a Master of Music Education degree from Gordon College. Along with teaching private studio string lessons, AnnMarie also enjoys playing weddings, pit orchestra gigs, chamber music, and performs with the New Hampshire Philharmonic as well. This is her fourth year at Southern Maine String Camp and she is looking forward to another great adventure.

Aya Wakita started playing the violin when she was 11, when she moved from Japan to a boarding school in India. Ever since moving to Maine, she has been actively participating in the local music scene, including the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Maine Folque Co-op, and the Oasis concerts held by Greg Boardman. Aya is now studying to receive her Bachelors in Music Education at the University of Southern Maine, under the guidance of Dr. Robert Lehmann. In her free time, she enjoys chamber music and arranging traditional folk tunes for chamber group settings. Aya is looking forward to being a part of SMSC!

Nicholas So began playing viola at age 8 but switched to violin at age 13. He studied at the Manchester Community Music School for five years under Matthew Daniel Green and is currently studying at Keene State College under Elise Kuder. Nicholas has performed with the New Hampshire All State Orchestra for four years of high school and has also performed with the Dino Anagnost Youth Symphony Orchestra, Southern New Hampshire University Symphony Orchestra, Keene State College Symphony Orchestra, and Keene Chamber Orchestra. Nick enjoys learning chamber music with the Apple Hill Chamber Group as well as performing solo repertoire. 

AnnMarie Pinard

Counselor & Violin Faculty

Kurt Villiard is a Cellist from Manchester, New Hampshire. He grew up playing in public school orchestras is pursuing a degree in Music Education at the University of New Hampshire. He has played as principal cellist for the University of New Hampshire for two years and was a founding member of the Divertimento Chamber Orchestra at UNH. He has also performed with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, Southern New Hampshire University Symphony Orchestra, and the New Hampshire Philharmonic. He has studied with New Hampshire cellists Gary Hodges and Larry Veal and Boston freelance cellist Cameron Sawzin. Kurt loves different kinds of music and loves experimenting with making different sounds on the cello. Kurt says "Come find me to talk about music, or if you want to talk for hours, talk to me about soccer! Soccer is a great hobby of mine that I love. I am looking forward to hearing you all and getting to know you!" Kurt has been on the SMSC faculty since 2014.

Nicholas So

Counselor & Violin Faculty

Leigh-Ashley started playing the violin at the age of eight. She swiftly discovered the joys of the viola and hasn't looked back since. She has had the privilege of studying under the tutelage of Anne Wilkinson, Lauren Rioux, Robert Lehmann, and Julia Adams. She graduated from USM with a bachelors in Music Education, her concentration being viola. Leigh-Ashley enjoys performing at weddings, as a pit musician in musical theater productions, and as a creative pair with musicians and poets alike. She enjoys performing new music just as much as performing some solo Bach. 
This past Spring she has been teaching General Music at Guy E. Rowe Elementary School in Norway, ME. In the Fall she will be returning to the Oxford Hills School District as the Orchestra Director for the Middle and Elementary schools.


Hanna began her violin studies at age five with Elizabeth Miller.  In the spring of 2013, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She is going into her sixth year of teaching in RSU14 (Windham/Raymond), and currently directs the instrumental music program at Windham High School, including both concert band and orchestra.  In addition to her work in Windham, Hanna runs a small violin studio, and is entering her first year as the conductor for the Portland Young People’s String Consort (PYPSC) at USM.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, telling awful puns, and playing nerdy board games.  Hanna has been on the SMSC faculty since 2013. 

Kayley Clark

Counselor & Cello Faculty

Alex Norberg has been playing cello since the 2nd grade and is now continuing his cello studies under Jacques Lee Wood at the University of New Hampshire. Previously, he has studied with Gerri Lajoie, Ted Mook, and Emileigh Vandiver. He enjoys playing all styles of music, from classical to Cajun, and is currently a coach for the UNH Youth Symphony, as well as a private cello teacher. Alex has played with the Warwick Symphony, Rhode Island College Orchestra, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, which he recently performed with at Carnegie Hall. He has attended the National Music Festival in Maryland, and Aria International Academy. Alex lives in Rhode Island, so of course he also enjoys going to the beach with friends and family!

Rose Underkofler 

Counselor, Fiddling & Violin Faculty

Evan Viera

Counselor & Accompanist

Hanna Flewelling

Counselor & Violin Faculty

Leigh-Ashley Milne

Counselor & Viola Faculty

Kayley Clark started playing the cello at age 9 in Barre, Massachusetts. Continuing her love of the instrument, she took private lessons two years later with Mary Carfagna. Her music life was busy for the following seven years being a member of the Maplewind Youth Orchestra, and String Theory (an all-cellist fiddle group). With MYO, under the direction of Dr. Russell Killough-Miller, Kayley was able to travel to Boston, Burlington VT, Washington DC, Orlando FL, and Quebec City performing in local schools, city halls, and community churches to promote the joy of music. Her travel bug grew and she had the opportunity to study music history and performance abroad in Vienna, Austria (one of the greatest music cities in the world!). Kayley is currently finishing her undergraduate degree for Music Education at USM, studying under William Rounds on cello. She has been  performing with the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, USM Composer's Ensemble, and other small Chamber groups. Kayley has been an avid camper nearly every summer since the age of six at Camp Chenoa for Girl Scouts of NH, and is so happy and honored to be joining the staff at SMSC for another exciting summer! Kayley plans on  teaching in Maine as well as teaching abroad in her future.

Elizabeth was born and raised in Saco Maine. She was a part of the Saco School Orchestra Program as a violist from third grade at C.K. Burns all the way through her senior year in High School at Thornton Academy. She is now pursuing a double major at Skidmore College in Viola Performance and Neuroscience. Throughout her years as a musician, Elizabeth attended Southern Maine Strings Camp from ages 10-14 and loved every moment of it. She performed with the USM Youth Ensembles for 7 years, as well as the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra for 2 years, and was a member of the All-State Orchestra all four years of high school, two of which serving as principal violist. During her later years of high school, Elizabeth participated in the All-National and All-Eastern Orchestra Conferences and was a member of the Resurgam Quartet, coached by the Portland String Quartet, for 2 years. She began private lessons under the guidance of Margaret Hopkins for 4 years, followed by Julia Adams of the Portland String Quartet for 6 years. At Skidmore College, she now studies with Harold Levin. She has been a member of the SMSC faculty since 2017.

Kurt Villiard

Counselor & Cello Faculty

Carrie is a bassist and music educator who grew up in a small town near Concord, NH. She took up electric bass at age 14, studying with Ray Lassonde. She quickly discovered her passion for music while in high school, participating in every music ensemble and course available. As a junior, Carrie took on the double bass and decided to pursue a career in Music Education at the University of New Hampshire, where she studied with John Hunter and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Music Education. Carrie started her teaching career in 2012 as a K-5 music educator at Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School in Hillsborough, NH, until 2016 when she was hired as a middle school Orchestra director and general music teacher at Keene Middle School in Keene, NH. Carrie also enjoys playing bass for local community theater productions, and performing with the Southern New Hampshire University Orchestra. This is Carrie’s first summer with SMSC and she looks forward to a great week of music, swimming, games, and more!

Alex Norberg

Counselor & Cello Faculty

For violin, viola, cello and bass players ages 10-18

August 12-18, 2018

Rose Underkofler started playing the violin at the age of 8 in Anne Wilkinson's Saco program. She continued  through high school and participated in the Maine All State Orchestra for three years. Rose is now studying for her Bachelor or Arts in Music Education at the University of Southern Maine and studies with Robert Lehmann.  She was honored to have been asked last year to teach at camp, and is so excited to come back again this year! In her free time Rose loves to play Bluegrass and Old Time fiddle music with her Dad and friends. Rose has been playing fiddle music with her dad for as long as she can remember and now loves to play with him around her community spreading the gift of music.