Callie was born in Saco, Maine, and began studying the violin at age 4. As an adolescent, she was a member of the Portland Youth Ensembles and various chamber groups coached by the Portland String Quartet. Callie has enjoyed being a member of the pit bands for local productions of Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Amal and the Night Visitors, and Little Women. She also participated in her high school orchestra, jazz band, chamber singers,and the Maine All-State orchestra for 4 consecutive years, while studying with Ronald Lantz of the Portland String Quartet. As a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Callie currently studies with Professor Lina Bahn, Ed Dusinberre of the Takacs Quartet, and Judith Glyde. She is involved in numerous ensembles at CU, including the Symphony Orchestra, the Early Music Ensembles, and the Opera Orchestra with Nicholas Carthy. Additionally, by the start of camp in 2015, Callie will have returned from a semester abroad studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Australia. On the rare occasion that she is not practicing or in a rehearsal, Callie enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, traveling, and eating chocolate. Callie has been on the SMSC faculty since 2014.

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.

Rose Underkofler 

Counselor

Violin Faculty

Jenna Trunk began playing violin at the age of five in the Suzuki Program offered at her school and has been immersed in music ever since.  As a recent graduate of Ithaca College with a double degree in Music Education and Violin Performance, Jenna is delighted to be given the opportunity to be one of the counselors at this inspiring camp. She has recently accepted a position as one of the new string teachers in the Shrewsbury Public School District in Massachusetts and cannot wait to move to the New England area.  She is also excited to continue her education by pursuing a graduate degree in Violin Performance and/or Suzuki Pedagogy in the near future.  Since Jenna grew up on Long Island, she spend her free time swimming in the ocean or kayaking on the sound.  She also loves surrounding herself with animals and has recently adopted a fluffy cat named Aurora from the SPCA. Jenna has been on the SMSC faculty since 2012.

Kurt Villiard

Counselor

Cello 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.

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 Yves Saint Laurent. first violinist. Michael has made his career outside of music and lives in Boston where he works for Yves Saint Laurent. Michael has been on the SMSC faculty since 2011.

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 pursued a Bachelor of Music degree in music education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in instrumental (violin) performance. She just finished her first year teaching elementary general music and chorus at Pollard School in Plaistow, NH. Along with teaching private studio string lessons, AnnMarie also enjoys playing weddings, pit orchestra gigs, and chamber music as well. This is her third year at Southern Maine String Camp and she is looking forward to another great adventure.



Sam began playing the violin in the third grade while attending Saco Public Schools. In the spring of 2014, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in Music Education. While at USM he studied violin with Ferdinand Liva and conducting with Robert Lehmann. He has since accepted a position as orchestra director at the Waterville Public Schools teaching 4-12 string students. Sam is the founder of the Waterville Acoustic Ensemble and currently is a member of the Colby Symphony Orchestra. Sam has been a counselor at Southern Maine String Camp since 2012 and is looking forward to having his own students attend this year. He is super excited for another great year at camp!! When Sam does not have a string instrument in his hands you will find him on a pool deck coaching swimming or competing himself. Sam currently resides in Waterville, Maine. Sam has been on the SMSC faculty since 2012.

Scott Kiefner

Counselor

Bass Faculty

Callie Brennan

Counselor

Violin Faculty

Sam Lyons

Counselor 

Violin Faculty

Jenna Trunk 

Counselor

Violin Faculty

Michael Sherman 

Photographer

​Violin Faculty

Sarah Hoag

Counselor

Violin Faculty

Sarah began Suzuki violin studies at age four with Margaret Hopkins and continued studies with Ronald Lantz of the Portland String Quartet.  In the fall of 2013, Sarah graduated Cum Laude from Ithaca College, NY with the double degree Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Music Education. At Ithaca, Sarah studied violin with Nicholas DiEugenio, and performed with the Ithaca College Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. Sarah is teaching violin and viola privately in Southern Maine and group violin lessons at Kennebunkport Consolidated School and Kennebunk Elementary School. As of 2015, Sarah has been the orchestra director and general music teacher at Saco Middle School. In the summers, she is involved with the Portland String Quartet Workshop at St. Joseph’s College in Standish. Sarah first attended SMSC when she was ten and continued attending for four more years.  She gained valuable experience in ensemble playing and has many great memories of string camp during those summers.  Sarah has been on the SMSC faculty since 2011.

Aaron Pettengill

Counselor

Violin Faculty

Scott Kiefner is a bassist and educator currently based in Dover, NH. He graduated from McGill University in 2012 and returned to New Hampshire shortly afterwards. In 2013 he was selected to attend the School for Improvisational Music intensive workshop in New York City. He has been fortunate enough to share the stage with international recording artists such as Delfayo Marsalis and VINX, and he maintains a busy performance schedule with numerous local groups throughout New EnglandScott Kiefner is a bassist and educator currently based in Dover, NH. He graduated from McGill University in 2012 and returned to New Hampshire shortly afterwards. In 2013 he was selected to attend the School for Improvisational Music intensive workshop in New York City. He has been fortunate enough to share the stage with international recording artists such as Delfayo Marsalis and VINX, and he maintains a busy performance schedule with numerous local groups throughout New England.


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

August 12-18, 2018

AnnMarie Pinard

Counselor & Violin Faculty