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.

Ellie Marston

Medical Staff

Anne holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Western Michigan University and a Master’s in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine. She has been a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and the Warren Chamber Orchestra, all in the Midwest. After moving to Maine in 1984, she developed a string program in the Saco and Dayton Schools which now numbers over 240 students. In addition to her position as Orchestra Director for Saco Schools and Thornton Academy, she is part-time faculty at the University of Southern Maine, and served as the Orchestra co-chair for the York County Junior High Festival and the District 1 Honors Music Festival.  She has been on the faculty at UMO Summer Youth Music Camp and the Thornton Academy Arts Camp. She is a frequent guest conductor for regional music festivals, low string adjudicator for the All-State Music Festival, plays in a string quartet and performs regularly in local orchestras and chamber music ensembles. Anne was on the faculty of the Southern Maine String Camp since 1993 and has served as the Director since 2000. When not getting ready for school and string camp, you will find Anne chasing grandchildren, doing major remodeling projects or fiercely pulling weeds in the garden.

Faculty, Orchestra Conductors & Staff

Dan Keller 

Conductor, Intermediate Orchestra

Anne Wilkinson 


Dan holds a Bachelor of Music Education, Masters of Music and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Administration. He taught for ten years in the Caribou Public Schools and twenty eight years in the Waterville Public Schools. He has been inducted into the Maine Music Educators Association Hall of Fame and the National Music Hall of Fame for Music Educators.
In the past Dan had been principal violist with the Colby Symphony Orchestra, and conductor of the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra and Portland Junior Youth Ensemble. Currently, Dan is a co-conductor for the Mid Maine Youth Orchestra.
Dan has coached Nordic skiing, track and cross-country. He has been a set and lighting designer, music pit conductor, visual and performing arts chair, district music curriculum coordinator and an outing club advisor of over thirty years.
Past employment has been a light bulb technician at a mental health facility, fish monger at a seal tank and gandy dancer for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. Dan resides in the Belgrade Lakes region with his long suffering wife and their dysfunctional cats.

Linda Vaillancourt holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine, and a Master of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Maine.  She has taught in schools throughout Maine over the past fifteen years, and currently teaches strings, band, and classroom music at North Yarmouth Academy (Yarmouth, ME).  Hoping to strengthen orchestra opportunities in her hometown of Lewiston, she also directs the Youth Orchestra of Lewiston-Auburn, a string chamber orchestra.  She performs actively as a member of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Maine Music Society, and Maine Pro Musica.  She often manages or coordinates the various District II festivals, and serves as the manager for the Maine All-State Orchestra.  When not teaching or performing, Linda enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.  Having been away from SMSC for several years, Linda is delighted to be returning, and to be bringing her oldest daughter with her as a camper.

Margot Reavey

Conductor, Senior Orchestra

Margot Reavey currently serves as the Orchestra Director in the Belmont Public Schools, just outside of Boston, MA. She teaches over 250 students in grades 5 through 12, and conducts five school orchestras. During her 11-year tenure in Belmont, the string program has been the recipient of numerous grants to bring in performing artists showcasing classical and alternative styles. Her middle school and high school orchestras have repeatedly earned Gold Medals at the MICCA Music Festival, and have been invited to perform at the Massachusetts MEA All-State Concert Hours in recent years.
In addition to her work in the Belmont Schools, Mrs. Reavey has conducted the Rivers Conservatory Preparatory Orchestra (part of the Rivers Youth Orchestras), the MassMEA Western Junior District Orchestra Festival, and most recently Maine District II Senior Orchestra. She is the Past-President of the MA-ASTA Chapter (American String Teachers Association).  She held previous positions as Orchestra Director of the Belmont Saturday Morning Music School, Assistant Director of the Hartt String Project in Hartford, CT, and Assistant Director of the Portland String Quartet Summer Workshop held at St. Joseph's College in Standish, ME. 

​Mrs. Reavey received a B.A. in Music Performance and Politics from Oberlin College and an MMEd from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. Mrs. Reavey originally hails from Midcoast Maine and enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. When she's not conducting, you'll find her cooking, going on long scooter-walks with her kids, or binge-watching the latest Netflix series!

Linda Vaillancourt

Chamber Music Director

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

August 12-18, 2018

Ellie Marston is a native of Portland, Maine studying at Boston College where she will graduate in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Ellie is also a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) and has been spending the summer in the Student Nurse Employment Program at Maine Medical Center working as a Certified Nursing Assistant in an intensive care unit. Additionally, she has played the violin for 14 years, studying privately and playing in a variety of orchestral, chamber music, and folk music settings. She was a member of the Maine All-State Orchestra for four years and was the concertmaster of the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra during her senior year of high school. She is currently a member of the Boston College Irish Fiddle Ensemble. Ellie was a camper at SMSC several years ago and is thrilled to be returning this summer in a different role where she is able to combine her love of music with her love of healthcare! 

Sarah Hoag

Conductor, Junior Orchestra