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.

Charlene Monte

Cello Faculty

Robert Smith

Conductor, Senior Orchestra

Faculty Orchestra

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 tending to her bees.


Charlene has been teaching Orchestra and String Instrument lessons in Dartmouth for eight years.  As a low string specialist, she has worked with Heather Church to build this program as it is today.  She has worked in  private and public schools in Massachusets since 1976, and has managed and conducted orchestras throughout New England.  She is an active member of the Massachusetts American String Teachers Association and the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.  Mrs. Monte has a private cello studio, plays with orchestras and with a chamber trio.

Faculty & Orchestra Conductors

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

August 12-18, 2018

Robert Smith grew up playing viola and composing music in Spartanburg, SC.  Robert then studied composition with Ladislav Kubik and viola with Pamela Ryan at Florida State University.  He performed with the University Symphony Orchestra, the FSU Opera Orchestra and the Tallahassee Symphony, working with Robert Shaw, Robert Spano, and Gunther Schuller.  Upon receiving his master's degree in music education, Robert taught for seven years in public and private schools in Atlanta, GA, starting a strings program at Pace Academy and serving as the conductor of the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra.  After spending a year in New York as an admissions officer for Mannes Conservatory and a member of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, he accepted a position at The Hopkins School in New Haven as their Director of Instrumental Music.  In addition to teaching, Robert also conducts the Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra and has served as interim conductor for the Cheshire Symphony Orchestra.

Lynne White McMahon

Conductor, Junior Orchestra

Linda Vaillancourt

Chamber Music Director

Dan Keller 

Conductor, Intermediate Orchestra

Anne Wilkinson 


Dan holds a Bachelor of Music Education, a Masters of Music and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Administration. He taught for ten years in the Caribou Schools and twenty eight years in AOS 92. Along with years of teaching Dan has been the principal violist of the Colby Symphony Orchestra, conductor of the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra, Portland Junior Youth Ensemble and currently co-conductor for the Mid Maine Youth Orchestra. He has been a guest conductor throughout the state, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Recently, he received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award in AOS 92 and has been entered into the Music Hall of Fame for Music Educators. Along with his many music activities Dan has coached track, cross-country and cross-country skiing. He has been a set and lighting designer, Musical Pit Conductor, Visual and Performing Arts Chair, District Music Curriculum Coordinator and an Outing Club Advisor for over thirty years. He also worked as a light bulb technician at a mental health facility, fish monger at a seal tank and a gandy dancer for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. He currently resides in the Belgrade Lakes region with his long suffering wife and their dysfunctional cats.

Lynne is the director of the Bow Street Junior Ensemble (B.A. in  Music Performance, M.Ed. in Music Education, Smith College) Lynne is a freelance violinist who studied under Philip Naegele, Giorgio Ciompi, and  Ani Kavafian, and has played and taught in New England for over twenty years  She can be seen performing throughout New England, playing in chamber groups  and with choral groups which is one of her passions.  In addition to  performing regularly as a member of the Artful Noise String Quartet and Trio  Arioso, Lynne has taught in many area schools including Berwick Academy,  River Tree Arts, and the York, Maine public schools.  She conducts the  Bow Street Junior Ensemble in Portsmouth, NH and teaches privately in her  studio at home in Cape Neddick, Maine.