Corey Johnson- Violin, Viola

Corey has been playing violin since 2003 and teaching since 2013. She is classically trained and has studied with the Hartford Symphony’s Jaroslaw Lis, who received a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. Corey has extensive experience playing in ensembles, namely the quartet setting. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2017. Corey aims to make her lessons as fun as possible while still focusing on the core technical aspects of violin playing. She has advanced piano skills and sometimes accompanies her students in lessons. She loves to find or arrange music that her students enjoy playing.

Corey teaches on Wednesdays.

Christine Coyle- Cello

A native of New York, Christine, is a respected performer and experienced teacher of music known across the northeastern United States. Under the tutelage of Marion Feldmann, she earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Manhattan School of Music. Christine is a long-tenured member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. She performs frequently with Orchestra New England and has participated in numerous productions at the Goodspeed Opera House. She is a founding member of both the Amaryllis Ensemble and the Taghkanic String Quartet. She believes in developing solid bow and left hand technique to enable refined artistic expression. Her past teaching experience includes time spent as a member of the faculties of Rutgers Preparatory School and the Bethwood Suzuki School. She teaches traditional as well as Suzuki method and is Suzuki-certified.

Christine teaches Mondays and Tuesdays.

Martha Herrle- Viola, Violin, Kindermusik, String Ensemble, Kate's Camp for Kids

Martha received her B. Mus. Ed degree from Hartt College of Music, studying both violin and viola. She spent the following year studying string quartet literature at the University of Connecticut with the Laurel String Quartet. She is the founder of Goodwin Strings, a before-school group violin instructional program for 2nd and 3rd graders at Goodwin Elementary School in Old Saybrook. She also presents our weekly music program for the collaborative preschool students at Essex Elementary School, teaches Kindermusik, and is the Director of Kate’s Camp for Kids. Martha is the founder and conductor of CMS First Time Fiddlers and CMS String Ensemble orchestra, two groups that bring her immeasurable joy as a frustrated conductor, and the Chamber Connections program.

Martha teaches Monday – Friday.


Marianna Kiss- Suzuki Violin

A native of Hungary, Marianna studied music at a specialized Kodaly institute in Budapest. A gifted performer on recorder and flute, she earned the honor to represent her school in an exchange program in Vienna, and was a member of a number of ensembles in both Austria and Hungary. After coming to the United States, Marianna continued her music education at the Bethwood Suzuki School with Connie Sattler on the violin and viola. She also studied Suzuki pedagogy with Michele George at the Hartt School of Music, and received her Suzuki teacher certification. Marianna is a professional member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Marianna teaches Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.

Matthew McCauley- Violin, String Bass, Electric Bass

Matt studied bass at Oberlin Conservatory with Jacque Posselle and Diane Meisel, electronic music with John Meisel, jazz theory and bass with Jeff Fuller and improvisational music with cellist, David Darling. Matt is a certified improvisational music teacher (MFP) who is as comfortable with classical orchestral repertory as he is with contra-dance music. Matt has performed with the Peruvian National Symphony Orchestra, Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Salt Marsh Opera Company, Spirit of Broadway Theater and Norma Terris Theater—Goodspeed at Chester. As a pit musician and vocalist, Matt performs locally with community, professional theaters and church groups including Musica Dulce, and the Connecticut Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

Matt teaches on Mondays.