String Faculty

Laura Sousa Wagner

A native of Massachusetts, Laura Sousa Wagner began playing the violin at the age of five. After completing the Suzuki method, she went on to train at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, studying in the private studios of Fudeko Takahashi and Kelly Barr. While at NEC, she was a member of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra, the Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
She has toured extensively across the United States, Europe and South America with various orchestras, and has performed in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Brazil, Venezuela, and Canada. While on tour in Venezuela, she collaborated with El Sistema under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel.
Mrs. Sousa Wagner has been the winner of several competitions, including the Vassar College Soloist Competition in both 2006 and 2008, and she was the Massachusetts winner of the VSA Arts International Soloist Competition in 2008. She served as concertmaster of the Rhode Island All-State Orchestra from 2003 to 2006, and of the Vassar College Orchestra and the Vassar College Camerata from 2006 to 2010.
In addition to classical music, Mrs. Sousa Wagner also enjoys fiddling and playing folk music, studying with Myra MacLeod and participating in several workshops in and around Worcester.
Mrs. Sousa Wagner earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Vassar College in 2010

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Zachary Surapine

Orchestral Experience
Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra - Violinist/Librarian,
 October 2014 - Present
- Practice and learn orchestral repertoire
- Play within the section to produce large scale musical works
- Responsible for collecting and organizing music after concert cycles 

UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra - Principal Second/Section violinist, September 2011­ - May 2016
- Practice and learn orchestral repertoire
- Play within the section to produce large scale musical works
- Alternated roles between Principal Second Violin and playing in the first Violin section
- As Principal 2nd: Leading and cueing the section, helping to create a uniform sound 

Mentor/Teaching Experience
Amherst Regional HS - Orchestral Mentor, January-May 2011 - 2014
- Attended weekly rehearsals and worked on orchestral music with the violin and viola sections.
- Provided fingering/bowing suggestions. Taught small group lessons to work on tone quality and technical aspects of stringed instruments 

Claflin Hill Youth Orchestra - Orchestral Mentor, Adjudicator, Chamber Coach, June 2016­ - Present
- Judge orchestral auditions. Help students learn large scale orchestral music and provide alternative learning and practice strategies
- Coach and instruct students in small groups to create smaller works of chamber music 

Education
Milford High School, Milford MA 
UMass Amherst, Amherst MA
Bachelors of Music - Violin Performance, May 2016
Bachelors of Music - Music Education, In Progress 

Recitals
February 25, 2014 - Violin Performance, Junior Recital
December 2, 2015 - Violin Performance, Senior Recital

Certifications
Every Child Can Certification, April 20, 2013

First Aid trained

Awards
Eagle Scout ­ December 2, 2010