South Shore Conservatory’s Youth Orchestra Presents Fall Concert

South Shore Conservatory's Youth Orchestra in concert
SSCYO 2018 Fall
South Shore Conservatory’s Youth Orchestra in concert

First concert under new leadership, new conductor – South Shore Conservatory Youth Orchestra (SSCYO) presents its annual fall concert on Sunday, November 18 at 2 pm at Hingham Middle School, 1103 Main Street in Hingham, under the direction of newly-appointed Music Director Elijah Langille. The first of the 2018/2019 season, this concert includes works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn. The North River Brass Quintet is the featured guest artist for this performance.

Langille, who joined South Shore Conservatory as the Repertory conductor in 2014, has inspired his students to produce music of high caliber and quality. His goals as director are to help orchestra students develop aesthetic awareness/sensitivity through musical expression, contribute thoughtfully to the community, and, to create an environment that that enhances their quality of life at SSCYO, at home, and in school.

Elijah Langille

His first task, upon becoming SSCYO Music Director, was to find new Repertory conductor to take his place. In his search he discovered Maria Varonko, a Marshfield public school elementary string teacher, who, coincidentally, was in the viola section of the inaugural year of SSC Youth Orchestra.  She was exactly what he was looking for.

“I sought out Maria because of the dedication she has for the development of her students. She actively seeks to engage them no matter where they are on their musical journey, encouraging them to grow to the next level. Maria is very active in the Marshfield and Duxbury public schools, and her work speaks for itself. She is an excellent musician, and her students thrive because of it,” said Langille.

Maria Varonko

“As a junior in high school, I was in the viola section for the inaugural year of South Shore Conservatory’s SSC Youth Orchestra. Playing in the orchestra was a great opportunity for me to learn a wider range of difficult repertoire, and gain valuable experience as a symphonic musician,” said Varonko.

“My belief is that any student can succeed and find value in playing an instrument,” she continued. “As a music educator, I believe it is my responsibility to guide students in high quality music-making. My goals for the Repertory Orchestra are to create a positive, enriching experience for all students involved, that is based in learning significant high quality music.”

Under the guidance of Langille and Varonko, SSCYO runs in collaboration with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra (the Phil) and Artistic Advisor Steven Karidoyanes. SSCYO offers two leveled orchestras, and is open to students from communities throughout the South Shore and Cape Cod. Both SSCYO ensembles offer dedicated and talented young musicians the opportunity to perform symphonic music at a high level in an organized, supportive orchestra program. Both orchestras – Repertory, the intermediate full orchestra, as well as Symphony, the advanced orchestra, which Langille conducts, will perform in this fall concert.

All orchestral musicians are welcome to inquire about an audition online at, or contact Elijah Langille at

Admission to the concert is free for students K-12.  Adult tickets are $10, and may be purchased at the door.  Additional support for this program is provided in part by grants from the Marshfield Cultural Council and the Scituate Cultural Council.

About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for over 45 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 4,000 students of all ages and abilities at its two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore.

Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers 30 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play.

SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, 781-749-7565, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury, 781-934-2731, and 135 Webster Street, Hanover, 781-421-6162. SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram or visit

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

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