Providing high-quality string education experiences to students throughout Baltimore

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Staff and Board

Program Director

Samuel Thompson


Board of Directors

Rosemarie Paull
– President/Treasurer

Michael Longinaker
– Vice President

Peg Mitchell
–  Secretary

Cynthia Chase
Betty Gailes
Kevin Gillis
Diana Parsons
Nancy Patrick
Judy Plott



Frances Belcher
– Founder

Dr. Mellasenah Edwards
– BSA Liaison

Kathryn Kotz
– Legal Advisor

Jason Love
– Artistic Advisor

Evans Paull
– Grant Advisor


Our Faculty

The Bridges Program faculty are exceptional professional musicians from the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Our teachers are chosen based on their commitment to the value of providing warm, supportive, quality music education experiences for children in Baltimore City schools.

Teachers have extensive training in string pedagogy from major institutions like the Peabody Conservatory, Juilliard School, and the University of Maryland. They teach at area colleges and universities, have active careers as professional performers, and many have years of experience.  All have a passion for sharing music through teaching and helping children develop a love of making music.

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