Ellen Sager, Director
A graduate of the Crane School of Music, Potsdam NY. As a professional violinist, Ellen has played with the Vermont Symphony, been Concertmistress of the Sage City Symphony, member of the Dorset Trio and a freelance performer. Ellen has been a music educator since 1983 years. She is the conductor of the Honors Strings and Senior Orchestra of the Lakes Region Youth Orchestra and Founder/Director of the Green Mountain Youth Orchestra and the Green Mountain Music Camp. Ellen is fulfilling a long time goal of reestablishing a quality orchestra program in our area.
Student Faculty 2016/Staff Assistants
Nadine Morgan, Grace Interrante, Tim Shupe, Jackson Burhans
Wendy Fagerholm — Wendy has her ME from the Crane School of Music, Potsdam NY. She is currently teaching in Bennington. Wendy has accompanied the Bennington Choral Society and the Bennington Children’s Chorus. She also plays organ and French horn, and is a member of Sweet Praises.
Susan Green — Susan has a BME from the University of Vermont. She teaches music at the Shaftsbury Elementary School and has been principal trumpet with the Sage City Symphony; has done six tours of Europe as a Baroque and Jazz trumpet soloist and performs extensively as an electric bassist.
Jay Sager — Piano, Percussion. BM in Music Education, The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Born and raised in Bennington, Vermont. Former member of The 2007 Sound of America European Concert Tour, performing in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland. Winner of the Vermont All-State Performance Scholarship (Marimba) and Composition Scholarship. He has performed with The Berkshire Symphony and has been featured with them as a timpanist. Percussion soloist at the Park McCullough Music Series.
Mary Migliozzi Chambers-Mary has a Masters in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY, where she majored in voice. She received a BS in Music Therapy from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, where she earned scholarships for voice and violin. She holds a State of New York Teacher Certification, Music K-12. She taught in private and public schools in upstate New York for more than 13 years. She now teaches violin at the Village School of North Bennington. Mary is also a song writer, often accompanying herself on guitar, dulcimer and piano
Leslie Koelker — graduated from Castleton State College with a dual license in Music and Elementary Education. She has received her Master Degree in Education fro Southern New Hampshire University. Leslie teaches K-6 General Music, Chorus and Band at the North Bennington Graded School and teaches private piano in the Bennington area. She lives in Shaftsbury with husband Michael and son Eli.
Lynn Sweet — Lynn received her degree in Music Education from Hartwick College in Oneonta NY, majoring in voice and piano. She co-directed Once Upon a Mattress, Oliver, The Music Man, Into the Woods and The Boyfriend at Mount Anthony HS. At the elementary school level she has directed and produced The Castaways, The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Schoolhouse Rock and Honk. Lynn also teaches piano and voice.