Affordable Elegance 


String Ensembles

Aaron Pettengill, violinist 

began playing the violin in third grade after seeing the an orchestra perform at his school. Since then, he has devoted his life to music. Before graduating high school, he became the concertmaster of the Portland Youth Symphony and the Maine All-State Orchestra. Now he plays in the first violin section of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. Last year, he was one of three selected winners of the University of Southern Maine Concerto Competition. His past teachers have included Anne Wilkinson, Deirdre Oehrtmann and Ronald Lantz. He currently studies with Robert Lehmann.

Victoria Hurlburt

Having recently graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a double major in music education and performance, Victoria Hurlburt is pursuing a career as a music instructor and teacher as well as becoming recognized as an exceptional performer in the Portland area. During her college career, she studied violin under the tutelage of Robert Lehmann, and has also had prior instruction under Ronald Lantz of the Portland String Quartet. In the last year as a solo performer, Victoria has had the privilege of working with both professional violinists Ray Chen and Irina Muresanu in violin master classes, which have proven to be incredible and insightful experiences of musical growth and opportunity. She has also recently been selected as one of the few musicians to participate in the USM annual Honors Recital program which features solo performers chosen by audition. She is now currently participating and embarking on various ensemble endeavors as second violinist for the recently formed Prospero Quartet which has been giving select concerts in the greater Portland area since July, 2015. In her spare time, Victoria works and performs regularly at many local music and theater venues including Maine State Music Theater, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Lyric Music Theater, Stages: Performing Arts Society, and Schoolhouse Arts Center. In the future, she plans to continue playing in the local community as a performer, instructor, and freelance musician by providing opportunities of excellence in musical growth to everyone around her.

Katherine Anderson, cellist. 

Katherine Anderson is a cellist who has studied with Katherine Graffam, Marian Heller, and Stanley Cayting. She played in the Portland Symphony Orchestra under Arthur Lipkin and Paul Vermel while a high school student.She also played in the Bangor Symphony orchestra under Peter Re. She is currantly playing in the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Lehman. Kathy has played in numerous quartets for weddings throughout the state. She also has played in local nursing homes and churches . She resides in Portland and is active in taking care of her three grandchildren

Julie Anderson, viola

A Maine native, has studied the viola for 20 years. She is a graduate of Deering High School class of 2000, Rice University 2004 (BA) and Notre Dame de Namur University 2008 (MA). Teachers include; Meg Gillette (Portland Symphony), Julia Adams (Portland String Quartet) and Karen Richter (Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.) Julie received the Emerson Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy (1998) and the Gould Award for solo performance (1999). She has been the principle violist for the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra and a member of the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Rice University Symphony Orchestra and Campanile  Orchestra. Julie is currently a contracted violist with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. Julie was a viola sectional and string quartet coach at the University of Southern Maine's Summer String Academy (2006) and held a private violin and viola teaching studio in Berkeley, CA (2005-2008).

Julie has an active freelance career and has performed with many recording artists including Ray LaMontagne, 'Young at Heart', and Rustic Overtones. Julie lives in Portland, Maine with her Fiance and two young children and teaches violin and viola lessons in the Greater Portland area.

Linda Swift, violist
Linda has loved and played music all her life, but did not start the viola until adulthood. She is a longtime member of the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra as well as an avid chamber music player. As a member of the string duo, Affordable Elegance, she performed at wedding regularly for several years. She has also attended numerous workshops with the Portland String Quartet and studied privately for many years. She teaches violin and viola and has a consulting business teaching music and movement to toddlers and preschoolers. She lives n Biddeford, Maine with her husband

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Marshunda Smith, cellist/ manager
Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Marshunda co-founded and managed East Tennessee's Premier wedding musical group, The Lake Terrace String Trio for 10 years until her move to the New England area in 2006. Marshunda started playing the cello in the 6th grade because she had a crush on a boy....who played cello. The rest is history! She received he Bachelor degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she studied with Dr. Wesley Baldwin. While in the Knoxville area, she was assistant conductor of the the Oak Ridge High School Orchestra and maintained a private cello studio of over 40 students. Marshunda decided to move to Maine to study conducting with Dr. Robert Lehmann at the University of Southern Maine. Having finished two masters degrees at the university she has since moved to the Boston.  Marshunda has conducted many youth ensembles and has been a guest conductor with various orchestras in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts area.  Currently Marshunda is a Waldorf school music teacher and cellist in the Boston area. She enjoys cooking, reading sci-fi, playing Xbox, Yoga, dance and meeting new people. Oh yeah, she also likes Sunflowers, Daisies and bubbles and manages Vermillion Strings of Greater Boston.