In an all-new The Business Beat Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb talks about South Shore Conservatory with: Kathy Czerny (shown, center), president; Ann Smith (left), director of community partnerships; and Eve Montague (right); director of arts therapies. They talk about the importance of access to quality education in the arts. This episode aired originally on April 17, 2015.
Now the largest community school for the arts in Massachusetts, South Shore Conservatory was incorporated in 1970 in Hingham as a non-degree granting community music school - after previously serving as a satellite preparatory program run by the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1980, a second campus was established in Duxbury, and in 1996, the Conservatory purchased, renovated and moved into its present home: the Ellison Center for the Arts.
Since its inception, South Shore Conservatory has remained faithful to its mission to “provide access to quality education in the arts’ in the belief that the arts are vital to and an innate part of life. Today more than 3,500 students participate in more 50 programs including:
· Individual lessons in most instruments and voice
· An arts-principled pre-school and full-day kindergarten
· Drama workshops
· Monthly recital and concert opportunities
· And, a variety of performing opportunities with chamber music, jazz, rock, wind, choral and percussion ensembles as well as a youth orchestra.
Through collaborations with local visual arts associations, exhibitions by regional artists are featured in Conservatory galleries throughout the year.
South Shore Conservatory is a full member of the National Guild of Community Arts Education.