UWM Staff 201

Staff and volunteers


·         Marcia Lier, Director of Community Strings and group class instructor

·         Trudy Larson, Executive Director and  violin teacher /conductor of the string ensemble

·         Carol Peckins, assistant instructor for Saturday group classes; violinist with Boston Philharmonic, family counselor  for many years and violin teacher

·        Laine Cutts, Music Educator -  music teacher at Community Day Charter School

·        Lynne Wilby, piano teacher at YDO, NH studio and performs with string and wind ensembles

·        Siham Berrada – Secretarial Assistant


Trudy Larson, Executive Director and Conductor of String Ensemble


Trudy Larson, former Executive Director and founder of the Northshore Youth Symphony Orchestra for eighteen years, continues to serve as founding director and strings director of the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras and serves on its Advisory Board.  She is also a private Suzuki violin and viola teacher in North Andover, MA, where she has taught for the past 35 years and coached several string ensembles. Her students and ensembles have given many concerts in the community and for many years they have performed benefit concerts to support charitable causes.

In 2001, Trudy Larson was awarded the Massachusetts “Private String Teacher of the Year” by the Massachusetts American String Teachers-National String Orchestra Association, an honor that recognizes exemplary dedication and commitment to string education outside of the schools. She is a member of the Massachusetts Suzuki Association, the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American String Teachers Association. 

Mrs. Larson is the founder and co-director of “Summer Strings,” a summer strings day camp in Lawrence for Lawrence violin students as well as other Merrimack Valley students. Mrs. Larson is co-founder of the Lawrence string program and serves as conductor of the performing ensemble


Marcia Lier, Founder and Teaching Director of Community Strings. 


Marcia Lier is a Suzuki-trained violin teacher and teaches at both the Community Day Charter School Prospect – both upper and lower schools and at the Arlington School where she teaches five classes. Mrs. Lier has taught the Community Strings Program since 1998 to the present. As a youth, she was trained in violin at a Conservatory program in Canada.  She has formerly worked with World Relief, done resettlement work with Vietnamese and Cambodian families and directed a Youth Center and Community Group home. 

As an adult, Marcia led a children’s choir and drama group and served as an Enrichment Teacher at CDCPS.  In addition she was a teacher’s  assistant at Ashby Elementary School in Ashby MA and  has worked with World Relief Refugee Service from 1980 – 1988 .  She was co founder and co-director of refuge resettlement work for Vietnamese and Cambodian families from 1976-1978.  In addition she served as Director of Manchester MA Youth Center and was house director of a community group home for borderline retarded and emotionally disturbed teens.


Carol Peckins


Ms. Peckins is the assistant teacher for our Saturday program and teaches classes on Monday at CDCPS Prospect.  She received her BA from SUNY at Stony Brook; MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and has spend more than 30 years working with children and families.  Carol recently took Suzuki violin training at Hartt University this past summer.  In addition, she is a member of Boston Philharmonic.  Ms. Peckins also is a member of the Advisory Board of the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra.


Laine Cutts

Is the assistant teacher Community Strings Tuesday after-school group class at CDCPS - working alongside Mrs. Lier.  Laine Cutts comes from Princeton, New Jersey where she received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College. She taught for 4 years there, 2 years at an elementary/middle charter school and 2 years as a founding faculty of a charter high school. She now teaches elementary music at Community Day Charter School-Prospect in Lawrence, MA. She also sings professionally with a group called Diamonds from the Dust. Laine feels very passionately that music helps bring a more well-rounded educational experience to young kids that helps foster an innate sense of enjoyment through music making and community building.


Lynne Wilby, piano teacher,YDO

 Lynne began piano lessons at the age of three; years later; she earned her Professional Diploma with concentrations in performance, music theory, and piano pedagogy.  In 1995, she made music her full time vocation and established her own private piano studio.  She enjoys sharing her love of music with her many students. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano, member of the NHMTA, and is the organist for Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Brentwood-Kingston. She performs extensively with string and woodwind players throughout New England.


Siham Beraeda, Secretarial Assistant

Siham is a Lawrence  parent of two of our Lawrence violin students. She is presently attending school for business management.