Sibelius Orchestra is the second-year ensemble. To move up to Sibelius Orchestra, students must receive a teacher recommendation based on musical and behavior evaluations. Sibelius Orchestra students are primarily in second and third grade and spend 2-3 days per week in orchestra rehearsals and 2-3 days per week in sectionals. Team teaching artists will work with individuals, sections, and small groups of students as needed.


Deborah Apple, Director

Violist, Deborah Apple, has been an active teacher and performer in the Boston area for over 8 years. She teaches private lessons in violin, viola, and cello to approximately 35 students of all ages. Additionally Deborah directs the Sibelius Orchestra (2nd-4th grades) at the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program. Previously she has taught at the Conservatory Lab Charter School (Boston) and the USC String Project (Columbia, SC). Deborah has viola performance degrees from the University of South Carolina (BM) and the Boston Conservatory (MM). Growing up in Virginia and Georgia, Deborah started violin at the age of 8 before switching to viola during her high school years. As a performer in the Boston area, Deborah is a member of the Brookline Symphony and has played with Boston Civic Symphony, Longwood Symphony, and Symphony Nova.


Matthew Smith, Teaching Artist

Cellist Matthew Smith is a passionate performer, educator and arts administrator working to inspire young people through classical music. Matthew is a member of Palaver Strings, a musician-led chamber orchestra committed to taking classical music beyond the concert hall. He is also an active performer in New York City and has been a frequent guest artist with New York-based ensemble, Contemporaneous. As an educator and administrator Matthew has served as a Teaching Assistant at The Boston Conservatory, appears each summer as a guest lecturer at the Verdi Arts School in Beijing and is the Artistic Coordinator of Project STEP. In addition to his work with the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, he teaches a private studio of cellists. Matthew received a Master of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory, where he studied with Andrew Mark, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Arizona State University, where he studied with Thomas Landschoot and graduated summa cum laude.


Melany Piech, Teaching Artist

Violinist Melany Piech is excited to be a part of the Boston area’s vibrant musical community. Originally from Buffalo, NY, she currently resides in Somerville and is pursuing a Master of Music degree in violin performance at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She studies violin and the Alexander Technique with Karen Oosterbaan, and has completed training in violin pedagogy with Darcy Drexler and Mimi Zweig. In addition to her private studio in Somerville, Melany has also served as Assistant Faculty at Point Counterpoint Chamber Music Camp in Leicester, VT. This year Melany will participate in the Music Educators/Teaching Artists Fellowship Program, as developed by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Klarman Family Foundation.