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Community String Project Names Virginia Boyle Program Director

Virginia (Vicki) Boyle has been appointed Program Director at Community String Project. Boyle, who was Chairman of the Arts and Applied Arts Department at Mt. Hope High School, retired recently after a 40-year teaching career. During her tenure at Mt. Hope, in addition to teaching and Department Chair duties, she instituted a guitar program at the high school and later expanded it to include the Mt. Hope High School Classical Guitar Ensemble.

Boyle has been involved with Community String Project since its inception, starting its Adult Classical Guitar program five years ago and continuing to teach Intermediate and Advanced classes. She is on the Board of the RI Guitar Guild and is a member of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association (RIMEA), where she will conduct the All-State Junior Guitar Concert at this year’s All-State Music Festival, and also serves on RIMEA’s Advocacy Task Force. Her responsibilities with CSP will include overseeing string classes and teachers, instrument purchase and maintenance, obtaining grants for guest teachers and special workshops, coordinating with Executive Director, Alan Bernstein, and reporting to the Board of Directors.

Boyle resides in Bristol with her husband, Ken. Their daughter, Cordelia, lives in Alaska.

She says “My first love was the cello. And, after 40 years of teaching, it just feels right to be back in strings. And I get such joy out of working with our younger students.”

Community String is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide affordable and attainable string instrument lessons to the youth and adults in the East Bay area.

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