Board of Directors

Dennis Slaughter, EdM, DLP                                President

Evelyn Anton                                                          Vice President 

Epp Sonin                                                               Board Member

Tanya Duncan                                                        Board Member

Hagar Shirman                                                      Board Member

Jaimie Hillman                                                       Board Memeber


Advisory Board

Linda F. Nathan

Dr. Melvena Green 

Sharon Robinson-Byrd

Charles Co

Dr. Jounghoon Song

Lliana Chen


Mariana Hill                                             Music Director

Naira Cola                                                Posthumous  AD

Marcus Hurt                                     Artistic Director

Jordan Pettis                                            Secretary

Wanda Smith                                           Financial Consultant

Tanya Duncan                                          Grant Writer

Shahidah Ahmad                                     Administrative  Coordinator

Sharon Robinson- Byrd                          Faculty Representative


Four Strings Academy provides a space and an opportunity for musicians of all ages to engage in a rich positive environment that spans beyond socioeconomic status, skill level, or genre of music to primarily focus on the classical development of each student.

Students are exposed to a diverse musical repertoire American band music to jazz, blues to hip-hop, with classical music training at the center of it all. We seek to create a landscape where the impact of classical music integrates a student’s life to inspire creativity, instill self-discipline, and help them find their unique voice.

Students learn the skills needed to become professional artists in a very competitive field, if they so choose, and to become lifelong advocates for the arts.



Our Vision is to provide music training to all levels of young aspiring musicians throughout New England.



FSA provides a space for musicians to engage in an environment that spans beyond race and socioeconomic status. To focus on industry musical development.



Four Strings Academy uses the Four Strings of the Violin, EADG to anchor its approach.


What We Believe In

Excellence:        Because anything that should be done, should be done well.


Acuity:                Because we believe in sharpness of mind and focus


Diligence:          Because we believe in practicing not just to get it right but until we can no  longer get it wrong


Graciousness:   Regardless of how well we play our instruments, we still have to be encouraged to interact in a wholesome fashion    

                             with others.