John Bumstead co-founded the New England String Ensemble and was a 17-year member of its cello section. His music education includes studies at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Ohio and Manhattan School of Music as well as a Master of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Major teachers include Regina Mushabac, David Finch, Frederick Zlotkin, and Lillian Fuchs for chamber music studies. He is an active performer and educator in the region, regularly performing with Symphony by the Sea, at North Shore Music Theater, and in the chamber ensembles, Due Celli and the Nissitissit String Quartet. In addition to his private studio John is cello professor at UMass Lowell and cello coach at the Summer String Music Festival at Endicott College.
John is currently teaching lessons on Tuesdays at Pine Hill at High Mowing School in Wilton, NH.
Matthew Dickey has held positions with the Butler Philharmonic as principle second violin and with the Danville Symphony as Assistant Concertmaster. He has also been a member of Sinfonia da Camera and the Springfield Symphony, and has made several appearances with the Dayton Philharmonic and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.
Matthew also has extensive experience both locally and on tour with musical productions. He was the Concertmaster of the Booth Tarkington Civic Theater from 2012-2013 and was the Assistant Concertmaster of the Gilbert and Sullivan Players of New York for their 2015 Tour of the Midwest. Matt also served as Concertmaster in the CCM productions of Legally Blonde and Peter Pan in 2014 and 2015.
Matthew started his teaching career while still in his undergraduate degree program at Butler University. There he worked for the Butler Community Arts School with private students as well as summer workshops. Upon moving to Cincinnati in 2013, he maintained a studio of 30 students between the Toedtman School of Music and the Northern Kentucky School of Music. He currently teaches at the Manchester Community Music School and the Concord Community Music School.