Hilary Castle

About: Hilary Castle

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  • Role : Strings
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  • Specialist in : Traditional and Suzuki Cello, P.S. Outreach, and Saturday Music Project Faculty (Cello)

Name: Hilary Castle

Instrument you teach: Violin and Chamber Music

Do you play any other instrument in your spare time? I bought a mandolin a few years ago thinking it'd be pretty easy to learn (same strings as the violin). It's not as easy as it seems! It's mostly decorative at this point but I hope to learn a few songs someday!

Where are you from? Stonington, CT.

Favorite age group to teach: 0-100!

Favorite style of music to teach: Classical with a side of Americana.

Favorite song: Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now". It makes me smile and cry at the same time.

Favorite piece of music: Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

Favorite food: Avocado.

Favorite color: Mostly recently, orange.

Do you have any pets? My pets live on my Instagram feed. I follow and visit them daily (dogs and farm animals), wishing that they were my own!

What’s your favorite musical memory? Performing Mahler's Second Symphony with the Royal College of Music under the baton of Bernard Haitink

What do you like best about teaching music? The human connection. I love getting to know people. I also love that my students teach me just as much as I teach them.

Who is your favorite composer or musician? The three B's: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms. I often wonder what their music might be like if they were living today.

What was the first piece of music you ever learned? Twinkle.

How many hours a day do you practice? 2-4 hours depending on the day but my mantra has always been: quality over quantity.

How long have you been at TBMS? I spent four great years at TBMS from 2009-2013 and I am thrilled to be back!

Feel free to list any competitions, musical accomplishments, roles, performances of note, etc. As of recent, I am excited to be an alternate (concertmaster and fiddle player) in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's New Musical "Bright Star"! I'm also thrilled to be launching a music collaborative entitled Silver Birch Music this year, a project dedicated to preserving the role of classical music in our world through performance and education.