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Gretchen’s story

The oldest sibling...

Gretchen grew up in the fantasy world of books and dolls and writing epic novels, only coming out of her room long enough to practice her music or have a meal.  She has always been a dreamer and is now living her dreams. Gretchen was homeschooled all through high school, which gave her the opportunity to spend extra hours doing the things she loved.   She started taking violin lessons at age 5 at a local music school, and then at age 8 found the most amazing teacher in the world, the late Louise Wear.  She started playing viola at age 12 and discovered her true voice in that instrument. Gretchen auditioned and was accepted at the Juilliard School of Music pre-college program in 1998 and studied with Toby Appel. She graduated from that program in 2002. She spent her under-graduate years at the Hartt School studying with Steve Larson and completed part of her Master’s Degree in pedagogy at the same school. In 2011, Gretchen took her first trip to Haiti to teach and nurture the potential in young orphans and abandoned children.  She is now working with World Vision International to develop a music school in the Central Plateau region of Haiti and continues to make regular visits. On October 12, 2012 Gretchen married her prince charming, Stephen Bergeron, in a fairy tale wedding which followed a romantic proposal in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.  They now reside in Glastonbury, CT.     Gretchen has a thriving Suzuki violin studio in Guilford, CT called Shoreline Strings....and two beautiful puppies, Beauregard and Eloise.   
And they married and lived happily... Shoreline Strings Gretchen Emily Annabelle and Grandaddy Gretchen age 3 singing us a song. The three girls first performance Christmas 1992 Gretchen age 10 formal portrait Gretchen and Jeremiah teaching young violinists in Haiti Gretchen teaching a young girl in Haiti Gretchen and Steve engaged in Paris Gretchen's fairy tale wedding Gretchen's reception held at the Carousel in New Haven, CT Shoreline Strings at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA Shoreline strings on parade Gretchen and puppies