Hillary T. Dumond

Violinist, Violist, Instructor


Hillary Dumond is an avid violin and viola performer and teacher in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut.  She began violin study at the age of ten and soon after joined the Midwest Young Artists orchestra and chamber program in Chicago, performing throughout the Midwest and competing in Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.  She continued her musical studies at both Mount Holyoke College and University of Massachusetts-Amherst, studying under Linda Lladerach, Marsha Harbison and Elizabeth Chang.  A lover of chamber and orchestral music, she has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire including the acclaimed Amherst String Quartet, Bach Consort of Worcester and the Worcester Chorus & Orchestra.  She is the founder of the Aria Chamber Ensemble which performs in various settings throughout New England.   

Hillary has been teaching privately for the past ten years and has received formal Suzuki teacher training through the Hartt School of Music and New York's School for Strings.  She furthers her study over the summers at the Hartt School Teacher Training Institute and various Teacher Training Institutes across the country.  She currently teaches Suzuki violin at the Enfield Montessori School. 

She spends her free time relaxing with her family, reading and enjoying the numerous musical and cultural offerings of the Valley.


Special Training

Suzuki Every Child Can! Seminar:  Hartt School Suzuki Teacher Institute- Instructor David Madsen 

Suzuki Violin Book 1:  School for Strings Teacher Training - Instructor Allen Lieb

Suzuki Violin Book 2:  Hartt School Suzuki Teacher Institute - Instructor Sue Baer

Suzuki Violin Book 3: Pakchoag Music School - Instructor Amy Matherly 

Suzuki Violin Book 4: Chicago Music Institute - Instructor Katherine Wood

Teaching Experience

  • Hillary Tanaka's Violin Studio. Suzuki and traditional violin/viola instructor.  2007-present
  • Enfield Montessori School, Enfield, CT. Suzuki violin instructor.  2012-present
  • Red Barn Music Studio, Amherst, MA. Violin/viola instructor.  2007-2009 

Orchestral/Ensemble/Performance Experience

  • Aria Chamber Ensemble, CT. Founder and 1st violin. 2015-
  • fLux Ensemble, South Hadley, MA.  Principal 2nd violin. 2014
  • Salisbury Chamber Players, Worcester, MA.  Section violin.  2009-2016
  • Bach Consort of Worcester, Worcester, MA.  Section violin.  2008-2016
  • Worcester Chorus Orchestra, Worcester, MA. Section 1st violin.  2008-2016
  • Hampshire Choral Society Chamber Orchestra, Northampton, MA. Section violin.  2005-
  • Camerata New England, Lebanon, NH. Section 1st violin.  2011
  • Keene Chamber Orchestra, Section 1st violin.  2006-2009
  • Hugh Kehlan Ensemble, Brattleboro, VT. Section 1st violin.  2008, 2012
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Amherst, MA.  Section violin.  2006-2008 
  • Amherst String Quartet, Amherst, MA. Violin/viola.  2004-2010
  • Mount Holyoke College Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster.  2003-2006

Professional Affiliations

  • Suzuki Association of the Americas
  • NAfME (National Association for Music Education) - MMEA and CMEA