Welcome to Tchefuncte Orchestra, TMS Super Strings and Pontchartrain/Woodlake Suzuki Violin!
My name is Annie Young-Bridges, and this is my 32nd year teaching public school orchestra and violin. I have a Bachelor of Music Education degree from USM in Hattiesburg, and am certified K-12 Instrumental and Vocal music, and 4-8 English/Language Arts. My string orchestra training and teaching continued in North Carolina and Texas where my high school orchestras won sweepstakes awards, and in 2014 I completed Suzuki Unit 1 at the Acadiana Suzuki Institute in Lafayette, LA. I am a professional violinist and have played in many regional symphony and opera orchestras. Currently I perform with the Cashmere Quartet, conduct the NorthShore Strings, and every summer direct a Fiddle Camp in Mandeville. As a yoga teacher I have presented "Yoga for String Players" at state national conferences, and was featured in an article in the December, 2015, "Strings" Magazine. Most of all I enjoy teaching my students, practicing violin and yoga, and spending time with my husband, grown children, and rescue pets!
TMS has 3 main ensembles of "orchestral stringed instruments" (violin, viola, cello or string bass) that meet during the school day in small groups: Beginning Orchestra (Fridays during "specials" time), Intermediate Orchestra (Wednesdays during "specials" time) and Super Strings- a small group for highly motivated students, auditions required (Friday mornings, 7:35-8:05). Each group performs for the school and the public twice a year or more. Throughout the school year each group will rehearse after school on Fridays.