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Gregory Squire

While still at school he worked as assistant to his teacher Heather Smith, beginning a life-long passion and commitment to the next generation. When he joined the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, this took on a new dimension as he helped develop their now highly regarded education and outreach programme. Since his return to New Zealand he has stayed active as teacher, ensemble coach and conductor. He taught violin at the Massey Conservatorium of Music and conducted the Massey Chamber Orchestra. For two years he was Director of Strings at the NZSM Academy For Young Musicians and one of the instigators of CHAMPS, which organised chamber music coaching for school-age students on a Saturday. With the Hawke�s Bay Orchestra, he founded and developed their Or-ches-trate programme, designed to develop ensemble skills in students. He now has a large group of students working with him and the other tutors in this programme. Gregory teaches students of all ages, using a mix of traditional and contemporary techniques. The emphasis is on finding the best mix of �serious� and �fun� repertoire. Many of his students have gone on to international careers but his focus is firstly to foster a life-long love for music, whatever the student�s aspirations.

Gregory Squire
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