Charlene Monte


Charlene Monte

Part Time Lecturer


String Methods




College of Visual & Performing Arts 204


1981University of MiamiM.M.
1976UMass LowellB.M.


  • String Methods




Charlene Monte is a string specialist in the Dartmouth Public Schools, teaching students in grades 5 through 12, co-conducting the middle school and high school orchestras, and conducting the middle school chamber ensemble. She is on the staff of the Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestra organization, directing the SEMAYO’s Poco Strings ensemble. She was also a long-time chamber music coach at Southern Maine String Camp.

Ms. Monte has served on the executive boards of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association and is a former president of the Massachusetts chapter of the American String Teachers Association. She remains a board member of the Foundation for the Advancement of String Education. Ms. Monte has also been active in organizing festivals and managing orchestras since the mid-1980’s, and has served as an adjudicator for District and All-State music festivals in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine.

As a professional cellist, Ms. Monte has performed with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and the Florida Philharmonic. She has played under the batons of Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Muti, and has shared the concert stage with Leontyne Price, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Andre Watts, Roberta Peters and Robert Merrill. Ms. Monte is a freelance cellist, performing regularly with local theater orchestras and with the Sonare Chamber Ensemble. She also maintains a private cello studio.

Ms. Monte has been teaching string pedagogy at UMass Dartmouth since 1993.