Debbie Edmundson, Matt Hilliard, Brendan Fogarty, Maritza Ebling, Lauren and Phil Edmundson at South Shore Conservatory’s Chase Away the Winter Blues, January 27, 2018, Courtesy Lisa Abitbol

Funds support community partnerships, creative arts therapies and tuition assistance – South Shore Conservatory (SSC) announces that its 12th annual Chase Away the Winter Blues gala on Saturday, January 27, raised over $325,000, making it the most successful Blues event to date. The Boston Marriott Quincy, a new venue for the event, drew a crowd of over 280 guests. Guests were welcomed with cocktails and SSC faculty performances.  During dinner, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Derek Spence, announced the purchase of a third campus located at 135 Webster Street in Hanover, designed to give greater access to music education and performance for the South Shore community. The property, scheduled to begin construction in 2019, will house multi-use classrooms, a-state-of-the-art Creative Arts Therapy Center, administrative offices, and a 275-seat performance space. The evening continued with an unforgettable performance by the SSC Youth Chorus and an exciting and successful live auction followed by dancing and music by SSC faculty and East Coast Soul. Proceeds from the gala benefit Community Partnerships and Creative Arts Therapy programs, as well as SSC’s Tuition Assistance program.

Chase Away the Winter Blues Co-chairs Linda Jones and Christine Puzo

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About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for over 45 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 4,000 students of all ages and abilities at its two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore.

Dave and Jean Jones, Debbie Allinson with Peter and Paula Tyack at South Shore Conservatory’s Chase Away the Winter Blues, January 27, 2018, courtesy Lisa Abitbol

Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers 30 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play.

SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781-749-7565), 64 St. George Street, Duxbury (781-934-2731), and 135 Webster Street, Hanover (781) 421-6162. SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram or visit

Jane Carr and Andy Hertig at South Shore Conservatory’s Chase Away the Winter Blues, January 27, 2018, Courtesy Lisa Abitbol

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Photos by Lisa Abitbol