Youth Programs



Caitlin Patton, Executive Director and Strings Instructor

Caitlin Patton

Caitlin Patton serves as Executive Director of OuterArts Maryland, Inc. and teaches violin, viola and cello in the Fiddlesticks! program. She performs with the Union Symphony Orchestra (North Carolina) and the Chester River Chorale. Caitlin serves as a grant review panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council and on the Boards of Directors of the Humane Society of Kent County and the Chester River Chorale. 

Caitlin received her Master of Public Administration program at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where she focused her studies in Arts and Nonprofit Administration. She was the graduate assistant in the Arts Management program, where she worked on graduate student recruitment and with the Charleston Jazz Initiative. Upon her graduation, she was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the national public administration honor society, and received the MPA program’s Outstanding Student Award in recognition of her 4.0 cumulative GPA and involvement in the MPA community.

Born in Baltimore, Caitlin grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where she developed a passion for reading, writing and music as well as animal rescue and equestrian pursuits. She was admitted to Washington College at the age of 15 and graduated magna cum laude four years later with majors in Humanities and Music and minors in Creative Writing and English. Both during and after college, she taught violin and horseback riding lessons and trained horses professionally. Her arts administration experience includes positions with Spoleto Festival USA, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (at the Tanglewood Music Center) and as the first Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.

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Nevin Dawson, Presenter and Strings Instructor

Nevin Dawson

Nevin Dawson (violin, viola) studied music at Pennsylvania State University and has played with many symphonies and chamber ensembles, including Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. He premiered several works in the Musica Nova concert series at Penn State, and played with the Penn State Chamber Orchestra for its European tour. He currently teaches violin, viola, and cello at Music Life in Chestertown. He has also played with a variety of rock and folk bands for more than 15 years, and currently plays with The Pam Ortiz Band, Harp & Soul, and Ricky Walls and the North County Pickers. He is recorded on seven albums.

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