Betsy founded musiConnects in 2007 to establish and support educational and artistic residencies, using an innovative chamber music model. Prior to founding musiConnects, she created a successful strings program at the Chestnut Hill School in Newton, MA, growing the program from five students to more than 70 during her four-year tenure. In June 2014, she was a recipient of the Barbara C. Harris award for social justice, presented by the Episcopal City Mission, in honor of her dedication to increasing access to music education.
An accomplished violinist, Betsy performs regularly with the Boston Public Quartet, the resident quartet of musiConnects, the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, and the Back Bay Chorale, while teaching a vibrant studio of students and chamber ensembles through musiConnects. The daughter and granddaughter of musicians, Betsy began her violin studies at the age of five as a Suzuki student of Kathleen Weidley. She attended Florida State University as a violin performance major on full music and academic scholarships and, while there, played in an Honors Piano Trio as a Liberace Scholar. In 2001, she received a Music in Education Concentration along with her Master of Music from New England Conservatory. There she studied with Nicholas Kitchen of the renowned Borromeo String Quartet.