Hanna Flewelling grew up in Scarborough, Maine. She began learning the violin at the age of five with Elizabeth Miller. Since then, she has continued performing on the violin, and studied under Ferdinand Liva at the University of Southern Maine.
Currently, Hanna works as the Orchestra Director at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine. Additionally, she directs the Portland Young Peoples’ String Consort at the University of Southern Maine - School of Music, as part of their youth ensemble program. Prior to her work at Thornton, she spent 6 years teaching in RSU 14 - Windham/Raymond, serving as both the Orchestral Music Director for the district, and Instrumental Director for Windham High School, conducting both concert band and orchestra. In recognition of her work in Windham, Hanna was nominated for and awarded “New Music Teacher of the Year” in May 2018 by the Maine Music Educators Association.
Hanna is also an active member of MMEA (Maine Music Educators Association), currently serving as the editor of their publication The Maine Motif, and previously serving as the secretary for the District 2 Chapter. In conjunction to her work with MMEA, she is a member of the Maine Chapter of ASTA (American String Teachers Association), and serves as the chapter secretary.
Hanna holds a Bachelor of Music Education, summa cum laude, with a focus in both violin and saxophone, from the University of Southern Maine. She is currently working on completing a Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting, also at the University of Southern Maine, under the direction of Robert Lehmann.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, telling awful puns, and playing nerdy games. Hanna has been on the SMSC faculty since 2013. She has served as assistant director/activities director since 2019.