Dara Hankins is a cellist who joins us from New York City where she has been working as a freelance musician and coaching private students. Hankins grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia. She began playing the piano at age 7, but by age 10 had moved to the cello as her instrument of choice. She went to THE New England Conservatory of Music for her undergraduate work and Manhattan School of Music for graduate studies. “I grew up in Chesapeake and spent summers in Baton Rouge with my mom’s family. I am happy to be in the south again while pursuing my passion.” Hankins works at Douglass Elementary mentoring 4th through 8th grade string students.