Arthur Russell Week

Arthur Russell Week (ARW) will be held July 8-12, 2019 in Southwest Harbor, Maine.

Students will play a concert to benefit the Westside Food Pantry on Thursday, July 11 at 7pm at Saint John Episcopal Church, Southwest Harbor.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: We are accepting applications for the children morning session until May 31, 2019!
Click here to apply for the children session. 

We are accepting applications for the new adult afternoon session until May 31, 2019!
Click here to apply for the adult session.


CHILDREN Session:

This year our festival will focus on a creative approach to ensemble playing for children. Students will be grouped into small ensembles per their experience and skills to play a variety of pieces. Ensembles to include strings, piano, some woodwinds, and possibly percussion. The daily schedule will include times of instruction, as well as break time for play and refreshments. 

Tuition per child: $250
July 8-12: 9am-12pm
Pemetic Elementary School in Southwest Harbor, Maine
Ages 8-13, however exceptions may be considered

Please remember to mail a non-refundable $25.00 application fee to:

Ellsworth Community Music Institute
PO Box 56
Ellsworth, ME 04605

Application fee must be received within (7) days of application for consideration.

Click here to apply. Children Session application deadline is May 1, 2019


ADULT session:

ARW will offer a first-ever adult session in the afternoon under the direction of Noreen Silver, cellist. 

Tuition per adult: $200
July 8-11: 1pm-4pm
Pemetic Elementary School in Southwest Harbor, Maine

Please remember to mail a non-refundable $25.00 application fee to:

Ellsworth Community Music Institute
PO Box 56
Ellsworth, ME 04605

Application fee must be received within (7) days of application for consideration.

Click here to apply. Adult Session application deadline is May 31, 2019

Interested students may direct questions to Ellsworth Community Music Institute at 207-664-9258 or arthurrussellfestival@gmail.com.


Director

Noreen Silver (new) (2)

Director and cellist Noreen Silver was born and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. Her studies took her to London’s Royal College of Music and to Boston’s New England Conservatory as the recipient of a Rotary International Fellowship. She and pianist husband Phillip Silver form the internationally acclaimed Silver Duo, with two CD recordings on the Toccata Classics label. Noreen’s professional experience includes several years in Seattle’s Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Boston Opera, London’s BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She is principal cellist of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and has often appeared as soloist with the orchestra.  Noreen has been on the University of Maine faculty since 1999, where she directs the chamber music program and teaches cello performance

Faculty

Noreen Silver, cello
Ryu Mitsuhashi, violin
Christina Spurling, piano


2018 media coverage by Mount Desert Islander: click here

A little history…

Arthur Russell Week (ARW), formerly known as Arthur Russell Strings, is the summer festival of ECMI.  Young musicians travel to Southwest Harbor on Mount Desert Island for a week of playing music together, receiving instruction, and performing for eager audiences.

In 1998, Arthur Russell Strings was founded as a way to honor the legacy of an avant garde cellist, composer, singer, and musician with ties to Mount Desert Island, Maine. Arthur’s work spanned the genres of classical, disco, folk and rock. He collaborated with artists like Allen Ginsburg, Talking Heads, and Philip Glass, to name but a few. He died from AIDS in 1992. ARS began as summer festival for young musicians to experience the wonders of musical collaboration in small groups. Our one-week festival is designed to encourage young musicians to experience the joy of musical collaboration, to form deep and lasting friendships, to benefit from professional mentors, and to share the wonder of performance.

Inspired by the impact of ARS, the Board of Directors decided to pursue their vision of making the ARS summer festival part of a larger, year-round commitment: hence the Ellsworth Community Music Institute was born.