Ellsworth Community Music Institute has decided to suspend public concerts, group classes, including SCHERZO, and events beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice. ECMI is following developments hourly and will update our listings with any changes or developments.

The health and welfare of our students, faculty, and ECMI community are paramount among our considerations during this time of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We have been carefully monitoring information from government officials and the Maine CDC, and we have decided to take a proactive approach to protect our cherished community and respond in the most effective way we can. Thank you for your patience.

SCHERZO \skertsō\

1  : an ECMI adult chorus for ages 50+

2  : a vigorous, light, or playful composition

Tuesdays, February 25 – April 28, 2020


Adults ages 50+
Open to all voices, no audition

No cost to participate; donations to ECMI appreciated.

All sessions will be held at:
Moore Community Center Theater
125 State Street
Ellsworth, ME  04605

SCHERZO \skertsō\ will be led by Gina Schuh-Turner.

SCHERZO \skertsō\ is an adult chorus, organized by Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI) in collaboration with Friends in Action in Ellsworth. The primary focus of this chorus is to have fun singing!  No auditions are required, and all voices are welcome. Sessions for adults ages 50+ will begin February 25th and run for 10 weeks, on Tuesdays, from 11am-12pm in the Moore Community Center Theater. There is no cost to participate in the chorus, although donations to ECMI are appreciated. Singers will work toward a public concert at the culmination of the program. Mixed genres will be presented including show tunes, oldies, Americana, etc.

Rehearsals will include a one-time visit and sing-along class with Grammy award winner, Paul Sullivan!

The chorus will be led by Gina Schuh-Turner. Gina is a recent transplant to Maine from the Denver, Colorado area. She holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and has been teaching private voice for more than 20 years. She teaches locally and online to students from Ellsworth to South Korea. Gina is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional stage performers and stage managers. As a choral conductor and music director, Gina has enjoyed working with both adults and children, most recently as a music director (choir and handbells) at First Christian Church in Loveland, Colorado for 5 years. Performance career highlights include being an original cast member of Denver’s longest running musical, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change for 4.5 years (almost 2,000 performances) at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and performing Off-Broadway in The Fantasticks, working with the show’s creators, Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. Gina’s regional performance awards include the Marlowe Award for Best Actress in a Children’s show, and she is a two-time recipient of Westward’s Best of Denver Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

The chorus will be accompanied by Kimberly Battaline on piano.

Adults ages 50+ may participate at no cost thanks to funding by the Maine Expansion Arts Fund through the Maine Community Foundation. Donations to ECMI are appreciated.

You may reach us at 207-664-9258 or email:

Additionally, students may register in person at Friends in Action or the ECMI Lesson Desk at the Moore Community Center,  125 State Street, Ellsworth, Maine.


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