Classes

CURRENT CLASS OFFERINGS:

 

ECMI YOUTH CHORUS – Spring 2018

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ECMI Youth Chorus with Danielle Woerner

Mondays, March 19 – May 21, 2018 (no session Apr 16)

$100 per child (one time fee)

5:00 – 6:00pm

4th-8th Grades

Registration is required. You may register in person on March 26th.

Public Concert: May 21, 2016 at 6:30pm

All sessions and the public concert will be held at:

General Bryant E. Moore Community Center
125 State Street
Ellsworth, ME  04605

The chorus will be taught and directed by ECMI Faculty, Danielle Woerner

Ellsworth Community Music

Danielle is passionate about the importance of music in young people’s lives. She taught singing and conducted choruses with inner-city children during her 2000-2002 affiliation with the Bronx Arts Ensemble’s community- and school-based programs in the Bronx. With the late pianist Andrea Goodzeit, she developed a Music and Visual Arts workshop program for Horizon Concerts in NYC, which brought together elderly people in assisted living facilities with school children, to collaborate on art as a response to songs they heard. She was one of Ulster County BOCES’ first Community Mentors. And she has been a visiting artist with both the Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s and the Bard College/Red Hook School District’s music-in-the-schools programs.

In 1993, Danielle founded the Artist in Residence Program at Holy Cross Church in Kingston, NY which included a concert series that ran for over a decade, and was the incubator for a celebrated children’s chorus, the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale. The HVYC, which continues to delight audiences locally and on its European tours, had as its founding conductor Barbara Pickhardt, and is now conducted by Mathew Camara; Danielle was the Chorale’s 2005 Artist in Residence.

Danielle is now is based in Milbridge, ME, where she co-founded and directs the Sunrise County Arts Institute. She is also a member of the voice faculty at Ellsworth Community Music Institute.

More about the chorus…

Our voices are “the first instrument”—the one each of us carries inside; the one that inspires the playing of almost all other instruments. And when we come together to sing in a chorus, the effect we produce is greater than the sum of the individual voices, and has the ability to move people on the deepest level.

A chorus is also about the fun of playing with our voices, learning new vocal, musical and team skills, and discovering wonderful pieces we’d never heard before!

The vision of the Ellsworth Community Music Youth Chorus is to build a musical community of young singers who practice and perform together with joy, commitment, cooperation and artistic integrity. This chorus is open to interested singers without prior audition; our philosophy is to begin with the desire to sing, and encourage and foster the talent of each participant along the way.

Choristers will learn musical skills, including how to read a vocal score, basic music theory, clean rhythmic and accurate pitch production, how to blend, and how to hold their own part while listening to another. In vocal development, they’ll acquire tools including knowing how to warm up (just as other athletes need to do), how to support the voice with the breath, the development of tone and range.

We’ll study and perform high-quality choral repertoire from many and varied sources. Any given season may include pieces drawn from classical, folk, jazz, popular or world music. The selections will include unison and part-singing, plus the chance to shine in solos for the choristers ready to take those on.

One of the natural offshoots of working with healthy singing, good posture and clear production, is the growth of confidence and self-esteem in any singer. This individual development, coupled with the teamwork involved in ensemble music-making, carries over in positive ways into all areas of life, for the rest of one’s life: at home, at school, in the town or in the workplace. Many people who sing in choruses as children and youth, continue singing with others for pleasure as adults, whether or not they ever become professional musicians. Making music is also widely accepted as being beneficial to our physical health and the integrated functioning of our brains—all the while reaching our hearts in ways that go beyond words.

We encourage positive, regular participation from everyone, for each singer’s personal benefit, for the good of the whole chorus—and because it’s more fun that way! The season will culminate with a performance, sharing what we’ve learned with families, friends and the wider community.

Note: (no session April 16)

You may also call us at 207-664-9258 or email: info@ellsworthcommunitymusic.org

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This special program is brought to the community through funding from the Davis Family Foundation.


PAST CLASS OFFERINGS:

 

PRESCHOOL MUSIC CLASS with
Deborah Reinke is back!

Preschool Music Class with Deborah Reinke

Tuesdays, October 10 – November 14, 2017

$50 total for 6 week class ($40 for siblings)

9:30am – 10:00am (Ages 2-5)

Children will be encouraged to listen, chant and respond to age-appropriate songs that promote language skills and stimulate brain development. Along with the music, Deborah uses silk scarves, musical instruments, and other items to engage the participants.

Parents/caregivers are required to stay and encouraged to participate!

Registration is required.

Please phone us at 207-664-9258 or email info@ellsworthcommunitymusic.org

All classes are held at:

General Bryant E. Moore Community Center

125 State Street

Ellsworth, ME  04605


ECMI SINGING BRIDGE CLASS

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ellsworthcommunitymusic.org

Mondays, February 27 – May 1, 2017 (no sessions Feb. 20 or Apr. 17)

$150 per child for a total of 9 sessions

3:30pm – 4:25pm

Age group: 7-12 years old

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All sessions will be held at:

General Bryant E. Moore Community Center
125 State Street
Ellsworth, ME  04605

Early childhood music educator Deborah Reinke will lead this unique singing class for students 7-12 years of age with the intention to bridge to a larger and more comprehensive children’s chorus through ECMI in the future.

This group setting will allow students an opportunity to learn essential skills for singing in a chorus. The class will introduce basic vocal techniques including posture, breath support, vowel formation, diction, and phrasing. Students will sing for and with each other. In addition to singing songs with two-part harmonies, students will learn fundamental music theory and ear training skills.

Deborah was born in Rumford, Maine and received a B.M. in Music Education from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. Her interests in Music Learning Theory eventually led her to study with its creator, Edwin Gordon, and she received an M.M. under his tutelage at Temple University. While at Temple, she was trained in Early Childhood Music Education and has been teaching classes to preschool children in many venues during the last 22 years. Deborah also helps direct the GSA fall musicals and sings regularly in her church choir and with the Bagaduce Chorale. She is an ECMI faculty member and co-led the popular ECMI Children’s Chorus in 2016.

Classes will be held on Mondays from 3:30pm – 4:25pm, starting February 27th and run through May 1st. Students will also have an opportunity to share in the wonder of performance with ECMI students at an April 30th recital. The cost for the 9 session class is $150 per student.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 10 students.

For more information, please call 207-664-9258 or email: info@ellsworthcommunitymusic.org

 


NEW Cello Ensemble Sessions Offered in 2016

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Noreen Silver, principal cellist of Bangor Symphony Orchestra, will direct a cello ensemble, meeting on Thursdays from 1-2:15pm: February 25, March 24, April 14 and April 28, 2016

The ensemble is open to cellists of any technical level, and students are welcome to join whether or not they are already enrolled in lessons through ECMI. The cost is $20 per session for enrolled students, and $25 per session for non-enrolled students.

Registration is per session and can be completed by sending an email to: info@ellsworthcommunitymusic.org.

Music will be provided, but students should bring their own music stand and end-pin strap.

All sessions are held at:
General Bryant E. Moore Community Center
125 State Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605

Click here for a recent article that featured the last session of the ECMI Cello Ensemble!

 


ECMI Children’s Chorus –
Registration has closed

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Ellsworth Community Music Children’s Chorus
Wednesdays, February 3 – May 4, 2016
$25 per child (one time fee)

4:00pm – 5:15pm

Grades 2-8

Public Concert: May 11, 2016 at 5:30pm

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED.

All sessions and the public concert will be held at:

General Bryant E. Moore Community Center
125 State Street
Ellsworth, ME  04605

 

The chorus will be team-taught by ECMI Faculty, Deborah Reinke and Douglas Beck.

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Deborah Reinke

Deborah was born in Rumford, Maine and received a B.M. in Music Education from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. Her interests in Music Learning Theory eventually led her to study with its creator, Edwin Gordon, and she received an M.M. under his tutelage at Temple University. While at Temple, she was trained in Early Childhood Music Education and has been teaching classes to preschool children in many venues during the last 22 years. Deborah also helps direct the GSA fall musicals and sings regularly in her church choir and with the Bagaduce Chorale.

 

Douglas Beck

Douglas developed and directed chorister programs in Washington DC, his last venture there attracted singers of all ages and abilities at St. Paul’s Day School and Church in Alexandria, Virginia with well over one hundred participants. As well, he managed the Advanced Summer Course for Advanced Trebles for the Royal School of Church Music of America organization for five years. This national program brought the best treble choristers together for a weeklong residency at the Washington National Cathedral. His music degrees are from The Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

 

More about the chorus…

The purpose of the Ellsworth Community Music Children’s Chorus is to build a musical community that fosters teamwork, commitment and artistic integrity. The music directors and singers will strive to meet this purpose by learning high-quality choral repertoire, learning how to read a musical score, learning proper vocal skills and collaborating with each other in supportive ways.

Young children will learn to grow their natural musical abilities as they develop healthy vocal production, rhythm skills and beginning music theory in a fast-paced, fun-filled learning environment. These experiences will encourage a good, solid foundation for choral singing using unison and canonic choral singing from many traditions.

Older choristers will enjoy an excellent community chorus experience appropriate to their own ages and developing abilities.  A wide range of musical unison and multi-part harmony will expand the horizons and imagination of singers at this level. This level will focus on healthy vocal production for the developing and changed voice along with building good rhythmic, music theory and teambuilding skills to last a lifetime.

Because of the unique way that the brain processes music, the act of making music vocally or instrumentally leads to important growth and development in the child. Music impacts our lives beginning with our first lullaby and continues to have strong effects during joyous celebrations as well as somber ceremonies. Music can boost both cognitive and motor development as well as enrich creative abilities. As children listen, describe, analyze, evaluate, sing, move, create, and read notation, they develop powerful thinking skills and problem solving abilities. Participating in a children’s choir positively affects human development overall by fostering self-esteem, commitment, and teamwork which are all necessary skills for success in life.

We encourage positive, regular participation in order to create a sense of joy and enthusiasm for music making through singing in a group setting.

 

Note: (no sessions February 17 or April 20)

You may also call us at 207-664-9258 or email: info@ellsworthcommunitymusic.org

This special program is brought to the community through funding from the ME Expansion Arts Fund, the Sciences and Arts Foundation Fund and the Holt Family Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

 


 

Offering with Deborah Reinke

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Early Music Class in Bar Harbor – Community Outreach
Mondays, January 18 – February 8, 2016
$35 total for all 4 weeks

9:30am – 10:00am (Toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years)

Children will be encouraged to listen, chant and respond to age-appropriate songs that promote language skills and stimulate brain development. Along with the music, Deborah uses silk scarves, musical instruments, and other items to engage the participants. Parents/caregivers are required to stay and encouraged to participate!

Registration is required.
Please phone us at 207-664-9258 or email info@ellsworthcommunitymusic.org

All classes are held at:
Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center
330 Main Street
Bar Harbor, Maine

 


 

Calling all Cello Enthusiasts!

 

Ellsworth Community Music

This Fall starts a new venture at the Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI), one that speaks to the heart of the school’s mission.

Noreen Silver, principal cellist of Bangor Symphony Orchestra, will direct a cello ensemble, meeting on Thursdays from 2-3:15pm: October 29, November 5, November 19th, December 3rd and December 10th, 2015

The ensemble is open to cellists of any technical level, and students are welcome to join whether or not they are already enrolled in lessons through ECMI. The cost is $20 per session for enrolled students, and $25 per session for non-enrolled students.

ECMIRegistration is per session and can be completed by sending an email to: info@ellsworthcommunitymusic.org.

Music will be provided, but students should bring their own music stand and end-pin strap.

All sessions are held at:
General Bryant E. Moore Community Center
125 State Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605


 

 

Offering with Deborah Reinke

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Early Music Classes
Tuesdays, October 13 – November 17, 2015
$50 for each 6 week class ($45 for siblings)

9:30am – 10:00am (Toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years)
and
10:15am – 10:45am (Pre-schoolers ages 3-5 years)

Children will be encouraged to listen, chant and respond to age-appropriate songs that promote language skills and stimulate brain development. Along with the music, Deborah uses silk scarves, musical instruments, and other items to engage the participants. Parents/caregivers are required to stay and encouraged to participate!

Registration is required.
Please phone us at 207-664-9258 or email info@ellsworthcommunitymusic.org

All classes are held at:
General Bryant E. Moore Community Center
125 State Street, Ellsworth, ME  04605