Archive for the ‘Music’ Category


Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra

November 22, 2015

Tempo – an orchestra for young musicians



In Today’s News

November 19, 2015

Mary Cheyney Gould

Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 5.51.23 AMBROOKSVILLE — Mary Cheyney Gould of Brooksville died on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at 3:22 p.m. at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, in Blue Hill.

Born Sept. 28, 1924, in Bluefield, W.Va., to Lulu Raft Cheyney and Clyde Irwin Cheyney, she was predeceased by her parents and her one sister, Elnora Cheyney Wickham, and her first husband, Boris Erich Nelson. She is survived by her son, David Irwin Nelson and his wife, Patricia, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; her two grandchildren, Courtney Rose and Drew Irwin Nelson, and her great-granddaughter Ayla Rose Nelson. Her second husband, George J. Gould, died in 1979 and is survived by two daughters, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

A lifelong musician, she studied piano under her mother’s tutelage from age 5 to 7, then going on to other teachers. She attended local schools through high school, when fine choral director Elizabeth Shelton stimulated an interest in choral music and arranged for attendance for three summers at the Westminster Choir College High School Clinic, then held in Massachusetts at Mount Hermon School. This experience caused a lifelong addiction to both choral music and New England from which she never recovered. It also determined she would attend Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., graduating with a BMus degree with majors in voice and organ in 1946.

She married Boris Erich Nelson in June 1946 and moved with him to various academic positions at the University of Massachusetts, Hampton Institute, Va., and the University of Toledo, Ohio. At each of these locations she held organist/choir director positions in various churches and temples, at one time in Virginia serving a Baptist church, a Jewish temple, and a Greek Orthodox church while teaching at Hampton Institute and conducting a community chorus, The Meistersingers, concurrently. 1957-58 was spent in Antwerp, Belgium, as a student of Flor Peeters, renowned organist and director of the Antwerp Conservatory. This led to many organ recitals in Europe and the United States.

In Ohio, she served at Episcopal Church for 13 years, taught organ and piano privately, performed with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra both as orchestra member and soloist, and played chamber music with various groups; and most importantly, formed a two-piano duo with Shirley Shafer Roe, an Oberlin graduate and fine pianist.

From 1954 to present, she spent every summer in Maine. From 1957 to 1973, she taught and performed organ and piano at the New England Music Camp in Sidney. In 1973, she moved to Brooksville, married George J. Gould, a retired Toledo, Ohio, lawyer and longtime friend and built a house for year-round residence. This home is on the Bagaduce River and it was here that she founded the Bagaduce Chorale in 1974. The Bagaduce Chorale is a community chorus of 80 to 90 singers who come from 18 different towns to rehearse and perform in Blue Hill. She served as a conductor and accompanist for 25 years, retiring in 1999 to become director emerita and to continue to serve as accompanist only. The love of studying and performing two-piano music was continued in Maine when she joined renowned pianist and conductor Fritz Jahoda in concerts over many years.

In 1983, she joined Marcia W. Chapman and Fritz Jahoda in founding the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, which had its first home in the house on the Bagaduce. In 1985, the Music Library moved to its present quarters in Blue Hill, where she continued to volunteer as music director until her death.

She was a nationally recognized croquet player and coached many who came to play on her home court.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Bagaduce Music Lending Library Capital Campaign, in Blue Hill.

There will be no immediate service, but there will be a celebration of her life. The details will be announced in the near future.


Transformative Language Arts Network

November 14, 2015

August 12-14

Deb Hensley (early childhood educator, musician & poet ) and Martin Swinger (nationally awarded singer/songwriter and arts educator and on the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist roster) are chairing an exciting conference in Maine in 2016, August 12-14 and we’d love you to be part of it.

Transformative Language Arts Network (TLAN) is a vibrant community of artists, writers, poets, singers, teachers, facilitators who believe we can change the world for the better with WORDS!

Other TLAN conferences have focused on written word. Deb and Martin are aiming this conference at exploring SUNG WORD If you believe singing words creates intention in the universe, this conference is for YOU!! OF COURSE, you DON’T have to be a singer to participate – by no means will that be the only thread to follow! ALL forms of writing, story-telling and verbal communication are vitally included!



The conference is all about sharing words and music, singing, improv circles, poetry, spoken word, story-telling, professional and inspirational support and will include many diverse, informative and interesting workshops. (Workshop proposals from anyone will be considered!) Internationally celebrated vocalist, Rhiannon will be our Key-Note (Singer!) and has the amazing ability to unite a group in inspiration and intention.

Super Early Bird Rate is only $160 if you sign up before November 15. Such a deal. You won’t find a more inspiring gathering for such an affordable amount. We’d so love it if you could come. Please feel free to pass this invitation along to like-minded friends.

Ferry Beach ( is in southern Maine and it’s absolutely stunningly gorgeous in summer.  Room and board – there are several options available – are separate and will be negotiated directly with Ferry Beach.   You’ve longed for a retreat at the beach, why not do it with other poets, writers and musicians?!

Some scholarships will be made available as needed. If you have questions please contact Martin at




Beautiful Collaboration

October 21, 2015

Misty Copeland and Yo-Yo Ma

On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, American Ballet Theatre’s first black principal ballerina Misty Copeland performed the courante from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 with legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma.


This We Believe!

October 20, 2015

MALI makes it clear

This summer while attending the Teach to Lead Summit in Washington D.C. the team representing the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative decided to take action on the MALI Teacher Leaders idea of creating Belief Statements. The topics were selected based on the past 4 years of MALI and ones that MALI Teacher Leaders are engaged with, individually and/or collectively: Arts Integration, Advocacy, Assessment Literacy, Creativity and 21st Century Skills, Educator Effectiveness, Effective Teaching and Learning, Proficiency Based Learning and Student Centered Learning, and Teacher Leadership.

IMG_1901At the Summer Institute that MALI had August 3-5 participants worked in groups to draft the statements of which everyone provided feedback on during the institute culmination activity. As a follow-up to the institute they were updated with the suggestions and went back to the teams who collaborated on the writing of them. One last look by the Leadership Team and what you can read below is the result of the several months process. The collaborative effort is another example of the grass-roots work of MALI.

These statements were created to help guide MALI as we continue to move forward with our work. Will these This We Believe statements change? Perhaps, as is most things with MALI, changes are made to move the initiative forward to meet the needs of Arts education in Maine which should positively impact every Maine student.

These statements now live on the Maine Arts Assessment website at!this-we-believe-statements/cmni and were unveiled recently at the Biennial Statewide Arts Education conference on Friday, October 9.

  • ARTS INTEGRATION… allows for cross-curricular collaboration within the creative process. Interconnected learning provides students an opportunity to demonstrate understanding and knowledge using multiple avenues.

  • ADVOCACY… educates communities that arts education is essential. Arts advocacy should involve the presentation of solid, factual information that challenges misconceptions about the role of the arts in our society. Arts advocacy should also highlight the various benefits of the arts through the creation and viewing process; involving the larger community in purposeful and meaningful ways.

  • ASSESSMENT LITERACY… is an ongoing dialogue between stakeholders that informs instruction, supports learning, clarifies understanding and validates what we do as educators.

  • CREATIVITY AND 21ST CENTURY SKILLS… quality arts education is critical to fostering Creativity and developing 21st Century Skills. The arts provide authentic, real life opportunities that nurture:

    * Collaboration

    * Communication

    * Critical Thinking

    * Creative Problem Solving

    Creativity is the ability to connect ideas, information and issues, through exploration, and in novel ways in order to develop personal and relevant solutions.

  • EDUCATOR EFFECTIVENESS… effective teachers are passionate, and love what they do. They are problem solvers, able to reach all learners. They are informed about current pedagogy. They are flexible and can adapt their perspective. They are positive, with a focus on developing student growth.

  • EFFECTIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING… effective teaching leads to effective learning when students are actively engaged, the learning is individualized and relevant, and feedback leads to informed teaching practice and improved student progress.

  • PROFICIENCY BASED LEARNING AND STUDENT CENTERED LEARNING… students are encouraged and empowered to become independent learners, ultimately taking charge of their own education. Experiences within the learning environment are active, collaborative, and engaging; supporting students to explore their artistic processes in meaningful and purposeful ways.

  • TEACHER LEADERSHIP… is collaboration, the ability to foster change, challenging and supportive of others, advocating for the needs of all, and inspiring others to become leaders. Teacher Leadership is an intentional, collaborative strategy which supports and inspires: a) students and their learning through effective teaching practices and  b) the teaching profession through shared expertise, resources, and high quality and ongoing professional development.

Please note: On August 3, 2015, MAAI, the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative, announced its new name, MALI, the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative. MALI is a program of the Maine Arts Commission. You can read about it at Please email Argy Nestor if you have any questions at


NEW Resource Bank Unveiled

October 18, 2015

Awesome resources for you!

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Last week at the Statewide Biennial conference at the Point Lookout Conference Center one of the exciting announcements that took place was the unveiling of the MALI (Maine Arts Leadership Initiative) Resource Bank. This is the second year in a row that funds have been provided by the Maine Arts Commission to create resources that are useful to all arts educators.

The resources are located at


  • During the 2013-14 school year the MALI Resource Team created a template that was used for the team to create resources. You can download it from the site and use them yourself.
  • A searchable data base that includes resources for the following categories: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theater Arts, Visual Art, Creativity, and Student Voices.
  • The Maine Learning Results Standards document
  • Pictures and links to the contributors so you can communicate with them if you’d like to
  • A bit of the history

All of us at MALI are very excited about the Resource Bank and hope that you find it useful. We encourage you to take some time on the webpage to search topics. Certainly they can be used ‘as is’, or you can adapt or adopt them, as is.

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A great big thank you to Catherine Ring and Barbara Vinal for working closely with the Teacher Leaders who were part of the Resource Bank team and to create the searchable website!

Thank you to the Maine Department of Education for the funding to create the website!

Please note: On August 3, 2015, MAAI, the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative, announced its new name, MALI, the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative. MALI is a program of the Maine Arts Commission. You can read about it at Please email Argy Nestor if you have any questions at


Those Amazing Presenters!

October 15, 2015

Different format provides info for all

The Biennial Statewide conference provided a unique format with 5X5 presentations – our version of Pecha Kucha. Each of the workshop session leaders presented for 5 minutes using 5-8 slides. These took place during the morning of the Measure of Success conference which gave participants a chance to hear and see and appetizer of 9 different topics.

On top of providing the workshops each of the presenters put together a plethora of resources and they are available to all of you! When you go there you will be totally blown away at the amazing resources they collected which are now living at!measure-of-success-conference/chki. DON’T miss them.

During the afternoon of the conference presenters jumped into the 9 topics by providing hour and 15 minute sessions on the following:

  • Studio Habits of Mind: Using the “Hidden Curriculum” to Encourage Student Autonomy with Visual Arts Teachers Theresa Cerceo from Dr. Levesque Elementary, Wisdom Middle/High School and Janie Snider from Hancock Grammar School


  • Making Maine and ME with Visual Arts Teacher Jennie Driscoll from Brunswick High School


  • Evaluating Individual Proficiency within the Large Ensemble with Music Teacher Jen Etter from York Middle School
  • Dancing with the Creative Process: How to incorporate standards-based dance and movement activities in classroom learning and assessment with Dancer, Educator, and Teaching Artist John Morris


  • In the Midst of Madness with Music Teacher Jen Nash from Sabasticook Valley Middle School, Dance Teacher MaryEllen Schaper from Bonny Eagle Middle School, and Associate Professor, Educational Leadership from USM Jeff Beaudry, Ph.D.


  • Empathy, Kindness and Wonder, Arts Integration at Work with the Director and Founder of Sweet Tree Arts Lindsay Pinchbeck
  • Brains on Fire: How Research on the Brain Can Inform Arts Education with the Executive Director of the New England Institute for Teacher Education Catherine Ring
  • From Cool to Tool: Technology Integration with Student Learning in Mind with Music Teacher  Kate Smith from Central School in South Berwick, and Mt. Blue High School in Farmington Teacher Dan Ryder


  • Proficiency Based Learning: An Advocacy Story Music Teacher Rob Westerberg from York High School 

A GREAT big thank you to each of the presenters for the 9 sessions. YOU were truly amazing!

Please note: On August 3, 2015, MAAI, the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative, announced its new name, MALI, the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative. MALI is a program of the Maine Arts Commission. You can read about it at Please email Argy Nestor if you have any questions at


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