Maine Students 2017


2017 Faculty: Director Patricia Stowell, piano; Scott Woolweaver, viola/violin; Marisa Solomon, cello

DEADLINE: Saturday, MARCH 18, 2017

Maine musicians join us for a week of chamber music making at Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill. If you love music, love playing with friends and want to learn a piece in depth with a college mentor, Kneisel Hall is the place for you! You will be placed in a chamber ensemble with a Kneisel Hall Young Artist. Kneisel Hall faculty work with your groups every day.

The program has two parts:SESSION I, a two-day session for students string and piano and occasional wind (clarinet, flute, oboe, French horn) students 9-12 years of age, of advanced beginning to intermediate ability.

Saturday, June 17: 10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 18:  12:00 – 4:00 p.m., performance

The days include rehearsals and intensive work on an assigned piece and music related actvities; final performance on Sunday 4:00 p.m

SESSION II, a five-day session for intermediate to advanced string, piano and occasional wind students  (clarinet, flute, oboe, French horn) 12 – 19 years of age.

Tuesday, June 20 – Friday, June 23 (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Saturday June 25 (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., performance)

This session includes intensive work on one chamber piece, which will be performed at the session’s end, as well as sight-reading additional works, master classes, piano for 4-hands, mentor performances, sight-singing, ear training and music history.


2017 Maine Student Faculty

Patricia Stowell is well known in the Bangor region where she resides as an independent performing artist, chamber musician and teacher. She is the director of Kneisel Hall’s chamber music Program for Maine Musicians and is a year-round faculty member at the Bay Chamber Community Music School in Rockport, Maine. In addition to her two degrees from Indiana University and a doctorate from Northwestern University, Patricia also studied in Vienna, Austria, and Stuttgart, Germany. She has taught at Husson University, in addition to performing in their Kilgore Kenduskeag Series numerous times. Patricia presents master classes and adjudicates competitions in New England and is also a founding member of the Chamber Music Society at the Collins Center for the Arts. Her European appearances include performances in Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, Poland and Russia, where she lectured on composer Alexander Scriabin and the Russian Symbolist Movement.


Marisa Solomon received cello performance degrees from the Oberlin College and San Francisco Conservatories of Music, studying with Norman Fischer and Bonnie Hampton, respectively. She is an avid chamber musician, teacher and performer, and was a founding member of the Hancock St. Quartet, the Nor’easter Quartet and the Cormier Trio. She has participated in many festivals, including Kneisel Hall, Aspen Music Festival, New York String Seminar, Round Top, Festival dei Due Mondi, Spoleto USA and the Breckenridge Music Festival. Marisa teaches privately and performs in the Bangor area, as well as being on the adjunct faculty at the University of Maine-Orono. She lives in Bangor with her husband, Jack Burt, professor of trumpet at the University of Maine-Orono, and their two sons, Ben and Lucas. Marisa is a Kneisel Hall alumna.


Scott Woolweaver, viola, Director of ACMI, graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan School of Music where he won the Joseph Knitzer and Earl V. Moore awards for outstanding participation in chamber music. After moving to Boston for graduate studies with Walter Trampler, he founded the Boston Composers String Quartet, which won the silver medal at the 1993 String Quartet Competition and Chamber Music Festa in Osaka, Japan. He also founded the Vaener String Trio, which won the Grand Prize at the Joseph Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. From 1999–2006, he was a member of the Ives Quartet, based in San Francisco, CA, and for over 25 years he was a member of the New England Piano Quartette. A champion of the music of our time, Scott has premiered many new works, including pieces written especially for him. Since 1980, he has been a member of Alea III, a contemporary music ensemble in residence at Boston University. Current affiliations also include the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston and the Grammy-nominated period chamber orchestra Boston Baroque. Scott is Lecturer in Viola and Chamber Music at Tufts University. He is a regular guest of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society and the Meetinghouse Chamber Music Series on Cape Cod. Scott plays a Johan Georg Thir viola made in Vienna, 1737.