Dear Friends,

Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival announces fourth Kneisel Hall Blue Hill-Together in Music Residency. The KHBH residency will take place this week – May 23-27. An immersive outreach program initiated to foster a creative dialogue and invite everyone in the Blue Hill community to participate in music-making at the Hall. The residencies are designed to extend Kneisel Hall’s physical and musical resources beyond the summer programs in order to better connect to and support the great work of local arts and other organizations in Blue Hill.

This May the KHBH Teaching Artists Clara Lyon (violin), Hannah Sun (piano), and Elizabeth Lyon (cello), will be joined by professional composer Christopher Stark. Stark is emerging as a unique voice in the classical music world, seamlessly blending electronics and acoustic instruments to create new work that reflects our connects to atmosphere, landscape, and environment. A professor at the University of Washington in St. Louis, his works have been performed by the Buffalo and Sacramento Philharmonics, Alarm Will Sound, New Morse Code, and many others, and he has received prestigious grants from the Fromm Foundation and Chamber Music America. The KHBH team and Mr. Stark will work with students from the Blue Hill Consolidated School, Harbor School, and the home-schooling community to create new works of music built in part from electronic sound samples taken from the natural landscape of Blue Hill.

Public events include an evening performance on May 27, 7pm at Kneisel Hall featuring works of Christopher Stark, new works by Blue Hill students, and a sneak preview of Kneisel summer season repertoire. There will be a talk-back with the composer and artists after the performance. The KHBH team will also lead an interactive workshop session at the Blue Hill Library on May 25, at 4pm:  a sonic journey through the beloved tale “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. The hour-long  workshop will include composition activities and culminate in a performance of the work with newly composed landscapes, created by participants. The workshop will be geared towards young students K-4th grade, and prior musical knowledge is not necessary.

Launched in 2014, KHBH is led by Co-Directors Clara Lyon and Hannah Collins, both Kneisel alumnae and now professional musicians who share a passionate belief in arts advocacy.  Ms. Collins and Ms. Lyon received teaching artist training as part of Ensemble ACJW, a professional training program created by Carnegie Hall. Each KHBH residency pairs a team of outstanding teaching artists with local schools and other community organizations, and is funded through generous contributions by Terry and Amy Britton. To read more about these efforts or suggest a collaboration, email Executive Director Ellen Werner at and visit