Bay Chamber Community Music School is celebrating its first anniversary and has begun enrolling students for its fall and spring semesters.

Just one year ago, the Bay Chamber Community Music School opened in its newly renovated home on the top floor of the historic Shepherd Building, 18 Central St. in the village. As demand for new classes and programs has grown, the school currently offers several new instruments in its private instruction program. Offerings include percussion, including congas, xylophone and drum kit with John Mehrmann; wind instruments, including saxophone, clarinet and flute with Glen Sargent; and classical guitar with Jeff Rojo.

As always, there is private instruction in violin, viola, cello, piano and voice with professional instructors. Gilda Joffe, Mary Anne Driscoll, Kathryn DerMarderosian, Patricia Stowell, Eliza Jacques-Meyer, Kirsten Monke, Jim Nga and Lydia Forbes all are faculty members at Bay Chamber Community Music School.

The Community Music School also offers group instruction in Songwriting with Malcolm Brooks; Music Appreciation with Glenn Jenks; and Introduction to Jazz Theory with Glen Sargent, in addition the mainstay program of the music school, Odeon. There are four Odeon Orchestras: Odeon Junior (age 7 to 14) for a young musician’s first ensemble experience; Odeon Symphony Orchestra, open to strings, winds, brass and percussion at the intermediate to advance levels of ability; Odeon Adult Orchestra, designed for adult players at the intermediate level or above; and the Odeon Chamber Orchestra, open to youth strings players at the high-intermediate to advanced level. All Odeon programs offer musicians a warm, welcoming place to play exciting music, learn ensemble skills and build camaraderie. The music school also offers an ensemble experience for the youngest musicians with the Beginning String Ensemble.

With all there is going on at Bay Chamber Community Music School, feedback from participants has been very positive. Enrollment is open to all ages and abilities, and scholarship assistance is available to those who qualify; contact the office at 236-2823 for more information or to sign up.

Founded in 1961 by brothers Andrew Wolf and Thomas Wolf, Bay Chamber is dedicated to sustaining classical music as an art form. In concerts and in the classroom, Bay Chamber honors its responsibility to pass along this rich musical heritage to people of all ages and abilities while at the same time acknowledging the importance, and encouraging the exploration of, all musical languages. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, for 50 years Bay Chamber awards annual prizes to young Maine musicians.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.