New faculty at Bay Chamber

Sep 13, 2018
Jon Fishman

Rockport — Bay Chamber Music School welcomes five new faculty members this school year. More than 75 percent of the school’s faculty of professionals hold master’s degrees or above in their instruments; and most are active performers in professional settings throughout Maine and beyond.

Drummer Jon Fishman, of the internationally renowned band Phish, has joined the faculty roster this fall. Fishman had a passion for the drums from an early age and emulated John Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin; Bill Bruford of Yes; and Keith Moon of The Who. Shortly after arriving at the University of Vermont to study engineering, he met Mike Gordon and Trey Anastasio and founded Phish. Fishman moved to Maine in 2006; last year, he was voted a Lincolnville selectman. He brings a vast knowledge of playing the drums to all ages and abilities at Bay Chamber.

Joining the strings faculty are three members of Palaver Strings — Maya French, Brianna Fischler and Elizabeth Moore. Palaver Strings is a professional string ensemble that has been featured many times on the Bay Chamber Concerts series. French, violin, grew up in Midcoast Maine studying Suzuki violin with Janet Ciano, later with Gilda Joffe through Bay Chamber Concerts. She received her BMA in Violin Performance from Boston University in 2014; lives in Portland; and is a founder and co-executive director of Palavar Strings. French is dedicated to using classical as a motive for social change and community building.

Fischler, violin/viola instructor, holds a BM in violin performance from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. She has performed at t John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Woolsey Hall. She is a founding member, as well as the education coordinator, of Palaver Strings and is certified in Early Childhood Music Learning Theory and the Suzuki Method.

Moore, violist, started violin as a child with Janet Ciano and Augusto Salazar among many other musical mentors while growing up in Midcoast Maine. She earned degrees in viola performance from the University College of Fine Arts with a master’s degree in music. Co-artistic director and programming director of Palaver Strings, Moore is a Suzuki-certified violin and viola instructor who also teaches in Portland.

Also joining the strings faculty is Midcoast native Sophie Davis, who received degrees in violin performance and environmental studies from Oberlin College and Conservatory. Last year, she was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Research Grant to spend nine months in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa, where she explored the ways in which the arts can raise awareness of climate change. It is her goal to bridge this gap by using music and the arts to promote environmental stewardship.

Bringing her experience as a performer and educator, Sojourner Hodges Crowley will be teaching voice and piano at the music school this fall. Crowley has been performing, composing and improvising since childhood. She began studying composition in her hometown of Tallahassee, Fla., and as a teenager performed two of her compositions on NPR’s “From The Top.” Her music has continues to be performed. Crowley is active locally as a church music director, teacher and accompanist. She holds degrees in Music Composition from the University of Georgia and New England Conservatory.

For more information on lessons and classes at Bay Chamber Music School, visit or call 236-2823.

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