1/14 News-Flash! We’ve just recently have been able to make an exciting addition to our string faculty: Ina Litera, a member of “Eight Strings and a Whistle” (the trio which also features faculty members Suzanne Gilchrest, flute, and Matt Goeke, cello) will join us to teach violin/viola during the weeks of June 17 and June 24. Complete information about Ms. Litera will soon appear on our web-site, but I can personally assure you that she possesses those qualities we particularly value at SummerKeys: lovely person, well-versed in teaching adults, not only a fine teacher, but a fine performer, with much experience. This might also mean that coached ensemble would become available during those weeks, but you’ll need to check back with us about that.
Ho-ho-ho? Well, let’s hope so!
Certainly, the coming Winter Holidays always signal the arrival of your new SummerKeys brochure. And we’re pleased to tell you that tuition fees will not increase for the summer of 2013! 2012 was a wonderful year for us! Having welcomed our first students in 1992, many friends decided it was time for a twentieth anniversary celebration.
Frank Van Riper, who, with his wife, Judy Goodman, head our Photography Workshop, joined forces with Fred and Nancy Hastings, owners and editors of “The Downeast Coastal Press” to assemble a special issue of that newspaper virtually dedicated to SummerKeys. Frank, a writer for “The Washington Post”, did the lead article and both he and Judy assembled pictures they’d taken over many years, highlighting what goes on at SummerKeys. Adding to this wonderful tribute was an outpouring of affection from many townspeople and local businesses, which took the form of a truly generous gift to our “tuning fund”, assembled and presented at our final concert by Sue Baker, of The Peacock House. And, as if all this were not enough, yet another honor was bestowed then by Frank and Judy: a framed, signed original of a photo they’d taken of me twenty years ago (in one of our original “egg-cartoned” piano studios – looking just like a padded cell) for their book, Downeast Maine, a World Apart, nominated for a Pulitzer the year it was published. Frank also conducted a SummerKeys 20th Anniversary faculty/staff interview, see: YouTube/user/cobscookbaymusic, “SAIL TV – September 2012 Pt. 1.”
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