The new Bay Chamber Community Music School will commence fall programs beginning the week of Sept. 6 with offerings in lessons, group classes, music and movement and more.

One new initiative for the school is a fully developed piano instruction program. The curriculum offers a broad range of approaches from the Suzuki method to improvisation and jazz for all ages and abilities. Among the piano faculty available for private instruction this fall are Mary Anne Driscoll, Next Generation Youth Chamber Music Program artistic director Kathie Johnson, Mesa Schubeck and Patricia Stowell.

California native Driscoll learned jazz standards and scatting from her Uncle Charley at home while singing sacred music in church. She taught herself to play piano and, during high school, studied choral literature and conducting with Suzanne Toolan. Attending College of San Mateo and San Francisco State, Driscoll worked with John Hancock and Paul Hanley on piano and did independent vocal study with Marie Gibson. In the early 1970s, she taught innovative approaches for understanding music theory, received attention for her new music with percussionist Paul Murphy in San Francisco and moved to New York City. Cecil Taylor introduced her to performing in New York on the loft scene. She studied and worked with legendary musicians including Jimmy Lyons, Dewey Johnson and Rashied Ali while continuing with Murphy. She composed, arranged and produced live recordings of new music at CBS and RCA in New York. Driscoll moved to Maine in 1990. She lives in Belfast.

Johnson received her bachelor and master of music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. She appears in chamber music recitals across the country with leading instrumentalists. She was director of chamber music for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra for the past nine years. Johnson has been on the faculty of Madeline Island Chamber Music Camp in Wisconsin and lectured at Northern Illinois University and at the National Suzuki Conventions. She also was coordinator of Chamber Music Chicago’s Discovery Competition and the Chicago Area Music Teachers’ Association Competition and the Sonatina Festival. Johnson was the 2000 recipient of the Kay Logan Award for excellence in chamber music teaching, a national honor presented by Chamber Music America. She specializes in teaching the Suzuki method, especially to young beginners, and lives in Cushing.

Schubeck is a recent graduate of University of Maine, Orono with a bachelor of music in piano performance and a minor in business administration. She began teaching piano privately in 2008. Schubeck grew up in Blue Hill in a house full of music; her parents have been playing in a contra dance band since before she was born and she recently joined the band on keyboard. Schubeck began piano lessons when she was seven and continued through high school, studying with Win Pusey of Brooklin, Ginger Hwalek of Bangor and Baycka Voronietsky at UMO. In 2003, Schubeck won first place in the Ocy Downs Piano Competition. She was a participant in the Kneisel Hall Young Musician’s Program as well as Bay Chamber’s Next Generation Youth Program. Schubeck is a self-taught jazz musician, playing piano and singing in the Jazzband and Jazz Combos at George Stevens Academy as well as the UMaine Jazz Ensemble at UMO. She currently lives in Portland.

Stowell maintains an active schedule regionally as a chamber musician and competition adjudicator. Her European performances include concerts in Bulgaria, Austria, Poland and Germany, in addition to lecturing in Moscow on composer Alexander Scriabin and the Russian Symbolist Movement. Regionally she has performed in numerous concert series including the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Husson University’s Kenduskeag Series, the VanderKay and All Souls Steinway Series, with soprano Suzanne Nance, and in collaboration with pianist Lorin Hollander. She also brings expertise in chamber music as the director of the Kneisel Hall Maine Young Musicians Program. Her own educational background includes two degrees from Indiana University and a doctorate in piano performance and chamber music from Northwestern University. Further studies include one year as a Rotary International Scholar in Germany (Stuttgart Hochschule fur Musik) and a partial year of studying in Austria at the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik.

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 passes 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) non-profit organization, for 50 years, Bay Chamber has awarded annual prizes to young Maine musicians.

Bay Chamber Community Music School offers private instruction, orchestral opportunities, and other music education to local musicians and community members of all ages and abilities. The mission of the Bay Chamber Community Music School is to transform lives through music. To register for lessons or for more information, call the office at 236-2823.

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