Wren Fraser, a longtime member of EAC’s musical community, performed one of her favorite fiddle tunes for EAC Video this week. We present this performance in the spirit of our annual Young Person’s Concert, held over the past 25 years on the Friday evening of Labor Day weekend.

Playing the violin is something that I will never lose. I express my anxiety, happiness, and other feelings through playing the sweet strings.

Wren Fraser

“I started playing violin at the age of four,” recalls Wren. “I was in Eastport Strings with friends and family, and took violin lessons each week with Alice St. Clair. She was my amazing violin teacher for 10 years. More recently, I have been busking at big events in Eastport and playing as a second violinist in the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra.”

Wren (front row, from left) is shown at an early performance with Siobhan Duffy, Cora Zipperer-Sánchez, Riley Fraser (back row, from left) and Stephanie Allard, members of the Fraser-Duffy-Sánchez family band, at EAC’s 2014 Festival of Trees. Photo by Robin Farrin.

“I signed up for the Allstate Orchestra two years ago: I had all the music for it, was practicing for hours on end, and trying to memorize all my scales. A week before the audition, I was lying in bed one night and realized that it was too much stress and not fun for me, so I dropped out. I felt like I was a disappointment and I took a long break from playing the violin …
After several months went by, I finally dusted off my strings by playing “Ashokan Farewell.” Playing the violin is something that I will never lose. I express my anxiety, happiness, and other feelings through playing the sweet strings. My violin transformed into a fiddle.”

Wren has been trying to earn enough through busking to buy a new violin, “So far I am at $800, about halfway. Because of Covid-19, I was unable to busk at all this summer, but I quickly found other ways to make money like cleaning cars!”
Other summer pursuits have included a two-week sailing trip with her family, running, spending time with friends and practicing. Wren’s next adventure will be starting her junior year at Maine Coast Chewonki Semester this fall.
“I don’t have a plan for my future, says Wren, “but I hope to travel the world, help reduce environmental problems, and keep the fiddle with me at all times.”
“Very glad to see Wren as an able standard-bearer for EAC’s Young Persons Concert in this fraught year,” said Greg Biss, of the EAC Board and one of the organizers of center’s Annual Young Person’s Concert. “We have held this concert annually for more than 25 years, always on the Friday preceding Labor Day.  Wren herself has been a participant over many seasons together with her sister, as well as her many more distantly related sisters and brothers from all around Washington County.  We are determined to have many more such concerts at EAC. Thanks Wren.”

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