The latest from EAC Video’s ‘Get to Know Us’ series is Alice Schuth, concert master of Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra (PBSO), talking about her musical path and proclivities. Thanks to Alice for sending footage from her home; we’ve paired her discussion with a clip of the violinist in performance with the Moose Island House Players, during one of their outdoor rehearsals in April and Bill Mullins’ meadow on Water Street in Eastport.
Alice co-founded the popular and successful youth orchestra Eastport Strings; innovated and ran an inclusive early strings program centered around building instruments from papier-mâché; acted as a magnet for professional musicians to come to Eastport to perform and share their musical expertise with the community in the form of concerts and workshops; and has supported such a rich musical community that many one-time visits from outside artists have become recurring events or even long-term commitments.
A recent project is the Moose Island House Players, in which Alice plays with Brandy Argir, Ross Argir, Joan Lowden and Susan Luthin. Begun as a contra dance band, the group has prevailed through the pandemic with outdoor, socially distanced rehearsals, and altered their repertoire for a time of less dancing. A video of the quintet performing on the deck of Eastport Gallery may be viewed here.
A constituent member of Eastport Arts Center, the PBSO provides a place for musicians to come together to meet other musicians and to improve their skills. Bringing classical music to Washington County and New Brunswick, the orchestra is conducted by Trond Saeverud and Assistant Conductor Greg Biss. Concerts are presented by suggested donation, with children admitted free of charge and no one turned away for lack of funds. For more information about the PBSO, please visit their page here.