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Mon, Jun 24

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Eastport Arts Center

Paper Orchestra Project

Sing, move and craft in this hands-on program that introduces the four orchestral string instruments for participants age 8-11.

Paper Orchestra Project
Paper Orchestra Project

Time & Location

Jun 24, 2024, 10:00 AM EDT – Jun 29, 2024, 11:30 AM EDT

Eastport Arts Center, 36 Washington St, Eastport, ME 04631, USA

About the event

The Paper Orchestra Project, a cross disciplinary outreach program designed to engage younger elementary students in the magic of music making, will be offered by instructor Alice Schuth at Eastport Arts Center, June 24-29.

Designed for children ages 8 to 11 with adult helpers, the project introduces the four orchestral string instruments through a hands-on-program that includes singing, movement, and crafting with the help of parents, teachers, and community members. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun of building a papier-mâché instrument and participating in the sessions with their child. Helpers will be on staff to help the children with construction. Beginning skills will be taught to both children and adults. Through a creativity-based curriculum students will begin to find their musical voice while becoming instrument-ready.

Class schedule is 10 am to 2 pm, Monday through Thursday, June 24-27; and 12:30-4:30 pm, Friday, June 28. The project conclusion is a performance by the group at 10 am, Saturday, June 29. Student fee for the week is $120; a sliding fee scale (pay what you can) is available by request. Students are asked to pack a lunch and a water bottle; a snack will be provided each day.

Space is limited, and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, by email to workshops@eastportartscenter.org or by purchasing tickets below.

Instructor Alice Schuth boasts a rich background in music education, community building, and performance. A fiddle player trained as a classical violinist, Schuth founded the youth orchestra Eastport Strings and the Paper Orchestra Project. Her influence has attracted professional musicians to Eastport, resulting in concerts and workshops that have enriched the local community. Alice’s recent project, Moose Island Contra Etc. (MICE), showcases her versatility as a musician, with the band hosting a lively ‘Last Saturday Contra Dance’ at the Eastport Arts Center as a regular quarterly event.

Support for the Paper Orchestra Project has been provided by the Anomino Foundation and a grant from the Maine Arts Commission.

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