About me

I am an active composer and organizer of music events. I share a monthly Music as Meditation concert with listeners and fellow musicians and I organize several concerts of new music each year. I use this blog to tell people about my musical endeavors.

Summer Strings Players Information

New Music for Summer Strings
August 4-6, 2017

What: a festival of newly-written music for string orchestra.

Why: to enjoy audible vibrations of strings of a certain length, organized into patterns by living composers, performed by players intent on counting time and creating frequencies in harmony.

Where: North Conway, New Hampshire. Performances and rehearsals will take place at Christ Church on the corner of Pine and Main Streets.

When: Friday, August 4-Sunday, August 6. Rehearsals will begin on Friday evening, continue on Saturday, with a break in the evening to attend a concert. A culminating concert will be held at 5 PM on August 6. Music will be available for practicing in mid-July.

Who: string players interested in giving their time to make new music real; composers interested in writing and producing new music for string orchestra. All ages are welcome. Players should be able to tune and count well. Playing extremely high or fast is not necessary. A certain amount of flexibility is also to be admired—after all, we will playing music in the real world which has only been imagined to that point.

How: To participate, call Ellen Schwindt at 603-447-2898. You may also communicate by e-mail: ellen.m.schwindt@gmail.com. Calls are preferable, so I can find out what you hope to get out of the project and can seat people appropriately.

Music Outside the Commercial Space
We are undertaking this project with a minimum of interest in the monetary costs or benefits of it—rather it is an experiment in making music without involving money any more than is necessary. However, the reality of travel and piano tuners and people with recording equipment being what it is, the project will come with some costs attached. We may also be able to help those who would otherwise participate, but are held back for lack of travel funds. There will be a crowd-sourced funding scheme associated with this project. Please share this widely when you receive the information.

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