Nelson Community Strings Program

A message to the Nelson community from our new strings teacher Amy Cann:

I’m so looking forward to making music with you! It’s not often that one gets to step into a program that’s already vital, already cherished and supported, and I’m sure our violin/fiddle progress will be swift and sure.

A brief bio for those of you who haven’t bumped into me before at Nelson’s Monday night contradances or local classical concerts:

I spent the first twenty years of my life becoming a violinist, starting in the public schools of upstate New York and finishing with a Bachelor of Music in Strings/pedagogy, voice performance, and piano accompaniment from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Then came ten years becoming a fiddler: an “apprenticeship” at the elbow of Jay Ungar, then a journeyman stint through hundreds of contradances, kitchen junkets, and pub sessions throughout the northeast.

I moved to Vermont in the early 90s to teach general music in the Westminster schools; my classroom teaching reflects training in and deep respect for the Montessori, Waldorf and Orff- Kodaly philosophies, and I’m a member of both the Suzuki and El-Sistema communities. My goal is to give students clean, fluid, vibrant and healthy technique through whichever teaching strategies connect best to their minds and bodies, whichever repertoire speaks most to their heart.

This program will be meeting in the lower level of the Nelson Congregational Church on Thursday afternoons. More details soon! 

The Nelson Community Strings Program  is sponsored by the Monadnock Folklore Society. To learn more about the program please contact Val Van Meier,