Arthur Russell Strings
...providing a context and a community for young classical musicians

2013 Distinguished Faculty

Artistic Director and pianist, Nancy Colter is a native of California, and began her studies in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Nancy holds a B.A. in music in music performance from Sonoma State University, where she graduated with honors and distinction, and an M.F.A. in chamber music performance from Bennington College.  As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has performed widely on the West Coast and throughout  New England, and has presented premier performances of works by contemporary composers.  Nancy has performed on national television and public radio, as well as with the Bennington Choral Society in Vermont and the Acadia Choral Society in Maine, as an accompanist and soloist.  Additionally she has for many years been an inspirational teacher to students of all ages.  Besides her private studio, teaching credits include Santa Rosa Junior College, as well as Mills, Williams, and Bennington colleges.   Nancy is a founding member of Arthur Russell Strings. She recently moved to Maine from Concord, NH, where she was on the piano faculty of the Concord Community Music School.

Violinist Lydia Forbes has concertized throughout Europe with Ensemble L'Archibudelli, Zephyr Kwartet, Het Schoenberg Ensemble, Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Osiris Trio, I Fiamminghi, and Ensemble Explorations. She has recorded with some of the world's most prominent classical labels and as soloist with the Czech Radio Philharmonic. She has also performed for festivals in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. Lydia has also served as concertmaster for Het Orkest van het Oosten in the Netherlands. Lydia is based in mid-coast Maine where she is a principal in the DaPonte String Quartet. Lydia is enthusiastic about joining the ARS faculty this season and looks forward to making music friendships and providing excellent coaching and teaching in Southwest Harbor.

Violinist Richard Hsu, performs with Orchestra of St. Lukes, New York Collegium, The American Classical Orchestra, Clarion, and Concert Royal. He was formerly associate concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Hsu holds a performance diploma and Bachelor's degree in violin performance from the Indiana University School of Music. He furthered his studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Glenn Dicterow and other members of the New York Philharmonic in the orchestral performance program. He was violin soloist with the Moscow Ballet at the Spoleto Festival and he can be heard on the Disney movie soundtrack Casanova. Previously, Richard taught violin part time at the St. Thomas Choir School for Boys in NYC and at the Beacon, NY public schools. Currently Richard teaches violin in Blue Hill and Bangor. He and his wife, violinist Heidi Powell, have recently founded the Peninsula Community Orchestra, which includes local string players ages 11 through adult. Richard and Heidi also perform locally with their chamber groups, The Cormier Trio and Windhover Ensemble.

Assistant Artistic Director and cellist, Noreen Silver was born and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. Her studies took her to London's Royal College of Music and to Boston's New England Conservatory as the recipient of a Rotary International Fellowship. It was in Boston that she met her husband, pianist Phillip Silver, and together they formed the Silver Duo. Their numerous performances have featured live and recorded broadcasts on three continents. Noreen's professional experience includes several years in Seattle's Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Boston Opera, London's BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She is now principal cellist of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and has twice appeared as soloist with the orchestra.

Noreen is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine, Orono, teaching cello and chamber music. She is a dedicated teacher and has inspired many young cellists with her musical insights. She has also established a fine reputation as soloist and chamber musician