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

2014 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.

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.

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.

Samuel Glazman, violinist and teacher, has maintained an active private teaching studio since his arrival in the United States in 2000. Samuel teaches both in Brewer and at MDI High School, while continuing to perform as a freelance violinist. Mr. Glazman holds a Master of Performance and Teaching degree from the Vilnius State Conservatory in Lithuania. From 1970-1972 he served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Kaunus State Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Since 1972 he performed as a member of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel, in the Pretoria State Symphony Orchestra in South Africa and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in Johannesburg. From there he traveled to Nova Scotia, where he was a member of the Atlantic Symphony before relocating to the U.S. Mr. Glazman resides in Brewer, Maine, with his pianist wife, Paulina, and joins us for the first time as Arthur Russell Strings summer festival faculty.

Splitting her time between Miami and New York, violist Kallie Ciechomski is a member of New World Symphony and active participant in NY’s new music scene.  A native of Portland, Maine, she began playing viola in 4th grade in the Portland Public Schools and then continued her studies with the Portland String Quartet.  She returns to Maine as often as possible to teach, perform, and record with numerous pop/rock/folk groups.  Recent engagements include her solo debut with New World Symphony as part of their John Cage festival, concerts in Austria at the Ensemble Modern festival, a European tour with Aldeburgh World Orchestra and 29 premieres of new compositions.  Kallie’s 2013-2014 season engagements include a lecture/recital tour featuring unaccompanied contemporary viola works, concerts as guest violist of Friction Quartet in San Francisco, and a Carnegie Hall debut with new music ensemble Hotel Elephant as part of David Lang’s residency.