Phish drummer Jon Fishman, one of Bay Chamber Music School’s five new faculty members
Phish drummer Jon Fishman, one of Bay Chamber Music School’s five new faculty members
Bay Chamber Music School is welcoming five new faculty members for its coming school year.

Drummer Jon Fishman (of Phish) joins the faculty roster this fall. Fishman had a passion for the drums from an early age and emulated Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Bill Bruford of Yes, and Keith Moon of The Who. He attended the University of Vermont to study engineering; shortly after his arrival he met Mike Gordon and Trey Anastasio and founded Phish. He and Anastasio transferred to Goddard College and Fishman began his career as a musician and performer. He moved to Maine in 2006 and in 2017 was elected to be a selectman of Lincolnville. He will bring his knowledge of playing the drums to all ages and abilities at Bay Chamber.

Joining the strings faculty are three members of the string ensemble Palaver Strings (frequent Bay Chamber Concerts performers): Maya French, Brianna Fischler and Elizabeth Moore. French grew up in midcoast Maine studying Suzuki violin through Bay Chamber Concerts. She received her BMA in violin performance from Boston University in 2014. Fischler, violin/viola instructor, holds a bachelor’s of music in violin performance from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. She has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center and Avery Fisher Hall. Fischler is certified in Early Childhood Music Learning Theory and the Suzuki Method. Moore, violist, started studying violin as a child with Janet Ciano and Augusto Salazar, among other mentors, while growing up in the midcoast. She earned a master’s degree in viola performance from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and was a Keenan Fellow at Lincoln Center Education in New York City. A Suzuki-certified violin and viola instructor, Moore also teaches in Portland.

Also joining the strings faculty is violinist Sophie Davis, who received degrees in violin performance and environmental studies from Oberlin College and Conservatory. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, the Monte Music Festival in India, and with the Jordan National Orchestra in Amman, Jordan. In 2017, Davis was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Research Grant to spend nine months in Samoa, where she explored the ways in which the arts can raise awareness of climate change. Her goal is to use music and the arts to promote environmental stewardship.

Bringing her experience as a performer and educator, Sojourner Hodges Crowley will be teaching voice and piano at the music school this fall. As a teenager she performed two of her compositions on NPR’s “From The Top.” Her music has recently been performed at MATA Festival in New York City, the Nautilus Music-Theater/New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio in New York City, and Opera From Scratch in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Crowley is a church music director, teacher, and accompanist. She holds degrees in music composition from the University of Georgia and New England Conservatory.