Summerland Music Society was founded in 2010 by pianist Carol Minor and clarinetist/conductor Christopher Bush. This freshly conceived chamber music series is intent on enriching the cultural landscape of the Adirondacks by presenting concerts that combine the traditional classical repertoire with modern gems. We collaborate with internationally recognized guest artists, some familiar to North Country audiences and others performing in the area for the first time. We encourage local music lovers and seasonal visitors alike to “come as they are" to hear lively and engaging programs that are anything but stuffy.
In 2012, we began presenting concerts in partnership with the Folklife Center at Crandall Library. All concerts take place in the library's Christine L. McDonald Community Room in the heart of downtown Glens Falls. Admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted.
CAROL MINOR (Artistic Director) - A native of Lake George, New York, pianist Carol Minor performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared in recitals in New York, Boston, London, Taiwan and Canada.
Recent venues include London’s Regent Hall, Kaohsiung Cultural Center (Taiwan), Jordan Hall (Boston), WMP Concert Hall (New York) and the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra's Musicbridge Festival. Other appearances include the Kleshinski Concert Series (Boston), Carnegie Room Concerts (Nyack, NY), New York University, Manhattanville College, University of New Haven, Tolland (CT) Arts Council, Upper Hudson Musical Arts, and the Hyde Collection Museum.
Ms. Minor's interest in contemporary works has led to performances at many of New York City's new music spaces including the Tank, the Stone and Roulette. She has commissioned pieces from Pozzi Escot, Lawrence Dillon, Curtis K. Hughes, Yumi Hara Cawkwell, Izzi Ramkissoon, Guy Barash and collaborated with composers Kaija Saariaho, Joan Tower, Karel Husa, Nancy van de Vate and Robert Cogan on performances of their music. She has also taken part in the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes College and New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice.
Ms. Minor received a Master of Music degree from the State University of New York at Purchase as a student of Marc Silverman and Diane Walsh. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School (University of Hartford), studying piano with Margreet Francis and chamber music with the Emerson String Quartet.
Ms. Minor was formerly a faculty member at the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, New England Music Camp, Rockland Conservatory, Music School of Westchester and Church Street School for Music and Art in Manhattan. She currently teaches at Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY and is the staff pianist at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT. She is a ballet pianist for the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase and the Founding Artistic Director of Summerland Music Society, a chamber music series in the Adirondacks.
CHRISTOPHER BUSH (Executive Director) - Christopher Bush is currently the Principal Clarinetist of the Glens Falls Symphony and formerly a member of the Callithumpian Consort and the Boston Civic Symphony. Christopher has also performed with the Boston Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, New York String Orchestra, Indian Hill Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, Nashua Symphony, Granite State Opera, Granite State Symphony, New England Philharmonic, Dicapo Opera, and the Seoul Philharmonic.
Other performances include Les Flaneries Musicales d’Ete in Reims, France, Berlin's Open Air Klassik Hoppegarten, Britain's London New Winds Festival, New School Concert Series at Carnegie Hall, Harvard Group For New Music, and New Hampshire's North Country Chamber Players.
Christopher has recorded for Albany and Mode Records and broadcast on PBS, WGBH, and South Korea's KBS, SBS, and Arirang stations.
Mr. Bush completed his M.M. and B.M. at the New England Conservatory and teaches at the Brooklyn Conservatory and New York University, where he is also finishing his PhD.