Schuch, "Celtic Chamber-Folk" violinist & guitarist
Schuch was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and studied both baroque
violin and biology at Oberlin College. Following two years
with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, he has pursued
a diverse career in music, writing and storytelling. He has
extensive concert experience from Norway, the Netherlands,
Scotland and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Venues
in New Hampshire include the Capitol Center for the Arts,
First Nights throughout New Hampshire, colleges and schools.
is the founding member of the highly acclaimed instrumental
group The Night Heron Consort. The consort includes David
Surette on bouzouki, mandolin and guitar, Kent Allyn on fretless
bass and piano and David Coffin on whistles, recorder and
gemshorn. Schuch has also worked closely with various early
music ensembles, symphony orchestras, and renowned storyteller
Odds Bodkin of Bradford, NH.
numerous recordings include national best-seller The Shores
of Lillisand, which he submitted as the primary support
material for his Fellowship application. His children's recording
Trees of Life won the Parents' Choice Gold Award
in 2001. He is a long-standing member of State Arts Council
Artist Roster and received previous Individual Artist Fellowships
in 1992 and 1998.
Schuch won this year's Fellowship Award for his work with
"Celtic Chamber-Folk" violin and guitar, he is also
a highly acclaimed fiddler, singer, songwriter, storyteller
and author. He has two published children's books entitled
The Gift of the Wee Folk and A Symphony of Whales.
Based on the true musical rescue of 3,000 whales, the story
received five national book awards. His musical adaptation
of A Symphony of Whales has been featured by regional
symphony orchestras and National Public Radio's Performance
I'm fascinated with material that brings together folk, classical,
and contemporary elements. In my performing, writing and recording
I'm trying to integrate elements from different traditions
in ways that expand audiences' appreciation for more music
than they previously knew they liked. I aspire to combine
the energy of Celtic fiddling with the grace of Baroque music.
For live shows, I'll frequently include Bach or Gypsy tunes
along with a bluegrass fiddle tune."
more information visit www.nightheron.com
to 2005 Fellows page
January 4, 2005