Professional Violinist ~ Teacher
Helen Newell is a professional violinist hailing from the depths of the Maine fiddle tradition. She started playing violin at age 3, and grew up immersed in both the folk and classical world. Her parents, Kaity and Carter Newell are founding members of Maine Fiddle Camp, and Helen spent her entire childhood at fiddle camps, concerts, and dances.
Recently graduated from Berklee College of Music, Helen Newell pursued a Violin Performance major with a minor in American Roots. She was able to study with notable professors while at Berklee, including legendary Old-Time fiddler Bruce Molsky, and violinists,Jason Anick, Simon Shaheen, Beth Bahia Cohen, Mimi Rabson, Sharan Leventhal, Rob Thomas, and cellist Eugene Friesen. These amazing mentors have helped her expand her musical repertoire and technique and develop into a performer, composer and collaborator.
Helen has an active performing life, playing in orchestras, musicals, recording sessions, chamber groups, and bands. She has also been composing orchestral pieces—her most recent composition “7:08” was performed by Berklee World Strings in April 2022.
Another important aspect of Helen’s musical life is teaching. Helen is a certified Suzuki Method teacher, and she teaches both virtual and in-person violin lessons to a wide range of students. Because of her vast repertoire of styles, she likes to bring that exploration to her students and help them explore the world of different styles, repertoire, technique, improvisation, recording, composing, and arranging.
If you are looking for your next step in your musical journey, Helen's teaching philosophy is to make playing the violin enjoyable and effortless, reducing tension, and finding styles that make you love music even more!
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