Composers / Arrangers

Explore the music of Maritime composers and arrangers.

Christine Chase
née: Sollows

Christine is a graduate of Mount Allison University with Bachelors Degrees in both Music and Education.

She taught in the New Brunswick school system for 33 years, mainly in the Kennebecasis Valley, most of her career as a string specialist, teaching group strings and rehearsing and conducting student string orchestras.

In this capacity she arranged and adapted music for her ensembles and this led her to create arrangements of popular and folk music well suited to the age groups, and performance levels of her students.

In 2002 a friend and well known New Brunswick composer, Jim Stewart, asked Chris to create string quartet arrangements for some of his pieces which were to be to be performed by the Saint John String Quartet for the Opera New Brunswick production of: The Marco Polo Suite -A Folk Opera, at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John.

Jim’s melodies, lyrics and use of Celtic instrumentation were an inspiration to Chris as she worked on those quartets
and she was sure his other works would adapt well to strings and other chamber ensembles.

Upon her retirement form teaching, Chris set about tidying up those string quartets and as you can see by the Sheet Music Page on this site, she did not stop there.

In her youth Chris studied with Saint John’s Alice Mae Eccles, attended Acadia , Mount A and Rothesay Music Camps and upon leaving highschool studied with Acadia’s Janis Kalejs and Mount Allison University’s Rodney McLeod. She was original member of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and of Symphony New Brunswick.

Christine’s arrangements are at the intermediate to senior level of difficulty for strings.

Soloists featured ?...a great opportunity to include professionals and community participation with your string groups……even add some Celtic musicians..as all arrangements are in the original keys……and Jim has the lead sheets!!!

She hopes you enjoy teaching and performing them.

Jim Stewart’s folk music tell stories of hardship, longing, perseverance and hope. These qualities found not only within their lyrics; but also within his melodies and chord progressions. For more sound bytes of Chase arrangements visit our sheet music page. 

Jim Stewart

Born in Scotland, Jim came to Canada at an early age, his family settling in Black’s Harbour, New Brunswick. He attended the University of New Brunswick and later, married Jane MacDonald of Saint John, NB.  They settled in Renforth on the Kennebecasis river to raise their family.

A poet and author, musician, lyricist and composer, Jim continues to contribute greatly to the creative and performing arts, in New Brunswick.  His poems have been published in literary magazines across Canada and he is the author of three published collections.  A founding member of the New Brunswick folk group Hal An Tow, Jim has performed at major festivals and on radio and television throughout the Maritimes and New England. Jim’s instruments include: guitar; tin whistle; low whistle; bodhran; harmonica; Northumbrian small pipes; vocals.

Jim’s original music is of Celtic influence and has appeared in various printed collections.  His compositions have been featured on video, theatrical and television productions and continue to be performed by artists in Canada, the UK, Armenia, Australia and the United States. His folk opera The Marco Polo Suite, has received airplay in seven countries and was recorded live in performance by the National Film Board of Canada.

Saint John’s Telegraph Journal Post Production Publicity



In the 1970s Jim Stewart, New Brunswick writer, musician and composer, began to create and perform his original music in the folk idiom. 

In 1992 Jim recorded a thematic musical project called The Marco Polo Suite on the Epcom Music label. His melodies were so memorable and his lyrics so historically grounded that New Brunswick’s department of education created a unit on  shipbuilding featuring Jim’s Marco Polo Suite and sent it into our children’s libraries, music and classrooms. A generation of New Brunswickers were learning an important part of our heritage through Jim’s research and music.

The Marco Polo Suite – A Folk Opera was presented at Saint John’s Imperial Theatre in the Fall of 2002 . In partnership with Opera New Brunswick, and in  collaboration with many talented Maritime and New England musicians, Jim Stewart & Gary Chase of Epcom Communications co-produced this series of performances. At Jim’s request Christine Chase created six string quartets and The Saint John String Quartet (SJSQ)was enlisted to perform on  stage with the folk artists. These musicians, folk with a touch of the classical, performed for children and adults from across New Brunswick who attended these performances .

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