One of my favorite smile moments is to walk downstairs on a Wednesday afternoon. It’s a lively scene, as teenage members of folk and jazz ensembles mix with 7-year-olds waiting for their percussion class. Parents exclaim over a recent farmers’ market performance by the folk ensemble (also known as the Cabbageheads) and congratulate an adult guitarist on his performance of a jazz standard he learned for his 50th wedding anniversary. The connections forged in these weekly conversations are strong, blending good cheer and shared excitement over everything from college acceptances to a good showing on the soccer field.
These connections, especially between ensemble members, are first created through shared music making and often grow into close friendships. In turn, the friendships shared through learning together provide understanding and support for the challenges on the way to musical excellence. There are rewards of self-confidence, focused concentration, and memorable performances marked by magical communication between these young musicians.
That’s what the "community" in our name means. We hope you’ll join us, whether your dream is to master an instrument, play in an ensemble, record your own songs, or join your 2-year-old in sharing music. We invite you to make music with us and join in the friendships.