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Do you love to sing? Add your voice to one of Concord Community Music School’s choruses, now welcoming new members for the fall semester.
SONGWEAVERS and SONGWEAVER DRUMMERS: Songweavers is New Hampshire’s original women’s community chorus, open to women of any age who like to sing. No musical experience or note-reading is required. Songweavers rehearse in two groups, Tuesdays at 7:00pm and Wednesdays at 9:30am. (Singers are welcome to attend one or both rehearsals each week.) Songweaver Drummers rehearse Tuesdays at 5:30; drums provided. Peggo Horstmann Hodes, director. Information and online registration HERE.
SING AND BE HAPPY AT OPEN SING! All are welcome to try singing (and/or drumming!) at the “Songweavers Open Sing” – Tuesday, September 12, Concord Community Music School, downtown Concord, New Hampshire. The fun starts at 5:30 with a Drumming Sampler, with a chance for everyone to try African-style drumming with the Songweaver Drummers. Drumming is followed by a potluck supper at 6:15, and the Open Sing is 7:15-8:30. Bring a friend and join this joyful group! Want to see for yourself what a Songweavers rehearsal is like? Attend a free Songweavers Open Rehearsal on Wednesday, September 13, 9:30-11:00am.
PURPLE FINCHES YOUTH CHORUS: The Purple Finches Youth Chorus (grades K-8) includes three age levels—the Fledglings, the Fliers, and the Finches. The three groups allow an age-appropriate sequence of musical development, as students learn music literacy through regular rhythm, solfège, and ear-training, based on a hybrid of Kodály and other methods. The choruses rehearse Monday afternoon/evening during the school year, and perform regularly. Maria Isaak, director. Information and online registration HERE.
MUSIC AND MOVEMENT: The littlest singers will enjoy the Music School’s Music and Movement program, with a wide variety of fun, interactive classes for kids from 5 months to 6 years of age. Music and Movement classes meet weekday mornings through January. Heather Oberheim, R-DMT, director. Information and online registration HERE.
Call 603-228-1196 for information about these other Concord Community Music School choruses:
“At the Music School our children are learning the invaluable life lessons of truly listening to one another, harmonizing with each other, seriously practicing, and erupting in joy and play as only happy children can do. Each time our children sing they raise a sound that petitions peace, pursues friendship, and teaches all of us tolerance, understanding, and kindness.” – Parent of a Purple Finches Youth Chorus member
Financial aid is available for all programs. For rehearsal times and dates, to request a copy of the new school-year catalog, or to register for a chorus or class, call 603-228-1196 or visit www.ccmusicschool.org.
About the Concord Community Music SchoolConcord Community Music School is a full member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is recognized nationally for program innovation and management excellence. Welcoming adults, teens, and children of all musical abilities, 50 artist teachers reach more than 33,000 people in four states with educational programs, concerts, workshops, and community partnerships. CCMS has received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hearst Foundation, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Jane’s Trust, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The Music School has earned honors including the NH Governor’s Arts Award for Cultural Access Leadership; Greater Concord’s Favorite Musical Instruction from Parenting New Hampshire Magazine; Riverbend’s Champion for Mental Health; and New Hampshire Magazine’s Best Music School for Everyone.
“Back To School” isn’t just for the little ones! Students of every age and ability are encouraged to register now for the Concord Community Music School’s fall semester, which starts Monday, September 11. Want to add your voice to a chorus, take up the trumpet, beat a drum, strum a guitar, make new musical friends? The Music School offers a wide range of opportunities for every musician (and aspiring musician) to pursue their interests.
Offerings include private lessons and ensembles, as well as early childhood programs, music therapy programs, and choruses. Financial aid is available for all programs. For class times and dates, to request a copy of the new school-year catalog, or to register, call 603-228-1196 or visit www.ccmusicschool.org.
Here are some of the many opportunities available at Concord Community Music School:
Individual InstructionThe Music School’s multi-level curriculum provides a well-rounded musical education, including weekly lessons, regular evaluation, and frequent performance and ensemble opportunities. The Music School’s faculty members are as ready to gently guide a beginner—whether six or 60 years old—as they are to help a conservatory-bound young adult advance towards a music career. Instruction in more than 25 musical instruments is available, in addition to voice training for every style. New this semester, the Music School offers one-on-one or small-group training in Alexander Technique, an educational practice that addresses habits of movement that may be interfering with your high function as a musician (or as a human being!). New students are introduced to the Music School through an individual orientation with their department chair. Costs and details are shown HERE. For individual instruction, click here to download a print-and-mail registration form (PDF), or call the Registrar, Kristin, at 603-228-1196.
Early Childhood ProgramsIn Music & Movement(5 months - 5 years) children from 4 months to five years and their caregivers can explore musical concepts through singing, movement, and play. Take Three (ages 4-7), an experiential, team-taught class, combines creative movement, singing, recorder and piano, giving young children a solid foundation for individual instruction. Recorder classes (ages 5-8) are an excellent way for kids to develop note-reading melodic, and rhythmic skills. Percussion classes (ages 6-8) help children develop fundamental percussion techniques using hand drums, xylophones, and other instruments. A new semi-private “Keyboard Connection” class (ages 4-8) explores musical concepts to build a sturdy foundation upon which a young child can fearlessly explore their unique way of expressing musicality. For more information or to register, call the Registrar, Kristin, at 603-228-1196.
ChorusesThe Purple Finches Youth Chorus (grades K-12) includes three age levels—the Fledglings, the Fliers, and the Finches. All teach musical literacy through regular rhythm, solfege and ear-training, based on Kodaly methods. In the new pop/a cappella Teen Vocal Ensemble (grades 8-12), which is open to all, group members will focus on dramatic intent, ensemble work, blend, vocal technique, and appropriate style. Sunflower Singers brings together adults with developmental disabilities and their care providers from across New Hampshire each week to sing familiar songs, accompanied by spontaneous harmonica and percussion playing. Members of the WOWS ensemble for adult women will explore singing music of many genres in a small group setting. The Songweavers women’s community chorus, a group based on the belief that everyone can sing, learns songs by rote and present an annual spring concert. And the new Canterbury Singers is an inclusive, harmonizing singing ensemble; in partnership with Canterbury Shaker Village, this group presents authentic Shaker music as well as inspired arrangements by a variety of composers. To get started, visit our Registration page, or call the Registrar, Kristin, at 603-228-1196.
Instrumental EnsemblesSmall ensembles in the wind, string, piano, folk, and jazz departments enable students to grow with musical friends as they mature in skills and understanding. In each department, faculty members work together to place students in the level that will be most comfortable for them. Visit our homepage for online registration for folk ensembles only (see left column). Other ensembles, please click here to fill out an inquiry form, or call the Registrar, Kristin, at 603-228-1196.
Expressive Arts TherapiesMusic therapy addresses specific physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs, in sessions tailored to the clients’ and caregivers’ individual goals. Dance movement therapy sessions use body movement to release emotional or cognitive issues, using movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration of the individual. Please contact the Music School at 603-228-1196 to see if expressive arts therapy is a good fit for you or a loved one!
See our new 2017-2018 catalog HERE!
For Immediate Release: 20 March 2017
CONCORD, N.H.— Songweavers women’s community chorus will celebrate the community and togetherness of voices joined in song in their annual spring concert at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at South Congregational Church, 27 Pleasant St. in downtown Concord.
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For Immediate Release: 15 March 2017
CONCORD, N.H.—A king desperate to retain control of his kingdom, a commander on a quest to conquer, a girl caught in the crossfire, a knight confident in love's power, a witch searching to belong: these are the dynamic characters of Handel's Rinaldo. The Musicians of Wall Street present an evening of operatic adventure at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7 at the Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall Street in downtown Concord.
For Immediate Release: 20 February 2017
CONCORD, N.H.—From African-American spirituals to Broadway show tunes, explore how migration and immigration have shaped and inspired vocal music at March’s free Bach’s Lunch programs at the Concord Community Music School.
On Thursday, March 2, Peggy Senter, president and founder of the Music School, will give a lecture titled “Musical Migrations: Schubert, Spirituals & Show Tunes.” The following week, on Thursday, March 9, Music School faculty members Hannah Schramm Murray, soprano, and Calvin Herst, piano, will team up to present a concert titled “Taking Flight: American Songs of Migration.” Bach’s Lunch programs are free and open to the public, and take place from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on the first and second Thursdays of each month in the Music School’s Recital Hall, 23 Wall Street, downtown Concord.
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