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Music School celebrates with Beech Street School students and staff

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John Faggiano, Music School percussion chair, leads Beech Street School drummers at the Beechfest performance.

We enjoyed participating in two celebrations last week as our Music in the Community Initiative partner, Beech Street School, ended its year. On June 20, John Faggiano and Peggy Senter awarded Certificates of Achievement to our Beech Street drummers at the 5th Grade Graduation and Awards Ceremony. "This was one of the best drumming classes we've had," Faggiano said. "They were so hard-working and eager to learn, and the music they performed at Beechfest was an advanced arrangement performed well. I was really proud of them."

The next day, Calvin Herst and Faggiano returned to Beech Street as students and staff surprised retiring principal Ellie Murphy with a celebratory assembly. We presented Ms. Murphy with a collage of pictures from our 14-year partnership with Beech Street. City and state officials were there, including State Sen. Lou D'Allesandro (who was Faggiano's football coach at Central High some years ago!). We all join with the Manchester community in wishing Ms. Murphy the very best after her dedicated service to this amazing school.

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Calvin Herst, Sen. Lou D'Allesandro and John Faggiano at Principal Ellie Murphy's retirement sendoff on June 21, 2012.

Students headline at Governor and Executive Council Meeting

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Pictured left to right: Dan Faiella, Executive Councillor Dan St. Hilaire, CCMS President Peggy Senter, Audrey Budington and Gov. John Lynch.

Two of our students, Audrey Budington (fiddle) and Daniel Faiella (guitar), provided the opening music for the Governor & Executive Council Meeting on June 20 at the State House. We are very proud of them!

Click here to see a video clip of this performance (by volunteer Lori Budington).

Photo by Larry Crowe

Voice student receives Concord Chorale Foundation award

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Amy Lesieur (left) and Deborah Yeager, a Concord Chorale Foundation board member.

Amy Lesieur, a Concord High School senior and voice student of Ellen Nordstrom Baer, was awarded the Concord Chorale Foundation's first annual scholarship award. The $1,000 award was announced at the Senior Recital Amy and fellow voice student Jillian Lanney presented at the Music School on June 9.

The Concord Chorale Foundation is a local, non-profit arts organization formed in 2005 to support the vocal arts community in and around the Concord area.

Amy sang with the Concord Chorale Youth Chorus while a student at Rundlett Middle School.  She also has been active in the music scene at Concord High School and the greater Concord community. In addition to her ongoing vocal training, she has sung with many local high school and community choirs. She also has taken an active part in local summer theater, playing the title role in a local 2006 production of Annie

Here at the Music School, Amy has been a member of the Scholarship Vocal Ensemble for two years, under the direction of Emily Jaworski and Hannah Murray, and participated in the Teen Chorus and Youth Folk Ensemble in earlier years.

Amy will attend Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., in the fall, majoring in voice and music education. Her long-term plan is to teach music at the middle school level. 

"Amy is an excellent student and has been incredibly involved in the choral arts community," Foundation President John Teague said. "We are thrilled to see her develop as a musician, and to be able to assist her with her continuing education."

Music School participates in Best Buddies event

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The Music School greeted participants at the Best Buddies Friendship Walk on June 17 at the State House Capitol Plaza with kazoos and program information. Thanks to staff members Kathleen Kelley (pictured on left) and Carlene Ruesenberg (pictured on right) and voice student Eileen Kelley (Miss NH Outstanding Teen) for representing the Music School! The Music School shares with Best Buddies an inclusive mission by welcoming students of all abilities to participate in Music School programs. CCMS works with more than 150 students with special needs each week during the school year.