Jazz and a pink guitar
Jazz Workshop Week, filled with sessions by our jazz
faculty and guest artists, was held Nov. 12-14. There
were many highlights, including the three-day "Beatles
Orchestra," during which musicians of all ages joined
together to learn and perform "A Hard Day's Night."
Please join us for Piano Workshop Week Dec. 3-7!
Woodwind Quintet shines
The Music School's 2012-2013 Scholarship Woodwind Quintet, coached by Stefani Burk, has had a great fall full of focused, energetic rehearsals. Two familiar faces are Erika Schaper of Concord, flute student of Jennifer Yeaton-Parris, and Danielle Janos of Gilmanton Iron Works, clarinet student of Stephanie Jenkins. We're happy to welcome Jordon Hastings of Keene, oboe; Julia Ladd of Bow, bassoon; and Jack Siegal of Etna, horn.
Scholarship Ensembles - woodwind, vocal, jazz and string - are designed for highly motivated and advanced high school students seeking a challenging experience. Auditions are held in September and attract the very best students from around the state; those selected receive full scholarships funded by corporate and foundation sponsors. In the past, the Scholarship Woodwind Quintet has performed at community events across New Hampshire, including governors' inaugurations and the Music School's annual Garden Party.
Music School faculty and facility - a resource for colleagues and students
Music School faculty are very busy serving the wider musical community - as adjudicators for competitions, as leaders in professional networks, and as hosts for statewide and regional gatherings. Just this fall, four members of the faculty served as adjudicators for statewide competitions: Ellen Nordstrom, for the 6th Annual Opera Competition sponsored by Just Love to Sing!; Hannah Murray, for the Musical Theater Competition sponsored by the NH Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS); Andrea Veal, for NH All-State vocal auditions; and John Faggiano, for NH Jazz All-State percussion auditions.
"As a professional opera singer and recitalist for nearly 30 years and a teacher and vocal coach for more than 20 years, I am often asked to judge competitions," Nordstrom said. "Thanks to the generous faculty study grants in speech pathology, song interpretation and vocal performance I've received through the Music School, I feel well equipped to assess a contestant's vocal health, sense of technique and stylistic mode of delivery."
With faculty members dedicated to serving the statewide community, combined with a beautiful facility and terrific instruments, we've had some lively Saturdays this month! On November 3, more than 50 high school and college-age students competed in the NATS Musical Theater Competition hosted by the Music School. Andrea Veal of the Music School's voice faculty, President of the NH NATS Chapter, organized and presided for this event. The following Saturday, NH Music Teachers Association (NHMTA) held its Fall Festival at the Music School, hosted and organized by Jackie Morin, NHMTA Fall Festival Chair and a member of the Music School's piano faculty. We applaud our faculty for their involvement and service, and are excited to welcome our colleagues and students.
Give a holiday gift of music
Voice student wins Idol contests
Max Sjostrom, 12, of Gorham, a student of Ellen Nordstrom,
had a busy summer! He won both Keene Idol and Seacoast
Idol (in the 17 and younger category) competitions this
summer and opened for the Fisher Cats Aug. 1 game with
the National Anthem. Max performed an awesome rendition
of The Temptations' "My Girl" to an enthusiastic crowd of
more than 200 people at Seacoast Idol. He is pictured here
with Miss New Hampshire 2011 Regan Hartley, who co-hosted
the event. To watch Max perform in the Idol competitions,
click here and here. To hear Max sing the National Anthem,