Peggy Senter to Retire in July 2021

Founding President of Concord Community Music School, Peggy Senter, to Retire

Peggy Senter, who founded Concord Community Music School in 1984 and has served as president of the downtown nonprofit ever since, will retire in July of this year.

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In her letter to the Music School’s Board of Trustees, Peggy said, “It has been the honor of my life to work with incredible faculty and staff members, trustees, supporters, and colleagues since 1984 to build this far-reaching musical family. I have learned so much, and been influenced personally, musically, and professionally in ways I never could have imagined.”

*------From The Concord Monitor: "Senter's Swan Song - Founder grew music school that taught thousands" (PDF)------*

Board Chair Rick Simpson wrote, “Over 37 years, Peggy has created a unique New Hampshire institution with a national reputation that feels like its description: a home for musical friendships. Under her energetic leadership, the Music School has helped tens of thousands of students of all ages grow not only in skill but in the love of sharing and creating community through music. We – all her students, faculty, staff, trustees, audience members, partners, and generous supporters – cannot thank her enough.”

Leadership transition plans are underway. Rick Simpson and Trustee Karen Jantzen are leading the process to engage interim management for the upcoming school year, and Trustees Carl Cooley and Doug Bechtel will co-chair the Search Committee for the next President over the coming year.

Under Senter’s leadership, Concord Community Music School has become known as a leader in the national community arts education field, employing 50 professional musicians as its teaching artists, and serving – even during the pandemic – more than a thousand weekly participants through individual instruction, expressive therapies, choruses, ensembles, classes/workshops, and community partnerships. Since spring of 2020, the Music School has provided almost all of its programming online, with an online faculty concert series, more than 700 student performances in its 25 YouTube student recitals, and innovative technologies to enable safe in-person choral rehearsals. Currently, Music School faculty and staff are preparing for summer lessons, in-person Music & Movement sessions (for ages 5 months-5 years and their caregivers), Summer Jam Camp (grades 5-12), and Creative Arts Camp (grades 1-6). Info: