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January 2012 Newsletter

Music School alum to perform in Concord

Photo courtesy of Darlingside

Music School jazz and folk alum Sam Kapala is a drummer in the band Darlingside, a string-rock quintet from Northampton, MA. Check out Darlingside in a performance tomorrow (Jan. 19) at 7:30 p.m. at the Spotlight Café at the Capitol Center for the Arts. The band will play new music from their soon-to-be-released album. Click here to watch a live video of the song “Blow The House Down.”

Sam recently said: “It's always exciting to come home and play in Concord. I spent nearly 20 years of my life involved in the local music scene, particularly at CCMS. My musical life started here when I was just 2 years old in Music & Movement classes, and progressed through group lessons, private lessons with John Faggiano, and countless different ensembles. In many ways, I owe my existence as a musician to this school and the wonderful people who work and teach here.”

Student: Feel better through laughter

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Marcia Wyman (in red) says laughter is contagious and joyful.

Marcia Wyman, a student of Ellen Nordstrom Baer, is a certified laughter teacher and founder of the New England Center of Laughter. After suffering a stroke in July 2010 that incapacitated the left side of her body, Marcia decided to try singing lessons and voice therapy. A new friendship was born as Ellen helped Marcia learn how to use her voice and facial muscles to correct her slur and also improve her overall voice. Ellen also has attended a Laughter Yoga class to help Marcia improve her voice projection and laughter manner. “What a treat to have a teacher who will go the extra mile to help you,” Marcia recently said.

Laughter is exercise that massages the lower body and firms muscles. “What I learned from Ellen is how to open my mouth to get more volume, to hydrate, and that preparation of the voice reduces stress on the vocal cords,” Marcia said. “My rehabilitation with Ellen was quick, efficient, educational and fun!”

Ellen often receives referrals for stroke recovery and node recovery patients. She has received several grants to study speech therapy and speech pathology.

Marcia presents laughter yoga in Concord at the Center for Health Promotion at noon on Wednesdays and at the Racquet Club at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Check out our All-State list!

  • Hope Aubrey of Sandown, Orchestra (Clarinet)
  • Alicia Bennett of New Boston, Women’s Chorus (Soprano)
  • Abigail Blake of Loudon, Chorus (Soprano)
  • Rigby Buckner of Concord, Women’s Chorus (Soprano)
  • Carolyn Cunningham of Bow, Orchestra (Viola)
  • Cameron Duncan of Bow, Jazz All-State (Saxophone)
  • Amanda Harrington of Goffstown, Chorus (Soprano)
  • Scott Hepler of Manchester, Jazz All-State (Percussion)
  • Danielle Janos of Gilmanton, Band (Clarinet)
  • Carolyn Kegel of Concord, Chorus (Alto)
  • Kyle Klose of Concord, Chorus (Bass) and Jazz All-State (Vocals)
  • Larysa Kucman of Concord, Orchestra (Violin)
  • Morgan LaMonica, Orchestra (French Horn)
  • Amy Lesieur of Concord, Chorus (Soprano) and Honors Chamber (Soprano)
  • Moriah List of Bow, Women’s Chorus (Alto)
  • Gwynn Lyons of Norwich, VT, Orchestra (Oboe)
  • William Malvey of Bow, Chorus (Tenor) and Jazz All-State (Vocals)
  • Catherine Mernin of Concord, Chorus (Alto)
  • Anna Philbrick of Candia, Orchestra (Viola)
  • Sarah Reynolds of Atkinson, Orchestra (Oboe)
  • Sophie Shiere of Strafford, Band (Oboe)
  • Michael Sink of Concord, Honors Chamber (Piano)
  • Rachael Smith of Concord, Chorus (Soprano)
  • Dulcie Trottier of Dunbarton, Band (Clarinet)
  • Sophie Trottier of Dunbarton, Orchestra (Cello)
  • Betty Wallingford of Hopkinton, Women’s Chorus (Alto) and Jazz All-State (Vocals)

Congratulations to our students on this high honor!

Purple Finches performance a success

Our Purple Finches children’s chorus joined forces with the Eastern Ballet Institute for The Twelve Days of Christmas on Dec. 17 at the Capitol Center for the Arts. All of the children represented the Music School so well with their beautiful voices. Parents and friends, if you have photos, video or stories of the day, we’d love to have them. You can e-mail Communications Director Heather Turner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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