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September 2012 Newsletter

Meet our new faculty

Please help us welcome three new faculty members:

julieann-hartleyJulieann Hartley, MT-BC, Music Therapy Director, earned a bachelor of music degree from Anna Maria College, double-majoring in music therapy and psychology. She is a board-certified music therapist and a member of the American Music Therapy Association. Julieann has clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults with developmental, behavioral, emotional and psychological disabilities. This fall, Julieann will focus on advocacy and accessibility and will introduce music therapy to a number of facilities in the community, including schools, hospices and mental health centers. 



carrie-lesageThe Music School's Suzuki Violin Program has grown by leaps and bounds over the last two years. In 2008, we had seven Suzuki violin students; this year, we have 35 students. An alumna of the Music School, Carrie LeSage earned a bachelor of music degree in violin performance from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and is certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas to teach books 1-5. Program Director Lissa Thomas said, "Carrie shares the ideology of the Suzuki philosophy, has fully embraced the goals set forth for the program, and is a fabulous musician." Carrie teaches on Tuesday afternoons in studio 115. 


david-ross_webDavid Ross, Classical and Jazz Guitar,  earned a B.M. in guitar performance and a B.A. in both composition and theory from Keene State College before going on to earn a M.M. and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, where he served as the teaching assistant in the renowned guitar department. He has performed extensively throughout the United States and has won several international prizes and awards in guitar festivals and competitions.

To hear a sample of David's music, click here.



Children's Open House a success

New Music Therapy Director Julieann Hartley engages open house visitors with a song.

The Music School's first open house for young children on September 15 provided community members an opportunity to experience first-hand some of the many opportunities available to children 6 months old through age 8. Faculty demonstrations included Music & Movement, Purple Finches Children's Chorus, recorder, Suzuki violin, and Take Three (team-taught class including movement, percussion and piano). All of these programs are designed to develop your child's musical ear through a broad range of creative activities, including singing, movement, and rhythm games. Best of all, none require any previous musical experience -- they are open to all!

Congratulations, Heidi!

We are so excited to congratulate Heidi Welch, who was named New Hampshire Teacher of the Year on October 1. She teaches band, chorus and music classes at Hillsboro-Deering High School. Our public school music colleagues are such an important part of the professional music community in our state, and as Heidi so well illustrates, essential to a strong educational background for our students. One of our oboe students is Heidi's daughter Brianna, who led the Music School's kazoo band in the Midsummer Magic parade this summer, proudly showing off the Hillsboro-Deering Band's motto, "we are strong but we are mighty."

Click here to read the Concord Monitor article about Heidi.

Like us on Facebook!

Check out our Facebook page! While you're there, click on the links to the Concord Monitor's article about Concord's Creative Economy and Music School President Peggy Senter's "My Turn" column.

Music School represented at scholarship program


For the second year in a row, a Concord Community Music School student represented New Hampshire in Miss America's Outstanding Teen Scholarship program. Lauren Percy is shown crowning Eileen Kelley. Both are students of Ellen Nordstrom. To hear a sample of Eileen's singing, click here.