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October 2012 Newsletter

Alum releases first album

patrik_gochez_webMusic School alum Patrik Gochez is a Boston-based singer/songwriter who just completed his first album, "Heavy Loader." Gochez studied at the Music School from 1998 to 2006:  piano with Rebecca Herst and Birgit Matzerath and voice with Ellen Nordstrom. In addition, he studied guitar with local legend Ron Noyes. After graduating from Bishop Brady High School in 2006, Gochez studied contemporary writing and production at Berklee College of Music in Boston, focusing on arranging, notation and digital recording. Throughout his time at Berklee, Gochez performed regularly at Boston and Cambridge rock clubs, cafes and venues.

"I lived through the frustrations of the tape deck, the advent of CD booklets and the eventual luxuries of playlists," Gochez said.

Gochez worked with the rock and roll quartet WhiteShoeBrownShoe for the last six years. He then began compiling original material inspired by some of the most influential and iconic performers, writers and arrangers. 

His first solo effort, "Heavy Loader" is a self-produced album that features a wide array of rock, jazz and classical talents.

Voice Department Chair Ellen Nordstrom said: "What I truly appreciated about working with Patrik is that he had self-established goals and knew how much he wanted to pursue music, even before he walked into the voice studio. He knew he'd have to deal with sight-singing requirements at Berklee or wherever his musical journey led him. His enthusiasm was boundless in the voice studio, and his recent success in raising money via his Kickstarter project suggest that Patrik's passion for making music prevails."

Editor's note: We are excited to announce that Patrik will present a concert on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music School's Recital Hall. Patrik (guitar, piano and vocals) will perform selections from his recently released CD.  A Music School string quartet, whose members are Audrey Budington, Samantha Allman, Katherine Allman and Calvin Herst, will accompany him on several numbers. The rhythm section includes Bobby Rice, drums; Brenden Harisiades, bass guitar; and Jason Lane, lead guitar.

For more information and updates on Gochez's music and performances, find his Facebook page here.

For streaming music and video, click here.

Join us for Jazz Workshop Week!

Beatles Orchestra at Jazz Workshop Week

What is a workshop week? Sprinkled throughout the school year, each department (string, voice, piano, winds/brass, jazz/folk/percussion) plans a week-long series of workshops designed to expand the musical horizons of all participants. Previous offerings have included reed making, hypnosis, audition tips, reading sessions for winds and brass, exploring the inside of a piano, how to work with a pianist, percussion, improvisation and a broad range of other topics.

One of the highlights each year is the three-day "Beatles Orchestra" offered during Jazz Workshop Week, during which musicians of all ages join together to learn and perform a Beatles tune. Parts are specially arranged to accommodate students at all levels of development, so one usually finds the "orchestra" comprised of a mix of beginning classical string players, woodwind players, faculty members and accomplished mandolin players learning and creating alongside students from the Jazz Department.

Workshop sessions are informative, innovative and inspiring. We invite you to join us this year!

Jazz Workshop Week will be held Nov. 12-14. The following sessions are open to all who love jazz: students, teachers, and singers of all ages and levels.

Monday, November 12
Beatles Orchestra, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Join an orchestra of classical, folk and jazz players as we rehearse and prepare to record "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles (click here to listen to the arrangement).

Jazz Vocal Workshop, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
with Tom Robinson and Hannah Murray

beatles-orchestra-2-webComposition Workshop and Concert, 6:30-8 p.m.
with Mark Shilansky and Friends

Tuesday, November 13

African Drumming, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
with Grace Schust and Lindsey Schust

Beatles Orchestra, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Build a Band, 6-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 14
Beatles Orchestra, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

A Folk/Blues Approach to Improv, 6-7 p.m.
with David Surette

David Kontak in Concert, 7-8 p.m.

Look what our colleagues are up to!

In addition to individual instruction, ensembles, workshops and concerts, the Music School provides a location for our colleagues to meet and perform. A partial listing is below:

The Centennial Senior Center offers a free tai chi class for older adults Wednesdays from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. in Room 119 at the Music School.

The Concord Chorale meets Mondays in the Community Room. The Chorale, along with soloists and orchestra, will present Haydn's "Creation Mass" and, along with youth choirs including the Music School's Purple Finches children's chorus, will present John Rutter's "Mass of the Children" on Jan. 26-27, 2013, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Concord.

The Strathspey & Reel Society of New Hampshire meets from 1 to 5 p.m. on the last Sunday of the month from September through June in the Music School's Community Room. Its next Gala concert is Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2:30 p.m. at Concord City Auditorium. The guest performers are the Highland Soles -- there will be music, dancing, piping, songs, and more!

To receive more information on scheduling a performance or rehearsal at the Music School, contact Kathleen Kelley at 603.228.1196, ext 14, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Your vote counts at the Music School

Whichever way you choose to vote on November 6, remember you can make a direct winning impact with a November gift to Concord Community Music School. Your support promises to deliver great musical events, a friendly non-partisan community, and equal access to musical education. We need your help now more than ever to deliver the programs the entire community counts on. Thank you for your vote of confidence. Donate now!

Voice alum sings for President

Lauren Percy, who studied with Ellen Nordstrom, recently sang the National Anthem for President
Obama at a grassroots rally in Rochester, NH. Lauren sang amazingly, and the crowd congratulated
her enthusiastically. Lauren, Miss NH Outstanding Teen 2011, is a freshman history major at UNH.