With Great Fanfare
May, with its celebrations of pageantry, was the ideal month to focus on the trumpet at the Bach's Lunch Series. From graduations, to the Kentucky Derby, to Memorial Day observances, the trumpet often signals the beginning of our celebratory processions. Robert Stibler gave a fascinating lecture tracing the history of the trumpet, from its humble origins when people first blew into a conch shell, to religious and military uses in ancient times, to its modern role in brass ensembles, jazz, and symphonies.
There is no one better in this region to bring the trumpet and its historical roots to life than UNH professor Bob Stibler, along with Adam Gallant, his former student who teaches trumpet here at the Music School.
Bob dazzled the lecture audience with his expert command of the many instruments he brought that traced the evolution of the trumpet. He drew an impressive sound from the conch shell, a garden hose, and an animal horn, followed by an aural tour through centuries of brass instruments. The following week, Adam and Bob joined Stefani Burk on English horn and pianist Paul Dykstra to present a beautiful program that included the famous Haydn Trumpet Concerto and works by Copland and Franceschini.
As Bob reflected after their concert, "Adam was my trumpet student throughout his undergraduate and graduate work at UNH, and it's fair to say that in almost 40 years of college trumpet teaching, I've
never had a student who surpassed him in self-motivation. Adam's lessons were always something to look forward to, and by the time he was a grad student, I learned something at every one of them. For the past four years, he's been a member of our UNH faculty trumpet trio, and there really is nothing for a teacher quite like standing on stage with a former student. I'm very pleased that he's joined the CCMS faculty, and think that this opens the door to exciting trumpet developments for the school.''
Inspire the Desire to Aspire:
The Royal Conservatory
One by one the students filed in for their assessment time and a chance to show the visiting adjudicator what they had mastered in their piano studies. On May 26 and 28, the Music School's Recital Hall and backstage area saw a flurry of hushed concentrated activity, as 28 students (including 3 adults) from the Music School and other music studios in New Hampshire and Maine took to the keyboard for voluntary exams in repertoire, technique, ear-training and sight-reading.
The Music Development Program provides a recognized standard of musical success as participants are graded against a 10-level syllabus developed by the Canadian-based Royal Conservatory of Music. Piano Department Chair Kathryn Southworth and Director of Education Calvin Herst have led the effort to bring the Music Development Program to the Concord Community Music School, which is a Founding School in the program, the only site so designated in New Hampshire. CCMS piano faculty members Paul Dykstra and Anita Yu grew up in Canada and progressed through this graded system. They have been enthusiastic advocates, inspiring seven piano teachers at the Music School to enter some of their students, compared with two studios taking part a year ago. In fact, Dykstra is also an adjudicator who travels to other assessment sites.
The Music Development Program encourages discipline, provides motivational goals, challenge, and a chance to benchmark oneself against others involved in this national system. For more on this program, visit musicdevelopmentprogram.org or speak to CCMS Piano Department Chair Kathryn Southworth.
|In the Limelight
Kudos to the performers and crew who put on four magnificent performances of The Phantom of the Opera last month at Concord High School. The house was packed for all performances, with many proud Music School parents, faculty, and friends in attendance. Lead roles were sung exquisitely by Eileen Kelley, Rachael Smith, Josh Storo, and Rowan Ferrier. Eileen, Rachael, and Rowan are voice students of Ellen Nordstrom at CCMS; Ellen also coached Josh Storo as he prepared his role. The impressive orchestra also included many Music School students and faculty.All involved had worked very hard to prepare for this highly impressive and challenging musical directed by Clint Klose. Ellen Nordstrom offered that it was a demanding show for singers, requiring endurance and a strong command of both Broadway and classical vocal techniques. All of us at the Music School offer a hearty round of congratulations and ongoing accolades to the teachers and the students. Everyone collaborated beautifully on this monumental project that showed the talent and commitment to the arts of the Concord community.
CCMS Headlines the
Midsummer Night Magic Parade
Friday Evening June 21 - Save the Date!
Celebrate the summer solstice with friends in the Music School's Kazoophony (kazoos provided) to lead the parade as part of the Midsummer Night Magic celebration. For more information click here to view the event on Facebook.
Gather in the CCMS Community Room at 4:30 p.m. with Maestro Hannah Murray, aided by banner carriers Grace Murray and Riley Hinton and high school drum majors, or look for us by the State House staging area where you can also pick up a kazoo.
Back by popular demand, Music School friends, students, and faculty will be puffing their way down the middle of Main Street, humming favorite American tunes, as part of the Midsummer Night Magic event. Now in year two, this celebration of the arts in Concord promises to be bigger and better than ever, but that depends on your participation. Festive attire (leis, mardi gras beads, fancy masks, funky clothing) is certainly welcome but even if you just stepped out of the office, please join us to parade from the State House to Bicentennial Square, alongside animals (horses and dogs) and other creative types. All ages welcome-bring your friends and family!
Please help us spread the word: new students trying out the Concord Community Music School for the first time are eligible for 20% off summer private lesson rates.
Thank you for helping to encourage expanded music-making!