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August 2013 Newsletter

Colorful Campers Perform 

"Night at the Museum"

Body Socks
Photography by Geoff Forester

 Creative Arts Camp for students in grades 1-6, now in its third year, was once again a success as recorder sounds, paint brushes, many smiles, and whirling feet and hands made for a dynamic scene for 10 days in mid-July. Led by a team of outstanding instructors--Cathy Kaplan, Maria Isaak, and Heather Oberheim, and under the direction of camp director Calvin Herst--the two week-long sessions resulted in a museum-like show for two consecutive Fridays, with displayed artwork, a body-sock movement piece called "Night at the Museum"  (week 2), a Japanese movement and balancing game of rock, paper, scissors, and a magnificent group recorder recital.  

Campers rotated between sessions in art on the ground floor, dance in the Community Room and recorder instruction and wind instrument playing in the Recital Hall, with practice sessions spilling out into the park for all to hear. As parent Megan Alexander shared, "My daughter Remi is still thinking about camp and talking about camp and hoping that she will get to go next summer. She is begging Calvin to have a 7th and 8th grade camp. She learned to play so many new instruments and plays her recorder every day. She brings it in the car and plays it everywhere." 

Two former campers, Megan Ellsworth and Bekah Underwood, found a solution to the 7th and 8th grade dilemma by serving as interns who provided invaluable help to the instructors and had a chance to participate in the activities as well. Also new this year was the chance to do weaving on handmade looms and decorating masks. The creativity on display was truly impressive and the campers exhibited great pride in their art works, new recorder skills, and movement exploration. Thank you to all the participants and their families for making these two weeks ones filled with new friends, exemplary cooperation and behavior, and great enthusiasm for the arts.

A Jazzy July


The jazz department was swinging this summer with a small but very committed group of young jazz musicians during the week of July 8-12. David Tonkin and John Faggiano guided the campers in Jazz Camp as they worked on many improvisational, performance and ensemble skills.

Nicholas Briccetti, a guitar, drum, and piano student here at the Music School, loved the low student-to-faculty ratio which helped him to try out some new pieces and techniques. At age 13, Nicholas returned for his second summer of camp and discovered what amazing results you can bring about by really applying oneself and practicing, practicing, practicing. He mentioned that it was very interesting at the end to go into the recording studio and listen back to the pieces they performed.  He is looking forward to rock ensemble and continuing his instrumental lessons. 

Megan Alexander, Caleb Alexander's mom, shared her thoughts on the Jazz Camp experience, "My son was in heaven! He got so enthused about the rock guitar and has a new passion for his music.  He cannot wait for fall for jazz ensemble. I am so grateful for the Concord Community Music School." 

Alumnus Alex Ellsworth

in Concert July 23, 2013



The Music School was pleased to showcase a string department alumnus on Tuesday, July 23rd, when Alex Ellsworth was joined on the Recital Hall stage by Dan Perkins on piano for this special summer concert. 

The program, which included sonatas by Beethoven and Barber, as well as a piece by Turtle Island String Quartet cellist Mark Summers, was warmly received by the audience. Alex is pursuing music as a career and will begin a master's degree in performance at DePaul University this fall, studying with Brant Taylor  of the Chicago Symphony.