A place on the musical podium
Music and sports have many points of intersection. Some take place on the world stage like at this winter's Olympics, where there is a virtuoso violinist competing in skiing, and others happen closer to home. The Concord Community Music School is delighted to share several podium-level performances of our students, supporters, and friends this month, including two that directly highlight the interplay of music and sports.
Just as "The Star-Spangled Banner" plays for each of Team U.S.A.'s gold medals at Sochi, the American national anthem is frequently played and sung with aplomb by Music School students at athletic contests throughout the region. Voice Department Chair Ellen Nordstrom often lends national anthem tips to many of her students, including Nathan Smith, a Concord High School student who was recently featured front and center in The Concord Monitor's Sports Blog. Kudos to Nathan for his in-demand performances to rally the crowd and elicit national pride through the anthem at hockey, football, and basketball games and pep rallies. To view the video click here and to read the interview with him from January 29 click below.
|Rock what you love
The Rock On Foundation, founded by professional basketball players and Concord area brothers Luke and Matt Bonner, recently gave two new electric guitars and amps, and a starter acoustic guitar to the Music School to promote opportunities for more students to learn guitar. The Foundation is dedicated to providing opportunities for students in artistic, athletic, and academic arenas. "Everyone deserves the opportunity to rock the things they love," proclaims Luke at the Rock On Foundation web site.
We at the Music School are delighted that Luke personally has gotten involved with providing instruments, funding, and enthusiasm for what we do here, as he has consulted with our guitar faculty members on what can be most helpful for our students and programs. Luke offered that "The Concord Community Music School is a valuable institution to the city of Concord and the state of New Hampshire. Rock On Foundation is proud to support such a great organization, which exemplifies a relentless commitment to keeping music alive in our community while inspiring future generations of creatives."
Not long before he attended Jazz in January, Luke posed for the picture above with David Tonkin and the donated instruments. A warm thank you to the team at the Rock On Foundation for exemplifying how athletics and music come together so seamlessly.
|On stage at Carnegie Hall for a
Nine-year old Emma Servadio, who studies piano with Music School faculty member Anita Yu and began her piano studies at the Music School with Kathryn Southworth, recently made a trip to the stage of Carnegie Hall in New York City earlier this month to perform her original piano piece "Shimmer." In the audience were her parents Ching-Yao Chen and Ilan Servadio and Music School president Peggy Senter, among a packed house there to hear the winners of the Crescendo International Music Competitions. Emma performed beautifully and distinguished herself as an up-and-coming composer and musician with natural talent and maturity well beyond her age.
To listen to Emma's recording of Shimmer, click here or read more about her experiences and preparation in either of these two Concord Monitor articles.
We are so proud of Emma for her diligent work in preparing for a competition of this magnitude and for representing herself, her family, and Concord Community Music School so well.
Save the Date - March 21 & 22, 2014
Anniversary Weekend & Performathon
We hope you will save the date to help us celebrate our Anniversary Weekend and Performathon event. The weekend begins with our Anniversary Weekend Concert on Friday followed by our Performathon event on Saturday, showcasing over 200 student performers throughout the day, an instrument petting zoo, food, raffles, and prizes, etc.
Interested in helping out with the event? Volunteers are needed in all areas. Contact Deirdre Daigle at 228-1196 x20 or click here for more information.
Our Performathon raises approximately $15,000 annually in support of Financial Aid. Thank you to all who have supported this event in the past! If you'd like to show your early support - click here to donate now.