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April 2015 Newsletter: Musical Honors for Star Students

Music School Students Take the Capitol Center Stage in All State Festival

Seventeen students from the Music School took the stage at the Capitol Center for the Arts, representing their hometowns in the All State Music Festival on Saturday, April 18.

The All State Festival, sponsored by the New Hampshire Music Educators Association, brings together high-achieving music students from across New Hampshire for a culminating performance in Concord. Students participated in a competitive audition process last autumn in order to earn places in the Festival's orchestra, band, and two choirs.

"This year's performance really stood out to me," said Tyler Shore, a Music School student who sang tenor in the Festival's Mixed Choir. The choir sang songs that traced the history of African slavery in the United States. "Performing these songs brought me to tears, along with other singers and audience members. It was one of the most powerful and moving musical experiences I've ever had." 

Tyler was selected, along with Music School students Della Dolcino, Nathan Smith, and Michael Webb, to open the Festival with their performance of the national anthem. All four students had earned the top scores in their categories during the audition process.

Read more about this year's Festival and see a full list of Music School students who participated.

Voice Students Sing Their Way to Art Song Festival

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Music School student Nathan Smith with Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Smith, who sang the national anthem at the ground breaking ceremony for the Concord Main Street Project, performed in the Granite State NATS Art Song Festival.

Congratulations to the Music School voice students who performed at the Granite State NATS Art Song Festival! Laura Braley of Concord, Christine Charman of Colebrook, Olivia Dodd of Dunbarton, Juli Hincks of Concord, Brianna Sink of Contoocook, and Nathan Smith of Concord all sang in this year's Festival.

The Festival, sponsored by the New Hampshire chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, took place on April 4 at the Manchester Community Music School.

"We aim to teach the whole student here at CCMS, and to craft 'total package' performances," said Hannah Murray, chair of the Voice Department at the Music School. "Our students not only sang beautifully, they announced their pieces beautifully, dressed appropriately, and presented themselves and their pieces at a very high level.  Bravo and brava to this year's participants!"

"The NATS audition is great because it propels students to work to get several tough pieces ready at once," said Music School faculty member and Granite State NATS president Andrea Veal. " It's always a very proud day for us teachers because we get to see the finished product after so much work, and share our excitement with the students and their families."