For immediate release: October 9, 2015
Calvin Herst, longtime Director of Education and Community Partnerships at the Concord Community Music School, is a 2015 recipient of a Governors Arts Award for Arts Education from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
During his eighteen-year tenure at the School, Herst has impacted the lives of thousands of students, nurturing more than 600 Music School students as well as over 800 others in the School’s community partnerships.
“Calvin’s contribution to the leadership, growth and advancement of CCMS has been transformative,” wrote former Congressman Paul Hodes in a letter supporting Herst’s nomination for the award.
Through the Music in the Community Initiative, Herst has helped provide organizations such as Riverbend Community Mental Health, Merrimack Valley Day Care, Elliot Hospital, and Beech Street School with access to music education, music therapy, music and movement, and other music programs. His leadership of the Music School’s Creative Communities partnership through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), serving refugee and immigrant children in Manchester from around the world through choral, musical theater, percussion, and creative movement classes, was cited by the NEA as a national model of sustainability and program evaluation.
A member of the piano faculty at the Concord Community Music School, Herst has also served on the faculties of the Ithaca College School of Music, the Community Music Center of Boston, and the Buckingham Browne and Nichols School.
“His patience with students is unbounded,” said Anne Baier, parent of four Music School alumni. “His encouragement of all students and support of their musical accomplishment is without limit. His friendship with students, as their mentor and advocate, has doubtless inspired many (like my daughter) and shaped their personal goals and their pursuit of music.”
Herst’s performance credits include the Kennedy Center, the Philadelphia Academy of Music, and an extensive tour in the People’s Republic of China. He is the accompanist for the Unitarian Universalist Church in Concord and the Suncook Valley Chorale, and is the founding pianist of the Larksong Trio, with Peggo Horstmann Hodes, soprano and Jennifer Yeaton-Parris, flute.
Herst will be honored at the Governor’s Arts Awards, which are presented by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts in cooperation with the Governor’s Office. The event will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21 at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. The celebration is open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.palacetheatretickets.org.
About the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a division of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources. It began in 1965 with legislation designed “to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the education and welfare of our citizens.” Funding for programs is provided through state appropriations, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Conservation License Plate fund. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at www.nh.gov/nharts.
About the Concord Community Music School
Concord Community Music School is a full member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is recognized nationally for program innovation and management excellence. Welcoming adults, teens, and children of all musical abilities, 53 artist teachers reach more than 33,000 people in four states with educational programs, concerts, workshops, and community partnerships. CCMS has received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hearst Foundation, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Jane’s Trust, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The Music School is the 2005 recipient of the NH Governor’s Arts Award for Cultural Access Leadership.