CONCORD, NH – Concord Community Music School announces that auditions for its Scholarship Ensemble Program, including the Scholarship Vocal Ensemble, Scholarship Jazz Ensemble, Scholarship Woodwind Quintet, and the Scholarship String Quartet will take place through the end of September. This program is for highly motivated high school students who would like an intensive small-ensemble experience and who are willing to make a serious commitment to weekly rehearsals and frequent performances around the state. The Scholarship Ensembles have performed in New York and Boston and at high schools and community events across New Hampshire, including governors’ inaugurations and national showcase concerts.
Coached by Music School faculty members Stefani Burk (Woodwind), Rodger Ellsworth (String), Hannah Murray (Voice) and David Tonkin (Jazz), ensemble members learn first-hand from these outstanding performers the rigors and fine points of preparing for performance. Students who are selected will be on full scholarship through the generosity of area businesses, foundations and individuals. Over the past 25 years, students have represented many towns in New Hampshire, including Enfield, Bow, Plymouth, Groveton, Berlin, Nashua, Dover and Keene. Scholarship Ensemble alumni are teaching, performing and recording in New York, Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and elsewhere locally and nationally. To arrange for an audition, call the Music School at 603.228.1196.
About the Scholarship Ensemble coaches:
Stefani Burk, Scholarship Woodwind Quintet – B.M., music education, M.A., oboe performance, University of Iowa. Further study with Fred Cohen. Former faculty at Bowdoin College, Indian Hill Arts, Bates College, and the University of New Hampshire’s Summer Youth Music School. Faculty, St. Paul’s School. Member of the Portland Symphony, PORT Opera, Opera North, Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, and Ensemble Lezcano. Concert soloist with the White Mountain Bach Festival and FOKO. Performances with the New Hampshire Music Festival, Yellow Barn, Sebago-Long Lake, Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, and the Hanover Chamber Orchestra.
Rodger Ellsworth, Scholarship String Quartet – New School of Music, North Carolina School of the Arts. Studied with Max Aronoff, Gerald Horner, Alan de Veritch, Joseph Gingold, Jascha Brodsky, and the Curtis Quartet. Performances with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and Wolf Trap Summer Festival.
Hannah Murray, Scholarship Vocal Ensemble – B.A., Connecticut College; M.M., Westminster Choir College. Additional studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Middlebury College’s Deutsch fur Sängerin program. Faculty member, St. Paul’s School. Taught at Endicott College, Boston Conservatory outreach program, and the Community Music School of Springfield. Performed throughout the Northeastern United States, soloist for the Nashua Symphony, Paul Madore Chorale, Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield, and The Opera Circle. Active member of NATS.
David Tonkin, Scholarship Jazz Ensemble – Studied with Ed Cory, Jay Azzolina, and Randy Roos. Worked with New Hampshire Artists in Schools Program. Former faculty, Lincoln Center Institute at Dartmouth College and University of New Hampshire in Manchester. Performs regularly with David Tonkin Group and Tonkin Toys. Played at the Newport Jazz Festival and The Blue Note in New York City.