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September 2014 Newsletter

A Warm Welcome to Two New
Faculty Members 

Liz Faiella 2  

 Liz Faiella fell in love with fiddle music in New Hampshire at fiddle contests andlocal dances called by contradance legend Dudley Laufman. She began fiddling at the age of eight, took eight years of lessons at the Concord Community Music School and then earned top prizes at New Hampshire fiddle contests. Liz has received scholarships from the Ralph Page Memorial Committee of the New England Folk Festival Association and from the Country Dance and Song Society. She has also sung in vocal groups at the Concord Community Music School and Dartmouth College, her alma mater. Liz is excited to be teaching fiddle here this fall and is also performing regularly with her brother Dan, a guitarist and Music School student. To hear a sample of their music, click here.


Dorothy Yanish, voice, is an experienced teacher, performer and adjudicator.   She is on the faculty of Franklin Pierce University, maintains a private studio in Peterborough and works regularly with students K-8 at the Well School, also in Peterborough. Her workshops entitled SingYeWell  encourage healthy voice use for singers at all levels of musical and physical ability.  Ms. Yanish earned her B.S. in Music Education at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and her M.M. in Voice and Opera from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. She will be teaching on Tuesdays, coaching the Women's Vocal Ensemble, which explores the art ofa cappella singing, and teaching voice lessons.


Summer Fun


Creative Arts Camp, for students in grades 1-6, was once again a success as recorder music, paint brushes, many smiles, and whirling feet and hands created a dynamic scene for 10 days in July. Led by a team of outstanding instructors-Danielle Hinton, Maria Isaak, and Heather Oberheim-and under the direction of camp co-directors Hannah Murray and Calvin Herst, the two week-long sessions resulted in memorable performances on both Fridays, with displayed artwork, a magnificent recorder recital, and  an action-filled, visually entrancing movement performance.

Campers rotated between sessions in art on the ground floor, creative movement and dance in the Community Room, and instrumental and choral music in the Recital Hall.   


The energy and teamwork on display were truly impressive and the campers exhibited great pride in their accomplishments, from creatively constructed kites, textile prints, and story stones, to the recorder "karate ribbons" that signified recorder songs mastered, to impressive choreography and expressive movement.  Thank you to all the campers and their families for filling these two weeks with new friends, exemplary behavior, and artistic achievements.

Summer Fun

Photos by

Ben Isaak












Thank You


We are delighted to share that more than 400 generous members of this school community contributed $631,000 in support of the Music School's mission and programs for the fiscal year ending June 2014. This represents an increase of $51,000 over the previous year. Thank you to all who contributed so generously for believing in the importance of music in all of our lives. With your support, we are able to offer access to expert instruction with an award-winning faculty, a community gathering place that brings together music lovers of all ages and abilities, and financial assistance that supports a diverse and vibrant community.

Music School Is a "Family Favorite"
Award Recipient

Thanks to the readers of Parenting New Hampshire magazine who helped the Music School earn a 2014 award as "Favorite Musical Instruction - Concord Area" in recognition of us as a family friendly organization.

Riverbend Mental Health  
Champion Award


The Music School has been named a 2014 Champion for Mental Health in honor of our teaching, inspiration, and inclusion of individuals with mental illness. Peggy Senter will be accepting the award at the Riverbend Awards Ceremony on October 8, on behalf of our faculty members who believe so strongly in an inclusive musical community. A thriving music therapy program, directed by Julieann Hartley, MT-BC, includes a number of partnerships with Riverbend that serve children and adults with mental health challenges, and our Music & Movement program, directed by dance movement therapist Heather Oberheim, serves many preschoolers with special needs. Many thanks to Gretchen Grappone, Music School guitar alumna and Riverbend board member, for her belief in this important work.

Please join us at the awards ceremony and click here to sign up.  For more information, click on image below.  



It's Not Too Late to Register 
Check out all the offerings in the online catalog and you might discover a new creative outlet. New this fall, taught by Jason Crigler on Monday evenings, are the WiiMote Ensemble and a Songwriting class.