For Immediate Release: April 29, 2015
CONCORD, N.H.—Seventeen students from the Concord Community 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 is an annual event sponsored by the New Hampshire Music Educators’ Association that brings together high-achieving music students from across New Hampshire for a culminating performance in the state capitol. 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, from songs about the trans-Atlantic voyages on slave ships, to African-American spirituals, to Duke Ellington’s “King Fit the Battle of Alabam,” recounting the events of Bloody Sunday. Conducting the choir was Anthony Trecek-King, artistic director and conductor of the Boston Children’s Chorus.
“Mr. Trecek-King talked about how his ancestors had gone through slavery,” said Shore. “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.”
In the audience was Chiara Dolcino, whose daughter, Della Dolcino, is a Music School student who performed with Shore in the choir. “As parents,” she said, “we watch our kids spend hours in lessons and practice and it’s easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees—until you attend a concert like this and see it all come together in such a powerful way!”
Tyler Shore and Della Dolcino were selected, along with Music School students 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.
Among the students performing in the band was clarinetist Glynnis Cummings, a Music School student who was participating in the Festival for the third time. “It was wicked cool,” she said. “It’s also really intense, practicing for that many hours a day. But I love the final concert, thinking about how far we’ve come in just one and a half days, and how it all fits together in the end.”
Cummings was one of four Music School clarinet students who, in addition to participating in the All State Festival, earned places at the All New England Concert Festival, sponsored by the New England Music Festival Association. Also selected were Fiona MacWhinnie, Jacob Goldsberry, and Damien McGuire.
The Music School students who participated in the All State Festival hailed from Bow, Concord, Goffstown, Hopkinton, Lisbon, Plaistow, and Weare.
Emma Bradley, Soprano, Mixed Choir
Julia Ladd, Bassoon, Band
Moriah List, Alto, Mixed Choir
Glynnis Cummings, Clarinet, Band
Della Dolcino, Soprano, Mixed Choir
Maria Emmons, Violin, Orchestra
Fiona MacWhinnie, Clarinet, Band
Hannah Miller, Alto, Mixed Choir
Tyler Shore, Tenor, Mixed Choir
Nathan Smith, Tenor, Mixed Choir
Michael Webb, Bass, Mixed Choir
Madison Osburn, Alto, Women’s Choir
Nicholas Briccetti, Tenor, Mixed Choir
Damien McGuire, Clarinet, Band
Michaela Kosta, Basson, Band
Jacob Goldsberry, Clarinet, Band
Abigail Kuzma, Soprano, Women’s Choir
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.
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