The Music School's
is a recipient of the NH Council on the Arts
Governor's Arts Award
for Arts Education!
Join us in celebrating him at the
2015 Governor's Arts Awards
Wednesday, October 21, 5-7pm
New Hampshire Institute of Art
to our retiring trustees
Charlie Head & Rick Simpson!
Music Transcending Barriers: Charlie Head
If you go to any folk program at the Music School, you'll see Charlie Head's company listed in the program as a sponsor. And at the Music School's annual folk recital, you'll see Charlie onstage with his guitar, perhaps multiple times, with different groups and musicians.
Folk music, it's often said, is social music. And Charlie strongly believes in the connective power of music.
"It really transcends a lot of the barriers that we set up in our communities -- age, economic status, position in the community, any number of things-and draws people together," he says.
The Positive Energy of Music: Rick Simpson
Rick Simpson first met his wife Jody through singing. He encountered his closest college friends through an a cappella group, which still comes together for annual concerts. And when he thinks about the Music School, he thinks about how relevant its motto, "a home for musical friendships," is to his own life and community of friends.
"Music, for me, has always been there," says Rick. "It's been in the air, in my environment, throughout my entire life. Musical friendships have been extremely important."
Twelve Years as a Purple Finch:
Alumna Olivia Dodd
Left to right: Purple Finches Director Maria Isaak,
former Director of Education and Community Partnerships Calvin Herst, and Olivia Dodd.
Olivia Dodd "grew up" musically through 12 years as a member and choral assistant for Purple Finches. She excelled in voice and piano lessons through her teen years, culminating in an impressive senior recital in June. Now she's attending the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. As new young singers began a new year of Purple Finches, she wrote them this note from London:
I cannot remember a time in my life without the Purple Finches Children's Chorus community. This, quite simply, is because I began learning folk dances and solfege as a joyful little kindergartner in the Fledglings. Over the years I sang and danced my way through all three choruses, every week finding a stronger love and appreciation for music.
For the past four years I have continued that journey by assisting Maria in helping the next flock of Fledglings, Fliers, and Finches. And I absolutely love it. To watch a student, shy on the first day; be able to confidently sing a solo in the spring concert, seven months later, is priceless.
-- Olivia Dodd