Adult Chamber Ensembles
The Music School works with interested adult students to arrange small chamber music ensembles that are coached by faculty members. Combinations of singers, wind and string players, and pianists are possible.
A community band that welcomes adults of all ages who play woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. No auditions, no requirements, just reasonable comfort on your instrument to get started.
Always wanted to join a band but your mom wouldn’t let you play a loud instrument? This weekly group class of mixed band instruments will start at the very beginning and help you gain enough comfort to play in an ensemble, including the New Horizons Band!
Northern Lights Women’s Vocal Ensemble
Peggo Horstmann Hodes
Members of this ensemble will explore the art form of a choral singing in a small group setting. Selections will include many genres from Classical to Gospel to Contemporary. By audition. Limited to 20 members. Meets Wednesdays at 1:00pm for 90 minutes.
Sunflower Singers brings adults with developmental disabilities and their care providers together from across central New Hampshire each week to sing familiar songs, accompanied by spontaneous harmonica and percussion playing. This joyful sing-along is free of charge, thanks to the generosity of its funders.
Other Adult Vocal Ensembles
Small ensembles open to all. Emphasis is on developing healthy vocal habits through posture, breath support, and voice placement; learning to read parts in music; blending voices in harmony through rounds and a variety of music arrangements. Repertoire includes Renaissance through modern jazz.
Teens and adults
The Canterbury Singers partner with the Canterbury Shaker Village to present authentic Shaker music, expanded by arrangements of American folk songs, music of early America, and inspired arrangements by a variety of composers. One of the very few non-auditioned, high quality professionally directed choral experiences for mixed voices (men and women blended ensemble) in the Capital Area. Rehearsals take place Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8:15pm.
Songweavers -- New Hampshire's original women's community chorus
Peggo Horstmann Hodes
Based on the belief that everyone can sing, members of this large women's chorus learn songs by rote, in the African-American tradition; music-reading skills are not a prerequisite. Songweavers rehearse in two groups (Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning) and present an annual spring concert. The repertoire includes music from many ethnic traditions. The singing is predominantly a cappella, although drums and other instruments are often used as accompaniment.
Grace & Lindsey Schust
This ensemble explores African-style hand drumming and other percussion, including agogos (bells), shakers, and claves. The ensemble performs with the Songweavers at the annual spring concert.
Heather Oberheim, Erin DuBois, & Katy Gibney
This experiential class, team-taught by three of our faculty members, is designed as an introduction to individual instruction in piano (though students are welcome to move on to any other instrument). Designed to seamlessly integrate the elements of rhythm, ear-training, and reading, each class will include a combination of creative movement, singing, recorder, and piano. The keyboard component will give children a chance to learn about the piano through games, duets, listening, and learning their first songs on the keyboard.
Adult Ukulele Group Class
The ukulele is a fun and easy-to-learn instrument that is experiencing a surge in popularity. Students will develop musicianship through learning basic chords, simple strums, and fun songs. The ukulele can stand on its own or serve as a stepping stone to other stringed instruments.
Teens & adults
Offering the opportunity to study the equipment and techniques of the recording studio, this class provides students a hands-on experience with live recording and mixing down to the final CD. Limited to 6 participants.