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August 2012 C-Blast:  Monthly News From the Community Music School
2012-13 Academic Calendar
Cello Fest
Young Years Demo Days
Audition Tips
Continuing Students: Re-Enroll for Fall
New! Paper Statement Option
Concerts & Events

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CMS Important Dates:  
August 17:  String Ensemble, String Orchestra & Jazz Lab Ensemble audition application deadline.  
August 20:  Fall lessons begin 
August 27:  PREP Program audition application deadline

September 3:  Labor Day ALL branch locations closed
September 21:  Young Composers Competition entry deadline.  
2012-13 Academic Calendar 
Fall 2012:  August 20, 2012  - January 15, 2013
  • First day of individual & Suzuki lessons:  Monday, August 20
  • Last day of individual & Suzuki lessons:  Tuesday, January 15
  • Young Years classes:  begin the week of August 27
  • School holidays*:
    • Sept. 3, Nov. 20-25, Dec. 17 - Jan. 1  
Spring 2013:  January 22 - May 31, June 8 & 10, 2013
  • First day of individual & Suzuki lessons:  Tuesday, January 22
  • Last day of individual & Suzuki lessons:  Friday, May 31 (except for Monday & Saturday lessons - last days are June 8 & 10).
  • Young Years classes:  begin the week of January 28 
  • School holidays*: 
    • March 18-23, May 25-27
Summer 2013:  June 13 - July 25, 2013
  • First day of individual & Suzuki lessons:  Thursday, June 13
  • Last day of individual & Suzuki lessons:  Thursday, July 25
  • School holidays*:  
    • July 4
*Note:  Some teachers may schedule lessons during holidays when the school buildings are open.  Please check with your teacher. 

For a full calendar visit:
Cello Fest 2012 

Twenty cello students from St. Louis, Missouri; Monterrey, Mexico; and El Sistema, Venezuela gathered together on July 16-19 at the CMS for Cello Fest 2012.  Students participated in master classes lead by nationally recognized cello pedagogue Tanya Carey, workshops, rehearsals, and a final performance. 


While these students come from different countries, backgrounds, and ages, they all share a love of the cello.  Many of these students plan to pursue a career as professional cellists, and this intense 4-day workshop provided a valuable professional development opportunity.  Such opportunities included meeting new people, developing lasting friendships, and networking with professionals, as well as important aspects of playing such as fine-tuning technique, musicality, expression, and stage presence. 


Aylinn Heredia, a student from Mexico, recently completed a Bachelors of Music and would like to continue her studies at a graduate program in the United States.    While at Cello Fest, she met Tanya Carey who was impressed by her playing and suggested a teacher she should consider studying with at the University of Illinois.  Carey plans to help Heredia get in touch with this teacher.  Heredia believes, "This connection would not have been possible if I had not attended Cello Fest."


The students and professional musicians performed on a final concert on Thursday, July 19.  The program varied in musical styles ranging from Tango to Jazz to Classical, and an assortment of sizes of ensembles made for an interesting evening of cello music.  The concert was well received with over 300 people in attendance.  For the students, this was a bittersweet moment as they looked forward to performing together but were sad to say goodbye to their new friends.  Patty Cova from Venezuela expresses, "I am looking forward to the concert, and performing together we will all bring out the best in each other.  But I am very sad to say goodbye to everyone and can't wait for next year!"  

Young Years student having fun!
Sample a Young Years Class at Demo Day on August 4!

Children ages 3-7 years old and their parents are invited to sing, dance, play instruments, and have fun at the Young Years Demo Days, at the CMS.  Meet the teachers, sample early childhood music classes, and register for the fall session (begins August 27).     
WHO:  Children ages 3-7 years old and their parents



Webster Groves, Saturday, August 4, 2012

10-11:30 a.m.

Community Music School of Webster University

535 Garden Avenue (on Webster University's campus)

(Lower Level - Rooms 10 & 15)

St. Louis, MO  63119



Chesterfield, Saturday, August 4, 2012

1:30-3 p.m.

Community Music School of Webster University

Leon R. Strauss Center (in Faust Park)

14941 Olive Boulevard (follow signs at main park entrance)

Chesterfield, MO  63017



ADMISSION:  FREE and open to all  


FOR MORE INFORMATION:  314-968-5939 or visit for a full list of activities and more information about the Young Years Program. 

Audition Tips 


CMS Ensemble and Orchestra auditions begin the month of August.  Here are some tips for a successful audition.  


1) Read the requirements carefully. Submit the application on or before the deadline, and know the date, time and location of the audition.

2) Be sure you understand the audition requirements for your ensemble(s).
* Know your scales.
* Practice sight-reading.

3) Choose suitable repertoire.
* Choose pieces that demonstrate both your musical and technical abilities. Generally, you must demonstrate sufficient technical ability, good sound, and musicianship to be under consideration. Do not choose pieces that are beyond your ability to play well.
* If you have more than one piece, choose pieces that are from different musical periods and of contrasting style.

4) Practice.
* Be well prepared. Few people audition at 100% of their ability.
* Have reeds, strings, and instruments adjusted and ready for the audition day. Bring extra reeds and strings, just in case.
* Beginnings and endings are very important.

5) Rest.
* It is essential to be well rested; do not stay up late the night before an audition. This allows you to be more alert and responsive during the audition.
* Do not over practice the day before and the day of an audition.

The Audition
1) Dress nicely. Your appearance should give the impression that you are respectful of the judges and the situation.

2) Plan your travel to the audition site. Allow time for traffic and parking. Arrive early so you can warm up (a warm-up room is provided).

3) Don't allow hunger to impede your audition.

4) Appear confident and happy.

5) Keep focused on the present. Do not dwell on previous mistakes, or on what is coming.

6) Very rarely will you play all the material you have prepared.

7) Keep a consistent tempo where appropriate. For example, do not play an easy scale faster than a difficult one.

8) Be considerate of others:
* The judges - by being on time
* The staff - by being polite and courteous. Thank people who are helpful.
* Other auditioning students - by being polite and respectful. Showing off or comparing yourself to others is not helpful for performing your best.

Judging is objective and subjective. Missed notes, inaccurate rhythms, ignored directions, poor intonation, etc. can be objectively judged. Sound, style, musicianship, and general impression are subjective. No two people hear the same thing.   

Continuing Students:  Time to Re-Enroll for Fall!

Re-enrollment forms for continuing students for fall 2012 are available online and at all CMS branch locations.  

If you haven't already re-enrolled please visit: 
or pick one up at your branch today!

New!  Paper Statement Option Available

The CMS is pleased to offer the option for families to receive paper billing statements. The online billing system will be available for all families to use. If you elect to receive mailed statements, they will be sent once per month when there is a balance due on your account.  
To sign-up to receive paper statements fill out an online form:
or inquire at your branch location.  
Concerts & Musical Events Happening Around St. Louis....
  •  August 17, 18, 24 & 25 8 p.m.:  Union Avenue Opera presents Das Rheingold by Wagner at Union Avenue Christian Church.  Ticket prices vary.  For more info or to purchase tickets visit:  Featuring several CMS instructors in the orchestra. 
  • Wednesdays, August 1, 8, 15 & 22, 9:30 a.m.:  Tower Grove Children's Concert Series presents an interactive and educational forum for children to learn about and explore different musical styles at the Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park.   Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  FREE & open to the public.  Featuring several CMS instructors.  For more info visit:
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The Community Music School is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and is a certified member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. The Community Music School receives assistance from the Arts and Education Council of Greater Saint Louis and support from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis.  Financial assistance for the Chamber Music Encounter has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  The Preparatory Program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.  
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