May 2017 Newsletter

What's Coming Up
Friday, May 26
7:00 p.m. 
Senior Recital*
Rose Gibney, flute  

Friday, May 26
8:00 p.m.
Student Recital*

Saturday, May 27
10:00 a.m.
Cello Studio Recital
Students of Kate Jensik

Tuesday, May 30
7:00 p.m.
Percussion Student Recital*
Thursday, June 1
12:10-12:50 p.m.
Bach's Lunch Lecture*
"Hearing History: 100 years of American Vocal Styles
Hannah Murray, speaker

Friday, June 2
7:00 p.m.
Awards Recital*

Monday, June 5
7:00 p.m.
Purple Finches Youth Chorus Spring Concert
Maria Isaak, Director 
South Congregational Church,  27 Pleasant St.

Tuesday, June 6
7:00 p.m.
Jazz Student Recital*

Wednesday, June 7
7:00 p.m.
Voice Studio Recital*
Students of Ellen Nordstrom

Thursday, June 8
12:10-12:50 p.m.
Bach's Lunch Concert*
"Moon  Songs"
Peggo Horstmann Hodes, vocals; Kent Allyn, piano, bass & guitar
Thursday, June 8
7:00 p.m.
Student Recital*

Friday, June 9
7:00 p.m.
Student Recital*

Monday, June 12
Summer instruction begins

Thursday, June 22
7:00 p.m. Senior Recital*
Grace Ann Kontak, soprano

Friday, June 23
Senior Recital*
Annie Papinsick, piano, fiddle & violin
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*Free and open to the public.

Events are located in the Recital Hall unless otherwise noted.

Dates, times, and locations subject to change. For tickets and up-to-date event information, visit or call 603-228-1196.

Thank you to our sponsors!

The Bach's Lunch Series is sponsored by the Timothy and Abigail Walker Lecture Fund and the Gertrude Couch Trust; TD Wealth Management, NA; Trustee.
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A Home for Musical Friendships:
This Summer, Make Music, Get Creative, & Explore Dance at the Music School

Jam with friends, create artistic masterpieces, and get moving to the music this summer! With three summer camps to choose from -- Creative Arts Camp, Summer Jam Camp, and Music & Movement -- as well as a flexible schedule of private music lessons, the Music School offers creative and musical opportunities for everyone.

Music & Movement
Heather Oberheim, faculty
Tuesdays, June 6 - July 11
Children 4 months - 8 years and their parents / caregivers
Come and play with songs, stories, movement games, rhythm instruments, improvisation, art, dance, and fun!

Summer Jam Camp
David Tonkin, Scott Solsky, & Tim Gilmore, faculty
July 10-14
Grades 5-12
Join forces with fellow instrumentalists and singers for a week of jamming in music of many styles, including jazz, rock, and blues.  Go home with a CD you made in the recording studio!

Creative Arts Camp
Maria Isaak, Heather Oberheim, & Somayeh Kashi, faculty
July 17-21 & July 24-28
Grades 1-6
Enjoy days packed with music, movement, visual art activities and indoor and outdoor games.

Private lessons
All ages
Summer is a great time to try a new instrument,improve your singing, or take a few lessons to keep from getting rusty!

For more information and to register, please visit our website (HERE)  or call 603-228-1196.

Photo by Geoff Forester

Purple Finches Spring Concert 6/5
The Finches are singing -- it must be spring!
All are welcome to attend the Music School's Purple Finches Youth Chorus Spring Concert, June 5, 7:00 p.m., South Congregational Church, 27 Pleasant Street in Concord.

The Purple Finches Chorus, featuring 80 enthusiastic young voices from kindergarten through 8th grade, will perform a joyous program of folk, traditional, international, and popular songs -- there's even a little boogie-woogie! Don't miss this chance to see what the Finches can do...they're full of talent and heart. Maria Isaak, Choral Director; Calvin Herst, Pianist; Yebin Wong, Laurette Nepa, Anne Papinsick, Madison Simpson, Accompanists & Choral Assistants.

All are welcome. Tickets ($5 each) may be purchased at the door or online at

Our thanks to Granite Investment Advisors, sponsors of the Purple Finches Youth Chorus.
A Home for Every Musician:
Music School's Anniversary Weekend  Celebrates Open Doors & Musical Community

In January, a burst pipe in the Music School's Community Room sent water pouring through the building, causing significant damage to the Music School's newer wing.

In May, after four months of reconstruction, the doors opened on the beautifully renewed space, and the halls were flooded... with musicians!

Packs of Purple Finches Youth Chorus members, flurries of folk musicians, hosts of Himalaya Heritage music students, a plethora of pianists, profusions of jazz performers, and more, performed all day at the Music School and on Main Street in Concord, celebrating the Music School's 30th Annual Performathon and Concord's Capital Arts Festival.

Photo by Elizabeth Frantz

More than 250 student performers, ages 6-93, sent music floating through the hallways and down the streets of Concord, raising money for the Music School's Financial Aid Fund.

Each year, the Performathon shines a spotlight on the Music School's commitment to making it possible for anyone to study with the Music School's great faculty of teaching artists, regardless of financial means. More than half of the Music School's 1400 students receive free or reduced cost instruction every week.

As part of the weekend's celebration, five Music School alumni, now professional jazz and classical musicians from New Hampshire, Boston, and Cleveland, brought the house down at the Music School's annual Gala Alumni Concert. Elizabeth Blood, piano, Courtney Bonifant, viola, Peter Lehmann, piano, Chris Veilleux, saxophones, and Phil Sargent, guitar, plus members of the Sonic Explorers, presented a stellar evening of music ranging from Bach's Cello Suite #3 to toe-tapping jazz standards.

Many thanks to Merrimack County Savings Bank for their sponsorship of Anniversary Weekend, and to you, the friends of the Music School, for your ongoing support, which helps make a great musical education and community accessible to all!

"The Music School is a place where learning is a passion, excellence is the norm, and people are valued." - Mother of three financial aid recipients

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