In this issue:

one"First Steps onto the National Stage"
Musical Theatre Students  Sing Their Way to Chicago

Left to right: GraceAnn Kontak, CCMS Voice Department Chair
Hannah Schramm Murray, and Tyler Shore.

Congratulations to Music School voice students Tyler Shore and GraceAnn Kontak, whose musical theatre achievements are placing them in the national spotlight!

This summer, Tyler and GraceAnn competed nationally in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Musical Theater competition, after earning top honors in the regional auditions. After advancing to the finals, Tyler took home third place nationally in his division.

" I am so proud of Tyler and Gracie as they are making their first steps onto the national stage this year," said Music School Voice Department Chair Hannah Schramm Murray, who taught both students and went with them to the national competition.

"To have not one, but two of my students compete at this level (top 14 in the nation) feels not only like a personal professional accomplishment, but is also a clear testament to the amazing team of teachers, directors, and coaches we have working here in Concord, and in the state as a whole.... We are building strong performers from the ground up."

"The thing I appreciate most about NATS is the fact that it is completely filled with talent and competition," said GraceAnn. "You have to push yourself to work even harder and be the best you can possibly be."

In addition to the NATS competition, this year has been a musically eventful one for GraceAnn, who won a NH Theatre Award for Best Youth Actress for her role as Velma Kelley in the Peacock Players'  Chicago, and participated this summer in the Interlochen Art Camp, where she earned the lead in a summer musical theatre production.

Tyler is now attending Boston Conservatory at Berklee, studying Musical Theatre.

"My time with Hannah has been some of the best times of my life," said Tyler. "When I walk into a lesson she always greets me with a smile, and I always leave happy and knowing more about my voice than I did before."

Congratulations, Tyler and Gracie!





Miniature courses. Maximum music. Join us!

Music as a Healing Art
Expressive Arts Therapies: Helping Your Child on the Autism Spectrum will offer family members and caregivers the opportunity to learn about musical and movement techniques to help with communication, social, and motor skills.
Faculty: Julieann Hartley, music therapist & Heather Oberheim, dance movement therapist. $60, Wednesdays, Oct 26 - Nov 16, 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Learn more & register

Caring for the Caregiver gives family members and caregivers of individuals with physical or neurological conditions tools for stress management, guided relaxation, and muscle strengthening. Faculty: Heather Oberheim, dance movement therapist; Julie Foat & Lauren Lisembee, CNP, dance movement therapy interns.  $60, Wednesdays, Oct 26 - Nov 16, 7:15-8:15 p.m. | Learn more & register

Expanding Your Vocal Horizons
Circle Singing, a class for those who love to sing but are afraid to improvise, will use call and response and layered rhythms (in techniques originated by Bobby McFerrin) to help participants embrace the freedom to sing, invent, and imagine. Faculty: Peggo Horstmann Hodes, soprano. $60, Thursdays, Oct 27 - Nov 17, 6:15-7:30 p.m. | Learn more & register

In Vocal Basics for Healthy Singing, singers active in choral and other community groups will gain skills to improve breath support, resonance, and consistent tone. Faculty: Peggo Horstmann Hodes, soprano. $60, Sat, Nov 5, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Learn more & register

A Community of String Players
Orchestra Snapshot gives intermediate string players, ages 11-adult, the chance to experience playing as part of an ensemble, gaining skills in following a conductor, counting more precisely, and matching intonation. Faculty: Bozena O'Brien, violin. $75, Thursdays, Nov 3 - Dec 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Learn more & register

Successful Auditioning
For vocal, woodwind, and brass students preparing for the All-State Music Festival, Ace Your All-State Audition is an interactive workshop specifically geared toward this year's All-State audition pieces, providing specific help with performance and sight-reading under pressure. Faculty: Stephanie Jenkins, clarinet, Stefani Burk, oboe, and Ellen Nordstrom, lyric mezzo. $10, free for CCMS students
Woodwinds and Brass: Wed, Nov 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m. | Learn more & register
Vocal: Sat, Nov 5, 1:30-3:00 p.m. | Learn more & register



The Music School is pleased to welcome six new faculty members to its community of teaching artists in fall of 2016!

Sharon Baker soprano,  earned her master's degree from the New England Conservatory. She has taught voice for over three decades both privately and in the college setting. She currently teaches at St. Anselm College as well as through her voice studio in Durham, and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. An international performing and recording artist, Sharon specializes in Baroque performance practices of the 17th and 18th centuries. Sharon also has a passion for contemporary American opera, and premiered Phillip Glass' The Fall of the House of Usher, and Robert Aldrige's Elmer Gantry.

Matt Davistrumpetreceived his bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Southern Maine and a master's in music education from Plymouth State University. During his college years, he studied with Betty Rines and Trent Austin. He has performed in and around the New England area in ensembles of various musical genres, including classical, jazz, and theater. He is currently playing lead trumpet with the Freese Brothers Big Band in Concord and freelancing throughout the state. Davis is the director of instrumental music at Bow Memorial School, where he teaches all instrumental performing groups including concert band, jazz band, and string ensemble.

Julie Braun Haines soprano,  has performed operatic roles in the United States, Canada, and Italy. She has been engaged as a soloist for Schubertiade in Vienna and the Atelier Concert Series in Paris. A Boston Globe, "Best Bet," Ms. Haines has sung Bacchianas Brazileiras at the Regent Theater and at St. Mark's International Chamber Music Festival. Under the coaching of Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Del Tredici, she has performed his tour de force, Dracula at Aspen Music Festival. A graduate of Tufts University and New England Conservatory of Music, she is touted by opera legend Christa Ludwig for possessing "a fresh silvery voice of large volume and perfect trained technique...with strong expressiveness and musicality."

Scott Kiefnerbass, graduated from McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montreal, QC, where he studied with Fraser Hollins and Chris McCann. In the summer of 2013, he was selected to attend the School for Improvisational Music Intensive workshop in New York City. He has since returned to New England, where he performs as an in-demand bass player with Jonathan Lorentz, Jim Dozet, Chris Klaxton, and many others. He studied bass with Don Williams at the Music School and was a member of the Scholarship Jazz Ensemble.


Petra Pecaric, mezzo-soprano,  holds a master's degree in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory. Originally from Austria, she studied music and foreign languages at the Innsbruck Conservatory of Music and the University of Innsbruck, from which she graduated with an M.A. in Foreign Languages in Conference Interpretation and Translation. Petra Pacaric is at home in a wide range of musical styles, ranging from classical to the Great American Songbook. Ms. Pacaric has performed extensively with Boston Symphony and Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Boston, Tanglewood, and at Carnegie Hall. 

Bethany Landby Stephan,  violin, maintains a vibrant teaching and performance career. She holds positions with Albany Symphony, Santo Domingo Music Festival, West Virginia Symphony and Orchestra of Indian Hill. Bethany earned a Bachelor of Music and Performance Certificate from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music and a Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University as a full scholarship student of Andres Cardenes. Her teaching career of almost fifteen years has included teaching both traditional lessons and the Suzuki Method, for which her training was completed (Books 1-8) with James Maurer and Kathleen Spring.  She has performed with artists such as Josh Groban, Ben Folds, and the Transiberian Orchestra.

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