2023 CCMS Halloween Highlights

Our celebration of the spookiest time of the year started with a Sunflower Singers Halloween Sing-Along on the 27th and continued through Trick-or-Treating on the 31st. Below are a few highlights; see our Facebook and Instagram feeds for additional photos. Sunflower Singers Halloween Sing-Along on Friday, October 27. this group meets weekly on Friday afternoons … Read more

2023 Fall Fiddle Fest Highlights

The Fifth Fall Fiddle Festival was a huge success, with no fewer than five fiddlers on faculty, and sold-out workshops and evening concert! Fiddlers and fiddling filled the halls all day long as participants learned new tunes, explored bowing techniques, discovered new strategies for playing backup, and more. The group sessions in the Recital Hall … Read more

Ellen Nordstrom: Retrospective on a Lifelong Love of Music

October 2023 For almost 30 years, Ellen Nordstrom has been a staple of the voice faculty at Concord Community Music School. Her students have ranged from kindergartners to nonagenarians, first-timers to eventual professionals, and she is grateful for the connections she has made, and the opportunities presented to her at the Music School. As she … Read more

The Makings of a Melody

September 2023 In the fall of 2022, the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, the Composers Conference, and Concord Community Music School began an exciting new collaboration. Several students from CCMS were selected for the New Music/New Communities Initiative (NM/NC), with the goal “to inspire and engage young musicians through collaborations with local music education organizations in … Read more

Everything’s Coming up Rose

Rose Kosciuszek Student Feature, August 2023 Putting on a senior recital at Concord Community Music School is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. It is a unique opportunity to reflect on pre-college years spent at CCMS and the culmination of hours spent honing a skill through adolescence. For as long as she had been at the music school, … Read more

New Horizons Band Featured on NH Chronicle

New Horizons Bands of New Hampshire Featured on NH Chronicle The New Horizons Bands of New Hampshire, including Concord, Lakes Region, Portsmouth and Monadnock Region banded together for a concert at the Meredith Community Center in April and NH Chronicle was there to capture the event. Check out this video on WMUR to watch the … Read more

Mandolin Festival Concert Video

David Surette Mandolin Festival – May 2023 On Saturday, May 6, 2023, mandolin festival participants and audience members gathered in the Music School Recital Hall for the David Surette Mandolin Festival Concert, featuring Marla Fibish, Skip Gorman, Keith Murphy and Steve Roy with special guests Susie, Isa and Julianna Burke.  Steve Cloutier from Concord TV captured the concert and … Read more

From First-Years to Faculty

Audrey Budington and Liz Faiella Feature, March 2023 Audrey Budington and Liz Faiella both claim to have “practically lived at the Music School” when they were younger. Before they assumed their current roles as leaders within the folk department, they each wandered the halls, fiddles in hand, buzzing from lessons to ensembles as long-time CCMS … Read more

Miss Julieann Goes to the GRAMMYs

Julieann Hartley Feature, February 2023 Have you ever watched the GRAMMY Awards and wondered how the winners are determined? Meet Julieann Hartley: regionally renowned children’s recording artist and music therapist, and one of the newest members of the Recording Academy, the international body of music professionals that votes for the GRAMMY Awards. Thanks to her … Read more