CCMS Ensembles Show How to “Be The Change”

by Jeff Selesnick For years, choral ensembles have been a flagship offering for Concord Community School. With concerts dotted intermittently throughout the performance calendar, there are regular opportunities to hear these groups perform, each with their own unique makeup and style. On June 1, as part of CCMS’ year-long celebration of its 40th anniversary, for … Read more

Sarah Cooley: the Value of Musical Friendships

  There are certain familiar elements on any given afternoon when classes are in session at Concord Community Music School. Parents navigating the Fayette Street lot to drop off or pick up their kids, students ducking into practice rooms to prepare for an upcoming lesson, and a unique blend of melodies emanating from the hallways. … Read more

Join Us March 7 When the CCMS Jazz All-Stars Return

Hot jazz and cool temperatures have always been a successful formula for Concord Community Music School. For decades, local enthusiasts and aficionados made their way to CCMS’s Wall St., Concord building for an annual “Jazz in January” event highlighting the Music School’s Jazz faculty and celebrating the genre.  Following a brief pandemic-induced hiatus, the tradition … Read more

What Can the Spirit Believe?: Find Out Jan 20, 2024

It started with a Bach’s Lunch proposal. Vocalist and longtime CCMS faculty member Peggo Horstmann Hodes approached local Concord composer (and former faculty member) Bill Fletcher about featuring his music as a part of the monthly lunchtime concert series. Fletcher’s wife Margaret envisioned taking it a step further with a full evening concert and, together … Read more

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