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Top row, left to right: Amelia Smith, Tess Parrott, Katherine Mitchell, Jordan Cromwell, Sophia Isaak, & Emily Gomez. Middle: William Veenstra. Bottom row, left to right: Emma Richardson, Rose Kosciuszek, Madeline Decker.

For Immediate Release: 18 January 2017

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CONCORD, N.H—This March, eleven members of the Concord Community Music School's Purple Finches Youth Chorus will take flight to Philadelphia, PA to sing on the national stage. Following a competitive audition process, the students have earned places in the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE) National Conference Choirs.

“The National Choir experience helps the Purple Finches as a whole,” says Purple Finches director Maria Isaak. “Kids come back with all kinds of confidence and leadership abilities, and they pay it forward to the whole group.”

Students Jordan Cromwell, Madeline Decker, Tessa Foley, Emily Gomez, Sophia Isaak, Rose Kosciuszek, Katie Mitchell, Tess Parrott, Emma Richardson, Amelia Smith, and William Veenstra will perform in the finale concert at the 2017 OAKE National Conference, a four-day event that brings together teachers, conductors, and clinicians from across the country.

Students will have the opportunity to connect with fellow highly-motivated youth vocalists and will be directed by internationally renowned conductors. After several days of intensive rehearsals, the students will perform an evening concert for conference attendees.

The Purple Finches Youth Chorus is open to kids grades K-8. Members learn musical literacy through regular rhythm, solfege, and ear-training, based on Kodaly methods. The chorus performs frequently, including regular holiday performances at the Capitol Center for the Arts. The group is sponsored by Granite Investment Advisors.

“At the Concord Community Music School our children are learning the invaluable life lessons of truly listening to one another, harmonizing with each other, seriously practicing, and erupting in joy and play that only happy children can do,” said one parent of a Purple Finch chorus member. “Each time our children sing they raise a sound that petitions peace, pursues friendship, and teaches all of us tolerance, understanding, and kindness.”

The Music School students who will participate in the National Choirs hail from Bow, Canterbury, Concord, Durham, Epsom, Hopkinton, Rochester, and Weare, N.H.


Amelia Smith


William Veenstra


Jordan Cromwell

Tessa Foley

Emily Gomez


Sophia Isaak

Katie Mitchell


Madeline Decker


Emma Richardson


Tess Parrott


Rose Kosciuszek

About the Concord Community Music School

 Concord Community Music School is a full member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is recognized nationally for program innovation and management excellence. Welcoming adults, teens, and children of all musical abilities, 53 artist teachers reach more than 33,000 people in four states with educational programs, concerts, workshops, and community partnerships. CCMS has received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hearst Foundation, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Jane’s Trust, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The Music School is the 2005 recipient of the NH Governor’s Arts Award for Cultural Access Leadership.


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