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Spring Awakening: Inspire the Resonant Fool Within

April 1 - $95

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At Concord Community Music School
23 Wall St., Concord, NH

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This April Fools Day, turn cartwheels into wholeness. Jump on the springboard of this workshop for personal renewal. Through playful singing, drumming, improvisational toning, and sound healing, we will flip old habits upside down, reframe negative self-talk, and experience a new joy of self. Join us for a day of empowerment, “emfoolerment” and springtime alignment!

All are welcome, no musical experience is required!

peggo hodes kathy lowe

The Instructors:

Peggo Horstmann Hodes, M.Mus and M.Ed., is a singer, voice teacher, recording artist, and conductor of Songweavers. She created Vibrant Voice workshops to help singers and non-singers explore, release and reclaim their voice.

Kathy Lowe is a singer-songwriter, drummer and recording artist. Vibrational Wellness has been Kathy's modality for sound healing for over 25 years. Hosting her Sound Healing Drumming Circle has been a life long commitment.

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New in Fall 2016!
Musical Mini-Courses

Build your toolbox of musical skills this fall!
October 22 - December 8, 2016
Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall Street, Concord, NH
Register online or at 603-228-1196

Music As a Healing Art


Expressive Arts Therapies: Helping Your Child on the Autism Spectrum CANCELLED

Julieann Hartley, MT-BC & Heather Oberheim, R-DMT
Wednesdays, November 2 - November 16, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
For: Family members and other care providers caring for children on the autism spectrum
$45 / Deadline to register: Monday, October 31 REGISTER ONLINE HERE

  • Have you heard about research linking music and autism but want to know more?
  • Do you shy away from creating a musical home because of noise sensitivities?
  • Would you like to create new fun activities to assist Activities of Daily Living?

Learn about research findings that show the effectiveness of Music Therapy and Dance Movement Therapy in improving quality of life for a child on the autism spectrum. Find out about musical and movement techniques that can help your loved one advance in communication, social, and motor skills. We will work on crossing the mid-line, songwriting, addressing sensory sensitivities, and gaining expressive techniques that aid in executive functioning.

Caring for the Caregiver CANCELLED
Heather Oberheim, R-DMT; Julie Foat & Lauren Lisembee, CNP, DMT interns
Wednesdays, November 2 - November 16, 7:15-8:15 p.m.
For: Family members and other care providers caring for individuals with a physical or neurological condition
$45 / Deadline to register: Monday, October 31 REGISTER ONLINE HERE

  • Do you spend your day caring for someone?
  • Do you have aches and pains that are stress related?
  • Do you need some new tools to energize your day?

Join a team of Dance Movement Therapy practitioners to gain tools for stress management, guided relaxation, and strengthening your lower back. Heather and Julie will give you an artistic, body-centered approach to taking care of yourself as you take care of a loved one or client.

Expanding Your Vocal Horizons


Circle Singing CANCELLED
Peggo Horstmann Hodes
Thursdays, October 27 - November 17, 6:15-7:30 p.m.
For: People who love to sing but are afraid to improvise
$60 / Deadline to register: Monday, October 24 REGISTER ONLINE HERE

  • Are you afraid to put the printed music down?
  • Do you wonder how jazz singers find those notes?
  • Do you want to play with your voice the way you did as a child?

Improvised chanting and playful singing are as old as human existence and as new as every young child. Drawing from Bobby McFerrin’s Circlesong techniques, we’ll use call and response and layered rhythms to help you embrace the freedom to play, sing, invent, and imagine. Discover your own creativity, as we sing together over some simple musical structures that take the “improv fear” away.

Vocal Basics for Healthy Singing
Peggo Horstmann Hodes
Saturday, November 5, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
For: Singers in community choruses, church choirs, and theater groups (and the shower!)
$60 / Deadline to register: Monday, October 24 REGISTER ONLINE HERE

  • Do you get hoarse if you sing too long?
  • Do you run out of breath before the phrase ends?
  • Are you afraid of high notes?

Gain skills to improve your breath support, resonance, and consistent tone.  Through relaxation techniques, vocal exploration, and play, you will boost your vocal confidence and have fun singing.

A Community of String Players


Fall Fiddle Festival
Pascal Gemme, Mariel Vandersteel, & Liz Faiella
Saturday, October 22, 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
For: Fiddlers and violinists, recommended for teens and adults of all levels
$75 (includes concert) / Deadline to register: Wednesday, October 19 REGISTER ONLINE HERE

  • Are you looking to play music with fellow fiddlers?
  • Do you want to experience different fiddling traditions?
  • Are you a violinist who wants to try transforming your violin into a fiddle for a day?

Whether you are a beginner with a basic knowledge of the violin, or an experienced fiddler who knows the ropes, join fiddlers Pascal Gemme (Quebecois), Mariel Vandersteel (Scandinavian and Old-Time), and Liz Faiella (Irish and contradance) for a day of fiddling workshops. Find out what makes each fiddling tradition sound unique, try new bowings and ornamentation, learn by ear, and expand your fiddling repertoire. At the end of the day, enjoy a toe-tapping evening concert featuring Festival faculty.

Orchestra Snapshot CANCELLED
Bozena O’Brien
Thursdays, November 3 - December 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
For: String players, age 11 through adult, of intermediate playing ability
$75 / Deadline to register: Monday, October 24 REGISTER ONLINE HERE

  • Does your school or community not have an orchestra program?
  • Do you want to meet other string players in an ensemble setting?
  • Are you too busy for a year-long rehearsal schedule?

Experience the fullness of a larger ensemble, and gain skills in following a conductor, counting more precisely, and matching intonation.  Participants should be able to read in keys up to three sharps and two flats, and have experience counting eighth and sixteenth notes. Repertoire will be primarily in first position, with some third position.

Successful Auditioning


Ace Your All-State Audition!
For: High school singers and wind players auditioning for the NH All-State Festival
$10, free for CCMS students
Deadline to register: Monday, October 24
Woodwinds & Brass: Stephanie Jenkins & Stefani Burk, Wednesday, November 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m. REGISTER ONLINE HERE
Vocal: Ellen Nordstrom, Saturday, November 5, 1:30-3:00 p.m. REGISTER ONLINE HERE

  • Do you get nervous in auditions?
  • Are you worried about the sightreading component?
  • Would you like individual feedback on your preparation of the All-State selection?

Join your friends for an interactive workshop specifically geared to this year’s All-State audition pieces. You’ll receive specific help with your performance and learn tips for sightreading in an audition and staying focused under pressure.



Other workshops & events

Bach’s Lunch Series

1st & 2nd Thursdays, November-June, 12:10-12:50 p.m.
Free concerts and lectures explore a wide range of musical topics and genres. Bring your lunch.

Fall Fiddle Festival
October 22
A stellar faculty of fiddlers present a full day of workshops and jam sessions, and a public concert Saturday night, featuring a range of fiddling styles.

Holiday Folk Concert
December 10

Jazz in January
January 20
The Musicians of Wall Street Jazz Ensemble’s annual cabaret concert.

March Mandolin Festival
March 3-5
David Surette and other nationally known mandolin players present a weekend of intensive workshops, with a public concert Saturday night.

Anniversary Weekend
March 17-18
Join us for a community open house with an instrument petting zoo and non-stop student performances to benefit the Financial Aid Fund.

Songweavers Concert
April 22