Adult Ensembles

Adult Ensembles

Manchester Community Music School offers musical opportunities for all ages. See below for current adult ensembles.

New Hampshire Wind Ensemble

New Hampshire Wind Ensemble for Advanced Level Players of all Ages

The New Hampshire Wind Ensemble is a Community Concert band that brings together musicians from a wide range of ages. Members must have a desire to hone their skills while performing diverse, engaging music.

Wind Ensemble is designed to:

  • Make a positive contribution to the musical environment of the community
  • Provide a playing opportunity for student musicians to play challenging music with other advanced performers
  • Provide an opportunity for adult musicians to continue their love of performing engaging concert band literature in a community setting
  • Offer music educators an opportunity to utilize their performing skills in a large ensemble

This ensemble is for the serious band performer. You must come prepared to work and be committed to weekly rehearsals.

  • All Ages Welcome– Audition Required (see below)
  • Rehearsal Time: Tuesday 5:45-7:15pm
  • Start Date: Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
  • Number of weeks: Full Year
  • Tuition: $200 (Also includes Summer Band participation for 2020) 
    • Public school teachers can join for free!
  • Audition Dates: Open Rehearsals September 10th and 17th
    • Rehearsal will determine acceptance into the ensemble
    • Open rehearsal seating auditions (once accepted) are TBA

Audition Requirements

  1. Major scales (two octaves): C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab
  2. Melodic minor scales (two octaves): a, d, g, c, f
  3. Prepared etude: All State audition pieces, or an appropriate piece of your choosing that demonstrates your musicianship.
  4. Sight reading: provided excerpts from the Fall literature for the ensemble.

Director: Dawn Beland
Ages: Teen through Adult
Class Time: 5:45-7:15pm
Day of week: Tuesdays
Start Date: Sept. 10
Tuition: $200

Folk String Orchestra 

For players of any string instrument looking for ensemble playing, including guitar, mandolin, ukulele, string bass, and others. The Folk String Orchestra is a group of musicians who are continuing the old-time British American music tradition. Many of the tunes in this tradition have roots reaching back to the musical traditions of the British Isles. Today’s String Bands play all styles of music, including classical, folk, jazz, country, and bluegrass.

There will be plenty of guidance and coaching from the instructor on how to come up with your own parts, improvisation, creating solo breaks, fills, harmonies, bass lines and chordal accompaniments; how to listen and respond to what everyone else is playing, and how to blend in effectively as a band.

This ensemble meets for the full academic year, and will perform in conclusion of each semester. Additional performance opportunities will be available.

Instructor: John Zevos
Ages: Teen through Adult. All levels of playing ability.
Class Time: 6 – 7:00
Day of week: Wednesday
Start Date:  Sept. 18
Tuition: $525

Adult String Ensemble

For adults who are at an intermediate level or advanced level on violin, viola, and cello. Enjoy this opportunity for adult students and amateurs to play chamber music with their peers in a professional, nurturing environment. Throughout the course, a variety of repertoire will be explored, with ample time to get to know your fellow musicians.


Instructor: Matthew Dickey
Ages: Adult
Class Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Day of week: Thursdays
Tuition: $525