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NHGives Day – June 6, 2017 – Help Support Your Music School

As part of our Music School family, you appreciate music’s impact. It’s how every child learns their ABC’s. It teaches young people to adapt to new ideas, gives them the courage to take risks, and overcome challenges.

Music empowers those with special needs to communicate with the world – sometimes for the very first time. Music stimulates memories in a very powerful way cutting through the fog of Alzheimer’s.

NHGives day is a statewide day of giving and a wonderful opportunity for you to show your support of your Music School. Please join our campaign and help us spread the word by telling your friends and family members about the important work we do and ask them to join us – a gift of any amount will make a difference.

Get ready to give! On June 6, starting at 12:00am midnight visit http://www.nhgives.org/organizations/manchester-community-music-school and make a donation to the Music School. You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 11:59pm on June 6.

Questions? If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Diane DiPersio at diane@mcmusicschool.org or call 603-644-4548. Thank you in advance for your generosity!


MCMS Jazz Night 2017 – Raised the Roof at Penuche’s Music Hall!

Congratulations to the MCMS Jazz Ensemble and the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra for an amazing performance at the Music School’s annual Jazz Night. Thank you to everyone who attended and made this night such a huge success. A special thank you goes out to our sponsors for the evening: Baker Newman Noyes, Carlo and Bobbi Carluccio,  Lavalle Brensinger Architects, Eversource Energy, and Penuche’s Music Hall for hosting the event.

Join us for Jazz Night!

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Free Concert with Reception Following

Around the Blocks FREE Playgroup Starts March 21st

Around the Blocks

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Congratulations to Krystal Morin!! Winner of the Ipad Air!!!

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Support MCMS by Shopping at Amazon


Doing a Little Holiday Shopping?

Did you know you could support the Manchester Community Music School every time you make a purchase on Amazon by using AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Music School every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Manchester Community Music School.

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you simply select Manchester Community Music School to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

Ready to start shopping? Here’s a direct link to the Music School’s AmazonSmile page:https://smile.amazon.com/ch/02-0376586

2G Chorus to Perform with Manchester Choral Society


Congratulations to Sara Corrieri on being selected for the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House

sara-corrieriIn July 2017, Sara will join other performers from 41 United States, Guam, Canada, and a number of foreign countries for a special performance at the world-famous Sydney Opera House.

Sara has been studying viola for 8 years and is a member of the Dino Anagnost Youth Symphony Orchestra. We can’t congratulate Sara enough on this amazing accomplishment and we wish her all the best in Sydney!

Join us for Our First Music on the Menu of the Season!!!

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Grace Episcopal Church
FREE and Open to the Public

We’ll Play Your Type — A Concert by the Bloods

Father/daughter duo Charlie Blood and Elizabeth Blood present an eclectic program of beloved hymns, classical favorites and ragtime hits arranged for piano duet and piano/organ duo. From to Brahms to Joplin and Bach, we hope to see you there!

Parenting Magazine Names Manchester Community Music School “Family Favorite” Award Recipient!

The Manchester Community Music School has been selected by readers of Parenting New Hampshire as a “Family Favorite” award recipient for the category of Musical Instruction,

The Family Favorite awards, now in its sixth year, is an award program that recognizes family-friendly businesses, services and places in almost 50 categories – as chosen by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire magazine. Categories include Family Restaurant, Shopping, Activities & Learning, and Family Services.

“The Family Favorites’ award program recognizes those places, people and things that make New Hampshire a great place to raise a family,” said Melanie Hitchcock, editor of Parenting New Hampshire. “Whether it is at child care center, the library or the playground, parents give each other advice on what and who is the best. The Family Favorites contest gives them the opportunity to share that information with a wider public.”

The Family Favorite Award voting took place online from July 1 through August 15, 2016. The complete results of the reader’s poll will appear in the November 2016 issue of Parenting New Hampshire.


Free Composition Masterclass for MCMS Students!


Business of Composing Music

for Performers, Songwriters and Composers
Mike Annicchiarico

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 6:00pm

Gruber Recital Hall FREE for MCMS Students General Public: $25


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The Manchester Community Music School is thrilled to announce the recipient of the first MCMS Leadership Award, Mr. Thomas Lewry.

Tom will be presented the award at the Music School’s annual Share the Music Gala on Thursday, March 31, 2016.

“When we decided to create the Leadership Award we had numerous discussions about who should receive the very first one. The Music School has been blessed with the support of many wonderfully dedicated individuals who have given their time, talents and financial assistance in furthering the mission of the school. Throughout every conversation, there was one name that was consistently mentioned, Tom Lewry,” said Judy Teehan, Executive Director of the Music School.

Tom started at MCMS about a decade ago as a student and within a very short time agreed to become a member of the Board of Directors. Not long after, he was appointed Chairman of the Board and also served as Chair of the Capital Campaign Committee. Today he remains very involved as a member of the Finance and Executive Committees for the school.

“I want to see the school survive and prosper, so that music lovers young and old can continue to receive the thoughtful musical mentoring that only an institution of this type can provide,” states Tom.  “MCMS is a critically important member of our community and our state, and it will always remain in my thoughts and plans for the future.”

We are so grateful for Tom’s amazing contributions to the Music School!

Please join us for a great night of music, food and friendship – and to honor Tom for everything he’s done to further the mission of the Music School.

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With Heavy Hearts We Mourn the Loss of Our Friend, Patricia Vasbinder

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff of the Manchester Community Music School, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family of Patricia Vasbinder on her sudden passing. Pat left us far too soon, and the sweet sounds of her beautiful piano playing will be missed in the halls of our Music School.

Judy Teehan

Executive Director

Manchester Community Music School

Burst Pipes Devastate Music Therapy Wing and Archive Room

On Monday, February 15, 2016, temperatures plummeted below freezing causing many schools to delay openings. This had followed on the heels of a number of below zero nights in New Hampshire.

These extremely low temperatures have been causing a number of schools to close because of burst pipes. Unfortunately, the Manchester Community Music School has fallen victim to mother nature as well. At approximately 2:40 pm on Tuesday afternoon 2 pipes burst, one in the music therapy wing and the other in the archive room, causing water to come flooding in.

Quick thinking staff jumped into action saving as much as they could from total destruction, however, fast moving water soaked everything in its path. Eight first floor rooms were flooded.

Crews are at the school ripping out carpets, drying out rooms and assessing the damage. Staff is working diligently to rearrange work spaces and session rooms so as to minimize the disruption

to music therapy families, many of whom count on the continuity of music therapy services.

It will be several weeks before the full extent of the damage to the physical space, music therapy instruments, and technology is completely evaluated, but it is pretty clear that it is significant.

The Music School is asking for donations to help the music therapy department rebound as quickly as possible and continue their good work.

Our pipes may have burst, but our dreams never will.
Please help us fill our music therapy wing with the sweet sounds of music again!

Donations can be made by clicking on DONATE NOW – Thank you!

You can also consider a tax deductible donation of your used car to the Music School through V-DAC (Vehicle Donation to Any Charity) by clicking the icon below!

Vehicle Donation



Now is the time to join an ensemble!

Our Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, String Prep, CONCERT BAND, and Junior Jazz groups are looking for new members. Join a rehearsal to see if the group is right for you. Call the office to schedule your audition today! (603) 644-4548




Scholarship Brass Ensemble Still Has Openings

The Robbins Farley Scholarship Brass Ensemble still has openings. Come this Thursday, Jan 28th at 6:30 if you are interested in auditioning. Or call the office (603) 644-4548 for more information.


Brynlee Kimball, student of Judy Teehan, performed for the Governor and Executive Council