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Did you know your purchases can make a difference? AmazonSmile donates to MCMS when you do your holiday shopping at this link.

Join us for our next Summer Band Concert at the Ingram Senior Center in Salem on August 1, at 2pm.

The Manchester Chamber of Commerce has decided to postpone the picnic to August 1st. Unfortunately, the threat of thunderstorms has not lightened as they had hoped, and they are concerned about the safety of those who were planning to attend and participate. The picnic will now be held on August 1st from noon – 2p.m at Victory Park.

Join us for our next Summer Band Performance at LaBelle Winery on Sunday, July 8th at 10:00am!

Your shopping matters. This Father’s Day, shop for Dad at smile.amazon.com/ch/02-0376586and Amazon donates to Manchester Community Music School.

Join us for our New Hampshire Youth Ensembles Spring Concert!

Saturday, May 19th, 2018. 1:00pm

This Mother’s Day, shop for Mom at smile.amazon.com/ch/02-0376586 and Amazon donates to Manchester Community Music School.

Suzuki Open House Friday, May 4 5:30pm-7:00pm

FREE and Open to the Public

Congratulations to Dan Scanlon! The Manchester Community Music School is thrilled to announce that Mr. Dan Scanlon has been named the 2018 recipient of The Thomas Lewry Leadership Award. Each year this award is presented to an individual who has made a significant impact on the Music School’s ability to serve the community. Mr. Scanlon served on the school’s Board of Directors for seven years, he continues to be actively involved at the committee level, and is a member of the MCMS Maestro Circle. “Throughout his involvement at the Manchester Community Music School, Dan has played a key role in the growth and evolution of the school, always working tirelessly to promote our mission,” commented Judy Teehan, MCMS Executive Director. “We are so grateful for Dan’s amazing contributions to the Music School!” Mr. Scanlon was presented with the award at the Music School’s annual “Share the Music” Gala on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Congratulations to Roric Cunningham on being invited to be a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) for the 2018 season!

Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together the brightest young players from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States, a free program for all participants. Following a comprehensive audition process and a three-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some the great music capitals of the world, serving as dynamic music ambassadors.

This summer, NYO-USA returns to Asia under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, performing a new Carnegie Hall-commissioned work by Ted Hearne alongside works by Sibelius and Gershwin. The tour kicks off with the orchestra’s annual concert at Carnegie Hall, continuing with stops in Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, and Daejeon.

Rory has been a student here at the Music School studying under the direction of Harel Gietheim since 2012. He is also a member of the Dino Anagnost Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Congratulations to all our student performers and conductors on their fabulous concert this past Saturday. We are so very proud of all of you!

Dino Anagnost Youth Symphony Orchestra

String Preparatory Orchestra

New Hampshire Youth Jazz Band

New Hampshire Youth Wind Ensemble

New Hampshire Youth Concert Orchestra

We’d like to express our very deep gratitude to Granite United Way and Cogswell Benevolent Trust. Their very generous funding has made it possible for the Music School to offer a variety of musical 

programming in 21st Century Community Learning Centers during their after school programs. 21st Century Centers are located in Title 1 schools within the Manchester School District.
Pictured is MCMS Outreach Advocate, Edward Doyle working with some aspiring band students!
Join us for a Harp Performance Masterclass and Concert
With Natalie Severson
Friday February 9th, 2018 5:00pm Manchester Community Music School

Thank you to everyone that helped make our Annual Holiday Pops Concert such a success!

Looking to Spice up Your Lunch Hour?

The Manchester Community Music School

Is Serving Up Some

“Jazz Favorites”

Join us on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 12:10pm at Grace Episcopal Church, as the Manchester Community Music School (MCMS) presents “Jazz Favorites,” as part of its Music’s on the Menu Free Concert Series.

This concert program will feature jazz standards, holiday classics, and maybe an original composition or two. MCMS faculty members Jared Steer (drum set), Scott Kiefner (bass) and Tom Robinson (piano) will set the stage as we enjoy a little holiday cheer – JAZZ STYLE!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

12:10 pm

Grace Episcopal Church

106 Lowell St, Manchester, NH

Admission – FREE

FREE for MCMS Students!
Music of the Classical Era with Romeo Melloni
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Do you have a piece you are working on from the Classical Era? Would you like to learn more about what your composer had in mind?
Join us as MCMS faculty member Romeo Melloni sheds some light on the stylistic considerations of the time and helps us to understand what the composers were trying to achieve.
You’ll have the opportunity to perform your favorite classical piece or listen while other students perform their’s.
*All participants (performers and auditors) must register for the class Call the Music School office to register: (603) 644-4548


Join us for this wonderful concert!

Thank you for voting MCMS 2017 Family Favorite Musical Instruction

Join us for this wonderful event!!

Catholic Medical Center Women’s Health Forum – Taking Care of Number One!
Saturday, October 21st at the Puritan Conference Center in Manchester
Join us for a rejuvenating, fun and informative day!
The Manchester Community Music School Flute Choir will play from 8:45 – 9:15 am and Music Therapist Christina Grandoni-Barlow MT-BC will be playing her guitar throughout the day!
MCMS will also have an information/resource table… Hope to see you there!






The Manchester Community Music School mission is Changing Lives Through the Power of Learning, Sharing, and Making Music. Community outreach is a big part of that mission. We are thrilled to share that Edward Doyle will be joining the Music School in this endeavor. Ed is a music director in the Manchester School District; on sabbatical this year he will be working on developing a program that will provide music to underserved students in Manchester. Seeing the natural connection between Ed’s project and what MCMS strives to do everyday, Ed will be joining us as our Community Outreach Advocate helping to spread the word about the program and working to develop partnerships with various community organizations. The goal of the program will be to utilize these partnerships to provide musical experiences, instruments, lessons, and chamber opportunities to underserved schools in the Manchester School District. We are thrilled to have Ed joining us in this capacity and we look forward to see this program blossom.



Click here to download the brochure.


We have started scheduling private lessons for the fall!
Studios are filling up fast, if you haven’t registered yet make sure you do so right away.
Scheduling is done on a first come first served basis.





Manchester composer and Manchester Community Music School faculty member, Romeo Melloni has been selected by the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association (NHMTA) as New Hampshire’s “Commissioned Composer.”

Each year the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) offers all 51-state affiliates the opportunity to commission new works from selected composers within their state through the “Commission Composer Program. “ This program works to perpetuate the art of new American music and provides each state the opportunity to highlight live performances of new music.

Melloni has been working on his composition entitled “Clarinet Sonata” for the past year. Its premier performance will take place on October 14, 2017 at the 2017 NHMTA’s Quad State Convention in Concord, NH – pianist Elizabeth Blood, and clarinetist Stephanie Ratte- Jenkins will perform the piece. The New Hampshire Music Teachers Association will then submit the composition and composer in the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year’s selection process where a panel will choose one composition and composer to honor as the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year.

Melloni began his training at Milan University where he studied musicology with Francesco Degrada. He received his Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music, and his Master of Music and honorary Graduate Diploma in composition from New England Conservatory. His compositions have been performed worldwide by numerous groups including: The New Hampshire Music Festival, The Slovak Radio Orchestra, The Silesian Philharmonic, The Moravian Philharmonic, and the Cambridge Symphony.

In addition to composing, Melloni teaches piano, music theory, and composition at the Manchester Community Music School. The Music School will feature Melloni’s original composition at its February 21, 2018 Music’s on the Menu performance at Grace Episcopal Church, Manchester, NH.


Join us at the 10th annual Chatter Cup Ice Hockey Tournament in Hooksett!

July 28th, 29th, 30th

The Chatter Cup was established in 2008, inspired by the families of Colin Beck and Nick Robichaud – two great boys who were diagnosed with symptoms that fall within the autism spectrum. The Chatter Cup was created to raise funds in support of families; families like ours, who live everyday challenged by the effects of Autism. Autism touches the lives of so many… with one out of every 160 children faced with this condition, it is not something we can ignore.

The Chatter Cup, a family-friendly, three-day hockey tournament, includes competitive hockey for men and women, a BBQ, silent auction and a huge array of activities including bounce houses, a hot rod show, and visits from local icons like Max from the Monarchs and Fungo/Slider from the Fisher Cats.

The Mission of the Chatter Cup, like that of Easter Seals’ Autism Network, is to raise awareness in the community, and to fund many incredible programs that provide these amazing kids and their families with support, education and opportunity.

For more info: http://www.thechattercup.com

Vote for the Manchester Community Music School!

Parenting New Hampshire has kicked off voting for their 2017 Family Favorites.


Please visit http://www.parentingnh.com/PNH-Events/Family-Favorites/ and cast your vote for MCMS today!

Mid Summer Starz Special Guest Performer Announced: Chad LaMarsh


On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Boston, “Local Legend,” Chad LaMarsh will performer at Manchester Community Music School’s Mid-Summer Starz Concert!

Chad’s song list touches on many different genres and various styles of pop music, rock, country, alternative, hip-hop and everything in between. His ability to seamlessly weave in and out of songs during a performance provides continuous great music throughout the entire show.

“Chad LaMarsh is one of the most energetic, dynamic and charismatic artists I’ve ever seen. His passion for his art flows out of every chord he pounds out of his guitar, and in every song he crafts”. – Anthony J. Resta, Multi-Platinum Record Producer

Don’t miss your chance to see Chad LaMarsh perform live on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, doors open at 6:00pm! This concert is FREE and open to the public!

FREE Concert

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!

Click here to buy tickets. 

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!!!

32GB iPad Air

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