New Hampshire Youth Ensembles

New Hampshire Youth Ensembles

Perform with talented young musicians in the largest ensemble program north of Boston, led by some of New England’s finest conductors.

Enrollment is based on ability, experience, and a commitment to the program. Students are expected to spend a substantial amount of time practicing their music outside of rehearsals and to attend all rehearsals and concerts. Students must take private lessons, but are not required to study privately at MCMS. The ensembles prepare two concerts in January and May with additional performances at off-site venues.

We welcome students to audition for the NH Youth Ensemble program throughout the year. Place­ment is dependent on openings within each ensemble.

For any ensemble questions, email

  *Ensemble enrollment will reduce your private lesson cost!

For information about the NHYE ensembles contact the Music School office at 603-644-4548.

String Preparatory Ensemble for Beginner Level Players

This ensemble is the perfect first step to orchestral playing. Students learn how to follow a conductor and play with a string section. Students gain an understanding of playing in tune, mastering melodic and harmonic balance, interpretation of dynamics, tempo and performance etiquette. Deborah Markow leads this ensemble through a progression of repertoire to engage and challenge young players. Ensemble repertoire is tailored to meet the needs of each player while providing the opportunity to gain experience in ensemble playing and improving individual playing skill. Students gain an appreciation for both classical and contemporary music. Past repertoire includes works by Sibelius, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

  • Conductor:  Deborah Markow
  • Ages:  3rd – 8th grade, level dependent – Audition required
  • Rehearsal Time: Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm
  • Start Date: Students can join at any time at the discretion of the director
  • Number of Weeks: 24 weeks
  • Tuition: $450
  • Audition Date: Auditions are year round at the discretion of the director.

Call the Music School office at (603) 644-4548 to schedule a time

Audition Requirements:

Scales: A Major, D Major, G Major, C Major

1 Octave, separate bow

♩= 60 (quarter note for each note)

Memorized piece that is less than 4 minutes in length

NH Youth Concert Orchestra for Middle School and some Upper Elementary and High School Students (intermediate-level players)

This ensemble focuses on nurturing and inspiring young string players to explore the collaborative side of their musical studies. Concert Orchestra students work to develop conscientious ensemble membership by focusing on technical skills idiomatic to string ensemble playing and exploring sophisticated and complex repertoire with frequent opportunities to audition for and perform solos.  Ensemble membership encourages both musical and personal growth in each member by cultivating a sense of responsibility, commitment, self-discipline, and confidence as students build relationships and work together under the guidance and with the support of the director and staff.

  • Conductor: Paul Pinard
  • Ages:  Middle School mainly, and some upper Elementary & High School (Intermediate Level Players) – Audition Required
  • Rehearsal Time: Tuesday 4:15-5:45pm
  • Start Date: TBD
  • Number of weeks: Full Year
  • Tuition: $475
  • Audition Date: Auditions are year round at the discretion of the director.

Call the Music School office at (603) 644-4548 to schedule a time


  1. A one-minute excerpt of a work that demonstrates musicality and expression at a slower tempo
  2. A one-minute excerpt of a work that demonstrates your technical ability at a faster tempo
    1. These excerpts are typically at the level of the music in Suzuki Books 3 and 4, however, all excerpts will be considered.
  3. 2 Scales (2 or 3 octaves) will be chosen from the following:
    1. Major: C, G, D, A, F, Bb
    2. Minor: a, e, d, g
NH Youth Junior Jazz Ensemble for Beginner/Intermediate Level Players

The Junior Jazz Ensemble is open to all instruments and all students with the desire to learn the jazz language. Jazz ensemble experience will match each student’s performance level. Students will explore jazz by learning proper jazz style and phrasing.

  • Conductor: Russ Ryan
  • Beginner/Intermediate Level Players
  • Rehearsal Time: Mondays 6:00-7:00pm
  • Start Date: TBD
  • Number of weeks: Full Year
  • Tuition: $400



NH Youth Jazz Ensemble for Advanced Level Players

The New Hampshire Youth Jazz Ensemble is an audition-based high-school level group focused on furthering student’s studies of jazz ensemble as well as combo jazz performance. It consists of accomplished students who either desire more experience to complement their current jazz performance classes as well as motivated students who do not have the opportunity to play jazz in their high-school settings. The ensemble is committed to advanced jazz ensemble and improvisational technique, but is extremely welcoming to musicians with primarily or solely classical performance. Students are treated as professional musicians in a typical ‘Big Band’ setting. They work on jazz ensemble skills such as sight-reading, listening, style, and performance expectations. Sight-reading is a highlight of our program and students can expect to do so almost every rehearsal. Students also will benefit from a wide range of musical styles within the ‘Big Band’ medium including: Swing, Shuffle, various Latin styles, Rock, Funk, and many other varieties of jazz music. Improvisation is never a requirement to be a member of the group, although advanced improvisers are highly encouraged to audition as well. Highly dedicated middle-school students may audition.

The NHYJE performs at MCMS as well as other outside performance opportunities. Recently the NHYJE has performed for private fundraisers at local restaurants as well as performed alongside the Compaq Big Band.

  • Conductor: Russ Ryan
  • Grades: 7th – 12th
  • Rehearsal Time: Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm
  • Start Date: TBD
  • Number of weeks: Full Year
  • Tuition: $500
  • Audition Dates: Auditions are year round at the discretion of the director.
  • Requirements: Bring one or two melodies from a real book, volume 1 and perform it with or without a backing track. Improvisation is encouraged but not required. Students may also choose to play two contrasting tunes. Students unfamiliar with real book charts are invited to instead bring any solo and/or ensemble excerpt they feels demonstrates their abilities jazz or classical.

Contact the Music School office at 603-644-4548 to for more information.


Dino Anagnost New Hampshire Youth Symphony Orchestra of New Hampshire  for Advanced Level Players

The  Symphony Orchestra is a full orchestra ensemble comprised of strings, winds, brass, and percussion players. This orchestra is a unique opportunity for students of traditional band and string programs to come together and experience high-level symphonic literature. Students will gain confidence in ensemble techniques, refine individual musicianship, and perform and collaborate with like-minded peers and mentors.

  • Conductor: Dani Rimoni
  • Ages: High School (in rare instances Middle School) Students – Audition Required
  • Rehearsal Time:  Tuesday 6:15-7:15pm – Strings Sectional, 7:30-8:45pm – Full Orchestra
  • Start Date: Students can join at any time at the discretion of the director
  • Number of weeks:  Full Year
  • Tuition: $550

 Auditions: Call the Music School office at (603) 644-4548 to schedule an audition.

Woodwinds/Brass – June 10, 2019, Strings – June 11, 2019



Students should be prepared to play 2 scales (two or three octaves) or their choice.

Solo Works:

Students should prepare two solo works or two movements from the same work that represent contrasting styles.

Sight Reading:

Students will also be asked to sight-read.

To Schedule an Audition Date/Time – Call the MCMS Office at 603-644-4548

NH 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

Flute Choir

Join us for a fun experience playing with others and becoming more rhythmically independent. Learn symphonic repertoire such as Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture and fan favorites such as the music from Harry Potter. This ensemble performs several times a year at events such as the Fall Fun Festival, events outside the school, and our composer themed recitals. No audition required. Stop by any time to play with us on a rehearsal or hear a concert!

Instructor: Aubrie Dionne
All Ages: Intermediate-Advanced
Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm Students can join at any time at the discretion of the director
September 18-May TBA
Tuition:$525 per year

The Robbins Farley Honors Brass Ensemble 

The Robbins Farley Chamber Brass Ensemble is a full-scholarship opportunity for students who are looking to pursue music on an advanced level in a chamber music setting. Both groups will meet weekly and be coached by area professionals to prepare for concerts, recitals, and develop the skills used in chamber music playing while reinforcing good brass playing fundamentals. The groups will prepare music written for brass as well as transcriptions of famous pieces spanning from classical to jazz to pop.

Ages: High School Students – Audition Required
Rehearsal Time: TBA
Start Date: TBD

Call the Music School office at (603) 644-4548 to schedule an audition.

Tuition: None

Audition Requirements: Two contrasting selections OR two contrasting movements from a solo piece. Additional sight-reading may be required.

To Schedule an Audition Date/Time – Call the MCMS Office at 603-644-4548

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Monthly Payments

Enroll in a monthly payment plan called “Tuition in Tune” through St. Mary’s Bank. To choose this option, visit the Tuition in Tune page or contact the office. Complete the Tuition in Tune  form as well as the registration form and return both to the Music School.

Tuition Assistance

The Music School is committed to making music education accessible to all, regardless of ability to pay. We are proud to offer need-based financial aid to qualifying students.  If you would like to apply for financial aid, click here.