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!

Download the registration form. 

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


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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 and Haydn.

  • Conductor:  Deborah Markow
  • Ages:  Elementary age – 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 Requirements:

Auditions: September 11, 2018
*Call the Music School office at (603) 644-4548 to schedule a time

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

Sight reading using whole, half, quarter and eighth notes

P1020718NH Youth Concert Orchestra for Middle School and some Upper Elementary and High School Students (intermediate-level players)

The Concert Orchestra

This ensemble focuses on nurturing and inspiring young string players. Conductor Paul Pinard works with the ensemble to develop proper tone quality, master bowing techniques, and refine ensemble skills. He also strives to encourage both musical and personal growth in each member by cultivating a sense of responsibility, commitment, self-discipline, and confidence.

  • 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: Students can join at any time at the discretion of the director
  • Number of weeks: Full Year
  • Tuition: $475
  1. Auditions: call the Music School office at (603) 644-4548 to schedule a time
  2. Requirements:
    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
    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

(If they are already in concert orchestra, or symphony orchestra, they do not need to audition. They will need to do seating auditions in the fall, however. If they wish to move up from concert to symphony orchestra, they will need to reaudition on these dates)




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NH Youth Jazz Ensemble for Advanced Level Players

A fast paced, high-level jazz performance ensemble consisting of the area’s top high-school (and the occasional middle school) jazz musicians. This ensemble’s primary focus is on developing the student’s technique, improvisational skills and deepening their understanding of jazz. Challenging repertoire will include standard, classic and modern jazz charts. Besides great improvisers, we seek STRONG CLASSICAL PERFORMERS with an interest in jazz as well!

  • Conductor:  Mark Taddonio
  • Ages:  High-school (in rare instances middle school) Students – Audition Required
  • Rehearsal Time:  Wednesday 6:45 – 8:45pm
  • Start Date: Students can join at any time at the discretion of the director
  • Number of weeks:  Full Year
  • Tuition: $500

The first two weeks of rehearsal (give dates) will be an open rehearsal where the student’s participation will be listened to and considered by the Jazz ensemble director. Anyone who is interested in the jazz band is welcome to attend, but please view these rehearsals as an audition. At the end of the two weeks, the director will make final decisions as to who will make up the band based on the students’ ability and performance.

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


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The New Hampshire Wind Ensemble for Advanced Level Players of all Ages

The New Hampshire Wind Ensemble brings together musicians from a wide range of ages with a desire to broaden their artistic level while performing a wide array of professional and compelling repertoire.

Wind Ensemble is designed to:

• Supplement the fine instruction students receive from their high school programs • Provide an opportunity for adult musicians to continue their love of performing

challenging wind band literature in a community ensemble
• Offer music educators an opportunity to utilize their performing skills in a large ensemble
• Provide like-minded, multi-aged musicians with advanced proficiency the opportunity to experience the joy of performing masterworks and contemporary wind repertoire
• Make a positive contribution to the musical environment of the community

No Formal Audition is Required! Acceptance into the New Hampshire Wind Ensemble is through an open rehearsal process.

The 2018-2019 Season will begin on Tuesday, September 11th.
Rehearsals run from 5:45 – 7:15 – the first two rehearsals will be open rehearsals to give musicians an opportunity to experience the group.

We are looking for musicians that are musically motivated and desiring to further develop their musical abilities. Musicians do not have to perform at an all-state level; however they must have their own drive, work ethic, and commitment in order to take part in this ensemble. Musicians should expect to perform music at grade levels 4 and higher. All musicians with a love of music making in a large wind ensemble are encouraged to participate.


  • Conductor:  David Bresnahan
  • Ages:  Adults, High School (some Middle School) Students – Audition Required
  • Rehearsal Time:  Tuesday 5:45-7:15pm
  • Start Date: Students can join at any time at the discretion of the director
  • Number of weeks:  Full Year
  • Tuition: $475 (Also includes Summer Band participation for 2019) Public school teachers can join for free!

Audition Requirements

This coming year (2018-2019), we are offering open acceptance into the wind ensemble through an open rehearsal placement process.  Our fall session will begin with two weeks of open rehearsals for students to experience the group.  Seating placement material will be distributed at those rehearsals and students who intend to enroll in the ensemble for the year will schedule their placement auditions at that time.  Any student with a love of music-making in a large wind ensemble is encouraged to participate — no formal entrance audition is required!

For more information about the ensemble, please see our FAQs page.



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Dino Anagnost 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.



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

The Robbins Farley Honors Brass Ensemble 

BrassEnsembleThe 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: Auditions are February 5, 2019

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, complete our Financial Aid Form and return it to our Registrar.