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. This year our ensembles will perform at the Silver Center at Plymouth State University, the Currier Museum of Art, and other locations in the community.
We welcome students to audition for the NH Youth Ensemble program throughout the year. Placement is dependent on openings within each ensemble.
For information about the NHYE ensembles contact the Music School office at 603-644-4548.
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.
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
Please call the MCMS office to schedule an audition day/time.
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.
(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)
A fast paced, high-level jazz performance ensemble consists 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!
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.
Performance at Mid-Summer Starz
The Junior Jazz Ensemble will focus on a jazz ensemble experience for primarily middle school students. This group 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 begin to explore jazz by learning proper jazz style and phrasing, chord knowledge, and jazz improvisation. The Junior Jazz Ensemble will perform regularly at MCMS events along with the advanced jazz ensemble.
Conductor: Russ Ryan
Ages: Middle-school Students – Audition Required
Rehearsal Time: Mondays 5:30-6:30pm
Contact the Music School office at 603-644-4548 to for more information.
The Music School Wind Ensemble provides a unique opportunity for students to perform with other music students from surrounding area schools who share a strong interest in music and performance. Working together to further their musicianship, students will have the chance to learn, grow and develop both musically and socially. Rehearsals take place at the Music School every Tuesday night from 6:00-7:30pm with students who also participate in the Symphony Orchestra joining their rehearsal from 7:45-9:00pm. Rehearsals will begin in September.
The ensemble prepares a variety of repertoire inclusive of differing styles and time periods with a focus on skill development, ensemble techniques, and captivating performances.
All students who play woodwind, brass and percussion instruments are eligible to audition.
This coming year (2017-2018), 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!
We are looking for students that are musically motivated and desiring to further develop their musical abilities. Students do not have to perform at an all-state level, for instance, however, they must have their own drive, work ethic, and commitment in order to take part in this ensemble. Students should expect to be performing music at grade levels 4 and higher.
For more information about the ensemble, please see our FAQs page.
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.
Auditions are Tuesday May 30th and Wednesday May 31st from 4:30pm-7:30pm
Students should be prepared to play 2 scales (two or three octaves) or their choice.
Students should prepare two solo works or two movements from the same work that represent contrasting styles.
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 Chamber Brass Program 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: Mondays 6:30-7:30pm
Start Date: TBA
Number of weeks: Full Year
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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Enroll in a monthly payment plan called “Tuition in Tune” through Centrix 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.
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.