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The CMC Children's Chorus: Bringing out our kids' voices [VIDEO]

ChildrensChorus-videoThe CMC Children's Chorus has been free to the community since 1973. Kids learn to find their voices and blend it into a group, developing basic ear training, sight singing and performance skills in an environment that emphasizes cooperation, teamwork, and fun! The choir is directed by Beth Wilmurt and accompanied by John Kyrk.


Meet graduating Merit Scholar, Jane Kim

Jane Kim
Pianist Jane Kim has been studying at CMC since 2008 and has been the recipient of the Ross McKee Memorial Scholarship in Piano for the past five years. Jane graduates from high school this year, so we asked her to share her experiences as a Merit Scholar here at CMC. We hope her story inspires!

"I was grateful to know that there is an entire community, an organization that is there to support me, to back me up. I haven’t met many other people who have said, “I will fully support you in anything you want to do!” The scholarship is a reminder to me that many people have helped me get here."

Learn about "trans-idiomatic" improvisation from CMC clarinet teacher and Gestaltish Ensemble member, Rachel Condry

For two nights at the end of June, Community Music Center clarinet faculty member and Chamber Music Coordinator Rachel Condry will bring the Gestaltish Ensemble to CMC. The first event will be a Free, All Ages Improvisation Workshop with Gestaltish on Friday, June 26, followed by a performance by Gestaltish as part of the Shenson Faculty Concert Series at CMC on Saturday, June 27. Both events are free, and are fun opportunities to experience an improvisation technique the ensemble calls “trans-idiomatic” or “self-idiomatic.” 

"Self-idiomatic music is about exploring all the sonic possibilities available on our instruments, which may include found objects, too. I think it also describes how we inevitably use all aspects of our musical knowledge when we play. Basically anything we have ever heard, whether real or imagined, external or internal, becomes part of our musical language [...]." - Rachel Condry

Learn more in our interview with Rachel.

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Congratulations to CMC's 2015-2016 Merit Scholars!

All-School RecitalEach May, juries of faculty and staff listen to scores of students to select full scholarship recipients for the coming year, based on need and merit. Congratulations to the recipients for the year beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016: view list.

Book Review: "Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others"


By Harriet Rafter, CMC student and book reviewer

This is a great time to be an adult music learner: I know, because I am retired and studying violin at CMC. Imagine: over half of CMC students are adults, and nearly 20 percent of us are over sixty-five. I have noticed national newspaper articles about adult music students, and it seems that every month I see new books about the experience. Regardless of the instrument or style that the writers pursue, they are kindred spirits: we can certainly identify with their efforts, laugh with their mistakes, and applaud their successes.

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