CMS offers a variety of ensembles for all ages that are designed to encourage students to expand their music skills and knowledge. Students need not be enrolled in private study at CMS to participate in an ensemble. Registration is required. Contact our Registrar for more information or to register for a class or ensemble. Ensemble/Class Discount: 20% off the cost of ensembles/classes for students enrolled in private lessons. Discount only applies to weekly, 45-minute classes/ensembles. Children’s Choir, Chamber Music Program, Suzuki Pre-Chamber, Suzuki Groups, New Horizons Band and Musikgarten classes are not eligible for the discount.

CMS Children’s Choir for ages 6-12 – Mondays 6:30-7:30pm with Cindy Durrell

Community Music School’s newest ensemble for young singers meets weekly on Mondays from 6:30-7:30pm. Under the direction of Cindy Durrell, choir members will learn and bond together through rehearsals that incorporate movement, rhythm and music reading. Choir members will also have the opportunity to take their joyful sound around the community for special events in addition to more formal performances such as the holiday concert in December and a spring concert each year.  Children can sing any song they know for their audition.Tuition: $434 per year, payable in two installments. Choir Registration Form and Handbook Call 610.489.36767 or email: childrenschoir@cmsmusic.org for more information.

New Horizons Adult Ensembles

Adult String Ensemble: Tuesdays 8:15pm with Ray Mallari

Adult violin, viola, cello and double bass players are welcome to join this low-pressure, big fun group!  All levels welcome and encouraged to attend.  Contact us about previewing this ensemble.  Ensemble meets Tuesdays at 8:15-9:00pm. All string instruments welcome. Rehearsals resume August 29, 2017. Tuition $138/ quarter

New Horizons Band: Saturdays with Erin Trautmann

Do you love music? Did you miss out on the opportunity to learn a musical instrument when you were a child? Are you black and blue from kicking yourself for quitting music lessons all those years ago? Are you looking for a fun, creative way to spend time with other adults who enjoy music? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Community Music School has an exciting New Horizons Band program that you are sure to love!

New Horizons is a band program for adults (18+) who are new to music playing or who have previous instrumental experience and want to pick up where they left off! All band instruments are welcome–flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone, tuba, and percussion. Cost: Just $10 a week!

  • Beginner New Horizons Band – Saturdays 10-10:45am (Students who have no experience on a band instrument, or who are learning a new band instrument). Please call in advance of your first rehearsal.
  • Intermediate/ Advanced New Horizons Band – Saturdays 11am
    • The New Horizons Band is designed to give adult students (18+) to the opportunity to perform on their instruments in a group setting.  Students will have the opportunity to improve their technique on their instrument, while also having the opportunity to rehearse and perform as a group. The Intermediate/Advanced New Horizons Band is for students who have at least one year experience on their instrument, or who have previously participated in New Horizon’s Band.

Chamber Music Program – Intermediate to Advanced Strings, Piano, Winds & Harp

Chamber music is often regarded as the most rewarding and challenging of all music literature to perform. Participation in a three to five member chamber ensemble provides fine-tuning of rhythmic, intonation, and communication skills as well as stylistic guidance from faculty coaches. Ensembles can be comprised of a wide variety of instrumental combinations. Successful chamber ensembles require a great deal of practice and compatibility between all players. For this reason, we encourage members of chamber ensembles to view it as a year-long commitment.
Skill Requirement:
All Strings*: Two Octave Scales up to 3 sharps and 3 flats, out of 1st position, slurred/separate, quarter note = 120.
Violin: Suzuki Book 4 & Above or equivalent repertoire level
Viola & Cello: Suzuki Book 3 & Above or equivalent repertoire level
Piano: By audition and/or teacher recommendation. Intermediate to Advance Level players,  All major and minor scales, two-octaves, hands together quarter note = 80 and arpeggios
Harp & Winds: By audition and/or teacher recommendation.  Intermediate to advanced students.
Class Meets on Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm 
For more information or to register: info@cmsmusic.org or 610-489-3676
Parent/Student Meeting on Thursday, August 31st at 7pm
* String students who do not yet meet the requirements for this program may be interested in joining the Pre-Chamber & Musicianship group on Tuesdays 5:30-6:45pm with Julienne Ikegami. Contact the Registrar for more information – 610-489-3676 or info@cmsmusic.org.

Jazz Ensemble:

  • Ages 10+
  • Wednesdays 7:45-8:45pm
  • Quarter 3: February 7 – April 18, 2018 and Quarter 4: April 23 – June 20, 2018

The CMS Jazz Ensemble is for jazz musicians who have at least two years of experience on their instruments.  Each week will include ensemble and small combo work as well as improvisation instruction. The Jazz Ensemble will have the opportunity to perform at CMS concerts and around the community for special events. Tuition $138/ quarter

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