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. Suzuki Groups, New Horizons Band and Musikgarten classes are not eligible for the discount.

Ensembles for Kids and Teens

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.
Ensembles Meet Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm
For more information or to register: info@cmsmusic.org or 610-489-3676

Show Choir is a performance-based class, where students learn to prepare and perform popular music and show tunes. Students learn how to add choreography to songs, as well as text interpretation, facial and body expression, and many performance skills. This group is ideal for singers in 7th-12th grade that love to sing, dance and have a great time performing!

Now Enrolling for our winter/spring session: January 7-May 27, 2019

Mondays 6:45-7:45pm

Faculty: Alessandra Gabbianelli


The Jazz Ensemble at Community Music School is for student jazz musicians ages 10-18 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 other special events.

Now Enrolling for our winter session: January 9-May 29, 2019

Wednesdays 7:45-8:45pm

Faculty: Ryan Leaver

Tuition: $300

Children’s Music Ensemble is an Orff-based program is for children in 1st-4th grade. The Orff approach is a way of introducing and teaching children about music on a level that they can easily comprehend. Musical concepts are learned through activities children enjoy. Singing, chanting, dance, movement, drama and the playing of percussion instruments. Improvisation, composition and a child’s natural sense of play are encouraged. Pitched mallet percussion instruments used in the Orff Ensemble include xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels. The use of non-pitched percussion instruments such as castanets, maracas, woodblocks, triangles, tambourines, gongs, bongos, conga drums and hand drums are also used along with singing and movement.

Now enrolling for our Winter Session: February 6 – April 10, 2019

Wednesdays 5:45-6:30pm

Faculty: Jeff Ormsby

Tuition: $120

Ensembles for Adults

Adult violin, viola, cello and double bass players are welcome to join this low-pressure, big fun group! Mr. Ray Mallari leads this fun-loving 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.

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!

Join Us for our Fall NHB Informational Meeting – Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 11am

  • 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.