Ensembles

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.

Ensembles for Kids and Teens

Under the direction of CMS faculty member, Harry Oehler, the CMS Brass Ensemble is for young brass musicians looking to gain group performance experience. The group performs music written for brass groups that is customized for the age and playing level of the students involved. This ensemble is a great way for young brass students to practice listening and blending skills as well as gain invaluable experience playing in a small group setting under a professional brass player and conductor.  The ensemble rehearses once a week and performs concerts throughout the year both at CMS and in the community. Members may also have the opportunity to play solo repertoire at these performance, as needed.

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.

Please check back for updates or email us to inquire: info@cmsmusic.org

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 on weekday evenings depending on group placement.
For more information or to register: info@cmsmusic.org or 610-489-3676

The Junior Chamber Ensemble is for string players Suzuki Book 2/3 and above who are interested in learning to play chamber music in mixed ensembles such as trios and quartets. Students should be enrolled in private lessons in addition to ensemble. Suzuki group students should check with their teacher to see if they are ready to move beyond Suzuki Group Class to Junior Chamber Ensemble.

This ensemble will focus on a variety of musical styles. It will be a fun way for flute students to strengthen their musicality and ensemble playing skills! The Flute Ensemble is most suited for students in grades 6 and above with two years playing experience.

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The Jazz Ensemble at Community Music School is for student jazz musicians ages 10+ who have at least two years of experience on their instruments. Each week will include ensemble work as well as improvisation instruction. The Jazz Ensemble will have the opportunity to perform at CMS concerts and other special events.

CMS is proud to partner with Steel River Playhouse (Pottstown, Pa) for a performance workshop of Willy Wonka Jr. The cast will be a combination of students from both communities and rehearse twice a week starting March 18th and have 3 performance in June. This will be staged production that focuses less on the design elements of theater and more on storytelling through acting, singing and dancing with performance on the Steel River Playhouse stage!

 

Show Description: Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences.

Two weekly Rehearsals Monday and Wednesdays: Start March 18th:

Mondays 6-7:30PM @ CMS and Wednesdays 6-7:30 @ SRP (rehearsals move to SRP for May 29 onward).

March 18, 20, 25, 27

April 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29

May 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 29

June 3, 5, 10, 12, 13

Performances:

  • 6/14 @SRP 7PM
  • 6/15@SRP 2pm
  • 6/16@CMS 2PM – Concert version with reception after

Click here to enroll in this workshop.

Ensembles for Adults

Adult violin, viola, cello and double bass players are welcome to join this low-pressure, big fun group!  We recommend at least 1 year of playing experience for ensemble members. CMS has a limited number of instruments available for rentals. Please call 610-489-3676 to inquire.

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.

Under the direction of CMS faculty member, Harry Oehler, the Trombone Choir at CMS offers an opportunity for adult trombonists to come together and play a variety of repertoire. It is the aim of the Trombone Choir to offer an enriching experience for all of its members to enjoy playing great music with fellow trombonists and to have performance opportunities both at CMS and in the community. The music performed is arranged for the ensemble to match the playing level of the musicians involved, allowing advanced players to be challenged while also being accessible for more amateur players. The ensemble rehearses once a week and performs concerts throughout the year. Members may also have the opportunity to play solo repertoire at these performances, as needed.

Please check back for updates about the next session of this ensemble.