Ensembles

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic many of our classes and ensembles have moved to a virtual format or are on hold for the Fall 2020 semester. Please contact us with any question or to inquire about 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. 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.

Chamber Music Ensembles are on hold for Fall 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 Tuesday or Wednesday evenings depending on group placement.
For more information or to register: info@cmsmusic.org or 610-489-3676

Our Virtual Musical Cabaret camp is a fun and exciting opportunity for participants to shine on the virtual stage! Students will work on singing, acting, character development, costuming and props for a virtual showcase performances that family and friends can tune in to view. Everyone will have a chance to show their unique talents!

 

RECOMMENDED TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT

  • Computer or smartphone with internet connection (required)
  • Camera connected to computer, or camera built into computer, to stream video (required)
  • Headphones (required)
  • External microphone that connects to computer (optional). If you need recommendations, please ask us!

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.

Jazz Ensemble is on hold for Fall 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back for updates or email us to inquire: info@cmsmusic.org

Faculty: Ryan Leaver

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.

Children’s Music Ensemble is on hold for Fall 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back for updates or email us to inquire: info@cmsmusic.org

Faculty: Jeff Ormsby

Ensembles for Adults

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. Adult String Ensemble is on hold for Fall 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back for updates or email us to inquire: info@cmsmusic.org

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!

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, New Horizons Band is currently holding outdoor rehearsals this fall on Saturdays at 10am. We will continue as long as the weather holds up! Please call for more information 610-489-3676 or email: info@cmsmusic.org