The Community Music School of the Piedmont
Chamber Music Camp 2016
“It’s always a great week”, said one student, “lots of music, lots of soccer, lots of fun. We really learn a lot and it’s terrific to hear how good the music sounds in our concert.”
Upperville Horse Show
Under the direction of CMSP's Cora Lee Khambatta, students from Middleburg Community Charter School sang the National Anthem kicking off the 2016 Upperville Colt and Horse Show Jumper Classic on June 12. We are thrilled with their wonderful performance which culminated another successful year of collaboration between CMSP and MCCS.
Special thanks to Barbara Roux, Barbara Sharp and the Upperville Colt and Horse Show committee for this special invitation which we hope will become an annual event!
Strings Day 2016
April 16 was another great Strings Day!
Marked by a high-scoring cellos vs. violins & violas soccer match
that ended in a 7-7 tie.
The closing concert included a performance
of Cold Play's "Viva La Vida". To catch the performance, click here.
A Springtime Serenade Concert
Saturday, April 9, 2016
On Saturday, April 9, the Temple Trio delighted a packed house for our inaugural joint venture with Buchanan Hall. Comprised of Elizabeth Temple (piano), Frances Averitt (flute), and Camilo Perez-Mejia (cello), the Temple Trio presented a varied program of spring-themed pieces. A highlight of the afternoon were commentaries by composer, William Averitt, some of whose works were performed.
We look forward to future collaborations with Buchanan Hall!
Sunday February 28, 2016
Betty Bullock, Rosa Lamoreaux, & Jonathan Nazdin
Claude Schoch, Tara Schoch, & Martha Cotter
Maegan Thomas, Maura Thomas, Queenie Kaemmerer, & Cindy Thomas
Board members Carol Jahnke, Kiernan Patusky, Mary Ann McGown, & Kathy Howland hosted a lovely reception.
Chamber Music Workshop 2015
The melodious sounds of Bach, Mozart, and Handel eminated from the basement of Cox Hall as CMSP's annual Chamber Music Workshop got under way on June 22. Fifteen aspiring string players enjoyed collaborating on repertoire in small groups, the full ensemble...and playing soccer.The camp concluded with a concert on Friday, June 26 at Buchanan Hall. Smaller ensembles played movements from Brandenburg Concerto #3, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and Water Music. The full ensemble brought the concert to a thrilling conclusion with popular favorites: Yesterday (Beatles), All of Me, and Royals.
CMSP Faculty Member Performs & Lectures in Paraguay
CMSP cello teacher, Alan Saucedo, taught and performed at the International Festival of Latin American Music hosted by the National University of Asuncion in Paraguay in summer 2015. Invited to attend by former CMSP cello instructor, Taylor Almao, who is currently on the faculty of the National University of Asuncion, Alan taught masterclasses, coached a cello ensemble, and gave a presentation on his book, "The Influence of Carlos Prieto on Contemporary Cello Music."
Further, he was honored to be invited to perform as a guest artist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Paraguay, for which he premiered the cello concerto by Mexican composer, Arturo Marquez.
Strings Day 2015
On Saturday, April 25 the Trinity Church campus rang out with the sound of enthusiastic string students engaged in chamber coaching sessions, orchestra rehearsal...and, of course, the annual Strings Day soccer match!
The concluding concert featured "Hanging Tree" from The Hunger Games by the full orchestra as well as numerous chamber pieces for smaller ensembles.
CMSP Opens Two New Locations!
CMSP is pleased to announce a new location at the Old Waterford Schoolhouse. Many associate this venue with the beautiful acoustics heard at Waterford Concert Series events. We are pleased to be able to partner with the Waterford Foundation to provide instruction in this lovely, historic space. Sylvia McClain, our esteemed harp teacher, is leading the way, with harp lessons. We hope to be able to offer additional instruments in the near future.
CMSP is also expanding westward! Winter 2015 saw the launch of our first Music Together® class at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stephens City. We currently offer private instruction in piano, voice, flute, sax, clarinet, and guitar lessons and hope to expand our offerings as interest arises. We are very grateful to Rev. Cam Keyser and the staff and congregation at Trinity for welcoming us with open arms!
After-School Music Instruction at Middleburg Montessori
Beginning in the 2015 spring semester, CMSP is providing an after-school music class at Middleburg Montessori. Students in this mixed-age class range in age from 3 to 8. Led by veteran CMSP faculty member, Doria St. John, instruction incorporates rhythm, pitch-matching, singing, movement, and Orff. We are delighted to be able to team up with Middleburg Montessori to enrich these children’s lives with the gift of music.
CMSP's Instrument Petting Zoo goes to the Fall Fox Faire!
On October 25, 2014 CMSP's Instrument Petting Zoo visited the Fall Fox Faire in MIddleburg to give local children the opportunity to acquaint themselves with a variety of instruments. Here, the Faire Fox gives the horn (French horn) a try while Executive Director, Martha Cotter, looks on.
CMSP Provides Music Instruction at the Middleburg Community Charter School
Beginning in Fall 2014, CMSP has contracted to provide music instruction in Middleburg's newly chartered elementary school! All students in grades 3-5 are learning either violin or cello in addition to the more conventional choral curriculum. Students in K-2 are learning solfege, rhythm, and movement, using the Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroze methods.
We are pleased to be joined by Shenandoah Conservatory interns, Zach Whitaker and Leyla Feyzulayeva, who are assisting with string instruction!
CMSP Faculty Member Completes DMA
In May 2014, CMSP violin teacher, Marjory Serrano, graduated with her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance with a minor in Latin American Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Marjory's concluding research is entitled, "An Evaluation of Violin Techniques in Selected Unaccompanied Works by Latin American Composers in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries." Congratulations Marjory!!!
Chamber Music Camp 2014
Eighteen students, three faculty members, and two interns assembled on the grounds of Trinity Church, Upperville from June 23 through the 27th for CMSP's seventh annual Chamber Music Camp. The week culminated in an exciting concert, featuring both small ensembles and the full group and performing works ranging from Telemann and Mozart to Led Zeppelin. Faculty members, Alan Saucedo, Cynthia Saucedo, and Ewa Trycznynska, were joined by interns, Ariel Renner and Rachel White, to lead this successful, educational endeavor.
Strings Day 2014
On June 7, 2014, CMSP welcomed 24 string students to the Trinity Church, Upperville ground for our 9th annual Strings Day.
Chamber Music Camp 2013
From June 17 to the 21st, the sweet sounds of cellos and violins could be heard at the Community Music School of the Piedmont (CMSP) Upperville. Twenty five students, from 6 to 17 years of age, participated in our 6th Annual Chamber Music Workshop.
The music that the students learned ranged from Mozart to Nirvana, from Bach to the Beatles. For the first time ever, there was a Junior chamber Camp catering to younger students, as well as a Cello Ensemble, and a Chamber Workshop Orchestra. It was a wonderful week for the student musicians, many of whom take private lessons at the school throughout the year. Working together in group lessons was a thoroughly enjoyable and reinforcing experience. One cello student remarked; “My fingers are sore from all the playing, but it was great fun and I had a blast”.
The week-long workshop ended with a public performance on Friday afternoon at Buchanan Hall for family and friends. The look on the performers’ faces as they completed each piece said it all: “we nailed it!”
This was the sixth year that CMSP conducted the chamber music workshop. The gifted instructors and coaches included Alan Saucedo, Cynthia Saucedo, Ewa Tryczynska, Ariel Renner, Miho Sato, and Dan Crawford.
Strings Day 2013!
Saturday, April 27th dawned cool and sunny. A beautiful spring day, perfect for soccer, baseball, riding, or any other kid type activity. On this Saturday however, 22 string players converged, from far and wide, on the Community Music School of the Piedmont in Upperville for the 8th Annual Strings Day!
Students aged from 13 to 6, unpacked their violins, violas, and cellos for some serious playing mixed with great fun. They rehearsed during the morning in various workshops to prepare for the main event of the day- the closing student recital, where all their hard work and practicing would be showcased.
The closing program was a delight, with all players participating, from beginners to advanced, playing various pieces from the Suzuki repertoire. The grand finale featured all students on stage playing selections from JohnWilliams' magical music of the Harry Potter films! A wonderful time was had by all. These musicians are enthusiastically looking forward to the next CMSP Strings Day!
In Spring 2012, the Ashburn Girls Guitar Ensemble (AGGE) traveled to New Haven, CT to participate in the Yale University Guitar Festival. They also performed at the Middleburg Art Walk on April 16, 2010. Under the direction of Jan Edmondson, the ensemble is comprised of high-school girls who play music of six centuries, all in the classical style. The evening was part of the "Minds Wide Open" celebration of Women in the Arts, sponsored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
CMSP's Second Annual Old-Fashioned Community Barn Dance
The rainy weather couldn't keep folks from kickin' up their heels at CMSP's Second Annual Barn Dance, held
Saturday, September 26 at the Hill School's Dornin Science Center Barn. This year's Barn Dance was generously sponsored by Mary Ann, Jim and Brian McGowan of Thomas & Talbot Real Estate.
The family-friendly event got off to a lively start with some fiddling and a performance by the Ashburn Girls Guitar Ensemble (AGGE). Caller Charlie Stockman led the dancing and the little ones enjoyed face painting, crafts and our ever popular Instrument Petting Zoo! The evening ended with a drawing for door prizes courtesy of Tri-County Feeds.
CMSP Faculty Member receives Special Recognition from VASTA!
Congratulations to our own Cruz Taylor Almao, who has been awarded Special Recognition by the Virginia chapter of the American String Teachers Association (VASTA) as an outstanding nominee for their annual Outstanding String Teachers Award!
Nominated via several letters of recommendation from students and colleagues. The awards were presented at the VMEA conference at The Homestead on Thursday, November 19, 2009.
On February 7, 2008, CMSP hosted an Instrument Petting Zoo at Piedmont Childcare Center, attended by about 40 preschoolers who enjoyed experiencing many different instruments. Children were able to try violin, guitar, harp, trumpet, French horn, and recorder.
Celebrate Virginia's 400th Birthday!
2007 saw many celebrations of the 400th birthday of Virginia across the Commonwealth. On October 28, 2007, CMSP honored the musical history of Virginia with a selection of instrumental and vocal music provided by CMSP faculty and other guests. Featured were the Goose Creek and Talbot Real Estate.
Mozart's Birthday Bash!
On Sunday, November 19, 2006, The Community Music School of the Piedmont invited the community to join
us for Mozart's Birthday Bash! The party commemorated the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
one of the world's most accomplished musicians.
The Bash featured CMSP faculty and students performing works of Mozart. Wolfgang himself made a
surprise appearance! Following the performance was a birthday party with all the trimmings!!!
The celebration was sponsored by Yount, Hyde and Barbour, a firm of Certified Public Accountants with
offices in Winchester, Culpeper, Leesburg, Middleburg and Richmond, Virginia. “We are happy to sponsor
this community wide event with wonderful music in an idyllic setting” said Bob Dale of YHB, “ I have been very
impressed with the school’s commitment to make music accessible to all members of our community and am
delighted to help their efforts.”