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School Age Ensembles and Classes

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CLASSICAL

Beginner Ensembles

Beginner Guitar, Ukelele, Violin and Vocal ensembles are available, subject to interest. Please contact Christiana Racicot, Registrar, to discuss registration and scheduling.
$500/year; pro-rating available

Chamber Music Program places students into small ensembles that work together weekly with a faculty coach and perform without a conductor. These ensembles could range from string quartets to piano four-hands to wind trios—the make-up of the program will depend on which students audition. Chamber music presents unique challenges. Students learn how their individual part contributes to the whole, while listening to their fellow ensemble members.
Please contact Christiana Racicot, Registrar, for details and audition information: 413-732-8428, ext. 104
1 hour ensembles: $500/year
45 minute ensembles: $450/year
pro-rating available

Early Childhood Beginner Piano Classes provide an introduction to the piano for students ages 4-6. The class will use electronic keyboards and pianos. Students will learn to play simple pieces with one or two hands, and begin to acquire healthy, efficient technique at the piano, all in a fun, collaborative, discovery oriented environment.

Andrew D’Antonio, Instructor
Ages 4-6
Wednesdays, 2:45 – 3:30PM
Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:15PM
Wednesdays 4:15 – 5:00PM (year 2 students only)
$450/year; pro-rating available

Intermediate Ensembles

Chamber Music Program places students into small ensembles that work together weekly with a faculty coach and perform without a conductor. These ensembles could range from string quartets to piano four-hands to wind trios—the make-up of the program will depend on which students audition. Chamber music presents unique challenges. Students learn how their individual part contributes to the whole, while listening to their fellow ensemble members.
Please contact Christiana Racicot, Registrar, for details and audition information: 413-732-8428, ext. 104
1 hour ensembles: $500/year
45 minute ensembles: $450/year
pro-rating available

CitySounds is an introductory level orchestra for string students ages 8-12 who are increasing their comfort level reading music. Students are required to study privately in order to participate and should be able to play pieces comparable to the Bach Minuets at the end of Suzuki book 1. Musicians join together with their String City colleagues for activities and at least two performances per year. Participation in this orchestra is based on a recommendation from the student’s music teacher and/or audition.

Marty Knieriem, Instructor
Ages: 8-12
Thursdays 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
$400/year; pro-rating available

Advanced Ensembles

String City Orchestra is a small chamber orchestra that gives students grades 5-12 the opportunity to rehearse and perform with other fine young musicians. This year, the program is free based on eligibility. The program provides a level of training that enables young string players to master challenging repertoire as well as a rewarding experience playing with others. Students are required to study privately in order to participate. Musicians attend weekly individual lessons, weekly chamber ensemble sessions, sectional rehearsals and participate in a least four community performances throughout the year. New this year, students will mentor Springfield string students involved in our many community partnership programs. For a full description, CLICK HERE.

Marty Knieriem, Instructor
Ages 12-18
Tuesdays 5:15 pm-6:45 pm
$100/year, audition required

Youth Wind Ensemble of Springfield (YWES) brings together the most outstanding wind, brass and percussion students from communities and schools in the greater Springfield area to create a premier honors ensemble. Students will be exposed to challenging repertoire that will meet the needs of musicians who aspire to advance their musical skills. The group will showcase its hard work in a series of concerts throughout the year. The focus of YWES will be on developing high level musical leadership skills and artistry that students will bring back to their respective school programs and ensembles. We are seeking motivated, talented students to join YWES in its inaugural musical journey. Music educators are encouraged to recommend their top tier players for this honors group. For a full description, CLICK HERE.

Travis Higa, Instructor
Grades 8-12
Saturdays 10:00am – 12:00pm
$300/year, audition required
To determine eligibility please fill out the registration form.

Chamber Music Program places students into small ensembles that work together weekly with a faculty coach and perform without a conductor. These ensembles could range from string quartets to piano four-hands to wind trios—the make-up of the program will depend on which students audition. Chamber music presents unique challenges. Students learn how their individual part contributes to the whole, while listening to their fellow ensemble members.
Please contact Christiana Racicot, Registrar, for details and audition information: 413-732-8428, ext. 104
1 hour ensembles: $500/year
45 minute ensembles: $450/year
pro-rating available

JAZZ & ROOTS

Beginner Ensembles

Bucket Group: In this introductory percussion class, students use bucket drums to learn the basic concepts of rhythm, drum and stick techniques, and musicality. Students also learn how to listen to others and play in an ensemble.

Rick Marshall, Instructor
Kindergarten – Grade 2
Thursdays 5:00pm – 5:45pm (beginners/1st year students)

Thursdays 6:15pm – 7:00pm (year 2 students only)
$450/year; pro-rating available

Intermediate Ensembles

Chamber Music Program places students into small ensembles that work together weekly with a faculty coach and perform without a conductor. Chamber music encompasses all genres. Ensemble possibilities include Roots of Bluegrass, Latin and Afro-Caribbean, Afrobeat and Funk/Soul. These ensembles could range from string quartets to piano four-hands to wind trios—the make-up of the program will depend on which students audition. Chamber music presents unique challenges. Students learn how their individual part contributes to the whole, while listening to their fellow ensemble members.
Please contact Christiana Racicot, Registrar, for details and audition information: 413-732-8428, ext. 104
1 hour ensembles: $500/year
45 minute ensembles: $450/year
pro-rating available

Advanced Ensembles

Charles Majid Greenlee (CMG) Jazz Ensemble is an advanced ensemble offered to outstanding high school music students. Charles Majid Greenlee (CMG) Jazz Ensemble is directed by Steve Moser, CMSS piano faculty and honors the memory of former CMSS instructor and trombonist, Charles Majid Greenlee. This year will be the continuation of CMSS’s tribute to Duke Ellington & Associates. Members of the CMG Jazz Ensembles will serve as ambassadors for CMSS, performing for major events in the Springfield area and Robyn Newhouse Hall. The workshops will cover rehearsals, jazz improvisation, practical music theory, stylistic analysis and interpretation, listening sessions and jazz history. A command of your instrument and good reading skills are required. Improvisational skills are not necessary. Instrumentation: Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Bass and Drums.

Steve Moser, Director
Grade 9-12
Mondays, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Tuition free, based on audition, for students currently enrolled in private lessons at CMSS and students attending Springfield High School of Science & Technology and High School of Commerce. Financial aid is offered to other students based on merit and need.
To schedule an appointment to audition, call CMSS at 413-732-8428.

ROCK & POP

Chamber Music Program places students into small ensembles that work together weekly with a faculty coach and perform without a conductor. Chamber music encompasses all genres. Possibilities include Contemporary Music Ensembles, Music Production and Recording, Saxophone or Brass Quartets. The make-up of the program will depend on which students audition. Chamber music presents unique challenges. Students learn how their individual part contributes to the whole, while listening to their fellow ensemble members.
Please contact Christiana Racicot, Registrar, for details and audition information: 413-732-8428, ext. 104
1 hour ensembles: $500/year
45 minute ensembles: $450/year
pro-rating available

Rock Band Chamber Ensemble: Students will be placed into small ensembles that work together weekly with a faculty coach and perform. Students learn how their individual part contributes to the whole, while listening to their fellow ensemble members.

Kevin Dee and Jason Arnold, Instructors
Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Grades 7-12
$500/year; pro-rating available

VOCAL

Beginner Ensembles

Voices Singing Group is a contemporary singing group for young women and men interested in developing their skill set in the stylings of pop, rock, jazz, blues, r&b, country and more, arranged for two to four part harmony. Areas of exploration include but are not limited to, vocal blend, harmonization, proper vocal care and technique, and ear training. All members of Voices have the opportunity to contribute to song selection, and perform in the extraordinary Robyn Newhouse Hall.  All experience levels are warmly welcomed!

Annie Lynch Stevenson, Director
Ages 10-17
Mondays 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
$500/year; pro-rating available

Intermediate ensembles

Voices Senior Scholarship Ensemble is open to students who show exceptional vocal ability. Students chosen for this ensemble must be members of Voices Singing Group for one year and have demonstrated a commitment through steady attendance.

Annie Lynch Stevenson, Director
Ages 10-17
Mondays 6:30-7:00pm
Tuition free based on audition.

Children’s Chorus of Springfield teaches music literacy through singing, cultivates a generation of leaders and ambassadors for Springfield through song, and encourages the active participation of our city’s youth in the Springfield’s vibrant arts community. Participants receive invaluable musical and performance training, learn how to work together, gain self-discipline and control, and become responsible citizens of the world. For more information, click here.

Amelia Nagoski Peterson, Conductor
Ages 8-12 (other ages considered on an individual basis)
Tuition free ($50 registration fee required)

Children’s Chorus
Thursdays, 4:30pm – 5:15pm

Fortissimo honors chorus (audition required)
Thursdays, 5:15pm – 6:00pm

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