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All Welcome at Concord Community Music School “Open Sings”

CONCORD, NH – Do you love to sing? Add your voice to one of Concord Community Music School’s choruses, now welcoming new members for the fall semester.


SONGWEAVERS and SONGWEAVER DRUMMERS: Songweavers is New Hampshire’s original women’s community chorus, open to women of any age who like to sing. No musical experience or note-reading is required. Songweavers rehearse in two groups, Tuesdays at 7:00pm and Wednesdays at 9:30am. (Singers are welcome to attend one or both rehearsals each week.) Songweaver Drummers rehearse Tuesdays at 5:30; drums provided. The director is Peggo Horstmann Hodes. Information and online registration:


  • The Songweavers Open Sing will take place Tuesday, September 10, Concord Community Music School, downtown Concord, New Hampshire. The fun starts at 5:30 with a Drumming Sampler, with a chance for everyone to try African-style drumming with the Songweaver Drummers. A potluck supper follows at 6:15, and the Open Sing is 7:00-8:30. Bring a friend and join this joyful group! Want to see for yourself what a Songweavers rehearsal is like? Attend a free Songweavers Open Rehearsal on Wednesday, September 11, 9:15-11:15am (first half-hour is coffee and chat). Free.


CANTERBURY SINGERS: This ensemble presents authentic Shaker music, arrangements of American folk songs, music of early America, and inspired arrangements by a variety of composers, often in partnership with Canterbury Shaker Village. It’s one of the very few non-auditioned, high quality professionally directed choral experiences for mixed voices (men and women blended ensemble) in the Capital Area. Rehearsals take place Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8:15pm. The director is Kathryn Southworth. Information and online registration:


  • The Canterbury Singers Open Sing welcomes all potential members, teens and adults; chat with Canterbury Singers members and join us in song on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at 7:00pm. Free.


PURPLE FINCHES YOUTH CHORUS: The Purple Finches Youth Chorus (grades K-8) includes three age levels—the Fledglings, the Fliers, and the Finches. The three groups allow an age-appropriate sequence of musical development, as students learn music literacy through regular rhythm, solfège, and ear-training, based on a hybrid of Kodály and other methods. The choruses rehearse Monday afternoon/evening during the school year, and perform regularly. The director is Maria Isaak. Information and online registration:


  • Children in grade levels K-8 are invited to the Purple Finches Open Sing, Monday, September 16, 2019. Fledglings (K-2) meet at 4:10pm; Fliers (grades 3-5) meet at 5:00pm; Finches (grades 6-8) meet at 6:00pm. Come sing and play with us! Free.


MUSIC AND MOVEMENT: The littlest singers (and their adults!) will enjoy the Music School’s Music and Movement program, with a wide variety of fun, interactive classes for kids from 4 months to 5 years of age. Music and Movement classes meet Monday and Tuesday mornings beginning September 16, 2019. Heather Oberheim, R-DMT, director, brings years of experience and training in early childhood development and specific expertise in working with children with special needs, so that all classes are inclusive of all abilities. Information and online registration:


SUNFLOWER SINGERS: Sunflower Singers brings together adults with developmental disabilities and their care providers from across New Hampshire each week to sing familiar songs, accompanied by spontaneous harmonica and percussion playing. This joyful sing-along is open to all and free of charge, thanks to the generosity of its funders; call 603-228-1196 for information – or simply join us any Wednesday at 12:30pm, starting October 9, 2019. The director is Katy Gibney.


NORTHERN LIGHTS VOCAL ENSEMBLE: Northern Lights is a small women’s vocal ensemble. Our name highlights our musical goals: to create a shimmer of sound through the power of harmony and the magic of many individual voices blending into one. Begun last year by Peggo Horstmann Hodes, Northern Lights is an inclusive, musically excellent ensemble that embraces the core values of the Music School – musical friendships and lifelong musical learning. With 18-20 women, we sing in 3-6 parts. For more information or to audition, please contact Peggo at


“At the Music School our children are learning the invaluable life lessons of truly listening to one another, harmonizing with each other, seriously practicing, and erupting in joy and play as only happy children can do. Each time our children sing they raise a sound that petitions peace, pursues friendship, and teaches all of us tolerance, understanding, and kindness.” – Parent of a Purple Finches Youth Chorus member


Financial aid is available for all programs. For rehearsal times and dates, to request a copy of the new school-year catalog, or to register for a chorus or class, call 603-228-1196 or visit




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