Celtic Harp & Guitar Concert

Friday,  March 16 at 7:00 PM
Centerbrook Meeting House: 51 Main St, Centerbrook

Tickets are $10 at the door and $5 for CMS students. Reception to follow.
A portion of the proceeds to benefit Community Music School!

Enjoy an evening of contemporary and traditional music from Ireland and Scotland performed by John Birt (guitar, mandolin) and Evelyn Cournoyer (harp). This St. Patrick’s Day program will feature a variety of traditional dance tunes including reels, jigs, airs, and marches.

John Birt is a musician who has proven his versatility on many stages throughout the world. As a classical guitarist, recent solo programs have explored 16th-century lute music, the solo cello and violin music of J.S. Bach, and have included world premieres by American composers David Macbride and Thomas Schuttenhelm. John completed his Master’s degree at The Hartt School, where he studied with internationally recognized pedagogue Richard Provost and partook in masterclasses by Oscar Ghiglia, Andrew York, Odair Assad, and Scott Tennant.

Evelyn Cournoyer is a harp player from Preston, Connecticut. Her specialty is in Scottish and Irish traditional music. In 2014 Evelyn won the Young Composer Award presented by the Clarsach Society in Scotland, and she performed her winning composition at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival. Evelyn received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in 2015, where she studied under Maeve Gilchrist.

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CMS Travel Raffle

Buy your tickets now – online drawing closes at 12 pm on 4/27/18! 

Want more info about  the  jazz? Click here to view Preservation Hall’s website!

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Save the date for 2018 CMS Gala

Save the date for an elegant celebration!

Cocktail jazz and exquisite dinner show performed by CMS faculty!
Gourmet food, dancing, silent auction, fine wines and more!

Supporters of the CMS Gala will ensure that the arts remain accessible to all with proceeds benefiting the CMS Scholarship Fund, music therapy services, and outreach in the greater community. 

Check back soon for more info and to purchase tickets!

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2017-2018 Calendar


Piano class


NOV 22-25 – Thanksgiving Holiday CMS CLOSED

DEC 10 –  Holiday Concert

DEC 13 – Elflandia Performance

DEC 31Make your tax-deductible donation to the Scholarship Fund!

DEC 23-JAN 1 – Holiday Break, CMS CLOSED

JAN 11 – Adult Musicale

JAN 13, 14, 20, 21  – Fall Semester Recitals


JAN 29  – Spring Semester Begins

JAN 29 – FEB 2 – CMS Preview Week!

FEB 10Italian Cheese Rolling Fundraiser

FEB 19-20 – Winter Recess, CMS CLOSED

MARCH 7“Lights, Camera, Action!” Show

MARCH 16Celtic Harp & Guitar Concert

MARCH 30 – Good Friday, CMS CLOSED

APR 7 – Mid-Semester Student Recital

APRIL 10 – Quodlibet Ensemble String Masterclass

APR 16-20 – Spring Recess, CMS CLOSED

APR 27For the Love of Music ~ CMS’s 35th Anniversary Gala

MAY 1 – First Time Fiddlers & String Ensemble in Concert

MAY 9“It’s Saturday!” Show

MAY 12 – Performance Anxiety Workshop

MAY 28 – Memorial Day, CMS CLOSED

JUNE 2, 3, 9, 10 – Spring Semester Recitals

JUNE 25 – Summer Session Begins


Business Office Hours:

Mon – Thurs: 9 a.m. to  7 p.m.

Fri: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


*Last day of lessons varies depending on makeup lessons due – please check with your instructor.

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