Ukulele Workshop for Beginners with John Birt

For ages 8+ and adults! 

Learn the fundamentals of the ukulele in a group program dedicated to the absolute beginner!

Saturday, May 19th, 1-3pm @ Community Music School, Studio 8

Tuition (without instrument): $42

Tuition including new ukulele: $77


Includes an overview of the instrument, tuning basics, fundamental chords and strumming, and an introduction to note reading using the Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 1 (book included with tuition).

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Cornhole Charity Challenge

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CMS Recital Schedule

CMS  Recital Venues

(Spring 2018 venues in bold.)

CMS, 90 Main St., Centerbrook 06409

CMS (East Lyme), 179 Flanders Rd., Niantic 06357

Centerbrook Meeting House, 51 Main St., Centerbrook  06409

Trinity Lutheran Church, 109 Main St., Centerbrook 06409

First Congregational Church of Essex, 6 Methodist Hill, Essex  06426

**Please refer back to this page for updates to the recital schedule **



Saturday, June 2

10:00am: Joni Gage (piano & voice) @ Centerbrook Meetinghouse****

11:30am: Adele Huffman, Matt Massaro @ Centerbrook Meeting House

2:00pm: Patricia Hurley, Andrew Janes, Nathan Pawelek @ Centerbrook Meeting House

1:00pm & 2:30pm: Shari Wilcox @ First Congregational Church of Essex****

****Students of Joni Gage: please confirm recital date with instructor.

****Students of Shari Wilcox: please confirm recital time with instructor.


Sunday, June 3

2:00pm: Amy Buckley, Ling-Fei Kang, Corey Johnson @ Centerbrook Meeting House

 Saturday, June 9

9:00am: Andy Sherwood @ Centerbrook Meeting House

10:30am: Chris Coyle, Audrey Estelle, Matt McCauley @ Centerbrook Meeting House

1:00pm: Martha Herrle @ Centerbrook Meeting House

3:00pm: Marianna Kiss @ Centerbrook Meeting House

3:00pm: Studio 24 Adult Performance Class/Directed by Shari Wilcox @ First Congregational Church of Essex


Sunday, June 10

11:00am: Joni Gage (piano & voice) @ Centerbrook Meeting House****

1:00pm: John Birt, Kevin O’Neil @ Centerbrook Meeting House

****Students of Joni Gage: please confirm recital date with instructor.


Tuesday, June 12

6:30pm: CMS Adult Musicale @ Centerbrook Meeting House

7:00pm: Cheryl Six, Marty Wirt, Tutti Flutie Flute Ensemble directed by Cheryl Six @ East Lyme Campus


Thursday, June 14

6:30pm: Thomas Briggs @ Centerbrook Meeting House



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Counselor-In-Training Program

Kate’s Camp for Kids is currently accepting applications for the Counselor-In-Training Program. The program provides an educational summer camp experience for students ages 13 to 15 years old with a passion for the arts. CIT participants will be mentored by camp staff, receive training for leading younger campers, and work with teaching artists in various arts disciplines. CITs have the opportunity to take part in visual arts, dance, musical theater, videography and costume making. At the completion of a two-week session, CIT’s will receive a certificate for participating in the program and a letter of reference. Download the application. For additional information about Kate’s Camp for Kids, please visit the camp webpage.

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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 10Quodlibet Ensemble String Masterclass

APR 16-20 – Spring Recess, CMS CLOSED

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

APR 29 – Fantastic Fiddlers Concert

MAY 1String Ensemble Concert

MAY 9“It’s Saturday!” Show

MAY 12 – Performance Anxiety Workshop

MAY 19  Ukulele Workshop for Beginners

MAY 28 – Memorial Day, CMS CLOSED

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

JUNE 8Cornhole Charity Challenge

JUNE 12 – Adult Musicale

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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