Musical Masterworks & CMS Announce New Scholarship

Musical Masterworks and Community Music School are pleased to announce a new scholarship to honor the memory of Nancy D. Thomas.   Nancy was a well-known and beloved piano instructor with Community Music School for 30 years and initiated the Kindermusik program and Kate’s Camp for Kids at CMS.  She influenced the lives of many young musicians and inspired their talents.  “We are thrilled to provide an additional opportunity for young people to study music through this new endeavor and are so honored to have Musical Masterworks by our side in this partnership,” said Abigail Nickell, Executive Director of Community Music School.

Nancy also was on the staff of Musical Masterworks for almost 25 years.  She was fastidious in her responsibilities working with the pianists on stage and was well loved by all.  “Nancy was an indispensable part of Musical Masterworks.  We are delighted to partner with her beloved Community Music School in establishing this scholarship in her name so that more young people can discover the power of music in their lives. We believe this would have pleased Nancy immensely,” said Alden Rockwell Murphy, President of Musical Masterworks.

Community Music School and Musical Masterworks are pleased to honor her memory with the Musical Masterworks Scholarship in Honor of Nancy D. Thomas which will provide the tuition for a middle school student to take music lessons, 30 minutes each, for one full year at Community Music School.  The scholarship will be awarded annually for the next five years.  To be eligible, the candidate must be a student of classical voice or instrumental music and reside in Middlesex County or New London County.

Interested students must complete an application and submit an audio recording of two pieces of classical music in contrasting styles as well as a written recommendation.  A three-member jury comprised of representatives of both Community Music School and Masterworks will review applications.

The application deadline for the scholarship is June 16, 2017, and the scholarship recipients will be notified mid-summer. To learn more and to get an application, please click here.

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CMS Recital Schedule

CMS  Recital Venues


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

United Church of Chester, 29 West Main St., Chester  06412

Main Street Park Gazebo, Main St., Essex 06426



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



Wednesday, May 31

7:00pm: CMS Jazz Ensemble directed by Tom Briggs @ Community Music School, Studio #8



Saturday,  June 3

9:00am: Andrew Sherwood @  Centerbrook Meeting House

12:00pm: Chris Coyle, Audrey Estelle, Matt McCauley @ Centerbrook Meeting House

2:00pm: Russ Becker @ Centerbrook Meeting House

10:00am: Martha Herrle @ Trinity Lutheran Church

2:00pm: Patricia Hurley, Andrew Janes, Nathan Pawelek @ Trinity Lutheran Church



Sunday,  June 4

11:00am: Marilyn Lazare, Matt Massaro @ Community Music School, Studio #24

2:00pm: John Birt @ Trinity Lutheran Church

4:00pm: Concert in the Park featuring The New Horizons Band, CMS Jazz Band, & The Hilltop Four @ Main Street Park



Saturday, June 10

10:00am: Tom Briggs @ Centerbrook Meeting House

12:30: Adele Huffman, Danielle Muschinksy @ Centerbrook Meeting House

11:00am: Joni Gage (Piano) @ Trinity Lutheran Church

1:00pm: Kevin O’Neil, Joni Gage (Voice) @ Trinity Lutheran Church

4:00pm: Marianna Kiss @ Trinity Lutheran Church

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

2:30pm: Shari Wilcox, Johanna Lamb @ First Congregational Church of Essex**

**Students of Shari Wilcox: Please confirm recital time with Ms. Wilcox 



Sunday, June 11

11:30am: Karli Gilbertson @ United Church of Chester

5:00pm: Greta Moorhead, Cheryl Six @ Centerbrook Meeting House


Tuesday, June 13

7:00pm: Adult Musicale @ Centerbrook Meeting House



Tuesday, June 20

7:00pm: Studio 24 Adult Performance Group directed by Shari Wilcox @ First Congregational Church of Essex






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East Lyme Satellite Building

New Satellite Site in East Lyme!

East Lyme Satellite Building

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve expanded our programming to a satellite location in East Lyme!  The new site offers private instruction in a variety of instruments for students of all ages, as well as several beginner group classes, chamber music ensembles, music therapy, and our popular Kindermusik program for babies and toddlers.  The satellite site is located in a beautiful new building with easy access and ample parking at 179 Flanders Road in East Lyme, on the second floor of the Kumon Center.  Call our office at (860)767-0026 to register for lessons!

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Spring 2017 Calendar


Piano class


JAN 30   Spring Semester Begins

JAN 30-FEB 3   CMS Open House Week

FEB 20-21 Winter Recess, CMS CLOSED

APR 1   Mid-Semester Recital

APR 10-15  Spring Recess, CMS CLOSED

APR 22   CMS Gala: Swing! A swingin’ spring benefit for CMS

APR 26  ARF! Performance

MAY 2   Sinfonia and String Ensemble in Concert

MAY 8 Argus Quartet Masterclass

MAY 29   Memorial Day, CMS CLOSED

MAY 31  Jazz Ensemble Concert

JUNE 3, 4, 10, 11   Spring Semester Recitals

JUNE 3 Performance Anxiety Workshop

JUNE 4  Concert in the Park

JUNE 13 CMS Adult Musicale

JUNE 26   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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