Performance Anxiety Workshop for Musicians


Wednesday, May 3rd, 7-9pm
at the Community Music School, Studio 8
$30 Per Person. For students of all ages and open to the public!

Butterflies…trembling hands…racing heart… Sound familiar? Are you a musician who struggles with stage fright? Then you won’t want to miss this workshop. We will be looking at the roots of performance anxiety, the common symptoms, the most popular remedies, and tricks, tips and techniques that you have probably never heard of! This is your opportunity to listen, learn, and share with other musicians. You will leave feeling hopeful and prepared to tackle your performance anxiety head on.

About Cheryl Six

Cheryl Six is an active performing flutist and instructor, specializing on piccolo. Cheryl served as piccolo player in the US Coast Guard Band from 1977 until her retirement in 2007, and currently performs with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held for over 35 years. In addition, Cheryl is often heard in the flute sections of the Salt Marsh Opera, the Con Brio Choral Society Orchestra, and other Connecticut ensembles.
After retiring from the US Coast Guard Band, Cheryl pursued a life-long interest in hypnosis and received a certification in Hypnotherapy in 2008. In 2012 Cheryl completed a Masters Degree in Holistic Thinking with a focus and culminating project on “Insights into the Use of Hypnosis for Musical Performance Anxiety.”

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Argus Quartet Master Class for Strings

Presented by Community Music School and Essex Winter Series

Monday, May 8th at 4:00PM
Centerbrook Meetinghouse, 51 Main Street, Centerbrook

The Argus Quartet will offer advice on technique and performance for student musicians who will each play during the class.

The Argus Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 and is receiving invitations from concert series throughout the United States and abroad. Recent performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Laguna Beach Live!, the Hear Now Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the Birdfoot Festival, and the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam. This season also includes performances with the Brentano Quartet and clarinetist David Shifrin at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Oneppo Chamber Series, and Carnegie Hall. The Argus Quartet will serve as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet in Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts during the 2016-17 season.

Argus is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through innovative concerts and diverse repertoire – connecting with and building up a community of engaged listeners is at the core of the quartet’s mission. The quartet also believes that today’s ensembles can honor the storied chamber music traditions of our past while forging a new path forward. In that spirit, their repertoire includes not just staples of the chamber music canon but also a large number of pieces by living composers.

To learn more about the Argus Quartet, visit their website:

Open to the public, however, reservations are requested, 860-767-0026.


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CMS Travel Raffle

Buy your ticket now – drawing closes at 3 pm on 4/22/17! 

Want more info? Click here to view the resort’s website!

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Swing! A swingin’ spring benefit for CMS

Community Music School Gala 2017


Saturday, April 22 at 6pm
The Lace Factory, 161 River Street, Deep River

Community Music School’s largest annual fundraiser is the CMS Gala and this year we’ll transport guests back to the 30’s and 40’s with “Swing! A swingin’ spring benefit for the Community Music School.” The greatest hits of the swing era will be performed by faculty and students. Don’t forget your dancing shoes so you can learn to jitterbug, lindy hop and boogie woogie during the night! The event takes place in Deep River at The Lace Factory and includes a lively cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres and silent auction. The party continues with gourmet food stations and fabulous musical entertainment provided by CMS faculty and students. 

Featured faculty, student performers & guests: Music Director Tom Briggs , Joni Gage, Patricia Hurley, Andrew Janes, Barbara Malinsky, Matt McCauley, Kevin O’Neil, Courtney Parrish, Gary Ribchinsky, Andy Sherwood, 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.

Click here to purchase a raffle ticket in support of the event!


Event tickets include hors d’oeuvres, gourmet food stations, wine and beer, live music, and dancing. Click here to view the menu.

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Gold Sponsors:

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        Great Hill


Silver Sponsors:

Angelini Wine clark Rings End


Bronze Sponsors:

ALEXA Brewer Pilots Point ESB_Oval
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Reynolds Safety Zone

Program Advertisers:

Andre Prost
C&S Cleaning LLC
Gull Associates, Inc.
Nathan L. Jacobson & Associates
Hudson & Kilby LLC
Middletown Ceramic Tile
Quality Care Drug
RiverQuest – CT River Expeditions
Shoreline Eye Group
Sullivan Lawn Services
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
Total Design Source

Auction Donors:

Alforno Trattoria
Andre Prost, Inc.
Atlantic Seafood Market
Camp Hazen YMCA
Carolyn Vallee

Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut
Classe Audio, Inc.
Connecticut River Museum
Cortland Park
Cozy Nail & Spa

Deep River Jewelry Design
Dooney & Bourke, Inc.
Essex Dermatology, LLC
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Godiva Chocolatier

Ivoryton Playhouse
J. Alden Clothiers
Liv’s Oyster Bar
Luigi’s Restaurant
Mohegan Sun
Mystic Seaport Museum of America

Newbury Place
Pasta Vita
Rob Rivers The Salon & Spa
Saybrook Point Inn
Shore Discount Liquors
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
Toys Ahoy! The Village Toy Store
True Massage Therapy
Water’s Edge Resort & Spa
Zhang’s Food of Asia

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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 3 Performance Anxiety Workshop

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 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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