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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Performance Anxiety Workshop for Musicians


Saturday, June 3rd, 3:00-5:00PM
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.”

To Register for the Performance Anxiety Workshop:

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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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