WCCMA seeks Holiday Choir Singers and Section Leaders

The West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts is pleased to announce an update to their Choir program and offers an invitation for interested participant to join.

The WCCMA’s Holiday Choir program began in 2017 as a pick-up and low-rehearsal choir to increase opportunities for community singing in the Claremont, southern Upper Valley NH/VT region. WCCMA collaborates with Claremont Parks and Recreation, New England Classical Academy, and Union – St. Luke’s Church in Claremont. Repertoire consists of secular and sacred music of the season, and is led by WCCMA’s Executive and Artistic Director Melissa Richmond. This year the program will transition to a student and community program with professional section leaders so that music students and community singers may learn from professional singers in their voice types, providing a richly rewarding musical and educational experience. Members of the choir will be auditioned with the expectation that anyone interested in musical growth and enrichment will be welcomed. This program may expand and will be significantly shaped based on the input of this seasons participants.

WCCMA has open positions for all Section Leaders (SATB) as well as open sign ups for the choir going on now, visit http://www.wcc-ma.org/jobs. Deadlines for applications to the Section Leader roles are November 11th, and we encourage choir participants to sign up by November 12th. An honorarium of a minimum of $50 for perfect attendance will be offered to all participating music students and youth. 

Dates for the 2019 Season includes:

  • Friday, November 29th, 5:45pm, Community Caroling as a pick up choir at Park Lighting, in collaboration with Claremont Parks and Recreation
  • Thursday December 19th, 6:30pm Sing a Joyful Christmas Sing Along event, in collaboration with New England Classical Academy
  • Tuesday, December 24th, 7pm Christmas Eve Community Service, in collaboration with Union Church
  • Sunday, December 29th, 10am Service of Lessons and Carols in collaboration with Union Church

The West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts is a non-profit located in Claremont NH and serving the larger NH/VT Upper Valley region. Our mission is to bring professional music and arts experiences, diverse musicians, and educational opportunity to the underserved and low-income community of Claremont NH, and wider Upper Valley region. We are committed to offering performances and workshops without charge, enabling everyone in the community to access the arts and their benefits. For more information about WCCMA and their programs visit wcc-ma.org

Sunday in Windsor: Newmont Military Band Concert

Newmont Military Band Concert

October 20, 2019 @ 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM at Windsor Common

Join us on Oct. 20th at 2:30 PM on the Windsor Common. The West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts in collaboration with the American Precision Museum of Windsor VT will host a concert by the Newmont Military Band, www.newmontmilitaryband.org. This free concert will be performed on late 19th century musical instruments using original arrangements, and will feature the music of Sousa, Von Suppe, and Bizet. In addition, you will be treated to works of two Vermont natives, Ezra and Eugene Bagley. Donations at this event support the youth and community programs for the WCCMA. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the American Precision Museum in Windsor VT.

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HopStop Family Show: Movie Time

November 16, 2019 @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Claremont Savings Bank Community Center

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales From the creators of the Academy Award-nominated Ernest & Celestine another hilarious, heartwarming tale of animal misfits destined to become a classic. The countryside isn’t always as calm and peaceful as it’s made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus. If you think life in the country is a walk in the park, think again! Directors Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert adapt Renner’s own acclaimed graphic novel into a delirious, delightful triptych of interlocking stories, with a pacing and visual spontaneity that harkens back to classic Looney Tunes shorts and slapstick two-reelers. But underneath the gags (and there are plenty of them), the three stories offer a sensitive and beautiful portrayal of family and the anxieties of modern life.

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Instruments Needed!

Instruments needed! Local schools are just beginning their band programs and we are in need of a few more instruments to make sure that all local students can participate if they would like. At this time we are looking for: 1 Baritone Horn, 3 Alto Saxophones. If you have an extra instrument that you can donate please contact us. WCCMA loans instruments to local music programs for students who would not otherwise be able to study an instrument. Contact: melissa@wcc-ma.org

There is a waiting list for these instruments and instruction has begun. Help us get these students started ASAP!

For more information about the Instruments for Inspiration program visit: wcc-ma.org/donate