Kick off the Summer with with the Arts this weekend!

This weekend is a busy one for us, and we hope to see you for some fantastic events!

Due to circumstances beyond our control the Friday June 24th violin concert by Alessandro Cazzato at WCCMA is cancelled. Please join us for our next performance on July 9th at 7pm for Qais Essar, rabab, and Amit Kavthekar, tabla, for their contemporary approach to the classical music of Afghanistan, and a rare opportunity to experience these fascinating instruments.

Thursday: Rehearsal begin for the Claremont American Band – First concert June 30th on the Bandstand

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Directed by Ed Evensen, a program of Claremont Parks and Recreation

Info hosted by WCCMA can be found here






Saturday: Help support our facility with delicious food!

StrawberryFestival2016Strawberry Festival at Union Church
Saturday June 25
Union Episcopal Church Hall, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont

A tradition for over 60 years. Come enjoy homemade Norwegian meatballs from our secret recipe, and fresh strawberry shortcake with NH strawberries. The meal is served family style, and also includes homemade mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, beets, and coleslaw. Coffee, tea, milk, and other beverages are served. Orders for take out meals are welcome. Three seatings are available: 5PM, 5:45PM, 6:30PM

Adults: $10.00
12 and under: $5.00
Preschoolers FREE

Sunday: WCCMA’s Youth Voices student ensemble performs at the Unveiling of the Standing Lincoln at St. Gaudens

Saint Gaudens Historical Site in Cornish has a wonderful afternoon of activities and an unveiling of the new 12 foot Lincoln Statue! The ceremony begins at 2pm (some activities begin earlier). For more information visit:

WCCMA is thrilled to be a part of this celebration, and has gathered a wonderful ensemble of young singers and instrumentalists to perform “America the Beautiful” in honor of the occasion. Directed by Melissa Richmond, with professional support from vocalist Angela Biggs, and accompanist Chris Cheon, the ensemble includes 8 students from across the region. With thanks to our participants:

Youth Voices Ensemble
Matthew Eagan
Amanda Paccione
Sydney Paccione
Bethany Perry
Nora Perry
Caitlin Reichert

Riley McFarland and Mariauna King, flutes

with Chris Cheon, guitar
Angela Biggs, vocal advisor
and Melissa Richmond, director

Last day for cookies at the Holiday Bazaar!

We have a record 9 entries in the this year’s cookie competition and we need you to help us crown the winner! Join us today by 1:30 (the Bazaar and Cookie Sale continues until 2pm) to sample cookies and vote for your favorite.

Check out more photos from the cookie table here:

and of the entire bazaar here:


Season of Thanks: Community and Food (#GivingTuesday)

This is the second post in our new series, the Season of Thanks, we’ll be posting 1-2 times per week through New Years Day to share with you why we are thankful for you! Please consider making a donation to support our continued work in the community, click here

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Cookies and baked goods for sale at a past baking competition

As we prepare for this weekend’s 5th Annual Baking Competition, being held at Union Church’s Holiday Bazaar and Luncheon, we are reflecting on the joy of community and gathering around food.


Melissa Richmond, ED and teacher, with flute students Hayley and Riley after performing at the annual Firehouse 6 Concert

A part of our community is the people who spend so many hours of their time making music together, making art for the public, volunteering, baking, cooking, and making a financial contribution to us. They are the heart of WCCMA, you are the heart of WCCMA. If you would like to make a contribution in any amount for #GivingTuesday or any day of the year, you can click Here. Even a few dollars makes a difference.

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Baking competitors on display for sampling and voting, yum!

People tend to gather around food, and that is certainly the case at WCCMA! We love exploring the culinary arts with you and the community. Whether it is welcoming those from the community into the Baking Competition, enjoying a meal with musicians at our performances, or having you bring home a piece of that love with you by purchasing cookies to share with your family.


Luncheon at the Spring Tea Party.

We are so grateful to have the wonderful people on the board of the WCCMA and our volunteers that tirelessly cook, and bake with love for our major fundraisers. And for the support of Hannaford Supermarket for being such wonderful community supporters of our events (including providing some much needed veggies for the table!)


Friends and Community Members enjoying the Spring Tea and Luncheon

Although food is an important element in our year, with fundraisers including the Spring Tea and Luncheon, the Multicultural Buffet, the Baking Competition and Sale, and the lunch at our annual Artisan fair, what it’s really about is community and togetherness.


Weaving the ribbons of the maypole

Great things happen when we work together! Will you consider making a donation to support our work together in the community?

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The Drawing Club decorating houses for the 2015 Holiday Bazaar


The Newmont Military Band gather from all across New England to rehearse at the Union Church Hall, and each year they offer a benefit concert for WCCMA’s Youth Programs.


Students from the Stevens High School band participate in the recital of Burlington Taiko’s Residency participants.

We as a community just love to see local youth involved, and it is especially wonderful when they perform. This is all possible because of your support of WCCMA performances and education programs.


Piano student Adelyn participates in a masterclass with Mary Jane Rupert.

With your support not only do participants in our programs learn directly from teachers, but also from others in their community of student musicians. They perform for each other, help each other, and participate in a caring community.


Community members gather for a post concert discussion by organist Rhonda Sider Edgington

Not only does your contribution make professional musicians available to students, but to you as well. After performances, while the experiences is still sizzling in our hearts and minds, the audiences are invited to gather for post performances chats, Q & As, cookies, and conversation.


A full house at the Yankee Brass Band’s performance.

Your support makes the performances happen – it really is vital to that piece – but just as importantly you make the performances available not only for yourself, but for your neighbors. With your donations we can continue the mission of offering outstanding music performances with not required admission. That means that you are making it possible for that struggling single mom to bring her kids to the concert, or that curious high school student whose family may not have the extra funds for a concert ticket.


The delicious spread provided by WCCMA volunteers, talented cake maker and decorators (Rhonda and Ashley) and 2 chefs (Jim and Alex) in honor of our 5th Anniversary in 2012

So grab a plate, pull up a chair, and please consider joining our table of donors. You can make a donation by clicking here, or you can join us this weekend on Sat-Sun (Dec 5-6) at the Baking Competition and Sale at the Holiday Bazaar and leave a contribution there. We’ll save you a seat. 🙂