Attention Musicians! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

Coming up this coming weekend is the Bach and Beyond: Improv and Composition Workshop. If you are an intermediate level student (approximately 8th grade level, you’ll want to be comfortable with your instrument) through to professional musicians (we’ll have 2 groups), this workshop is for you. If this is not you, but you know someone that would fit that description, please share this with them!

You will have the opportunity to work with brilliant world class musicians Dinuk Wijeratne and Nick Halley, all in a friendly and educational setting. This is a pilot program, and we would love for you to be a part of shaping this project for future musicians from all over North America. This will be an inspiring project, with lots of great local musicians participating. You’ll be able to decide if there’s one area that you’d like to focus on, and get particular attention in that area if you choose.

Check out the full listing for more info on how it will work HERE

If you are not able to attend all 3 days, or are unable to pay the suggested fee, we’d still like to open this project up to you. If you’d like to be a semi-auditor, please also contact us. Email to sign up.

This Weekend’s 250th Events!

You don’t want to miss out on this full weekend of events!

Lecture by Dr. Mark Harvey
October 25th, 2014, 6:30pm
The Moody Building Conference Room,
24 Opera House Sq,
Claremont, NH 03743

A part of Claremont’s 250th celebration: SWINGIN’ ALONG, a talk with recorded musical illustrations, will survey a century of developments in large ensemble jazz.  From Fletcher Henderson’s pioneering 1920s band to the later Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, the many sounds and styles of big bands will be explored.   As a local tie-in, music by the Tommy Dorsey and Duke Ellington Orchestras that once performed at the Claremont Roseland Crystal Ballroom will be heard as well.  This promises to be an enjoyable and informative tour through an important part of the jazz tradition.

Mark Harvey is the founder/music director of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra and teaches jazz studies at MIT.  He has lectured throughout the United States on jazz and other subjects at colleges, universities, and conferences, including the New England Conservatory of Music, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, San Diego State University, and the 17th International Duke Ellington Conference.   His essays and articles on jazz have been published as book chapters and in leading journals and anthologies.   With Aardvark, he has presented the music of many luminaries, spanning many decades of the jazz experience.

For guaranteed seating, contact This program is made possible by the Claremont 250th Celebration Committee, and is facilitated by the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts. For more information visit: or

Claremont 250th Sculpture Lighting and Birthday Concert
Big Band Panorama: Swing Era Classics to Modern Gems
with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Sunday, October 26, 2014
4:00pm Performance at Claremont Opera House
5:30pm Q&A with Dr. Harvey (smaller font)
Reception to follow on the Visitor’s Green
7:00pm Sculpture Lighting Ceremony
at the Visitor’s Green – North Street

Doors open at the Opera House at 3:30pm. Come early to guarantee a seat. Admission is free, donations appreciated.


Flute Workshop and Techniques Demonstration with Peter H. Bloom
Monday, October 27th, 4pm – 6pm
Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH
Suggested Donation $10

Expert Flautist Peter H. Bloom of Boston will participate in a workshop and advanced techniques demonstration as part of this special program by the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts. Flautists from beginner students to advanced are invited to sign up to play for Peter (spaces are limited, an additional donation of $10 is suggested for performers) or just come to watch.  Then a demonstration of extended techniques will be offered. All are invited to attend, you don’t have to be a flute player to find this program interesting and educational. For more information or to reserve a spot:

Magic workshop, and call for artists!

We are gearing up for a very busy fall! Here are a few upcoming events below. Our upcoming harp workshop is now FULL. If you’d like to be added to the waitlist, or are interested in our December Chrismas Harp workshop, contact us!

Magic for Youth: 4 – week workshop
Starts on October 16th, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Moody Building Conference Room, 2nd Floor
24 Opera House Sq, Claremont
Tuition: $30, Supplies $10
Learn magic from the tips of your fingers all the way to your toes! Instructor Bruce Cronin has performed across the country and loves teaching the next generation of magicians. No experience necessary. For youth 10 – 15. Tuition assistance is available. If you are an adult interested in learning magic, please contact us to be put on our list for upcoming workshops. Registration is required:

2013-11-02 13.17.56smNow Accepting Applications for 4th Annual Local Arts Fair
A part of NH Open Doors – deadline for early application October 15th
Presented by West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts
at Union Church parish hall, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont
$20 for Early applications per space, $25 after Oct 22nd
Vendors are now invited to apply to be a part of this showcase of excellent local talent. Artisans who produce their own products are eligible to apply. The Fair will be held on November 8th, 2011 10-2 pm, November 9th 11-2 pm. Vendors are not required to attend both days, but will not receive a discount for missed days.We will accept artwork and wares for display if you are not able to set up your own booth.NH Open doors ( is an annual statewide arts, food, and lodging event that connects shoppers with local artists. Presented by NH Made, League of NH Craftsmen, and NH Cultural. Our fair will be listed on their webpage and maps, as well as having Nhopendoors signs. For full information and application:

Also, our facility host Union Church is holding their annual Harvest Festival on Saturday October 11th. Please consider helping to support them, money raised help to support the facility (historical church and modern meeting hall) we and several other community groups use for our events. The meal is family style, and the meatballs and pie are to die for. You won’t regret spending your Saturday dinner there for a good cause, or you can get take out. Volunteers are also needed for this event. You can contact us if you are interested.

Harvest Festival Supper at Union Church
October 11th – Seatings at: 5:00PM 5:45PM 6:30PM
Join us in West Claremont for this community celebration, a tradition for over 50 years. Our famous Norwegian Meatballs (which you may have also sampled at the Claremont Farmers’ Market and the Birthday in the Bricks Festival this summer), a huge variety of homemade pies, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, winter squash, and coleslaw served family style.  Adults $10.00, 12 and under $ 3.00, Preschoolers free. Handicap Accessible (via side door). In the Union Church Parish hall, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont NH. Reservations appreciated: 603.542.7209 (leave a message). Walk-ins and take out orders welcome.