Renovation Sale, Music Workshops – upcoming events!

Traditional music on the West African Balafon with Mamadou Diabaté

May 26, 2022 @ 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church

Traditional music on the West African Balafon with Mamadou Diabaté 
May 26, 2022 – 4:30pm – 6:30pm Free for students, suggested donation $10 for Adults
Location: (In Person) West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH; Online option via Zoom
Come learn about traditional music on the balafon, a West African xylophone! Mamadou Diabate, a grandmaster of the balafon from Burkina Faso, will share his music and offer a chance to play along. Other percussion instruments welcome! The workshop will be outdoors, weather permitting. If indoors please bring your mask. 

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May 28, 2022 @ 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at 56 OPERA HOUSE SQUARE, CLAREMONT, NH

!!RENOVATION CLEAN-OUT SALE!!  SATURDAY, MAY 28 FROM 9AM – 2PM 56 OPERA HOUSE SQUARE, CLAREMONT, NH (The old Claremont National Bank and Pleasant Restaurant) In anticipation of the start of renovation for WCCMA’s Claremont Creative Center, come buy yourself a little piece of the old Pleasant Restaurant. Most everything left in the building is available — Remainder Construction Materials (bags of concrete, 2x10s, wood, plywood), Restaurant Chairs, Vintage and Brand New Doors, Radiators, Ceiling Fans, Household Items, and more!  All items are sold “as is”.  Some items need to be deconstructed (wood wall, stairs, etc.). All items must be removed by purchaser in coordination with the onsite staff by 2pm on Saturday.  All items are for sale by reasonable offer. Cash or Check only please.

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Japanese Taiko Workshop

June 1, 6, 7, 2022 @ 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church

Japanese Taiko Workshop 
June 1, 6, 7 6:30 pm – 8pm
Suggested Donation: $20 for students, $30 for adults, $40 for families
Location: West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH

Join this 3-day series of workshop sessions with Claremont’s Taiko Club! All are welcome, whether new to taiko, or building on skills from past years. Participants will be invited to participate in workshops and a performance in the fall. This workshop will be held outside, weather permitting, or indoors with mask. Ideal for ages 10 and up, and adults, but we welcome you to contact us to see about younger participants. This event is funded in part by the NH State Council on the Arts and the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

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Summer Singers Troupe

June 10, 2022 at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church

 June – August
Location: West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH 
Deadline: Please register by June 10th
Registration fee: Suggested donation of $35 for adults, $20 for students. Includes registration for group rehearsals and guest artist workshops (2-3).

A fun formation of new community vocal prowess. Join us for the next step on your vocal journey, whether you are new to singing or sing all the time. Over the course of this summer we will build skills and explore our voices. Together we will have fun singing a wide variety of musics (from fun to serious; secular to folk to sacred). Visiting artists will teach us about different singing styles and vocal techniques to make us better individual and group singers. Then in the fall you will be invited to join the group for weekly rehearsals, leadership opportunities, and community concerts This program will be held most weeks (approximately 8) throughout the summer months, primarily on weekday evenings, but with occasional weekend opportunities. Throughout the course of this program we will monitor the community transmission levels of COVID19, and rehearsals may require masks or be held outdoors depending on local conditions.  Program includes:

  • 2 weeknight rehearsals per month to learn music as a group.
  • 2-3 special workshops with singers from around the world to learn about specific music traditions.

Directed by Melissa Richmond and Tim Cohen

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Tomorrow! Benefit for the Claremont Creative Center

Pianist Sally Pinkas and Clarinetist Jan Halloran play 10/30/21 in Claremont, NH

Join us on October 30th, at 3pm, at the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts (WCCMA) as we present a special concert featuring pianist, Sally Pinkas, and clarinetist Jan Halloran. This fundraiser event supports the construction and realization of West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts’ new, permanent home, in downtown Claremont, NH. The concert itself takes place in the parish hall, at Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH. The WCCMA’s new downtown home is not just a home for the WCCMA, but a home for the incubation, growth, and celebration of the arts for Claremont. We need you, as members of our community, to help us make this new home a reality, as we build for a bright future!

There are a very limited number of seats available in the concert hall, itself (for folks who are vaccinated, and masked). Online viewing passes are also available, and all tickets give you on-demand access to the concert after broadcast. Tickets are $110/per person, for in-hall seating, and $40/per person, for online viewing access, to support the arts center. Tickets are available through

We are also delighted to share that all funds raised from this event (and all events supporting the WCCMA Homecoming Capital Campaign) will be matched at 50% by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation up to $200,000. This means that the generosity of your contribution is amplified by theirs, bringing us even closer to our goal.

Reserve your tickets for the Spring Tea and Luncheon!

The weather report is calling for a beautiful spring day on Saturday, and there are still a few tickets left for the spring tea and luncheon. What better way to spend a spring day than with live music, a cupcake bar, a delicious lunch spread, prizes and more? Don’t forget to bring your spring hat for the hat parade, and get ready to join in the Maypole dancing (weather permitting) at the end of the event. Live music will be provided by Angela Biggs, soprano, Kirsten Becker, piano, and students from the studio of Angela Biggs.

A big thank you to Century 21 Highview Realty for sponsoring our event and making live music possible! The Cupcake Bar is sponsored by the Hanover League of NH Craftsmen, and the Luncheon is sponsored by Hanford Supermarket in Claremont and the board and friends of WCCMA.Doors open at 11:30, and the event officially begins at 12:00pm.

Tickets are $15 for Adults, $10 for Students. Make sure to reserve your ticket in advance, seating is limited! It’s quick and easy at Eventbrite: