Folk Workshop and Fall Classes Announced

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Folk Singing Workshop and chat with Ida Mae Specker

Monday, August 29, 2022 @ 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Online via zoom
Join us for an online folk singing workshop and chat with celebrated musician Ida Mae Specker. No experience is necessary, all ages welcome. This workshop is funded in part by 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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Full Details available at wcc-ma.org/classes

Scholarships Available: Apply Here for the 2022/23 Season

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
Register: https://mamadoubalafon.eventbrite.com
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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!!RENOVATION CLEAN-OUT SALE!!

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
Register: https://claremonttaiko.eventbrite.com

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 
Registration: https://summersingers.eventbrite.com
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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Friday: Globally Inspired Music / Cultivate Your Creative Inner Musician

Dinuk Wijeratne Trio: Effortlessly Blending Classical, World, and Jazz

October 12, 2018 @ 6:30 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

@Union Episcopal Church

The Dinuk Wijeratne Trio performs globally-inspired music effortlessly blending Classical, World, and Jazz. Compositions by Dinuk Wijeratne for piano, upright bass, and percussion. This performance is a part of the Bach Tree Residency program, and is funded in part by a donation from the Byrne Foundation, and by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. WCCMA is committed to barriers free access to great music. Admission is by donation, the suggested freewill contribution is $20 for Adults, $30 for Families, or pay what you can. For more information about WCCMA visit wcc-ma.org.

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Workshop: The Bach Tree – Cultivating Creative and Collaborative Musicians

October 12 – 14, 2018 at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

@Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH

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Step far beyond the musical page to develop your creative and collaborative skills and amplify your craft. This program is for the spectrum of musicians: students of intermediate ability (middle school music education),

In this program you will work with internationally acclaimed and well-travelled musicians Dinuk Wijeratne and Nick Halley. An intensive workshop using the extraordinary Bach Canons as a foundation for performance, composition and improvisation, with an aim to broaden the skill set and imaginations of all participants. This program will combine group and one-on-one learning tailored to the individual’s goals and interests including styles of improvisation, composition, and performance techniques. Participants will work on elements of their project in-between meeting times, and the program will culminate in a showcase presenting work created in this weekend workshop. Questions? contact melissa@wcc-ma.org Times for this workshop will be set based on participant groups, and generally consist of 2-3 hours per day for each group.

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

Registration is via the Bach Tree page

Rhythm Workshop: Held at 1:30 on Saturday Oct 13th

 This is open to musicians of any level (ages 10 and up), and is an off the page exploration of types of complex rhythm; great for young musicians! You can also register for this workshop separately via the Bach Tree page.

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