Ensembles and Classes2018-11-13T15:01:42+00:00

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Beginner Ensembles for our Youngest Students

Beginner Piano Class will provide an introduction to the piano for students ages 4-6. The class will use electronic keyboards. Students will learn to play simple pieces with one or two hands, and begin to acquire healthy, efficient technique at the piano, all in a fun, collaborative, discovery oriented environment. 30 classes beginning October 4th, 2018.

Class #1: 
Thursday 2:45-3:30PM   
Maria Ramsey, Instructor
Ages 4-5

Class #2:  
Thursday at 4:30-5:30PM
Mara Penatzer, Instructor  
Ages 5-6

Class #3:
Friday 2:45-3:30PM   
Maria Ramsey, Instructor  
Ages 4-5

Class #4:
Friday 3:30-4:30PM  
Maria Ramsey, Instructor  
Ages 5-6

Tuition: $400/year. Tuition pro-rated for students who join mid-year.

Beginner Violin Class: Students will learn the basics of how to play the violin through musical games, songs, and fun yet focused work. The group will learn beginning classical violin pieces by ear as well as some simple fiddle tunes. Each child should have a parent present at each class, as parent involvement is very important to support a child’s musical growth and home practice.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM
Rachael Jones, Instructor
Ages 5-7
Tuition: $400/year. Tuition pro-rated for students who join mid-year.

Bucket Drumming Group: In this introductory percussion class, students use bucket drums to learn the basic concepts of rhythm, drum and stick techniques, and musicality. Students also learn how to listen to others and play in an ensemble.

Thursday 4:30-5:00PM and
Friday 4:00-4:30PM
Jason Arnold, Instructor
Ages 4-7
Tuition: $300/year. Tuition pro-rated for students who join mid-year.

Beginner Ensembles for School-Age Students

Children’s Chorus of Springfield teaches music literacy through singing, cultivates a generation of leaders and ambassadors for Springfield through song, and encourages the active participation of our city’s youth in the Springfield’s vibrant arts community. Participants receive invaluable musical and performance training, learn how to work together, gain self-discipline and control, and become responsible citizens of the world. For more information, click here.

Amelia Nagoski Peterson, Conductor
Saturdays, 12:30-1:30 PM
Grades 3 – 7
Tuition free – $30 registration fee

Youth Chamber Choir welcomes high school students of all ability levels. Participants receive invaluable musical and performance training, learn how to work together, build self-confidence, and develop as a musician. The group focuses on developing intricate harmony, using a wide range of vocal styles and techniques.

Connor Gibbs, Conductor
Saturdays, 11:30AM – 12:30PM
Grades 8 – 12
Tuition free – $30 registration fee

Intermediate Ensembles

STRINGFIELD (formerly CitySounds) is an introductory level orchestra for string students who are increasing their comfort level reading music. In order to participate, students must receive a recommendation from their music teacher and should be able to play pieces comparable to the Bach Minuets at the end of Suzuki Book 1. Stringfield musicians join together with their String City colleagues for activities and at least two performances per year.

Marty Knieriem, Instructor
Thursdays 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tuition: $400/year, pro-rating available

Voices Singing Group is a contemporary singing group for young women and men interested in developing their skill set in the stylings of pop, rock, jazz, blues, r&b, country and more, arranged for two to four part harmony. Areas of exploration include but are not limited to, vocal blend, harmonization, proper vocal care and technique, and ear training. All members of Voices have the opportunity to contribute to song selection, and perform in the extraordinary Robyn Newhouse Hall.  All experience levels are warmly welcomed!

Mara Levi, Director
Ages 10-17
Mondays 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Tuition: $550/year

Advanced Ensembles

Voices Senior Scholarship Ensemble is open to students who show exceptional vocal ability. Students chosen for this ensemble must be members of Voices Singing Group for one year and have demonstrated a commitment through steady attendance.

Mara Levi, Director
Ages 10-17
Mondays 6:30-7:30pm
Tuition free based on audition

String City Orchestra is an advanced chamber orchestra that gives students the opportunity to rehearse and perform with other fine young musicians. The program provides a level of training that enables young string players to master challenging repertoire as well as a rewarding experience playing with others. Students are required to study privately or receive a recommendation from their music teacher in order to participate. For a full description, CLICK HERE.

Marty Knieriem, Instructor
Ages 12-18
Tuesdays 5:15-6:30pm
Tuition free; audition required

Youth Wind Ensemble of Springfield (YWES) brings together the most outstanding wind, brass and percussion students from communities and schools in the greater Springfield area to create a premier honors ensemble. YWES is open to students in grades 8-12 and uses standard wind ensemble instrumentation. Our goal is to provide students with an aesthetic, artistic experience to supplement their school band experience. Students are exposed to challenging repertoire that meet the needs of musicians who aspire to advance their musical skills. The group showcases its hard work in a series of concerts throughout the year. The focus of YWES is on developing high level musical leadership skills and artistry that students can bring back to their respective school programs and ensembles. Through this purpose, students in YWES give back to their own school ensembles while growing their own individual musicianship. For a full description, CLICK HERE.

Chris Moehringer, Conductor and Music Director
Grades 8-12
Saturdays 10:00AM to 12:00pm
$300 for full year; free if student is enrolled in lessons at CMSS.
To determine eligibility please fill out the registration form.

Charles Majid Greenlee (CMG) Jazz Ensemble is an advanced ensemble offered to outstanding high school music students. 

Charles Majid Greenlee (CMG) Jazz Ensemble is directed by Steve Moser, CMSS piano faculty.  The ensemble honors the memory of former CMSS instructor and trombonist, Charles Majid Greenlee. CMG would best be described as a small jazz orchestra.  Rather than just reading from Real Books and “jamming”, the ensemble works from written arrangements – which prominently feature vocals and horn section.  All arrangements do have space provided for improvisation.  The styles of music covered usually range from traditional jazz instrumentals to the American Standards Songbook – but also included is some Latin jazz, R&B, soul and funk. Members of the CMG Jazz Ensembles will serve as ambassadors for CMSS, performing for major events in the Springfield area and in Robyn Newhouse Hall. The workshops will cover rehearsals, jazz improvisation, practical music theory, stylistic analysis and interpretation, listening sessions and jazz history.

A command of your instrument and good reading skills are required. Improvisational skills are not necessary. Instrumentation: Vocals, Saxophones (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone), Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Guitar, Bass and Drums.

Steve Moser, Director
Grades 9-12
Thursdays 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Tuition free, based on audition, for students currently enrolled in private lessons at CMSS and students attending Springfield High School of Science & Technology and High School of Commerce. Financial aid is offered to other students based on merit and need.
To schedule an appointment to audition, call CMSS at 413-732-8428.

Chamber Music Program places students into small ensembles that work together weekly with a faculty coach and perform without a conductor. These ensembles could range from string quartets to piano four-hands to wind trios—the make-up of the program will depend on which students audition. Chamber music presents unique challenges. Students learn how their individual part contributes to the whole, while listening to their fellow ensemble members.
Please contact Brooke Hopkins, Director of Enrollment, for details and audition information: 413-732-8428, ext. 104