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Exceptional resource for music education

This past weekend I was delighted to attend the statewide National Association of Teachers of Singing competition at the Concord Community Music School. The competition was held primarily to celebrate and recognize New Hampshire youth, ages 14-19, who have been studying vocal music — specifically songs from musical theater. What a treat it was to hear those kids sing! It made me realize, once again, how fortunate we are to have such an exceptional resource for music education right here in our community. Indeed, half of the finalists were students that study at the Concord Community Music School under the guidance of Hannah Murray (voice instructor) and Ellen Nordstrom (voice department chair). By day’s end two of those students did our city proud and claimed first and second place honors in a very competitive field.

As an art educator, I know that the level of talent demonstrated by these students would not have been possible without the quality vocal instruction of the many teachers at Concord Community Music School and other music professionals throughout the state. Events like this also depend upon the support of the entire music school staff and the larger community, including citizens who donate time and money to support music education at Concord Community Music School, in the public schools, and in youth oriented musical theater programs. I am so proud to live in a place that supports the arts.

I want to thank the Concord Community Music School for sponsoring the competition and commend all of the participating students and teachers for their efforts. I also want to thank individuals and businesses in the larger community who make these opportunities possible for our kids through their generosity. Concord, and New Hampshire, would just not be the same without you!

ANN KONTAK

Concord

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