Feb
16
Sun
The Boys’ Choir of St. Paul’s European Tour – Germany and Austria
Feb 16 @ 5:30 pm

The Boys’ Choir of Saint Paul’s Choir School | Harvard Square announces plans to travel abroad next month for a European performance tour.  The Choir, formed in the true European chorister tradition, will tour and performs in iconic, historic destinations in Munich, Regensburg and Köln, Germany, as well as Salzburg, Austria during a 10-day itinerary, including academic and cultural exploration that support St. Paul’s Choir School’s educational model.  The Choir is directed by Saint Paul’s Choir School (SPCS) Director of Music and Conductor James Kennerley, accompanied by Assistant Director of Music Maks Adach, organ.

On its first tour in this region, The Boys’ Choir performs repertoire in parallel to its destinations abroad, featuring selections by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (with a performance in his birthplace of Salzburg), Orlando di Lasso (who settled in Munich), and more performed by the choristers either acappella or with organ accompaniment.

The Boys’ Choir of St. Paul’s | Harvard Square, in it’s home parish in Cambridge, courtesy image

The Boys’ Choir of St. Paul’s, currently comprised of 29 boys ranging from ages 9 to 14, in grades 3 through 8 at St. Paul’s Choir School, will travel through two countries accompanied by 18 chaperones.  Most recently, the choristers traveled to Washington D.C. at the invitation of Cardinal Sean O’Malley to perform at the Sacred Heart Shrine and at Catholic University’s St. Vincent de Paul Chapel.  On a prior international tour, the Choir visited Mexico, where it performed at the largest basilica in the Americas, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and at San Josemaría Escrivá Church, both in Mexico City.

The Boys’ Choir of St. Paul’s school curriculum is currently exploring the history and music of Germany and Austria, much of which the choristers will encounter and perform during their travels.  Visiting this historic European heartland, the students will walk in the footsteps of those they study and perform – Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Mendelssohn and Mozart, among others.  The lifeblood of the curriculum is rooted in these composers’ classical and liturgical masterpieces.  The opportunity to visit this worldly history in person ignites the schooling of each student, and manifests the legacy they are taught through the school’s mission.

The Boys’ Choir of St. Paul’s | Harvard Square singing during a Christmas Service at St. Paul’s Parish | Harvard Square, image by George Martell

During this tour, the Choir performs at Cathedral Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) in Munich, a Vespers services in affiliation with the Regensburg Boys’ Choir at Regensburger Domspatzen in Regensburg, at historic Salzburg Cathedral in Salzburg, Austria. The group returns to Germany for final performances at the Church of the Holy Ghost (Heilig Geist Kirche) in Munich, and at a High Mass at Cologne Cathedral in Köln. Academic and cultural activities on the itinerary include a walking tour of Munich, a tour of Regensburg Cathedral, a day with fellow choristers at Regensburg Domspatzen Choir School, city tour of Salzburg (including a visit to Mozart’s home and historic sites relevant to The Sound of Music film), visiting Neuschwanstein Castle, Marienbrücke Bridge, Ulm Münster, Würzburg Palace, and Steiff Museum. Each destination holds particular merit to the choristers’ education, as they sing through the canon of German masterworks, and some grades currently studying medieval European history, specifically Charlemagne and the importance of Aachen, Germany to the Holy Roman Empire.

Saint Paul’s Choir School’s world-class music program is built on a foundation of the choral masterwork canon, training all students in choral music appreciation, theory, practice and performance, and the mastery of piano and organ. They sing music ranging from Gregorian chant to contemporary commissions for the choir.  A demanding and thorough music theory course is taught using the internationally acclaimed materials of the ABRSM. As the boys continue through the school and their voices change, a Choral Studies course teaches them about conducting, composition, and choir training. The choir has performed alongside such renowned ensembles at the Boston Symphony Orchestra,  provides beautiful liturgical music at Saint Paul’s Church and have released the professionally recorded albums Ave Maria and Christmas in Harvard Square (by Aim Higher Recordings, available at saintpaulschoirschool.us).

Saint Paul’s Choir School Director of Music James Kennerley, image by Brian Crowley

Founded in 1963, Saint Paul’s Choir School prepares boys in grades 3 through 8 to succeed in the strongest secondary schools, become confident and virtuous leaders, and grow into compassionate, caring adults. Embracing the great cathedral school model, SPCS unites a rigorous academic and musical curriculum rooted in the Roman Catholic moral tradition. Within this community of faith, friendship and high expectations, students move through critical developmental periods in their transition from children to men. Over time they build the habits of mind and heart to rise to all of life’s demands and thrive in a world characterized by constant change.

Internationally recognized organist, vocalist and Director of Music James Kennerley, conductor, is rooted in the English choir school tradition, having sung as a chorister under Graham Elliott and Barry Rose at Chelmsford Cathedral. He later served as Organ Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge, and at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London. Most recently he served as Music Director at three influential Episcopal churches in the United States. Additionally, he has provided professional leadership as Dean of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and as Director of the New Jersey State Children’s Chorus.

European Tour Performance Schedule:

Sun., February 16, 5:30 pm

Evening Mass, Frauenkirche (Cathedral Church of Our Lady), Frauenplatz 12, Munich, Germany, muenchner-dom.de/home

Tues., February 18, 5:15 pm

Vespers, with Regensburger Domspatzen (Regensburg Boys’ Choir), New Chapel, Reichsstrasse 22, Regensburg, Germany, domspatzen.de/de/start.html

Weds., February 19, 12.30 pm

Performance in Salzburg Cathedral, Domplatz 1a, 5020 Salzburg, Austria, salzburger-dom.at/home

Thurs., February 20, 7:30 pm

Concert, Heilig Geist Kirche (Church of the Holy Ghost), Prälat-Miller-Weg 1, Munich, Germany

Admission is free, donations gratefully appreciated, heilig-geist-muenchen.de/

Sun., February 23, 10:00 am

High Mass at Cologne Cathedral, Domkloster 4, 50667, Köln, Germany, koelner-dom.de/homepage

To learn more about Saint Paul’s Choir School enrollment, curriculum, programs and performances, visit saintpaulschoirschool.us, call 617-868-8658, or email admin@saintpaulschoirschool.us, or follow St. Paul’s Choir School Harvard Square on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Saint Paul’s Choir School

Saint Paul’s Choir School (SPCS) is the only private all-boys Catholic Choir School in the United States, serving students in grades 3 through 8. Founded in 1963 by Dr. Theodore Marier, SPCS is a vital facet of Saint Paul’s Parish in Harvard Square, Cambridge, led by Father William Kelly, Pastor, an alumnus of the school himself.

Dedicated to providing rigorous academic training and an extensive and unique education in music and liturgy, SPCS accepts musically talented and academically qualified boys ages nine through fourteen for full-time study. Students commute locally from communities in the Metro-Boston region.  Together with committed parents and inspirational teachers, SPCS endeavors to form the faith, character, and intellectual and musical abilities of young men, preparing them for the strongest secondary schools, and equipping them to become virtuous adult leaders.

​Uniquely integrated with music study, the school’s diverse academic offerings aspire to give each student a strong foundation in basic skills and to provide diverse opportunities for enrichment. The positive influence derived from the study of music on other academics is clearly evident. Classes are small and motivation is high among both students and teachers, making for a lively, energetic and creative classroom environment.​

To learn more about enrollment, curriculum, programs and performances, visit saintpaulschoirschool.us, call 617-868-8658, or email admin@saintpaulschoirschool.us, or follow St. Paul’s Choir School Harvard Square on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Mar
26
Thu
Boys’ Scholarship Ballet Audition at South Shore Ballet Theatre
Mar 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
South Shore Ballet Theatre students during a Boys’ Ballet Class, courtesy image

South Shore Ballet Theatre (SSBT) offers boys ages 7 through 12 the opportunity to audition to participate under full scholarship in its spring boys’ ballet program.  The Boys’ Ballet Scholarship Audition, on Thursday, March 26, from 4 to 5 pm, at SSBT’s new facility at 45 Industrial Park Road, Hingham, allows selected students a full tuition award to study weekly with instructor Harry Yamakawa-Moser on Thursdays, from 4 to 5 pm through June.

The Boys’ Ballet Scholarship Audition is open to the general public, recommended for boys who have an interest in dance, and a sense of musicality.  No prior dance experience is required, and students dance in an all-male environment.  Ballet inspires boys to develop discipline, artistry and agility.  Stretching, strengthening, muscle coordination and musicality are all emphasized in ballet class.

Boys planning to audition should wear clothing that is comfortable for movement, such as bike or basketball shorts and a t-shirt.

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre is a pre-professional ballet school with world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today!  SSBT follows American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT®) National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough eight-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.  The National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.

Participation in the scholarship program is by audition only.  To register for a Boys’ Ballet Scholarship Audition, please email ballet@southshoreballettheatre.com.  For more information about South Shore Ballet Theatre, its programs, tuition and performances, visit southshoreballettheatre.com, call 781-312-7224, or follow South Shore Ballet Theatre on most major social media platforms.

Oct
31
Sat
Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy Open House
Oct 31 all-day

Open Houses on October 31 and November 21 welcome families to visit brand new facility and learn more

 

Bear Cub Mandarin (BCM), a new Mandarin language immersion preschool launched in Arlington in September.  The brand-new facility, located at 1042 Massachusetts Avenue in Brattle Square, hosts two Open Houses for interested families to tour the preschool and learn more on October 31, 10:30 am to 12 noon, and November 22, 2:00 to 3:30 pm.  BCM’s staff has been trained and certified in the current CDC guidelines of mask wearing, hand sanitizing and social distancing.  Guests are encouraged to register online for their preferred open house time and must follow the mandated safety protocols during their visit to ensure the safety and good health of those present.

“We’re so excited to see our dream come to reality,” shares MaeLynn Arnold, Bear Cub Mandarin co-founder.  “The launch has been a wonderful success, serving as a beacon of hope and safety for our students, and an opportunity to continue the legacy of the Mandarin language that our student’s families treasure.  Several years of experience, research and planning have culminated in this unique language-based education opportunity for the children of our region, resulting in a truly valuable preschool program.”

Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy offers morning and afternoon sessions, during two, three or five weekdays, serving children from 2.9 to 6 years in age.  The facility is custom designed to reflect the principles of its curriculum philosophy and to meticulously enhance its learning environment. BCM’s programs are modeled around the concept that young children are powerful, capable and autonomous individuals. Intentional, flexible teaching recognizes students as unique people with their own feelings, thoughts, and experiences. BCM’s immersion program is custom designed in a Reggio Emilia-inspired method, providing children with ample opportunity to hear and use complex language, and engage in contextual experiences in Mandarin through exploration, discovery and play.

A student and teacher engaged at Bear Cub Mandarin Preschool Academy, courtesy image

“Our curriculum supports diverse learning and a wide range of school-readiness goals including English literacy and math, but most importantly social and emotional skills,” shares Arnold.  “We’ve engaged knowledgeable, well-qualified, diverse teachers that share our love of young children.”  Arnold is committed to ensuring that each educator carefully observes each child to create their optimal learning habitat, forming real connections and building meaningful relationships to inspire valuable student learning.

Arnold co-founded the preschool with her husband, Hao-Ming Chang, native to Taiwan.  Together they have cultivated a Mandarin and English bilingual home with their three children – a nearly 4 year-old daughter, and a 2 year-old and 7 month-old sons. Arnold holds a B.M. and an M.M. in violin performance from Boston University and is a Suzuki certified instructor. Chang holds a Ph.D. in molecular oncology and immunology from New York University School of Medicine.  “As school founders, and as parents, it is our hope to provide the best upbringing, education and opportunities to our children and students as we form them to grow into our next generation,” says Chang.

Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy is a brand new facility in Arlington, courtesy image

In the United States today, Mandarin, the official form of Chinese, the world’s oldest written language, is one of the most commonly spoken non-English languages, second only to Spanish.

For more information about BCM’s philosophy, enrollment and tuition, or to register for one of the upcoming Open Houses, visit bearcubmandarin.org, email contact@bearcubmandarin.org, call 781-819-0898, or follow Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy on Facebook.

About Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy

Students at work and play at Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Acadamy, courtesy image

Founded in 2019, Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy (BCM) offers a unique opportunity for children to experience the Chinese Mandarin language through an emergent curriculum in a play-based, child-centered environment.  Students of mixed ages 2.9 to 6 years, are given space to explore, collaborate, observe and experiment, guided by native Mandarin speaking teachers, who observantly enhance each child’s experience and provide Mandarin language exposure in context and real time.

Inspired by the profound Reggio Emilia’s The Hundred Languages – the belief that children are natural communicators – Mandarin is offered as one important means by which children may explore and experience the world. Whether you are looking to introduce Mandarin as a second or third language, or to reinforce languages spoken at home, BCM offers a facility to center your child’s world of learning and exploration.

BCM offers multiple class schedules, with morning and afternoon sessions offered two, three and five days each week, Monday through Friday.  For more information about BCM’s philosophy, enrollment and tuition, visit bearcubmandarin.org, email contact@bearcubmandarin.org, call 781-819-0898, or follow Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy on Facebook or Instagram.

Nov
22
Sun
Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy Open House
Nov 22 all-day

Open Houses on October 31 and November 21 welcome families to visit brand new facility and learn more

 

Bear Cub Mandarin (BCM), a new Mandarin language immersion preschool launched in Arlington in September.  The brand-new facility, located at 1042 Massachusetts Avenue in Brattle Square, hosts two Open Houses for interested families to tour the preschool and learn more on October 31, 10:30 am to 12 noon, and November 22, 2:00 to 3:30 pm.  BCM’s staff has been trained and certified in the current CDC guidelines of mask wearing, hand sanitizing and social distancing.  Guests are encouraged to register online for their preferred open house time and must follow the mandated safety protocols during their visit to ensure the safety and good health of those present.

“We’re so excited to see our dream come to reality,” shares MaeLynn Arnold, Bear Cub Mandarin co-founder.  “The launch has been a wonderful success, serving as a beacon of hope and safety for our students, and an opportunity to continue the legacy of the Mandarin language that our student’s families treasure.  Several years of experience, research and planning have culminated in this unique language-based education opportunity for the children of our region, resulting in a truly valuable preschool program.”

Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy offers morning and afternoon sessions, during two, three or five weekdays, serving children from 2.9 to 6 years in age.  The facility is custom designed to reflect the principles of its curriculum philosophy and to meticulously enhance its learning environment. BCM’s programs are modeled around the concept that young children are powerful, capable and autonomous individuals. Intentional, flexible teaching recognizes students as unique people with their own feelings, thoughts, and experiences. BCM’s immersion program is custom designed in a Reggio Emilia-inspired method, providing children with ample opportunity to hear and use complex language, and engage in contextual experiences in Mandarin through exploration, discovery and play.

A student and teacher engaged at Bear Cub Mandarin Preschool Academy, courtesy image

“Our curriculum supports diverse learning and a wide range of school-readiness goals including English literacy and math, but most importantly social and emotional skills,” shares Arnold.  “We’ve engaged knowledgeable, well-qualified, diverse teachers that share our love of young children.”  Arnold is committed to ensuring that each educator carefully observes each child to create their optimal learning habitat, forming real connections and building meaningful relationships to inspire valuable student learning.

Arnold co-founded the preschool with her husband, Hao-Ming Chang, native to Taiwan.  Together they have cultivated a Mandarin and English bilingual home with their three children – a nearly 4 year-old daughter, and a 2 year-old and 7 month-old sons. Arnold holds a B.M. and an M.M. in violin performance from Boston University and is a Suzuki certified instructor. Chang holds a Ph.D. in molecular oncology and immunology from New York University School of Medicine.  “As school founders, and as parents, it is our hope to provide the best upbringing, education and opportunities to our children and students as we form them to grow into our next generation,” says Chang.

Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy is a brand new facility in Arlington, courtesy image

In the United States today, Mandarin, the official form of Chinese, the world’s oldest written language, is one of the most commonly spoken non-English languages, second only to Spanish.

For more information about BCM’s philosophy, enrollment and tuition, or to register for one of the upcoming Open Houses, visit bearcubmandarin.org, email contact@bearcubmandarin.org, call 781-819-0898, or follow Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy on Facebook.

About Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy

Students at work and play at Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Acadamy, courtesy image

Founded in 2019, Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy (BCM) offers a unique opportunity for children to experience the Chinese Mandarin language through an emergent curriculum in a play-based, child-centered environment.  Students of mixed ages 2.9 to 6 years, are given space to explore, collaborate, observe and experiment, guided by native Mandarin speaking teachers, who observantly enhance each child’s experience and provide Mandarin language exposure in context and real time.

Inspired by the profound Reggio Emilia’s The Hundred Languages – the belief that children are natural communicators – Mandarin is offered as one important means by which children may explore and experience the world. Whether you are looking to introduce Mandarin as a second or third language, or to reinforce languages spoken at home, BCM offers a facility to center your child’s world of learning and exploration.

BCM offers multiple class schedules, with morning and afternoon sessions offered two, three and five days each week, Monday through Friday.  For more information about BCM’s philosophy, enrollment and tuition, visit bearcubmandarin.org, email contact@bearcubmandarin.org, call 781-819-0898, or follow Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy on Facebook or Instagram.

Dec
1
Tue
Music Together Trial Class with South Shore Conservatory
Dec 1 @ 9:30 am

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) announces open registration for the second 10-week session of its popular SSC Music Together® Online program, which starts December 7.  Families wishing to experience the fun of Music Together before registering are invited to participate in one of two online trial classes on Tuesday, December 1 at 9:30 am and Saturday, December 5 at 9:30 am.

Music Together Online, for children from birth to four, offers a joyful introduction to song, dance and rhythm.   The program invites families to participate in 35-40 minutes of joyful music-making through song, dance, and age-appropriate rhythmic activities. This new online version allows not only caregivers, but also grandparents and siblings, to join the fun remotely.

The online version includes favorite Music Together songs and activities. Young music-makers, who are constantly up and moving, taking in lots of wonderful musical information throughout the session, are encouraged to use homemade instruments and props from around their homes, include homemade shakers and drums, wooden spoons, scarves, and balls. Metal water bottles work well as resonator bells. Special online class activities include singing about each child’s stuffed animals, play food from their  kitchen, toys in their toy box!

SSC educator Karen Peterson engages families in a virtual Music Together lesson, courtesy image

According to SSC Music Together Director Karen Peterson, current families are raving about the experience.  The King family said, “Music Together Online is so great! Our three and one-year-old are just as captivated by it as when the classes were in person! We love the music, and getting to see Karen and our friends each week! We still get to sing and dance with all our friends, and you get a great CD and music book! Our kids have learned so much from Music Together! We LOVE Music Together Online, and we recommend it to all our friends!”

Parents wishing to sign up for a free trial class should contact Susannah Thornton at s.thornton@sscmusic.org or 781-749-7565 x10.

To register for a session or learn more about Music Together, visit https://sscmusic.org/music-together-at-ssc/, call 781-749-7565 x10, or find South Shore Conservatory on Facebook or Instagram.

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Dec
5
Sat
Music Together Trial Class with South Shore Conservatory
Dec 5 @ 9:30 am

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) announces open registration for the second 10-week session of its popular SSC Music Together® Online program, which starts December 7.  Families wishing to experience the fun of Music Together before registering are invited to participate in one of two online trial classes on Tuesday, December 1 at 9:30 am and Saturday, December 5 at 9:30 am.

Music Together Online, for children from birth to four, offers a joyful introduction to song, dance and rhythm.   The program invites families to participate in 35-40 minutes of joyful music-making through song, dance, and age-appropriate rhythmic activities. This new online version allows not only caregivers, but also grandparents and siblings, to join the fun remotely.

The online version includes favorite Music Together songs and activities. Young music-makers, who are constantly up and moving, taking in lots of wonderful musical information throughout the session, are encouraged to use homemade instruments and props from around their homes, include homemade shakers and drums, wooden spoons, scarves, and balls. Metal water bottles work well as resonator bells. Special online class activities include singing about each child’s stuffed animals, play food from their  kitchen, toys in their toy box!

SSC educator Karen Peterson engages families in a virtual Music Together lesson, courtesy image

According to SSC Music Together Director Karen Peterson, current families are raving about the experience.  The King family said, “Music Together Online is so great! Our three and one-year-old are just as captivated by it as when the classes were in person! We love the music, and getting to see Karen and our friends each week! We still get to sing and dance with all our friends, and you get a great CD and music book! Our kids have learned so much from Music Together! We LOVE Music Together Online, and we recommend it to all our friends!”

Parents wishing to sign up for a free trial class should contact Susannah Thornton at s.thornton@sscmusic.org or 781-749-7565 x10.

To register for a session or learn more about Music Together, visit https://sscmusic.org/music-together-at-ssc/, call 781-749-7565 x10, or find South Shore Conservatory on Facebook or Instagram.

About South Shore Conservatory

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Apr
27
Tue
Creative Seeds Studio Free Demo Class
Apr 27 all-day

Longtime arts educator offers engaging infant/youth music and drama classes

Creative Seeds Studio (CSS), a new resource offering engaging online music and drama classes for families with children ages 0 to 8, launches on May 3.  CSS is founded by Plymouth resident and longtime professional music educator Su D’Ambrosio.  Free demo classes are offered on April 27 and May 1, register to participate at Creative Seeds Studio Schedule.

In Creative Seeds Studio’s playful classes, young children explore and learn about music through singing, movement, rhythm play, stories and theatrical play. Each theme-focused session introduces music literacy and pre-reading skills by exploring rhyming, patterning and selected picture books. Drama classes focus on spatial awareness, vocal expression and character development through fun games and imaginative play, and culminate with an online presentation of a story, complete with costumes and props from home.  In family classes, the vital role of parents and families is recognized in cultivating their children’s “creative seeds.”  Parents and caregivers are given tools and tips to utilize the creative process at home to integrate into their daily lives.

Class Offerings:

Creative Seeds (ages 0 to 4)

This music class for students ages 0-4 with a caregiver features songs, stories, and activities designed to plant the seeds of basic music competence. Connect with your child and learn how to incorporate music and movement activities at home!

Discovering Music (ages 4-6)

Designed to develop Basic Music Competence skills, this class lays a strong foundation for future music study.  Students take the learning to the next level as they strengthen their basic music skills through singing, moving, listening and homemade instrument play.

Discovering Drama (ages 4-6)

These drama classes combine fun, teacher-directed activities with opportunities for students to make their own creative choices. Children develop speaking, listening and social skills through structured dramatic play. These classes culminate with a family sharing of a short play based on a familiar storybook.

Creative Seeds Studio serves children up to age 8 and their families, courtesy image

Music FUNdamentals (ages 6-8)

These classes are focused on developing music literacy and setting the foundation for learning to play an instrument. Music FUNdamentals is perfect for students who love to sing, move, and create their own songs.

Rhythm FUNdamentals (ages 6-8)

Rhythm FUNdamentals focuses on percussion instrument play and understanding rhythm patterns. Students learn basic music concepts and skills through learning to play a variety of homemade percussion instruments. No special equipment required!

Groups and Pods

Groups and pods can add a music or drama class tailored to their age, size, and curriculum! Choose a day and time that works with your schedule and incorporate arts education into your week.

Ten-week sessions of 45-minute classes are offered online via Zoom. Groups receive special rates and siblings are eligible for discounts. For detailed information about program registration, tuition and schedules, visit creativeseedsstudio.com, or email Su D’Ambrosio, Director, at creativeseeds777@gmail.com.

About Creative Seeds Studio

Creative Seeds Studio (CSS), a new resource offering engaging online music and drama classes for families with children ages 0 to 8.  CSS is founded on the concept that children learn by participating in and experiencing concepts in their body. By actively singing, dancing, playing instruments and participating in the creative process, students achieve true understanding, master the creative seeds that are planted and primed for growth and development.

Founder and professional music educator Su D’Ambrosio has been teaching music for 30 years in diverse settings, including public school K-12 instrumental and general music, where she taught music classes, beginner band, chorus and jazz ensemble. After the birth of her first child, she discovered early childhood music and was hooked! Su’s teaching focuses on giving students the skills they need to be confident, creative artists, ready to move to the next level. Her classes are fun, interactive, and incorporate singing, movement, instrument play, listening and composition. She earned a MM from UMass Amherst, a BA from Smith College, Orff Level III Certification, Music Together and Musikgarten certifications, and training in Gordon Music Learning Theory. She is currently serving as President and Interim Managing Director for the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. She has long resided in Plymouth with her daughters Maria, Rosa, and their dog Bernie.

For detailed information about Creative Seeds Studio program registration, tuition and schedules, visit creativeseedsstudio.com, or email creativeseeds777@gmail.com.

May
1
Sat
Creative Seeds Studio Free Demo Class
May 1 all-day

Longtime arts educator offers engaging infant/youth music and drama classes

Creative Seeds Studio (CSS), a new resource offering engaging online music and drama classes for families with children ages 0 to 8, launches on May 3.  CSS is founded by Plymouth resident and longtime professional music educator Su D’Ambrosio.  Free demo classes are offered on April 27 and May 1, register to participate at Creative Seeds Studio Schedule.

In Creative Seeds Studio’s playful classes, young children explore and learn about music through singing, movement, rhythm play, stories and theatrical play. Each theme-focused session introduces music literacy and pre-reading skills by exploring rhyming, patterning and selected picture books. Drama classes focus on spatial awareness, vocal expression and character development through fun games and imaginative play, and culminate with an online presentation of a story, complete with costumes and props from home.  In family classes, the vital role of parents and families is recognized in cultivating their children’s “creative seeds.”  Parents and caregivers are given tools and tips to utilize the creative process at home to integrate into their daily lives.

Class Offerings:

Creative Seeds (ages 0 to 4)

This music class for students ages 0-4 with a caregiver features songs, stories, and activities designed to plant the seeds of basic music competence. Connect with your child and learn how to incorporate music and movement activities at home!

Discovering Music (ages 4-6)

Designed to develop Basic Music Competence skills, this class lays a strong foundation for future music study.  Students take the learning to the next level as they strengthen their basic music skills through singing, moving, listening and homemade instrument play.

Discovering Drama (ages 4-6)

These drama classes combine fun, teacher-directed activities with opportunities for students to make their own creative choices. Children develop speaking, listening and social skills through structured dramatic play. These classes culminate with a family sharing of a short play based on a familiar storybook.

Creative Seeds Studio serves children up to age 8 and their families, courtesy image

Music FUNdamentals (ages 6-8)

These classes are focused on developing music literacy and setting the foundation for learning to play an instrument. Music FUNdamentals is perfect for students who love to sing, move, and create their own songs.

Rhythm FUNdamentals (ages 6-8)

Rhythm FUNdamentals focuses on percussion instrument play and understanding rhythm patterns. Students learn basic music concepts and skills through learning to play a variety of homemade percussion instruments. No special equipment required!

Groups and Pods

Groups and pods can add a music or drama class tailored to their age, size, and curriculum! Choose a day and time that works with your schedule and incorporate arts education into your week.

Ten-week sessions of 45-minute classes are offered online via Zoom. Groups receive special rates and siblings are eligible for discounts. For detailed information about program registration, tuition and schedules, visit creativeseedsstudio.com, or email Su D’Ambrosio, Director, at creativeseeds777@gmail.com.

About Creative Seeds Studio

Creative Seeds Studio (CSS), a new resource offering engaging online music and drama classes for families with children ages 0 to 8.  CSS is founded on the concept that children learn by participating in and experiencing concepts in their body. By actively singing, dancing, playing instruments and participating in the creative process, students achieve true understanding, master the creative seeds that are planted and primed for growth and development.

Founder and professional music educator Su D’Ambrosio has been teaching music for 30 years in diverse settings, including public school K-12 instrumental and general music, where she taught music classes, beginner band, chorus and jazz ensemble. After the birth of her first child, she discovered early childhood music and was hooked! Su’s teaching focuses on giving students the skills they need to be confident, creative artists, ready to move to the next level. Her classes are fun, interactive, and incorporate singing, movement, instrument play, listening and composition. She earned a MM from UMass Amherst, a BA from Smith College, Orff Level III Certification, Music Together and Musikgarten certifications, and training in Gordon Music Learning Theory. She is currently serving as President and Interim Managing Director for the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. She has long resided in Plymouth with her daughters Maria, Rosa, and their dog Bernie.

For detailed information about Creative Seeds Studio program registration, tuition and schedules, visit creativeseedsstudio.com, or email creativeseeds777@gmail.com.

May
14
Fri
South Shore Conservatory’s Performathon
May 14 – May 16 all-day

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) announces Performathon 2021, Friday, May 14 through Sunday, May 16. SSC students have the flexibility to perform either in-person on-campus or virtually.  Audiences can watch via a live stream that will happen on both Facebook and SSC’s website.

A marathon performance that takes place over the course of several days, SSC’s Performathon is a community fundraising event designed to engage students, families, and faculty in raising money to support the SSC Fund, which in turn supports funding for the robust student experience at SSC. It is an opportunity for students to help other students, working together to ensure that everyone across the South Shore has access to SSC’s exceptional arts education and performance programs.

“We are very excited to present Performathon 2021,” said SSC President Robert Cinnante. “While our format of delivery is different from previous years, the essence of this event remains the same. It is about students giving back to students, marrying performance and philanthropy, in support of the SSC Fund, which provides for important student and family initiatives, including but not limited to tuition assistance.”

Performances are varied, featuring an array of instruments, age groups, solo and ensemble repertoire.  The schedule as it currently stands is as follows:

Friday, May 14:  6-8 pm; Saturday, May 15: 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday, May 16: 12-2 pm, 3-5 pm

Where safety is SSC’s top priority, masks, social distancing and handwashing and sanitation protocols will be followed for all students performing in-person. All SSC activities follow the recommended guidelines of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Office of the Governor, the CDC, and the Hingham and Duxbury Boards of Health.

Audience members, parents and friends of SSC are encouraged to lend their support by sponsoring a Performathon participant.  Donations and pledges may be made online at sscmusic.org/Performathon.

For more information on Performathon 2021, email Sarah Troxler s.troxler@sscmusic.org .  For more information on SSC programs (including information about tuition assistance) visit www.sscmusic.org.

About South Shore Conservatory

Having celebrated 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Jun
9
Wed
Summer@SSC ~ Creative Arts Programs at South Shore Conservatory
Jun 9 all-day

SSC’s summer semester kicks off Wednesday, June 9

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) announces its summer of exciting educational programs, June 9 – August 31 at its Hingham and Duxbury campuses. Summer@SSC includes in-person, hybrid and virtual individual and group classes.

“We’re thrilled to be back in action with the opportunity for safe in-person programming,” said SSC President Robert Cinnante. “Students can enjoy a summer of learning with friends, while stretching their horizons in both new and traditional creative arts programs. We believe that we can offer students and faculty alike an enriching experience, while keeping their safety front and center.”

Early childhood summer offerings at the Hingham campus include four weeks of Conservatory Kids, which engages students ages 3-5 in fun artistic, academic, and physical activities both indoors and outdoors. From June 14-19, Full STEAM Ahead inspires students ages 5-7 to build, create, experiment, think and work together with science, technology, engineering, art and math.  Students ages 5-7 are also invited to join the Peace Reader’s Book Club, a literacy enrichment program where students take a deep dive into fun, engaging literature, from June 21-25.

SSC’s Flute Symphony, recognized as the largest ensemble of its kind in the country, returns to the Hingham campus on Wednesday evenings from June 16-July 28. Flutists of all ages and levels are invited to participate.

A Summer Music Festival student,
courtesy image

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, SSC’s Summer Music Festival (SMF) offers woodwind, brass, percussion, and string students in elementary school through college the opportunity to perform in wind, band, orchestra, chamber, and jazz ensembles at the Hingham campus. Running from July 8-23, SMF 2021 features a number of exciting new initiatives including world premieres and new classes, all conducted in a safe environment that prioritizes smaller groups and outdoor rehearsals.

Middle and high school students can rock out August 2-6 with Rock Band Jam. Students have the chance to experience all the aspects of putting their own band together, including selecting music, composing and arranging, effective rehearsing, and useful stage presence tips. The program connects student rockers to perform their favorite tunes in a full rock band setting.

Families are invited to join in the fun of a Family Drum Circle with percussionist Ed Sorrentino on select Sundays at the Hingham campus.  Each session encourages teamwork and community-building, while having fun making in-the-moment music. No prior experience is necessary.

At SSC’s Duxbury campus, Piano Week invites pianists, ages 5-18 to explore the subject of music through the lens of the piano. The program explores music theory, music history, composition and songwriting, improvisation, and movement, as well as one-on-one lessons, group master classes, and performances.

SSC expects to add more programs, as well as performances, over the coming months. Learn more about South Shore Conservatory summer programs at https://summer.sscmusic.org/ or “Like” South Shore Conservatory on Facebook by going to https://www.facebook.com/SSConservatory.

About South Shore Conservatory

Having celebrated 50 years in 2020, South Shore Conservatory (SSC) is committed to providing access to music and the arts for South Shore residents. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving more than 4,500 students of all ages at two beautiful campuses in Duxbury and Hingham. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts and performances annually. Through innovative partnerships with schools, social services and community agencies throughout the South Shore, SSC brings music and the arts out to the community to enrich the lives of residents. Through its Creative Arts Therapies, SSC offers the benefits of music and the arts to people with developmental and emotional challenges. For more information, visit https://sscmusic.org/.

Students enjoy Rock Band Camp, courtesy image

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Jun
19
Sat
Deertrees Theatre Open House and Psychic Fair
Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Historic Deertrees Theatre, “Maine’s Most Enchanting Playhouse”, announces its 85th anniversary summer season of theatre performances and special events.  The quintessential performing arts venue, providing performing arts entertainment to the Greater Maine region since 1936, presents an eclectic offering for the summer of 2021, featuring an open house, theatrical productions, comedy and several fundraisers.  The season also boasts a concert series in its broadly scheduled summer, from June through early September, detailed at deertrees-theatre.org.

In keeping with its 85-year tradition of “rising from the ashes”, Deertrees Theatre once again ascends to offer summer entertainment and respite in its magical Maine lake village of Harrison.  The theatre has a long history of resiliency, enduring shutdowns during wars, disrepair, financial hardship and most recently, a global pandemic.  “We’re prepared to emerge celebrating the resiliency of the arts and feisty Mainers who eagerly anticipate rejoining friends and family,” shares Deertrees’ recently appointed Executive and Artistic Director Gail Phaneuf.

Open House and Psychic Fair

Saturday June 19, 12 noon to 4 pm, admission is $12, $30 for families of 4 or more

Deertrees 85th anniversary season kicks off with a multifaceted open house welcoming in the public to explore the theatre, its grounds and family-friendly activities.  Festival tents feature a magic show, psychic readings, children’s art-making activities.  Inside the theatre, guests are welcome to tour the facility, talk with a theatre historian, explore the art gallery, and enjoy live music in the Salt Lick Café.

Deertrees Theatre is committed to keeping its staff, performing artists and audience safe for in-person events and performances, adhering to official Maine venue guidelines, including staff Covid-19 training and compliance, sanitization, distancing, traffic flow, mask and reduced capacity protocols.  All staff, performing artists and crew will be fully vaccinated prior to performances.  For complete details on Deertrees’ safety guidelines, visit Deertrees Theatre Safety Guidelines.

For more information about Deertrees Theatre, to learn more about its wide variety or performances and programs, or to purchase tickets, visit deertrees-theatre.org.

About Deertrees Theatre

Founded in 1936 as an opera house, Deertrees Theatre was built on the site of an old deer run in the forest above the village of Harrison, Maine. Constructed of rose hemlock in the Adirondack style with hand carved fixtures and near perfect acoustics, the theatre has long been home to Broadway-quality entertainment.

Now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the non-profit Deertrees Theatre presents an eclectic offering of theatrical productions and comedies, family entertainment, and a variety of musical concerts during the quintessential summer theater season annually from late June through early September.  As a most active performing arts venue of the Northeast, Deertrees is home to the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival on Tuesday evenings in July, The Backstage Art Gallery featuring the works of local artists, and The Salt Lick Café, offering cabaret acts, small bites, beer and wine.

Deertrees Theatre is located at 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine.  For more information, visit deertrees-theatre.org, email deertrees@deertrees.org, or follow Deertrees Theatre on Facebook.