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Ensemble/Instr. Program


Meredith Kahl
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Small ensemble activity enriches the skills developed in private lessons. Collaborative interaction provides opportunities to improve one’s sense of rhythm and timing, pitch, balance and nuance; it enhances the musical experience for students of all ages. Through an affiliation with the innovative local chamber music organization, Fortissimo! Inc., CMP chamber music students can participate in a summer chamber music camp and may have the opportunity to perform off-campus along-side professional musicians.

Flute Choir: Julie Oris Heikkila
Mixed Instruments: Julie Oris Heikkila
Piano: Barbara Noval
Strings: Ingrid Bock, Alla Kuznetsov, Boris Zapesochny

Keyboard Creators 

Joshua Massicot, instructor
September through June      
Weekly schedule tba

For those young students interested in exploring the world of music through the joy of the piano, CMP is now offering a class for the young beginner with little or no experience at the keyboard. Through the use of singing, rhythm and movement games, your child will gain the readiness needed for eventual private instruction while learning the basics of keyboard skills and notation. Access to an acoustic or digital piano at home is strongly encouraged.  For kindergarten through second grade. 

Group Guitar Classes 

Eric Carlin, instructor
September through June
Weekly schedule tba
Level I: This class is designed for the beginning guitarist who is looking to read notes and basic chords in the first position. Students will learn songs and develop the ability to accompany themselves while singing.  Open to students of all ages.
Level II:  This course is geared toward the more advanced player who seeks to develop a stronger chord vocabulary, improvisational skills and techniques for ensemble playing. A performance in a coffee house-like setting will take place at the end of the semester.  This class is appropriate for students of all ages.

Percussion Ensembles

Anthony Calabrese, instructor
September through June
Weekly schedule tba
The percussion ensemble experience is an opportunity to develop musical communication between players while maintaining responsibility for their individual parts. A broad range of musical styles is presented, as well as exposure to the more unusual percussion instruments. Performances take place at the end of each semester. Students participating in the Percussion Ensembles are strongly encouraged to take concurrent private lessons, either at CMP or elsewhere.
Younger group (grades 6 – 8/ NYSSMA level 3 or higher)
Older group (grades 9 – 12/NYSSMA levels 5 & 6)

Flute Choir

Julie Oris Heikkila, conductor
Thursday evenings, 7:00 - 8:00 PM (September-June)

The Flute Choir is structured to accommodate students playing at NYSSMA levels 4-6. Younger or less experienced students may join pending approval, and their music may be simplified to allow them to participate. Choir instrumentation consists of piccolo, e-flat flute, c-flute, alto and bass flutes.

The Magic Recorder

Julie Oris Heikkila, instructor
Weekday afternoons, time TBA (September-June)

This class is offered for young beginners interested in the flute but still physically too little to hold the instrument properly. The skills of note reading, rhythm, memorization and composition are encouraged and developed, ensuring a solid foundation for their eventual flute studies, as well as all other woodwind instruments. Planting these seeds of knowledge and creativity nurtures the love of music in the young player.

Virtuosi Scholarship Chamber Orchestra (VSCO)

Nancy Strelau, principal conductor instructor
CMP students performing at NYSSMA  Level 6 have the opportunity to participate in a string chamber orchestra experience. Following a successful audition, students will be exposed to conducting concepts and their relation  to orchestral musicianship. CMP students would participate on full scholarship. For more information, please contact the conductor at or call 585-389-2691.

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