Winter 2022-2023 Newsletter


• Private lessons – rolling registration

• Holiday music play-in for KCMC community and friends – Dec 11  

• Adult chamber music play-in event – Saturday, Mar 4, 2023

                 *** See below for details on all of these events ***


     Continuing or returning students should sort out lesson schedules directly with their current (or most recent) instructor. If assistance in registration is needed, please contact the office directly:  kcmcoffice@gmail.comNew students should contact the KCMC office directly. Instruction is available for students of piano, violin, harp, guitar, voice,  viola, and drums.

For youth students: private lessons can provide you with technical essentials that will help you prepare to become a more informed participant in the performing ensemble at your school. 

For adult students: Treat yourself to a reunion with the instrument you played years ago OR dive into a first-time experience playing an instrument. Instructors will advise you as to where and how to go about renting (or purchasing) an instrument that will best fit your musical goals. Morning lesson times may be available for adult students, so please inquire.

                    Holiday Music play-in event

 Sunday, December 11  –  2-4 pm

All members of the KCMC community (that means you!!) and friends are invited and encouraged to join in on the fun at this special holiday event. Musicians will gather at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall to play Christmas and other seasonal winter tunes, followed by light refreshments. Wear your regular, casual clothes OR dress for the season: it’s up to you. Please bring a music stand. All ages welcome as we celebrate the season!!

Register for this event on our website [] on the “Contact Us” page. In the “I’m inquiring about” section, type “holiday music.”  In the “Your message” section, please tell us what instrument you will be playing at this event.     Registration is open now, and will remain open until December 6thNote: in case of cancellation due to inclement weather or undersubscription of the event, registrants will be notified by text (if you have provided your phone number) or email (required for registration).

and looking ahead…

 Spring Chamber Music Play-in event for Adults

                                               March 4, 2023 – 1:00-3:45 pm 

Registration for this spring chamber music event open NOW, and continuing 

                      through January 6, 2023 (via

   (direct invitation/reminder email will be sent to past participants in early January) 

Spring Chamber Music Session for Youth Students

                 Eight consecutive Mondays, beginning February 27, 5:30-6:30 pm

On-line registration for this chamber music class will run January 16-26 

(via  See the website in early January for more information about this opportunity.

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Fall term highlights at KCMC

The community of teachers, parents, and supporters of KCMC warmly celebrate musical success born from the dedication of this past term’s participants. Fall term featured:

• Ongoing instruction and progress of both youth and adult students in private lessons at our 105 Maple Street studios. Students thrived under the expert teaching and coaching of our teachers of piano, violin, harp, guitar, clarinet, viola, and drums. 

• A chamber music play-in event for Monadnock-area adult musicians, November 5th. Ten chamber musician devotees from Keene and environs (Francestown, Keene, Marlborough, and New Ipswich, NH; and  Guilford, VT) gathered for an afternoon of playing and friendship in music. The musicians prepared and rehearsed a variety of works including: Brahms: Sextet #1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18; Jean-Baptiste Breval: Duet in D Major for Violin & Cello; Beethoven: Duet in C major for Violin & Cello.

• A student recital, November 5th:  Families and fans of the performers gathered in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church to listen and to support the fine efforts of all participants.

Violin student Colin Mowatt led off the program by playing a well-known and well-loved Bourree by J.S.Bach. A frequent performer on KCMC recital programs, Colin achieved his most polished presentation to date, receiving warm applause from all recital attendees. Next up was Kathryn Kaminski. An adult harp student of Rebecca Baldini…..and a KCMC Board member(!), Kathryn performed Aurum Aqua (Golden Water), a short piece by Susan Dahl Graham that features descending arpeggiated figures. For her second piece, Kathryn played Marelles No.12 by Bernard Andres. This light-hearted frolic offered a nice contract to the more ethereal first piece. Following Kathryn, Garv Goyal presented a three-movement violin concertino in D Major (Op.15) by Ferdinand Küchler. Garv incorporated appropriate contrasts in mood from one movement to the next, and played with verve and style in movement three, especially. Finally, Gaetana Martin played the opening two movements of G.F.Handel’s Violin Sonata in D Major. The primary melody of movement I (Adagio) is based on a recurring arpeggiated triad or seventh chord figure; Gaetana’s intonation and shaping of these ascents were well on track. In the bustling second movement (Allegro) Gaetana brought energy and determination to her playing, filling the sanctuary with her sound. 

Mark Polifrone played the piano accompaniment parts for Colin, Garv and Gaetana. We so much appreciate Mark’s fine playing, not to mention his time spent in rehearsing with the students, and his great support overall of their recital efforts. Mark is the regular organist at First Baptist Church and recently joined the piano faculty for KCMC. 

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Make a Gift to KCMC Online at!

Get into the holiday spirit with a year’s end financial gift to your community music center! 

KCMC is a nonprofit organization. Your generous contributions make it possible for KCMC to continue providing the best possible music education and performance opportunities for our community of music students from the Monadnock Region.  Thank you for your support!!!


                Spring newsletter updates will come your way mid-February.

We hope to see many of you involved in the upcoming programs at KCMC!   

Keene Community Music Center is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your donations may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax adviser.

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