Summer 2022

PRIVATE LESSONS – rolling registration

     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 This summer, KCMC will offer instruction in: violin, viola, clarinet, guitar, piano, voice, trumpet and percussion.


       New students should contact the KCMC office directly

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 or within an adult ensemble. Instructors can 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 both youth and adult students during the summer, so please inquire.


Note to students entering grades 9-12 in the fall: 

Summer is a great time to get in some concentrated work on furthering your technical skill on your instrument. It is also a good time to get ahead on preparing repertoire you might want to have ready for a seating audition for your school’s orchestra. Your private teacher can help you find and prepare a piece that might best demonstrate your technical level on your instrument. Similarly, if one aims to take a shot at competitive auditions [All New Hampshire and/or New England Music Festival] in the fall, summer preparation will be essential. Speak with your teacher as soon as possible to see if such a goal might be a reasonable one for you to build toward this summer or over the coming academic year. 

Spring term highlights at KCMC


KCMC’s late winter 2022 recital


On Sunday afternoon, March 5, six youth violin students combined to present an energized program of well-known – and not-so-well-known – violin favorites. 

The performance by Esek Studer kicked off the recital; he played two pieces, including ‘Ode to Joy’ that theme that composer Ludwig van Beethoven included in his famous 9th symphony. Esek’s steady performance delighted the audience!

Next on the program was the performance by Quinn Veith. Quinn first played two tunes arranged by David Tasgal; for both pieces Quinn did nicely integrating her part with the accompaniment. She then played the version of Perpetual Motion that is a building block piece in the Suzuki I book. Great job!

Mirabella Melton also played three pieces on the program, including an arrangement of Offenbach’s famous Can Can theme. In a special performance, Mirabella combined forces with her mother for a violin duet, Concert Song.

The following piece on the program – Minuet by Luigi Boccherini was very well played by Garv Goyal. This piece, undoubtedly familiar to many attendees in the audience, is structured such that the opening section (A) returns in full after a contrasting section (B). Garv played the return of A with such confidence that the audience could not help but better understand the structure of the piece. His intonation was excellent in this piece, and fans warmly applauded his success. 

Next, Collin Mowatt played two pieces composed during the Baroque Period. First he played Gavotte: Allegro Moderato by P.Martin. This was followed by a more well-known Minuet composed by J.S.Bach. We remember Collin’s solid performance on the November recital, and this performance was even stronger! The increasing sophistication of Collin’s pieces surely offer more challenges and yet Collin played with well-deserved confidence.

Both Garv and Collin were accompanied by KCMC piano faculty member Walter Griffiths.

Finally, Gaetana Martin performed the opening movement from Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op.12, no.1. This movement in ritornello form is bound together by means of recurring fragments of the initial main theme. Gaetana played those fragments, as well as the extended episodes between their appearance, with clarity and conviction. Additionally, she brought a lovely tone to this lively movement. This performance was perhaps a first hearing of this piece for most members of the audience, and Gaetana’s surely gave attendees a wonderful introduction to the wonders of Vivaldi’s composition.

CONGRATULATIONS are due to all the young violinists on this program!


All players mentioned above are the students of either Maisa’a Hanbali or Rebecca Baldini. The KCMC faculty members salute all six of the performers on the early March program for sharing their repertoire with their family members, teachers and fans.


                      Chamber Music Play-in event. Once again, KCMC hosted a  chamber music play-in for Monadnock-area adult amateur musicians, November 5th. Thirteen chamber musician devotees from Keene and environs (Dublin, Francestown, Keene, Marlborough, New Ipswich, Peterborough, and Wilton, NH; Guilford, VT) gathered for an afternoon of playing and friendship in music. The musicians prepared and rehearsed a variety of works including: Beethoven: ‘Ghost’ Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano; Dvorak: String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48; Britten: ‘Phantasy’ Quartet for Oboe and String Trio; Joseph Fiala: Quartet  #2 in C Major for Bassoon and String Trio; Franz Danzi: Trio in E Minor, Op. 71, no.2 for Flute, Violin and Cello, among other pieces. 

                    Featured KCMC Alum


In early May, KCMC alumna Jayna Leach graduated from Boston Conservatory at Berklee with a degree in Violin Performance.  One month before graduation, Jayna presented her senior recital, a program featuring: Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata no. 3 in C major, BWV 1005;  Ottorino Respighi: Violin Sonata in B minor, P 110; Georg Benda: Grave for Viola in A minor; Stuart Townend: How Deep the Father’s Love; AND one of Jayna’s own compositions – Turtle Duo.

Jayna’s long journey toward collegiate work at Boston Conservatory began at KCMC in 2006 when, as a first-grader, she started learning violin from KCMC teacher and co-founder, Maisa’a Hanbali. Additionally, Jayna studied with Elise Kuder at KCMC before moving on to attend the highly acclaimed Walnut Hill School for the Arts Arts (Natick, MA). 

Once enrolled at Boston Conservatory, Jayna notes that she “grew as a musician…due to the diverse aspects of music they had to offer. Because BoCo is paired with Berklee, I was able to engage in other kinds of music such as studio work, film scoring, pop, etc. (Truly, experience with diverse musics) is a huge part of being a

musician–being able to do many things. At BoCo, I played for different groups such as chamber music, new music, ballets, musical theater pits, different composers, and choirs. I (also) picked up the viola, and that has opened up so many more avenues for me. The performance opportunities (at BoCo) are endless, and I was able to learn how to prepare music very quickly, and even sight read five symphonies in one night!”

Jayna credits KCMC as having “had a huge impact on my life, as I was there from age 5-17. Being there taught me to be resilient, to work hard, to think creatively, and to have fun! I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for the consistent drive and passion my teachers had for teaching me. KCMC prepared me for a life I didn’t know was going to happen, and because of KCMC, I was ready for anything the music world threw at me.”

Jayna will be returning to  Boston Conservatory in the fall as she pursues a Masters Degree in Viola Performance. Congratulations to Jayna on her stellar start on a career in music!


Looking ahead…

      Fall Chamber Music Play-in event for Adults

       November 5, 2022        two sessions: 1:00-2:15 pm and 2:30-3:45 pm     




  Also upcoming, there will be a fall student recital…date and time TBA.


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