February News of Note
Dedham School of Music would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Dedham Cultural Council, which recently awarded DSM $1,000 to support the Harmony Fund. This generous contribution helps support financial aid for music students whose families otherwise would be unable to afford lessons. Over the course of this school year, the Harmony Fund will allow students to experience almost 300 music lessons! If you'd like to contribute to the Harmony Fund to make sure that anyone can enjoy the power of music, please click here.
YuekSze (Zoe) Chau is a violinist and violist from Hong Kong and is passionate about both performing and teaching music. To further contribute to her music career, Ms. Chau received the Licentiate (LTCL) Performance Diploma in Violin Performance (Distinction) and the Associate (ATCL) Performance Diploma in Viola Performance from Trinity College London in 2018.
Ms. Chau was a member of the LARK string quartet as a violinist from 2016-2019, a Hong Kong-based string quartet which provides live performance for events. She was also a violinist of Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra (HKYSO) and Hong Kong Youth Strings (HKYS). She is currently a violist of Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra.
While maintaining a regular performance schedule, Ms. Chau taught an after school violin program in elementary schools in Hong Kong, and was the tutor in the Wind Music Education, Music Link Studio and Melody Music Academy from 2014-2019.
Ms. Chau also maintained a private teaching studio and helped students achieve their goals for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exam and Trinity College London (TCL) exams.
Ms. Chau is currently a masters student at Longy School of Music of Bard College. Completing a double major in violin and viola performance. Her primary violin studies are with Anna Marie Williams. Her primary viola studies are with Sarah Darling. She is also a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP) which specially-trained to provide live acoustic music at bedside, one-on-one, for therapeutic purposes.
Violinist Nicole Parks uses her career as a performer and educator to bring new music and inclusive programming to a wide range of audiences. She is a co-founder of the Semiosis Quartet, a string quartet that focuses on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Previously, she created and conducted The Lirica Chamber Ensemble to play rarely heard and new works for chamber orchestra.
In August 2019, Semiosis Quartet appeared at Tanglewood with Bill Barclay and Concert Theatre Works in a production of The Chevalier, featuring the music of Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges. During the 2018-19 season, they also collaborated in performances with Ogni Suono, and The Boston New Music Initiatives; made their Southwest debut at the Oh My Ears! Festival in Phoenix; and appeared at the International Alliance for Women in Music Conference. As the recipient of a grant from the American Music Project, the quartet presented a program of American women composers including Florence Price, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Shelley Washington, and Caroline Shaw. The quartet has performed at festivals including New Music Gathering, the Re:Sound New Music Festival in Cleveland, the Cortona Sessions for New Music, and the Deer Valley Music Festival. Deeply committed to music education, Semiosis is on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s High School Composition Intensive, and has worked closely with student composers, musicians, and faculty at Tufts University, MIT, and Bowling Green State University.
Nicole is also in demand as an orchestral musician. She currently holds the concertmaster position with the Philharmonic Society of Arlington and appears regularly with ensembles such as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, Cape Symphony, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Monadnock Music, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.
Nicole serves as the President of the Massachusetts chapter of the American String Teacher's Association. She maintains a private violin/viola studio in greater Boston and teaches at the Concord Conservatory and the Dedham School of Music. Additionally, she has taught at performance and education workshops, including BIMA at Brandeis University and the Minnesota All-State Festival, and coached chamber music at Stringwood. Nicole is currently on the violin faculty at the Governor’s School of North Carolina, where she leads daily discussion based classes that focus on history, theory, trends in contemporary music and culture, diversity/inclusivity in the classical music world, improvisation, and other related topics. The school’s faculty frequently provide interdisciplinary seminars combining STEM subjects with the arts.
Nicole holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from St. Olaf College and a Master of Music and Professional Studies Certificate from The Boston Conservatory, where she studied violin performance and pedagogy with Sharan Leventhal. A native of Minnesota, Nicole is currently based in Boston.
Nicole is also available to teach beginner cello students.
Laura has been a member of the faculty for the past 5 years at Dedham School of Music and has so enjoyed teaching her students over the years. She is returning to work as a trial attorney and will miss her students greatly. This past July, her quartet, The Blackstone Valley String Quartet, was invited to play for 3 of the weddings for the show “Married at First Sight” on Lifetime. The filming was in Boston. She was on episode 3 which aired in mid January.
“Drum Circle” led by Percussion Faculty Steph Davis
Drum Circles offer us the opportunity to feel and play rhythm in a collaborative environment. During 7 weekly sessions, students will explore hand-drums, bucket drums, auxiliary percussion, and body percussion. Sessions will focus on time/rhythm, ensemble playing, and improvisation. No prior experience playing percussion is necessary. Cost is $100 for the 7 week session which runs from February 26th - April 9th. Classes meet on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. at the Dedham Community House. Note: There will be no class on Saturday April 16th due to April break. Snow make up date is April 23rd.
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Please remember that KN95s or surgical masks are required at DSM. In addition to keep everyone as safe as possible there are air purifiers available in each of our teaching and ensemble rooms.
Please remember to follow the DCH rules. Masks must be worn in the building. DCH has asked that families not wait in the building during the lessons as yet another way to keep us safe during these COVID times. And remember that there is no food or drink (except water) allowed in the building. DCH has thanked Dedham School of Music for following these rules. We appreciate your cooperation. Thanks!
Aaron's piece presented: Paroxysm (2007/2019) music by Aaron Jay Myers, video art (2022) by Jascha Narveson New Gallery Concert Series Video Commission World Premiere Aaron Jay Myers, electric guitar; Kevin Price, bass clarinet; Sarah Bob, piano; Daniel T. Lewis, drums; John Weston, recording engineer.
When I began composing “Paroxysm,” I had electric guitar and tenor saxophone in mind for the instrumentation. I decided to change it to solo piano for various reasons, which was completed ca. 2007-2008 and premiered by Dr. Christopher Dillon during a Towson University student composer recital. It was then performed again by my friend and colleague, Nicholas Place, at The Boston Conservatory during my first year of grad school ca. 2009-2010. Fast-forward to 2017, I made a new version for my band/ensemble at the time, Zyzzyx. That version was for bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, two electric guitars, and drum set. We tried recording it, but it wasn’t quite what I wanted and we split up anyway. I still really wanted to do something more with the piece, so in 2019 when I was plotting my next album, I made the current version for bass clarinet, electric guitar, piano, and drum set, which is on my 2021 album on New Focus Recordings titled Clever Machines. ~AJM
Aaron's Bio: Originally from Baltimore, MD, AARON JAY MYERS is a Boston based composer, guitarist, and educator. He has had music commissioned and performed by many musicians and ensembles across the United States. As a guitarist, he has performed a variety of music including punk, metal, flamenco, classical, jazz, and more over the past 25 years. He is founder of the hardcore punk band, Niffin, and the avant-metal band, Kraanerg. He has been giving private guitar lessons since 2002, and currently teaches at home and at various music schools in the Greater Boston Area. Myers holds BM and MM in Composition degrees from Towson University and The Boston Conservatory. He studied guitar with Maurice Arenas and Troy King. He studied composition with Dave Ballou, William Kleinsasser, Jan Swafford, and Marti Epstein. He has had additional composition studies with Nicholas Vines and Roger Reynolds. For scores, videos, recordings, and more, visit aaronjaymyers.com and https://aaronjaymyers.bandcamp.com
Term 2 tuition was due prior to Jan 25. If you have not set up a payment plan please contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next recitals are March 6th and 27th at First Parish, across High St. from DSM. There is one slot left at the March 6th recital. Please let your teacher know if you would like to be part of the recital. We are keeping a waitlist for the recital on the 27th. There will be more recitals this spring. Dates and place to be determined. We thank our sponsor Dedham Savings as well as Dedham TV for recording our recitals.
Group Class at DSM with Katie Jillson
In this class we will explore your voice, learn vocal technique, learn performance skills and put them into action! We will learn new songs and have fun singing with others!
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