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UVMC Received a Grant for Social Music-Making

youth playing under a tent

The Upper Valley Music Center received an Arts for Community Engagement grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. The grant will support Weekends@UVMC, a collection of sessions and classes that are offered on a drop-in basis with optional donations. These programs make high-quality instruction and ensemble opportunities available to musicians in the community, regardless of their ability to pay or make long-term commitments.

Vocal Soundings Online Gathering

The programs included Weekends@UVMC are Chamber Music Sight Reading Parties, the English Country Dance Ensemble, Slow Jams, and Vocal Soundings. Responding to the limitations of COVID-19, each of the faculty leaders have adapted the programs to continue building community through online and socially-distanced outdoor gatherings. The grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts will allow UVMC to continue strengthening community connections through music, whatever the upcoming year may bring.


violinists playing chamber music

Chamber Music Parties

Alternating Fridays, 5:30-7pm
2023 Student Sessions: January 6, March 3, April 7, May 5
2023 Adult Pot Luck: January 13, February 17, March 17 & 31, April 21, May 12 & 26
Upper Valley Music Center

Join UVMC for a series of chamber music sight reading parties.

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English Country Dance Music Sessions

Sundays 7-8:30 pm
Second and Fourth Sundays
no class April 23

UVMC English Country Dance Instrumental Music sessions provide a friendly, flexible and spontaneous small ensemble setting for beginning, intermediate to experienced players of a variety of traditional instruments.

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Multiple instruments jamming outdoors

Slow Jams

Alternating Fridays, 5:30-6:30 pm
2023: January 6 & 20, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5

Play along to your favorite fiddle tunes at a gentle tempo.

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singers online with zoom

Vocal Soundings

Not Currently Offered
Fridays 7-8 p.m. EDT or EST
Online via Zoom

Explore your voice, strengthen your breath, and improvise while singing with a group in an online Zoom session.

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UVMC is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.