In 2001 Seacoast Academy of Music was founded at Drake Farm as a school where teachers and students of all ages would feel comfortable and inspired. At the Drake Farm we hosted free Sunday afternoon concerts which included classical string quartets, operatic baritone, Don J. Bravo, jazz saxophonist, Lou Bosco, slide guitarist David Tronzo and a Latin/Jazz Dance demonstration by Donna White. Our first set of teachers comprised of drummer Les Harris, Saxophonist/pianist Charlie Jennison and pianist/founder Christine Petrucci.
Although surrounded by thousands of books, Drake Farm had limitations, so in January of 2006 Seacoast Academy of Music move to Centennial Hall in the heart of North Hampton. On the main floor we built our music lesson studios and utilized the adjacent large hall for workshops and recitals. The magnificent Grand Hall upstairs is complete with solid wood flooring and a stage. It will seat 250 once the renovation funds are raised by the building owners, Friends of Centennial Hall (FOCH).
The time has passed presto a presto since 2001. Today, our top-notch music teachers continue to share their knowledge and love of music with dedication, integrity and professionalism and each day our studios resound with musical styles including Classical, Jazz, Folk, Rock, Hip Hop, Blues, Broadway, Celtic and Pop. We have a complete Suzuki string program, Rock Band, Electronic Music Course, Centennial Hall Jazz Band, Celtic Fiddling and ukulele groups.
We are entering our 19th season of spreading knowledge and our love of music to students of all ages with dedication, integrity, and professionalism. Many of our graduates have become life-long musicians; some are engaged as career performers, arrangers, or music teachers and some are members of their community choruses, bands and orchestras. We are proud to offer a wide variety of programs to suit the diverse and unique needs of each student who passes through our doors. Seacoast Academy of Music is truly alive with music education!