Musical Groups & Workshops

Centennial Hall Jazz Band with Zach Lange

Six Mondays 7:00-8:15. July 1,8,15,29, August 5,12. Must have 2+ years private lesson / playing experience

Guitar, Bass, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Drums, Keyboards
This ensemble, in its 8th year, has launched numerous amateur Jazz players into the next level of musicianship! Members reads through great charts from the standard jazz repertoire and performs around the Seacoast Area. Members will continue working with chord progressions, jazz harmonies, improvisation and learn how to play creative and tasteful jazz solos while developing solid ensemble chops.
SAM Student: $96 New Student: $106 Single Drop-in: $20

Folksongs for All!

Tuesday, August 13, 6:00- 8:00PM Class including private coaching.
Thursday, August 15, 6:00 – 7:30 class and 7:30 performance showcase

       Registration deadline – August 7

Are you a dedicated choral singer who wants to try your hand at some solo singing? How about a young singer just beginning your vocal journey? Maybe you’re a fan of folk music from the 1960’s who can carry a mean tune and you’d like to add your interpretation to a favorite song? Regardless of where you’re coming from, musically, Folksongs for all will lead you to a new vocal destination.

Structured as a coaching-master class-performance experience, students will learn how to take a folksong from basic familiarity to performance-level in just two sessions.

In advance of the first session, all participants are asked to purchase Hal Leonard’s
“15 Easy Folksong Arrangements” in either:
High Key (for sopranos and tenors) or
Low Key (for mezzos and baritone/basses)

This folksong edition is available with audio access to a pre-recorded accompaniment and pro singer tracks to aid in preparation. (The edition is also available without the audio access, if you choose.)

Choose a song from the book and prepare it to the best of your ability over the summer, and then bring it in to try out at the first class on August 13th. You will receive vocal, diction, and interpretive coaching, encouraging you to deepen your knowledge and comfort level with your chosen song.

The second session on August 15th will complete the coaching experience, followed by a performance showcase that gives every participant the chance to put what they’ve learned into practice.

Instructor Deborah Rentz-Moore has 25 years of experience as a performer and teacher who has made a vibrant career melding folk sensibilities with classical and early music. Her recordings of Bach, early American and Shaker music have been critically-acclaimed, as have her many solo performances with The Boston Camerata, Emmanuel Music, The Boston Early Music Festival, The Voices of Music, Ensemble Phoenix Munich and Aston Magna. She believes that joy in singing can be achieved at any age and at any stage of vocal development!

Come join us this summer at Folksongs for All!

All participants are asked to purchase Hal Leonard’s “15 Easy Folksong Arrangements” in advance of the first session. Accompanist is provided.

High Key (for sopranos and tenors)
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Low Key (for mezzos and baritone/basses)
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Buy from Hal Leonard
Buy from Amazon

Workshop Cost:

SAM Students $50, includes 1 guest ticket to the August 15 Performance at 7:30PM
New Students $55, includes 1 guest ticket to the August 15 Performance at 7:30PM
Showcase Performance Ticket: $5 in advance, $7 at the door.

Ukulele by Donation with Jamie Sokolowski

Thursdays 10:30-11:30 AM and 4:15-5:15 PM
Skill Level: Open to Everyone, No Musical Experience Required, Need a Ukulele!

A multi-generational instructional and performing ukulele group for parents, grandparents, and their children. Adults and children coming together to play music, open to all skill levels regardless of ability to read music. Great summer fun activity!

Donations accepted for the SAM Scholarship Fund and to pay the teacher.

“SAM Rocks! Band” with Jake Smith

Eight Tuesdays 6:15 -7:15PM June 18,25, July 2,9,16,23,30, August 6.

SAM will be launching a student Rock band this Summer called “SAM Rocks! Band”. In this program, students from ages 10 through adults will rock out using skills they have tried out on their own or learned in their private lessons. Most importantly, they will learn how to communicate and work with other musicians through the performance of standard and familiar rock and pop songs and they will gain knowledge and confidence to form their own Rock groups. Jake recently ran a pilot Rock Band in our Satellite School Program with great results! All instruments are welcome, including vocalists! Students that join as instrumentalists may also join in on vocals if they wish.
Ages 10 through adult – need one-year lessons or playing experience to join.
SAM Student: $125 New Student: $135 Single Drop In: $18

“Journeys Through Musical Style”

Jason Anick Trio – Gypsy Jazz – A Link Between Classical and Jazz

Come witness jazz without boundaries and explore improvisational playing styles with this award-winning trio, led by Berklee College of Music Professor Jason Anick who recently presented a workshop at the Massachusetts Suzuki Festival.

Who should attend:

  • All string players – amateur and professionals – who have had 2 years of playing experience
  • All instrumentalists who would like an up-close view into the style of playing “Gypsy Jazz”
  • All music students who would like to take that first step into the world of musical improvisation.

Hands on demonstration on how Gypsy Jazz can be a great style to explore in order to segue from classical music into jazz and improvisation. Unlike other styles of jazz that can often feel like a 180 degree turn from classical music, Gypsy jazz has many similarities (tone, harmony, etc.) that make it a much smoother transition into learning improvisation and achieving confidence in a jazz setting.

Jason Anick – Violin (website) , Greg Loughman – Bass (website), and Max O’Rourke – Guitar (website) lead a hands on demonstration open to all instruments into the world of Gypsy jazz, pioneered by the guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt. Learn all about what makes Gypsy jazz unique and how to achieve that authentic sound.

“Jason’s compositional voice is as distinctive as his virtuoso playing.”
-The Boston Globe

“A rising star in the world of jazz violin.”
-Downbeat Magazine


Thursday, July 18, 3:30 – 6PM
Clinic/Demonstrations/Break-out sessions with Jason, Greg and Max
7:PM Performance by Jason Anick Trio

SAM Students $50, includes workshops and concert ticket
New Students $60, includes workshops and concert ticket
Family discounts (2 or more in same family) 10% discount for each
To observe the workshop only, without playing $35. Does not include concert ticket.
Concert Tickets: Adults (age 21 – 65) $12, Students and Seniors $10
First and 2nd year string students under age 9 should be accompanied by an adult. No charge for the adult.

 “Decrescendo” * Time for Tiny Tots

Thursdays 5:40 – 6:30pm June 13,20,27, July 11,18,25, August 8,15

This is a carefully crafted introductory exploration of sound and musical instrument class for young children ages 4 – 6 with their adult companions (parent, grand-parent, care-giver) by our nurturing and experienced teaching team.
Each class will begin with a welcoming group song and musical response activity for the children and adults followed by time to have fun exploring how to play the ukulele, piano and/or violin. Each class concludes with a calming story and song…….*decrescendo: to gradually get softer.

Teachers: Chris Milner, Rebecca Austin-Bolster, Jamie Sokolowski and Laura Cassinari King.
Cost for Single Drop In class: $16
Cost for series of 8 classes: $116

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 726

North Hampton, NH 03862