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Conveniently located near downtown Norwich, CT, CCSArts is dedicated to the importance of music and creativity in the lives and education of our students. We offer a superb faculty of professional musicians, many of whom have advanced degrees from institutions such as the Westminster Choir College, the New England Conservatory of Music, Connecticut College, and University of Connecticut. Our faculty perform with notable ensembles such as the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Salt Marsh Opera, The New Haven Symphony, and The Rhode Island Philharmonic among many others. Many of our faculty members hold notable cultural positions and direct musical events in New England. Our highly qualified instructors enjoy teaching students of all ages and abilities. For more information on individual instruction, please call our office at 860.425.0663.
What do CCSArts students have in common? Passion. Creativity. Ingenuity. Won't you join us?
Jesse Nathan Glaude, Music Director, is a summa cum laude graduate of the Westminster Choir College, where he studied sacred music, choral conducting, organ and harpsichord. Among the honors garnered there, he was named an Andrew J. Rider Scholar for distinguished academic achievement, was elected to membership in the National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda, and was organ scholar at the prestigious Nassau Presbyterian Church. His primary professors included Mark A. Anderson (organ), Gerard Farrell (Gregorian chant), Robin Leaver (sacred music), Robert Carwithen (improvisation), James Jordan and Andrew Megill (choral conducting).
Mr. Glaude has been Director of Music at the historic Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Norwich, Connecticut since 2005. He is founder and Executive Director of the Christ Church School of the Arts and of the Chamber Music at Christ Church series; each created to enrich the artistic life of the community through both professional instruction and performance.
In 2008 he designed and oversaw the installation of Christ Church's new sanctuary organ - a landmark Rodgers instrument of three manuals and 130 speaking stops.
Jesse Glaude is Past Dean of the New London County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and chairs the Guild's committee for New Organist Development - which annually awards the Roberta Bitgood Scholarship to young musicians seeking a career in the field.
Visit jessenathanglaude.blog.com for more on Jesse Glaude.
Nancy Allen-Ziemski is a graduate from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Music Performance. She has studied with Dr. Thedore Arm (violin and chamber music), Peter Sacco (violin), Stephan Teiszen (violin) and MaryLou Rylands (Chamber music).
She is a member of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra (3rd chair, 1st violin) in New London CT and plays regularly with Opera Theater of CT and Salt Marsh Opera. She has also performed with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, and other various ensembles.
Until the removal of the instrumental music program for the elementary schools, Ms. Allen-Ziemski worked for 4 years teaching strings to grades 4 - 6. Currently, she is teaching strings to K - 8th grade at the Integrated Day Charter School in Norwich where she has been since the 2001-2002 school year.
Phred Mileski is a graduate of Connecticut College and has sung throughout the United States as well as in Canada and Europe. As she is equally at home with both popular and classical musical genres, her extensive performance experience includes opera, jazz, cabaret, oratorio, and musical theater. She has premiered several works by still-living composers and has recorded several CDs to date with Archangel Voices, an internationally acclaimed small choir that specializes in Orthodox liturgical music.
Ms. Mileski has served several New England churches as a soloist and is currently the principal soloist at St. John's Church in Essex, CT as well as a cantor at St. Patrick's Church in Mystic, CT.
Matt Melone recently completed a 30 year career with the United States Coast Guard Band. During that time he performed in 47 states, Russia, England, Japan, and took part in eight Presidential Inaugurals. In addition to the Band's usual travel, between 2004 and 2008 he traveled over 29,000 miles as leader of the Coast Guard Band Brass Quintet performing recitals and many high level ceremonies including First Honors for President George W. Bush in 2005.
Especially notable are performances at Carnegie Hall, with the New York Philharmonic, the Hartford Symphony, performances with Placido Domingo, Lorrie Morgan, Marilyn Horne, The Gatlin Brothers, Lonestar, Shirley Jones, and with conductors Leonard Slatkin, Skitch Henderson, and John Paynter.
Matt Melone is currently Assistant Principal Horn with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with many local ensembles including the The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Meriden Symphony Orchestra, Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, and Waterbury Symphony Orchestra.
In 1975, Mr. Melone earned a Bachelor degree in Music Education from the University of Rhode Island. He began his French horn studies with Russell LeBer and Katheryn Hunt, both members of the The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, and continued with Thomas Newell of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to being the first person to solo with the United States Coast Guard Band on a garden hose, and his freelance musical pursuits, Mr. Melone maintains websites for various groups and tries to play as often as he can with his three year old granddaughter, Adrienne. His most recent accomplishment is earning a private pilot's license.
CCSArts is very pleased to announce Mr. Louis Marino as the latest addition to our faculty! Mr. Marino brings 30 years of teaching experience to our school and is known to many throughout the area as private instructor, past owner of The Music School in Bozrah, Marino Music here in Norwich, and as a teacher in the Norwich and Griswold Public Schools. At home teaching everything from jazz to rock to classical, Mr. Marino is excited to build up the guitar studio here at CCSArts, and we're equally excited to work with all his energy, talent and experience in tow. Note that Mr. Marino has a limited number of lesson slots available, and so we recommend that you contact our office soon if you'd like to book a spot in guitar. Summer is the perfect time to try something new - give us a call today
Amanda Baker is an interpreter of new sounds seeking to lift the borders of the perceived sonic confines of flute music. Exploring new timbral possibilities for the flute, she experiments with all members of the traditional flute family and additionally with Baroques flutes, ethnic flutes and conceptual flutes. Blending together electric and acoustic elements, Ms. Baker incorporates intricate extended techniques into her playing to create seldom-heard sounds for the flute.
In 2002 Ms. Baker co-founded the flute, viola, harp trio called janus. Through janus commissioning, she has made significant contributions to the body of repertoire for the trio having premiered over thirty new works written by composers such as Barbara White, Dan Trueman, Jason Treuting, Caleb Burhans, Anna Clyne, Cenk Ergun, Andrew McKenna-Lee and Ryan Brown. Janus' concerts have been held in experimental music spaces including Roulette, The Tank, The Stone and BAM Café in addition to traditional spaces including Symphony Space, Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall and The Cleveland Art Museum. In promoting the creation of new works for the trio, janus has collaborated with the composition departments of Princeton, Cornell, NYU and Colgate Universities. Janus recently signed with New Amsterdam Records for a forthcoming CD set for release in the Fall of 2010. (See Janus: A Trio with an Eclectic Twist)
Amanda Baker is formerly a member of the United States Coast Guard Band with whom she has toured to the stages of Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Ruth Eckerd Hall (St. Petersberg), Minato Mirai (Yokohama, Japan), and Boettcher Hall (Denver). She has performed in the state funerals of Presidents Ford and Reagan and the Inaugurations of President George W Bush and President Barack Obama.
Prior to her involvement with the Coast Guard Band, Ms. Baker was the Principal flutist of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in Southern China. While in China, she learned how to get by with a pocket full of Chinese phrases and to practice indiscriminate culinary taste.
Amanda Baker has played on the music series of the Newport Music Festival, Hop River Music Festival (CT), Minimum Security Concert Series, The Way to Go Out (Hanover, NH), Chamber Music Mystic (CT) and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she has given clinics and workshops at Northwestern University, Yale University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Dartmouth College, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the National Flute Association Convention. She has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, WQXR (New York), WPRB (Princeton, NJ), WNPR (Connecticut Public Radio), WPR (Wisconsin Public Radio), WFMU (NYC), Q2 (a part of WQXR) and WGDR (Vermont Public Radio). She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University in 1998 and her Master's in Music from Yale University in 2000. Her teachers include Walfrid Kujala, Richard Graef, Ransom Wilson, and Robert Dick.