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Inspiring and educating the next generation of music-lovers and music-makers is key to the mission of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble. SCE frequently offers public performances for children and families, as well as a range of educational programs suitable for assembly, classroom and after school scheduling. Past engagements have included the Sherman Library, Sherman Historical Society, Sherman Parks & Recreation Department, After School Arts Program (ASAP), Dutchess (NY) Day School, Kent Center School, Kent Memorial Library, The Kildonan School (Amenia, NY), the Pawling (NY) Central School District and three full-scale Song to Symphony productions at The Sherman School. Contact SCE at 860-355-5930 or by email to inquire about a visit by SCE to a library, school, camp or other youth organization in your community.


SUMMER SONGWRITING & MUSICAL THEATER CAMP:
Since 2009, SCE Artistic Director Eliot Bailen and theater and music faculty from area schools have offered a weeklong workshop during which participants write and produce their own musical theater piece, which is performed for family and friends at the end of the week. 2013 instructors include SCE Artistic Director Eliot Bailen and Pawling drama teacher Stacy Dumont.

Two Locations in 2014

Late June - early July TBA, Pawling (NY) Middle School
Open to all students ages 10-15; no residency requirement. Space is limited; sign up today. Tuition $100; some scholarship assistance available. Contact SCE for information or download a registration form.

Late June - early July TBA, New Fairfield Parks and Recreation
Contact Parks & Rec at 203-312-5633 for information or register online at parksandrec.newfairfield.org.

SONG TO SYMPHONY:
The centerpiece of SCE's educational work is the Song to Symphony (STS) model developed by Artistic Director Eliot Bailen, which has been featured in the New York Times and other publications. The Song to Symphony program motivates children to write, create and perform their own original musicals where they feel ownership and pride and are deeply hooked into music through an unforgettable musical experience.

More specifically, Song to Symphony is a large-scale musical production that involves a large segment of the school population in the creation of a musical/theatrical production. The emphasis is on taking songs written collaboratively in the classroom and showing how classroom work can be broadened into a memorable symphonic experience. The songs the children write and perform are accompanied by a professional symphony orchestra with orchestrations written by Eliot Bailen. In the full-scale version, the songs are set in the context of a related dramatic script and sometimes accompanied by additional material created and/or performed by older students.

Mr. Bailen has implemented nearly 20 full-scale STS productions at locations in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

  • Answers to Questions about Song to Symphony
  • Cellist Combines Composing and Performing to Reach Children, The New York Times


    OTHER EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS:
    SCE musicians are available to provide master classes, assembly programs, after-school enrichment activities and "mini-STS" short-term songwriting residencies throughout the region. Inquire for rates and availability.

    NEW! SCE is pleased to announce the availability of a Musical Living History program in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The 50-60 minute presentation features an original script performed by professional musicians and actors, enabling audiences to learn about the war and its impact on the people of our country through an entertaining and affecting cultural community event. Contact SCE for rates and availability.


    2014 PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH & FAMILIES:
    Programs Open to the Public
    Friday, July 11 at 2:00 PM, Kent Memorial Library, Kent, CT
    Saturday, July 12 at 2:00 PM, Sherman Library, Sherman, CT
    Concert for children and families

    Programs for Schools and Other Organizations
    October - November, The Sherman School, Sherman CT
    Classroom residency & creation/performance of full-scale musical theater production


    KEMP MANDEVILLE MEMORIAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP:
    In 2010, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble established a scholarship in memory of Kemp Mandeville, a dedicated SCE Board member and musician whose many accomplishments included launching our annual bluegrass jamborees. Each year a cash grant is given in Kemp's memory to a graduating 8th grader from The Sherman School who has demonstrated aptitude in and passion for music.

    Scholarship Winners
    2013 - Liam Pitt
    2012 - Jessica Gleason
    2011 - Fletcher Christian Hyslop
    2010 - Noah Roulat

    Proceeds from the sale of the Best of SCE Bluegrass CD benefit the scholarship fund. Tax-deductible donations to support this program are also gratefully accepted in Kemp's memory.

  • Performance Schedule

    Best of Baroque
    Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Christ Church on Quaker Hill, Pawling, NY

    Best of Baroque
    Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    St. Andrew's Church, Kent, CT

    Classical Concert
    Saturday, April 26 at 8:00 PM

    Jewish Community Center, Sherman, CT
    Sunday, April 27 at 3:00 PM
    Brookfield Library, Brookfield, CT

    Community Picnic and Concert
    Saturday, June 21, 11 AM - 2 PM
    (rain date Sunday the 22nd)

    Town Green, Sherman, CT

    Summer Songwriting and Musical Theater Camp
    Late June - early July TBA

    Pawling Middle School, Pawling NY

    Summer Songwriting and Musical Theater Camp
    Late June - early July TBA

    Parks and Recreation Department, New Fairfield, CT

    Children's Concert
    Friday, July 11 at 2:00 PM

    Kent Memorial Library, Kent, CT
    Saturday, July 12 at 2:00 PM
    Sherman Library, Sherman, CT

    Classical Concert #1
    Friday, July 11 at 8:00 PM

    St. Andrew's Church, Kent, CT
    Saturday, July 12 at 8:00 PM
    Lake Mauweehoo Clubhouse, Sherman, CT

    Classical Concert #2
    Friday, August 15 at 8:00 PM

    St. Andrew's Church, Kent, CT
    Saturday, August 16 at 8:00 PM
    Lake Mauweehoo Clubhouse, Sherman, CT

    Classical Concert #3
    Friday, August 29 at 8:00 PM

    St. Andrew's Church, Kent, CT
    Saturday, August 30 at 8:00 PM
    Lake Mauweehoo Clubhouse, Sherman, CT

    Bluegrass Jamborees
    Saturday, August 30 at 2:00 PM

    Lake Mauweehoo Clubhouse, Sherman, CT
    Sunday, August 31 at 1:00 PM
    Kent, CT

    Live at the Lake! Coffeehouse
    Friday, September 5 at 8:00 PM

    Lake Mauweehoo Clubhouse, Sherman, CT

    Song to Symphony
    October - November

    The Sherman School, Sherman, CT

    Jazzing Up The Classics
    Saturday, November 29 at 4:00 PM

    Sherman Congregational Church, Sherman, CT
    Sunday, November 30 at 3:00 PM
    St. Andrew's Church, Kent, CT

    Messiah Performance and Sing-In
    Friday, December 5 at 7:30PM

    St. Andrew's Church, Kent, CT