Announcing a Benefit Concert for The Village Music School Foundation

The Village Music School Foundation is thrilled to announce our first major fundraising event. Presented by Musical Associates, a live-streamed concert will be held on January 10, 2021 at 2 pm at Catholic University on Washington, DC. Here is the link:

YouTube Link (available until 5:00PM Eastern on 1/11/2021): Brittany Young and The Old Guitarist Benefit Concert for The Village Music School Foundation

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This Event is FREE, but donations to the Foundation are encouraged.

Announcing a new classical music duo: Brittany Young and the Old Guitarist

Performing in a benefit for The Village Music School Foundation

presented by

Musical Associates

WASHINGTON, DC (October, 2020)— Violinist Brittany Sterling Young is teaming up with classical guitarist Peter Dolan, and they are playing together in public for the first time as Brittany Young and the Old Guitarist in a benefit concert for The Village Music School Foundation, presented by Musical Associates, the entertainment division of The Village Music School, Inc. Biographies of the two performers are included below.

This new classical music team will perform works by Handel, Haydn, Debussy, and Paul Dolan. The Program may be examined below.

The concert will occur on Sunday January 10, 2021 at Catholic University, Washington, DC at 2:00. The concert will be live-streamed via Facebook Live.

The Village Music School Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity established to foster a deeper understanding of the breadth of the world of music through a variety of activities. Among the most significant of those activities is to provide needs-based scholarships for music lessons from its sister organization, The Village Music School, Inc. (See below for more information about the School.) Formed in 2019, the Foundation also provides music instruction in schools and districts which work only with nonprofits. In addition, it supports certain other musical endeavors, such as the New England Conservatory Summer Guitar Festival, as well as community choir North River Sing.

About The Village Music School

Established in 1988, The Village Music School is founded on the principle that music can help children to experience the joy of achievement and pride of accomplishment. With TheVMS’s methods, a child can play a song after the very first lesson! Each year hundreds of school-age students in Connecticut, New York and Washington D.C. work with trainers, teachers, and master teachers in small group settings to explore music and have fun. With the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Village Music School adapted its popular afterschool program to offer four-week small group online music instruction sessions to beginner musicians ages five to twelve years old. Registration for weekly lessons in guitar, violin and piano is open to students. At the end of each twelve-week session, students will participate in an informal virtual recital.

“With so many afterschool programs and activities canceled and parents shouldering the burden of educating children at home, we’re excited to create a virtual environment that connects students in the community and removes barriers to high quality music education,” said Carter Huntley, one of the directors of The Village Music School. “While the delivery method may have shifted, our goal to provide an opportunity for everyone to enjoy and experience music remains the same today as it was when we opened our studio 30 years ago. Today in this era of social distancing it means even more to come together and help children and families experience the joy of achievement and pride of accomplishment.”

Huntley’s company formed The Village Music School Foundation in 2019 to bring broader truth to The VMS’s motto, Everyone Is Musical. “Music education has manifold positive effects on children, and the ability to pay for lessons should never be a roadblock to expanding a child’s horizons and learning more about the universal language of music,” added Huntley.

The Village Music School Lesson groups are designed to accommodate a wide range of student ages and abilities. Master instructors lead students through a customized instructional program designed to help students quickly establish confidence and foster independence while learning how to make music. The world-class faculty of The Village Music School share both a profound knowledge of their art as well as a love of teaching. Instructors include Miss Young, performing in this concert, Huntley himself, who holds a master’s degree in guitar from Yale University, and Patrick Dillery, a flutist who has played and taught around the world. Additional faculty members include the highly acclaimed saxophonist Gottfried Stoger, veteran percussionist Bob Meyer, who has performed in many professional jazz ensembles and made over 14 recordings with them, and Sarah Cion, a pianist who placed first in an international jazz competition.

Classes in guitar, violin and piano are now forming, and registration for a four-week lesson package is $99. Small group lessons are 30- to 45-minutes, and rental instruments are available for $15 per 4-week session. In-person instruction in afterschool programs will return when schools reopen.

About Musical Associates

With a teaching roster full of international performers, it was merely a logical step to begin an Entertainment Division of TheVMS. Musical Associates represents artists for concerts, clubs, and private events around the country and the world. Our recording division has published recordings of The FOG Trio (Flute, oboe, and guitar) and The FOG Cuartet (the trio plus cello), as well as pieces by Carter Huntley and singer-songwriter Cinnamon (with Huntley). We anticipate the release of recording of this concert as well as an upcoming concert by The Young Trio and The Old Guitarist.

                                                                 The Program

Jesu, After Bach by Paul Dolan

Largo and Allegro by G. F. Handel, realized by Peter Dolan

Reverie and Arabesque no.2 by Claude Debussy, arranged by Miguel Lobet

Andante and Allegro by F. J. Haydn, arranged by Fernando Carulli

Elogia de la Danza, lento and obstinato, by Leo Brower

1 Prelude, 3 Dances, ridiculously slow, not so fast, real slow, & up, by Paul Dolan


Program Notes

Paul Dolan, (1955-1977), the composer of two of the works on today’s program, was for the most part self-taught. His great uncle Paul Neiderlander played guitar and composed some few works and may have been Dolan’s teacher. Dolan described the Jesu After-Bach as a work that might have been written by J. S. Bach had he been a 20th century Irish American guitarist as opposed to a 17th century German organist.

The Handel are two movements from the flute sonatas, the third movement of the first sonata and the second movement of the fifth sonata. The two work by Debussy are arrangement by Miquel Lobet, the celebrated student of the great Francisco Tarrega, were discovered Spain some years ago. Similarly, the Haydn arrangements by Carulli were recently discovered in collection in Paris.

Composer, guitarist and music director, Leo Brouwer was born in Havana, Cuba in 1939. He studied with Isaac Nicola, Pujol’s pupil and specializing in composition, completed his studies at the Julliard School of Music and at Hartt College of Music. He is celebrated around the world for his compositions.

1 Prelude, 3 Dances, is a work that uses the rhythms of Baroque dances and reimagines them in a contemporary harmonic palette.

                                                            About the Musicians

Brittany Sterling Young is a violin teacher with The Village Music School. Recruited by The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America in 2017, Brittany Sterling Young studies with world renowned Italian violinist Alessandra Cuffaro.

Performing both in the United States and Europe, Ms. Young’s musical journey has taken her to the Italian Alps in the summers, where she performs with the Music Academy International as part of the Trentino Music Festival, and to Vienna, Austria where she performs with the Vienna Summer Music Festival.

As a member of the Quartet Cardinale and of the Catholic University Symphony Orchestra, she has also performed at prestigious venues in Washington, D.C. including the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See, the former residence of the Ambassador to Spain, the Embassy of Canada, and the Kennedy Center.

As a member of the Quiller Quartet, Ms. Young made her debut at Carnegie Hall in 2015 as the First Place Winner at the Golden Key International Music Festival.

Peter Dolan, the Old Guitarist, had a long and distinguished career in business. He was a partner at Arthur Young & Company, and later handled the IPO for Matchbox Cars. As a young man, while stationed in London, he had the opportunity to study classical guitar with the Len Williams, father of the world-renowned classical guitarist, John Williams.

He maintained his interest in the guitar over the course of a lifetime attending several of Andres Segovia’s master classes. Now in semi-retirement he has returned to the guitar and performs chamber music three weekends a month.

Mr. Dolan is also an avid fisherman. Although, since he changed his fishing technique from rod and reel to standing in small rivers and streams playing the guitar, hoping a fish might jump into the sound hole, he has yet to catch a fish. He also vehemently denies allegations of Bear Dancing, or Bear wrestling if you will. He asserts that playing the guitar in the woods is solely for the amusement of the squirrels.

The VMS Foundation & Amazon Smile!

Amazon Smile has a tradition of helping non profit organizations raise money by donating a small portion of the proceeds from shoppers to those shoppers’ selected charities. We are thrilled to announce that now you can select The Village Music School Foundation as your charity of choice at Amazon Smile, and then a portion of the purchase price of everything you buy there goes to our foundation! It’s a Win Win! The Village Music School Foundation was created to foster a love of music everywhere. It does that primarily by helping families who cannot afford music lessons and by sponsoring other programs that foster a love of music. Choose The VMSFoundation at Amazon Smile today, and know that you too are helping to foster a love of music everywhere!

Mom on the Value of Practice

Remember the old joke about the young man getting lost while visiting New York City? He sees an old man playing the violin on the street for tips and tosses him a quarter asking him, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”

The old man looks at him and says, “Practice!”

Watch this brief video in which a a mother tells about the benefits she has seen her young children enjoy as a result of practicing their musical instruments as little as ten minutes a day.

Welcome Litchfield County!

We are thrilled to be offering 4-lesson online sessions to young students in Litchfield County, CT for only $99. The Waterbury Republican American Community News has just posted our press release featuring a picture of one of our many students. Here’s a link to the article:  https://community.rep-am.com/2020/07/14/village-music-school-offering-virtual-summer-music-program-and-scholarships-to-litchfield-county-students/

Actually, anyone can take advantage of this offer, since we are doing these lessons online.

As always, our friends at The Village Music School Foundation can help families who cannot afford the lessons..

So visit our Online Lessons page and sign up your child today.

After all, Everyone Is Musical!

Struggling to Keep Kids Busy?

Hard Parenting During COVID-19
The news explores the difficulties of parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this pandemic, it’s clear that many parents are struggling to keep their children occupied while everyone is home. 

Schools are closed, and summer camps may very well be closed as well.

What are parents to do? 

Online group or individual music lessons are one way to keep your children busy and happy, learning to play guitar, violin, flute, piano, or percussion instruments. Group lessons are especially helpful in providing some degree of socialization that children may be missing during these days of social distancing. In a group lesson, you can allow your child to interact with other children online while an adult teacher supervises. 

With The Village Music School’s methods, a beginner learns how to play a song in the very first lesson! 

Visit our Online Lessons page for more information and sign up for lessons today!

The VMS Announces Online Lessons

The Village Music School is offering online group lessons during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Village Music School has offered music instruction for over thirty years and has developed methods and techniques which allow even beginners the ability to play a tune after the first lesson.

The regular price of a 4-lesson package is $99.

Boy guitar and Girl piano

Lessons in guitar, violin, and piano are already happening. A recorder class, and a class in rhythms of the world are anticipated. Classes will be taught by the world the class faculty of The Village Music School; teachers such as Carter Huntley, who holds a master’s degree in guitar from Yale University, Patrick Dillery, a flutist who has literally played and taught around the world, the jazz faculty which includes Gottfried Stoger, saxophonist, Bob Meyer, percussion, and Sarah Cion, a pianist who placed first in an international jazz competition.

These faculty members and others share a profound knowledge of their art and a love of teaching. Call today classes at a variety of levels and ages are forming now.

For additional information contact us.