CMSP's mission is to provide high quality music instruction and performance opportunities that are affordable and accessible for all members of our Piedmont community.
To provide access to our growing and geographically widespread student body, CMSP has established 7 locations in Loudoun, Fauquier and Frederick counties.
CMSP teachers are extremely well-qualified, caring and distinguished instructors. A majority have advanced degrees in music and perform professionally in their field.
CMSP is grateful to all of our generous donors!
You make it possible for us to accomplish our mission to provide high quality music education and performance opportunities for all members of our Piedmont community.
Thank you so much!
Events & Announcements
2020 Candlelight Concert
On a sunny February Sunday, the Community Music School of the Piedmont hosted their Candlelight 2020 concert featuring Ari Isaacman-Beck, violin, and Gwen Krosnick, cello. This high-octane, enthusiastic duo presented a stirring concert featuring works by Bach and Ravel, as well as an exuberant 19th century work by two Belgian virtuosi, Servais and Leonard.
CMSP Executive Director, Mrs. Martha Cotter, noted, “We are thrilled to have Ari and Gwen join us for the most special evening of our year. This concert and the support of our patrons brings world-class music to the local community, and raises critically needed scholarship and outreach funds to preserve and expand music education in the Northern Piedmont area”.
Our gracious hosts Andrea Ross and Claude Schoch
Executive Director Martha Cotter with student helpers Ava and Zoe Robitaille and Piper McMurray
Ann MacCleod and Mary Ann Gibbons
Board members Melanie Blunt and David Walker
*Photos by Crowell Hadden
Fun and surprises are in store when
CMSP's Instrument Petting Zoo comes to town!
CMSP announces winner of 2020 Katherine Jameson Scholarship
We are pleased to announce that Carly Goins is the winner of the 2020 Katherine Jameson Piano scholarship, named for CMSP’s first piano teacher, who taught at the Community Music School of the Piedmont for nearly 20 years. Carly is an 8th grader at The Hill School and has studied piano for seven years with Eberle Damron at CMSP.
In her application essay, Carly wrote that music and the piano have played a major role in her life. “I think music is really beneficial for kids to learn. It has not only been fun to learn but has helped me in school as well. I believe that the study of music is very valuable to undertake and that anyone can learn from it. It’s especially important that kids become involved in it, as it will help them in various ways as they grow older. I am so glad to have been taking piano lessons at this time and intend to carry on my interest in music through high school, college, and hopefully someday into a career.”
Her teacher, Ms. Damron, relates, “Carly’s personality is gregarious, engaging, and gleeful. She is also self-motivated to do the hard core study work with her academics. In piano, this work is sight reading and theory. She advanced several levels last summer because of her choice to concentrate on these skills and broaden her range of possibilities with piano repertoire and theoretical understanding."