Serving the greater Merrimack region with quality live music performances.
What we do:
The Merrimack Concert Association serves the greater Merrimack region with quality live music performances. We typically perform three times a year (Winter, Spring and July 3). Our organization provides the opportunity to sing in an intergenerational choir, to dust off that old instrument from middle school or to meet new friends (or rediscover old friends). Come and see what we’re all about!
Chorus meets on Sundays from 7-9PM | Location: John O’Leary Adult Community Ctr (map)
Band meets on Tuesdays at 7:30PM | Location: Band Rm, Merrimack Middle School (map)
Merrimack Concert Association offers amateur and professional musicians an artistic, recreational, and educational experience through the rehearsal and performance of a wide variety of instrumental and vocal music; to provide the residents of the area quality yet inexpensive entertainment.
The Merrimack Concert Association Band meets on Tuesday nights from 7:30PM – 9:30PM in the band room at Merrimack Middle School (31 Madeline Bennett Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054). The ensemble puts on several concerts throughout the year which include the Winter Concert, Spring Concert and yearly Independence Eve Concert.
Membership in the ensemble is open to anyone of any age or ability. You must be able to provide your own instrument.
Director: Thomas Walters
Tuesday, Jan. 23
Tuesday, Jan. 30
Tuesday, Feb. 6
Tuesday, Feb. 1
Tuesday, Feb. 20
Tuesday, March 6
Tuesday, March 13
Tuesday, March 20
Tuesday, March 27
Tuesday, April 3
Tuesday, April 10 (Location TBD)
Friday, April 13 (Dress Rehearsal)
Saturday, April 14 (Concert)
(no rehearsal on 2/27)
Tom Walters retired in 2016 after 38 years of public school teaching and arts administration. He taught middle school and high school bands and choirs as well as classroom music, most recently in Massachusetts, completing his career with 10 years as K – 12 Director of Fine Arts for the Methuen Public Schools. Mr. Walters was director of the award-winning Methuen Ranger Marching Band during his time there, as well as conducting the Symphonic Band and the Ranger Jazz Ensemble. In addition, he taught graduate education courses at Endicott College and has been a frequent festival adjudicator and clinician.
Mr. Walters is completing a two-year term as President of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, having served as All State Concert Chair and as Treasurer. He is the 2013 recipient of the Lowell Mason Award for Excellence in Music Education, and the 2006 Richard Gorman Award at North Andover High School for contributions to the school community.
Tom lives in Londonderry with his wife of almost 40 years, Susan, a retired elementary school principal. Their daughter, Elizabeth, lives in Washington, DC, where she is executive director for a film competition festival, CINE.
The Merrimack Concert Association Chorus meets on Sunday nights from 7PM – 9PM in the large room at the John O’Leary Adult Community Center (4 Church Street, Merrimack, NH 03054). (map) The ensemble puts on several concerts throughout the year which include the Winter Concert, Spring Concert and yearly Independence Eve Concert.
Membership in the ensemble is open to anyone of any age or ability.
Rehearsal Schedule (7p.m.)
Friday 4/13 Dress Rehearsal 7PM
Saturday4/14 Concert 3PM (call at 1PM)
No Rehearsal : 2/4 (SuperBowl) 2/25 February Vacation and 4/1 – Easter Sunday
Mr. Saucier is a native of New Hampshire; having grown up in Derry and currently residing in East Kingston with his wife, sons and daughter. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Pre-teaching. While at UNH, he was heavily involved in all choral ensembles and a cappella groups. He musically directed Alabaster Blue, a co-ed a cappella group, and founded Not Too Sharp, an all male barbershop and a cappella group.
After graduation Mr. Saucier went to work in the public schools in the New England and New York areas. While in New York he attended Ithaca College and received his Master of Music degree in Music with a specialty in Music Education. After having taught for four years he went for a change of careers and started his position at UNH Manchester as the Student Activities/Involvement Coordinator. While in this position he has raised tens of thousands of dollars for local charities and founded many musical student clubs (Milling Around, a cappella group; Brick and Mortar, theatre group among others). He is the coordinator, founder and director of Voices of the (603), an a cappella festival for middle and high schools in the state of NH. He completed his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Educational Leadership with a specialty of Arts, Leadership and Learning from Plymouth State University. He is the co-chair for NH Citizens for the Arts, a statewide advocacy and education organization promoting public support of the arts.
Scott has had a varied and longtime music career as pianist, organist, composer, and music director. He won MTNA piano competitions in 1971 and 1975 in New Hampshire and later earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano at Boston University. Scott is currently teaching at Keene State College and the Nashua Community Music School. He is also music director for the Methuen Young People’s Theater and plays at other professional events around New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Scott is also a longtime organist and church musician. As a longstanding Colleague of the American Guild of Organists, he is currently the Wednesday evening organist at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Weston MA, and the Music Director for the Union Congregational Church in North Reading, MA where he also conducts two choirs and two handbell groups. He has written solos, handbell pieces, organ pieces and other works for these churches.