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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!

Rehearsals:
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)

Mission:

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.

Band

MCA Band

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

Picture of MCA Band Director, Tom Walters
Mr. Thomas Walters, MCA Band Director 2017-current

Rehearsal Schedule

  • Tuesday, Sept 26
  • Tuesday, Oct 3
  • Tuesday, Oct 10
  • Tuesday, Oct 17
  • Tuesday, Oct 24
  • Tuesday, Nov 7
  • Tuesday, Nov 14
  • Tuesday, Nov 28
  • Tuesday, Dec 5
  • Tuesday, Dec 12
  • Friday, December 15
  • Concert: December 16 3PM

Biography
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.

Contact: band@merrimackconcert.org

Chorus

MCA Chorus

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.)

Jamie Saucier Choral Director
Mr. Jamie Saucier, MCA Choral Director 2010-current
  • Sunday 9/10
  • Sunday 9/17
  • Sunday 9/24
  • Sunday 10/1
  • Sunday 10/15
  • Sunday 10/22
  • Sunday 10/29
  • Sunday 11/5
  • Sunday 11/19
  • Sunday 12/3
  • Sunday 12/10
  • Friday 12/15 Dress Rehearsal 7PM
  • Saturday 12/16 Concert 3PM (call at 1PM)

No Rehearsal : 10/8 (Columbus Day Weekend) 11/12 Veterans’ Day Weekend 11/26 – Thanksgiving Weekend

Biography

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. Most recently he is the Director of School District Engagement for Reaching Higher NH, an organization supporting public education in NH.

Contact Jamie: chorus@merrimackconcert.org

Collaborative Accompanist: R. Scott White – biography to come

 

Chorus PDF/MP3 Music: HERE

Tickets

Winter Concert

Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 3p.m.
Merrimack High School

General Admissions!!!


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Spring Concert

Saturday, April 13, 2018 @ TBD
Merrimack High School

Independence Eve Concert

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 @ 6:30p.m.
Abbie Griffin Park
FREE!