Sunday, April 9: The Fred Kelley Scholarship Concert

















Dear friends,

One sure sign of spring is nearly here! Join us for the 10th Annual Fred Kelley Memorial Scholarship Concert on Sunday, April 9th at 2pm at Bell Street Chapel in the West End of Providence.

This year, the Hightower Trio, featuring Jesse Holstein, Jeff Louie and Heath Marlow, will perform a three-piece program including a late piano trio by Haydn, No. 44 in E major, a single movement piano trio by the great living American composer Joan Tower: “Trio Cavany” and the optimistic Beethoven Trio, op. 70 no. 2, (the so-called “Post-Ghost” Trio).

As many of you know, the concert is given in memory of Fred Kelley, a chamber music lover and great friend to CMW. All proceeds support sending CMW students to the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, where Fred’s son Michael is in residence with the Apple Hill String Quartet.

The following is a list all of the CMW students who have been able to attend summer sessions at Apple Hill through the support of the Fred Kelley Fund and The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music:

2009: Luis Ortiz, Sidney Argueta, Joshua Rodriguez
2010: Natasha Rosario, Luis Ortiz, Alexis Nelson
2011: Alexis Nelson, Jaxine Wolfe
2012: Andrew Oung, Alexis Nelson, Natasha Rosario, Jaxine Wolfe
2013: August Packard, Jaxine Wolfe Andrew Oung, Alondra Rivera, Liam Hopkins, Jessenia Grijalva (CW*: Alexis Nelson)
2014: Audreys Rosario, Heather Argueta, Alana Perez, Ruby Espinosa, Jessenia Grijalva, Andrew Oung, Alondra Rivera (CW*: Alexis Nelson)
2015: Malachy Hopkins, Jesse Woodbury, Cendy Chery, Audreys Rosario (CW*s: Alexis Nelson, Alondra Rivera, Natasha Rosario, Andrew Oung)
2016: Heather Argueta, Alana Perez, Audreys Rosario, Juan Nunez (CW*s: Andrew Oung, Natasha Rosario, CD*: Alexis Nelson)

*Counselor Workers
*Camp Director

I look forward to seeing you. While the concert is free, I hope you will consider making a donation to support the fund. 100% of your tax-deductible gift supports the Fred Kelley Memorial Scholarship Fund. No donation is too small (or too large)!

Jesse Holstein
Associate Director and Senior Resident Musician


CMW Celebrates 20 with Twenty Years, Twenty Stories





This year Community MusicWorks turns 20! To mark the milestone, we are gathering the stories of 20 members of our community–musicians, students, parents, graduates and supporters. Look for new stories throughout the season.

Interviews were recorded, transcribed and edited to create personal narratives in each subject’s distinctive voice. We hope 20 Years, 20 Stories captures the many flavors and varieties of CMW experience. Join us at a concert anytime to start creating your own CMW story.

Read the interviews here.




Revolution of Values: A Day of Creative Action

I am honored to be a part of the US Department of Arts and Culture, an organization that in all its work practices the practice of social imagination–imagining the world as it could be otherwise. 

As the “Secretary of Music and Society” on the U.S. Department of Arts and Cultural National Cabinet, I’m delighted to help launch #RevolutionOfValues, a day of creative action on April 4th, 2017, the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, powerful speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” This is the most-quoted part of the Riverside Speech:

[W]e as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

Fifty years later, to walk in his footsteps, to give voice once again to his powerful words, and to kick off a year of efforts by many organizations around the U.S. to remind people of Dr. King’s real message and unfinished work, the USDAC and partners are sponsoring #RevolutionOfValues. Any individual or organization can take part by hosting an event and/or sharing images or texts via social media inspired by Dr. King’s historic speech. Detailed instructions and resources are available in the free #RevolutionOfValues Toolkit. Download here and join us!

-Sebastian Ruth
Founder & Artistic Director