The Center for Advanced Musical Studies

the (Enfield) hills are alive with the sound of (trumpet) music

Thanks to the dedication and hard work of internationally renown trumpeter Edward Carroll with able assistance from SCORE counselor Mike Hemberger, The Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale Music was launched in 2005.

“The Center was created at a time when new and emerging music, as well as traditional, improvisation, non-conventional ensembles were sweeping the musical landscape,” according to Carroll. “Many of our greatest artists are searching for new ways to re-interpret and present the masterpieces of western music, as well as experiencing newfound stimulation by exploring various non-western, or world music.”

Offering its students a variety of trumpeting/musical experiences and learning how to structure improvisation and first performances of important new compositions, the Center’s Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar is a place where participants are challenged to grow in unexpected, musical ways. They are asked to work outside their comfort zone, to take new risks, and to accept responsibility for their technical and musical growth.

Each year Carroll has gathered a very talented group of international trumpet teachers for the annual two-week seminar. This year’s seminar will be held from June 15th through June 27th and the faculty includes Hakan Hardenberger, the most noteworthy trumpeter in the world, and John Wallace, the Director of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.

At the end of the seminar, selected participants perform with faculty members in free and open-to-the-public concerts as well as present solo and mixed trumpet ensemble music throughout the region.

Having run an all music program from 1996 to 2003 at the Lake Placid Institute, Carroll was looking for a new location to hold these unique trumpet-only seminars.“In my search for a site and for local support along with other needs in establishing this new venture, a friend suggested that I contact SCORE. It was pure luck that I was assigned to Mike Hemberger. He has been instrumental in getting this project off the ground. In addition, Mike has become a good friend and a member of our Board.”

“We helped Ed develop a business plan and form a 501(c)(3) organization. When it became obvious that tuition fees would not be sufficient to cover the expenses of the seminars, we helped Ed develop and launch a fund raising program. And, finally, when I saw an opportunity for the seminars to be held in Enfield, I was able to bring Ed and the Enfield Shaker Museum people together,” said Hemberger.

Nestled between Mt. Assurance and Mascoma Lake, the community known as Chosen Vale, founded in 1793, was the ninth of eighteen Shaker communities established in the United States. The Enfield Shakers built more than 200 buildings on this site including the Great Stone Dwelling which is the largest Shaker dwelling ever built, farmed over 3,000 acres, educated children in model schools, and followed the Shaker Way.

Chosen Vale is now home to the Enfield Shaker Museum, a nonprofit organization dedicated to interpreting and preserving the history of the Enfield Shaker village.

Adjacent to the Great Stone Dwelling, the Mary Keane Chapel was built seven years after the Enfield Shakers moved to Canterbury, New Hampshire. The sanctuary features a brilliant Casavant pipe organ and spectacular German stained glass windows. Detailed work depicting the fifteen mysteries of the rosary adorn both sides of the beautiful bronze front doors. The floor of the sanctuary is fashioned of Italian marble, as are the enormous, mosaic covered alters and towering columns.

“Being able to host our faculty and students in this lovely setting and to hold the seminar-ending concerts in the Mary Keane Chapel, is a dream come true,” said Carroll.

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