Events

If you need more information about any events listed here, please contact me.

Harp at the Artisan’s Fair
Saturday, November 4, 1-2p
Claremont Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, NH 03743

Community Student Recital
Saturday, November 11, 2p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
Local flute, voice, and piano students show their stuff! Pianist David Chaves accompanying.

Sing! A Joyful Christmas
Date TBD (during the week before Christmas)
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
A community sing-along of sacred and secular Christmas favorites. Melissa Richmond, flute; Kirsten Becker, piano; Angela Biggs, soprano.

Lessons & Carols
Sunday, December 31, 9a
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743

Previous events:

Annual Recital
Saturday, September 9, NOON
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
Flautist Melissa Richmond, soprano Angela Biggs, and pianist Kirsten Becker.

Upper Valley Music Center Showcase
Saturday, May 20, 4p
Briggs Opera House, 5 South Main Street, White River Junction, VT
A fundraiser for UVMC. Most notably, I was privileged to sing I. Aria from Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 – with a cello choir!

Spring Tea & Luncheon
Saturday, May 20, 12p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
A fundraiser for the WCCMA.

Community Student Recital
Saturday, April 29, 2p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
Local flute, voice, and piano students show their stuff! Pianist David Chaves accompanying.

2016

Lessons and Carols
Sunday, January 1 (2017), 9a
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
With special guests Castlebay performing the Huron Carol!

Sing! A Joyful Christmas
Thursday, December 22, 6:30p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
A community sing-along of sacred and secular Christmas favorites. Melissa Richmond, flute; Kirsten Becker, piano; Angela Biggs, soprano.

Messiah Sing-In
Sunday, December 18, 6:30p
United Methodist Church, 18 School St, Lebanon, NH 03766
Join us to sing or just to listen! $10 participation fee for singers.

Lessons and Carols
Wednesday, December 7, 6:30p
Sacred Heart Church, 2 Hough Street, Lebanon, NH 03766

Harp Music at NH Open Doors
Saturday & Sunday, November 6 & 7; Time TBD
Claremont Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, NH 03743

Recital: Lyle Michaud, Piano
Sunday, October 23, 6:30p
Moody Memorial Chapel, Kennebec Valley Community College, 92 Western Ave., Fairfield, ME
I’ll be singing Lyle’s song cycle Austerlitz.

Hands on Harps: A Workshop Series
Wednesday, August 24, 6:30p
133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
Harps are provided. Class size is limited. Fee is by donation (suggested $10).

Concert: The Passion and Turmoil of German Classical Music
Saturday, August 20, 7p
133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
Featuring flautist Melissa Richmond, soprano Angela Biggs, and guests. Kirsten Becker accompanying.

Music in the Park
Monday, July 18, 6p
Lebanon Green, Lebanon, NH
Vocal students from UVMC performed during the Farmer’s Market.

Workshop: Rhythm Cups
Thursday, July 14, 2016, 12:45p
Trinity Episcopal Church, Broad Street, Claremont, NH
I dropped in to the WCCMA’s summer camp to play Rhythm Cups with the kids. A harp and cajon tagged along with me to join the instrument petting zoo for the duration of my stay.

Cav in Pag
Sunday, June 5, 2p
Latchis Theater, Brattleboro, VT
The chorus kindly welcomed me to drop in and sing with them. Conductor Hugh Keelan, with Jenna Rae, Soprano. (And some amazing acrobats!)

Music for Marthe Community Celebration
Saturday, May 28, 3p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
Local students and professionals gathered to bid a musical farewell to Rev. Marthe Dyner, former rector of Union Episcopal Church and a driving force behind the West Claremont Center for  Music and the Arts.

Upper Valley Music Center Showcase
Saturday, May 21, 4p
Hanover High School, 41 Lebanon Street, Hanover, NH 03755
A fundraiser for UVMC. I sang with performance classmates in duets and ensembles.

Spring Tea & Luncheon
Saturday, May 14, 12p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
A fundraiser for the WCCMA. I sang several short sets interspersed with student flautists, student vocalists, and a troop of Daisy Scouts!

Community Student Recital
Saturday, April 16, 2p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
Local flute, harp, voice, and piano students performed for their community. Pianist David Chaves accompanying.

Debut Solo Recital
The Greatest of These: Songs of Grief, Hope, and Love
Sunday, March 6, 7:30p
First Congregational Church of Lebanon, South Park Street, Lebanon, NH 03766
Complete with costume changes (and a trumpet!), this technically and emotionally demanding program included work by Bach, Handel, Donizetti, Schubert, Caplet, and young local composer Lyle Michaud. Jeanne Chambers accompanying.

Songs of Grief, Hope, and Love – Part II
Saturday, February 13, 2p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
Flautist Melissa Richmond and I presented work by Caplet and Schubert. Jeanne Chambers and Chris Cheon accompanying.

Songs of Grief, Hope, and Love – Part I
Sunday, January 31, 3p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
Flautist Melissa Richmond and I performed work by Bach, Handel, Donizetti, and native NH composer Lyle Michaud. Jeanne Chambers and Chris Cheon accompanying.

Hands on Harps: A Workshop Series
Thursday, January 28, 6:30 and 7:15p
133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
Harps are provided. Class size is limited. Fee is by donation (suggested $10).

Concert to Benefit Syrian Refugees
Tuesday, January 12, 7:30p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
Soprano and Pan-Opera co-founder Jenna Rae, Windham Orchestra conductor Hugh Keelan, WCCMA Executive Director and flautist Melissa Richmond performed for the hardy people who braved the snow.

Lessons and Carols
Sunday, January 3 (2016), 9a
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
I played harp and sang the service.

2015

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Thursday, December 24, 7p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH 03743
My benefactors were short a soloist, so I popped in to sing O Holy Night.

Messiah Sing-In
Sunday, December 20, 6:30p
United Methodist Church, 18 School St, Lebanon, NH 03766

Claremont Community Studio Recital
Saturday, November 14, 2p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
Twelve local flute, harp, voice, and piano students performed for over 90 audience members, with Sunapee pianist and composer David Chaves accompanying.

Harp Music at NH Open Doors
Saturday, November 7, 11-12p; Sunday, November 8, 11-12p
Claremont Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, NH 03743

Masterclasses: Harp, Piano, Flute, Saxophone
Saturday, October 3, 3p
Harp/Piano/Flute Concert to follow at 7p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
Harp & Piano masterclass with Mary Jane Rupert, D.M. in the church
Flute & Saxophone masterclass with Peter Bloom, M.M. in the parish hall
Suggested donation $20 participants/$10 audit. Ms. Rupert is the first pedal harpist to come to Claremont in at least a decade, likely much longer. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity!

Hands on Harps: A Workshop Series
Monday, September 14, 6:30p
133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
Harps are provided. Class size is limited. Fee is by donation (suggested $10). Contact me to register!

Nature, Nymph, and Souls: Music for Voice, Flute, and Piano
Sunday, August 30, 3p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
I sang with flautist Melissa Richmond and pianist Hugh Keelan, director of the Windham Orchestra. Brattleboro PanOpera vocalist and co-founder Jenna Rae joined us for a guest appearance.

Leader of the Pack
Friday & Saturday, August 7 & 8, 7p
Tickets $10/$5
Claremont Opera House, Opera House Square, Claremont, NH 03743
I played the role of Darlene Love in the first production of Claremont’s Repertory Theater Company.

River Valley Community College Commencement
Friday, May 22, 6p
RVCC, 1 College Drive, Claremont, NH 03743
I’ll be singing with flautist Melissa Richmond during a break in the exercises.

Hands on Harps: A Workshop Series
Thursday, May 14, 6:30p
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 188 Main Street, Charlestown, NH 03603
That’s right, we’re bringing harps to Charlestown! Class size is limited. Fee is by donation (suggested $10).

Spring Tea & Luncheon
Saturday, May 9
12p – scones; 12:30p – live music begins; 1p – lunch
133 Old Church Rd, Claremont
I sang several short sets interspersed with student flautists, a student vocalist, and a troop of Daisy Scouts. :)

Claremont Community Studio Recital
Saturday, April 25, 4p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont
Claremont’s third! 80 people joined us for a varied program of eleven local voice, harp, flute, and piano students.

Vocal Masterclass with Jennifer Hansen
Tuesday, April 14, 7-9p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont
Taught by Jennifer Hansen of the Upper Valley Music Center.

Good Friday Service
Friday, April 3, 7p
133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
I presented two original songs for harp and voice during the veneration of the cross.

Hands on Harps: A Workshop Series
Thursday, March 26, 6:30p
133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
Harps are provided. Class size is limited. Fee is by donation (suggested $7).

Great Music at South Church Newport (fundraiser)
Sunday, March 22, 3p
South Church, 20 Church Street, Newport, NH 03773
I sang during the intermission of a program by the New England Flute Orchestra.

2014

Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 28, 9a
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH 03743
I’ll be playing harp and singing the service.

UVMC Messiah Sing
Sunday, December 21, 6:30-9:30p
First Congregational Church, South Park Street, Lebanon, NH
All singers welcome to join the chorus, conducted by Jane Woods and accompanied by Henry Danaher. I’ll be singing “Thou Art Gone up on High.”

Praying in the Dark
Wednesday, December 17
Outdoor prayers 5:30p, Dinner 6p, Prayers 7p
Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Broad Street, Claremont, NH 03743
I played harp for the prayer service in the sanctuary.

Hands on Harps: A Workshop Series
CHRISTMAS EDITION!
Thursday, December 11, 6:30p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH

Area Choir Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 6, 7:30pm
Sunday, December 7, 3:30 & 7:30pm
South Congregational Church, Newport, NH

Harp Music at NH Open Doors
Saturday, November 8, 12-1p; Sunday, November 9, 12-1p
Union Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont

Claremont Community Studio Recital
Saturday, November 8, 2pm
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont
Claremont’s second community studio recital featured flute students of Melissa Richmond and harp and voice students of Angela Biggs.

Jazz Concert & Sculpture Lighting
Sunday, October 26, 4pm
Claremont Opera House
Community singers and jazz band members joined Boston’s Aardvark Jazz Orchestra to perform a work commissioned by Claremont’s 250th Anniversary Committee in celebration of Ernest Montenegro’s new sculpture in Visitor’s Center Park.

Hands on Harps: A Workshop Series
Thursday, October 9, 6:30p and 7:20p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH
Harps are provided. Class size is limited. Fee is by donation (suggested $5).

Castlebay Performance
at the Birthday in the Bricks
Saturday, September 20, 11am
Broad Street Park, Claremont, NH 03743
Castlebay’s concert included three original pieces composed by Claremont students in honor of the city’s 250th anniversary!

Drop-in Harp Workshop
Thursday, August 28, 5-6p
Claremont Farmer’s Market, Broad Street Park, Claremont, NH 03743

Recital: Melissa Richmond, Flute
Saturday, August 23, 4p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
I will be performing as a vocalist with Ms. Richmond.

Concert: Lyle Michaud, Pianist & Composer
Sunday, June 29, 4p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
With Lyle Michaud on piano, I will be singing his “Austerlitz” song cycle.

Mother’s Day Tea
Saturday, May 3; 1-3:30p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH
Adults $12/Under-12 $10.
I will be playing harp from 1:30-2:30; there will also be door prizes, games, and activities for the kids!

Claremont 250th Retro Ball
Saturday, May 3; 5:30-10p
Common Man, 21 Water Street, Claremont, NH
Tickets $85 each or $80 each for two or more. Purchase tickets at the Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce (cash or check only).
I will be singing with John Lovejoy, the East Bay Jazz Ensemble, and flautist Melissa Richmond. You can look forward to live music all night, a scrumptious buffet, and a surprise or two!

Castlebay Concert and Campfire Sing-along
Saturday, April 26; Concert 4p, Workshop 6:30p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH
Join us for a concert, al fresco dinner, and some singing/harping/whistling/s’mores around the campfire! This event is brought to you by the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts. Learn more about Castlebay at http://castlebay.net.

Hands on Harps: A Workshop Series
Monday, February 24, 6:30p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH
Harps are provided. Class size is limited. Fee is by donation (suggested $5).

Lessons and Carols
Sunday, January 5, 9a
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont
Twelve lessons and carols featuring harp, flute, organ, and congregational singing.

2013

Remembrance Service for CT Valley Home Care & Hospice
Sunday, November 3, 2p
St. Mary Church, 32 Central Street, Claremont, NH
I’ll be playing harp and singing before and during the ceremony.

NH Open Doors: Performances and Workshops
133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH
Performances:
Saturday, November 2, 11a-12p
Sunday, November 3, 12-1p
Workshops:
Saturday, November 2, 12:15-1; 1:15-2
Harps are provided. Class size is limited. Fee is by donation.

HAS: Harps After School
Wednesdays 2:45-3:45p, from Oct 9-Nov 13.
Open to Middle & High School students. Adults may join if space allows.
CSB Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, NH
Harps are provided. Limit six students. Suggested donation $5/wk; classes are cumulative.
This program was brought to you by Opus Arts, sponsored by the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts, and funded in part by a Youth Arts Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

Concert
Saturday, October 12, 4p
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 188 Main Street, Charlestown, NH
Melissa Richmond, flute; Angela Biggs, harp; Chris Cheon, piano.
The one-hour concert will be followed by the dedication of St. Luke’s new sign, and a church supper.

Hands on Harps: A Workshop Series
Wednesday, August 28. Two sessions: 7-7:45p and 7:45-8:30p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
Harps are provided. Class size is limited. Fee is by donation.

Taping: Cheshire TV cable show
Thursday, August 15, 2013
“My Karma Ran Over My Dogma,” with Rev. Sandra Whippie.

Recital: Melissa Richmond, Flute
Saturday, August 10, 3p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
Listen to Melissa and me perform an unusual flute/voice duet from this performance here.

Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop
July 19-21, 2013
Boston Conservatory, Boston, MA
This trip was funded in part by an Artist Entreprenurial Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

Claremont Farmer’s Market
Thursday, July 4, 4-7p
Broad Street Park, Claremont, NH
Weather permitting, I’ll play my performance harp in the gazebo.

Hands on Harps: A Workshop Series
Wednesday, June 26, 7-8p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
RSVP by June 20th (melissa@wcc-ma.org)
Harps are provided. Class size is limited. Fee is by donation.

Claremont Farmer’s Market
Thursday, June 20, 4-7p
Broad Street Park, Claremont, NH
I debuted my original “Claremont Blues” at this event.

Wine, Cheese, Music & Art: A WCCMA Fundraiser
Saturday, June 1, 5-7p
The Naughty Vine, 18 Opera House Square, Claremont, NH
Advance tickets $15/ea or $25/pair; $20/ea at the door.
I’ll be performing for an hour during the event (harp and voice).
Thank you for making this a success! After costs, we raised over $200 for the WCCMA!

Harp Workshop
Monday, April 29, 7-8p
Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03743
RSVP by April 26th (melissa@wcc-ma.org)
Harps are provided. Class size is limited. Fee is by donation.