Music Today


NEW in 2014-15!

Classical music is being composed today!  It engages with our modern culture, exploring new styles, new sounds, and new ideas.  Music Today introduces students to music by living composers and the business-related skills of concert production.  Students will be involved in all aspects of music-making: selecting repertoire, deciding on venue, designing marketing pieces, as well as rehearsing and performing music in small ensemble settings.  They will be guided by CMS faculty and members of Alarm Will Sound, a national leader among contemporary music ensembles.

Financial aid is available, plus discounts for students in CMS ensembles who also wish to participate in Music Today!  Call (314) 968-5939 for more information.  

Program piloted in Spring 2014:  Alarm Will Sound Concert with CMS Students - Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at The Sheldon Concert Hall  Click here for more information about the concert. 

2014-15 Concerts

7:30 p.m. Friday, December 12, 2014 
7:30 p.m., Friday, May 29, 2015 

At the Community Music School 
535 Garden Ave.
Webster Groves, MO 63119

FREE and open to the public 

Instruments: Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Piano

Ages: Students entering 7-12 grades and who are intermediate level or beyond 

• Must be at the intermediate level or beyond for your instrument. 
• Must be able to read music fluently. 
• Must be confident with reading rhythms and open to new music experiences

REHEARSALS: Sundays, 3:30-5:30 pm (unless otherwise noted),
CMS Center, 535 Garden Avenue:
Sept. 7, Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 16, Nov. 23,
Dress rehearsal: Fri., Dec. 5, 4:30-10:30 pm
Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, March 1, March 15, March 29, April 12,
Friday rehearsals, 4:30-6:30 pm: April 24, May 8, May 15

Alarm Will Sound

Alarm Will SoundAlarm Will Sound has established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic skill. ASCAP recognized their contributions to new music with a 2006 Concert Music Award for "the virtuosity, passion and commitment with which they perform and champion the repertory for the 21st century." Their performances have been described as "equal parts exuberance, nonchalance, and virtuosity" by the London Financial Times and as "a triumph of ensemble playing" by the San Francisco Chronicle. The New York Times says Alarm Will Sound is "the future of classical music" and "the very model of a modern music chamber band."  Learn more about Alarm Will Sound at

Resources for Prospective Students:  

Alarm Will Sound Concert with CMS Students Alarm Will Sound working with CMS Student

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheldon Concert Hall 

Big Buckets of Water, Clapping, CMS students, Alarm Will Sound 

All of these things are linked together in a crazy, exciting, musical way when CMS students join Alarm Will Sound on their May 30th concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Students from 5 years to 18 are clapping, bubbling, and playing rhythms that will blow your mind. Polyrhythms, phasing and multi-metered music is no longer for the college music major. CMS students are making amazing music and having a great time!

Join them for Alarm Will Sound's concert at the Sheldon featuring Steve Reich's Clapping Music. (No competing rhythm can shake these kids!) Biedenbender's Schism has our students sitting side-by-side Alarm Will Sound musicians as they perform large leaps, divided melodies, changing meters, all seated on a solid rock groove. Big buckets of water come into play in Globokar's Influence Liquide, a piece lacking standard notation, but having lots of bubbles! Prep students are performing with Alarm Will Sound musicians a very cool contemporary piece by Elena Kats-Chernin, Fast Blue Village 2. Look for even more music from Alarm Will Sound! Don't miss it!

Tickets: $20 for adults and $10 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets visit: