Friday, May 13, 2011

Dear CCMA Friends,

It has been my pleasure to serve as President of CCMA for the last few years. But it is time for me to step down. I believe we have had two very good years…a brand new web site, a CCMA blog to get messages out in a timely fashion, two youth competitions, followed by excellent concerts showcasing all student applicants, and some truly wonderful concerts with healthy audiences in attendance. We own a harpsichord which has been lovingly tended by David Jensen who replaced the jacks and gave it the ability to shift between 415 and 440 (take note, Early Music people.) In addition, we are still very much a solvent organization with a healthy bank balance. In spite of all this, our membership fell sharply several years ago and it has not yet returned to previous levels. I am, however, convinced that there are musicians in our town who would like to perform in CCMA concerts.

I am therefore challenging someone to take over running this organization. It is over 30 years old and it only waits for an interested someone to take it to 40!

Please contact me at 336-7045 if that person is YOU.

Best wishes,


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dear CCMA Friends,

On April 3, 2011, at 2:00 at the U.U. church, we are presenting a memorial concert in honor of our founder and eminent musicologist, Hans Tischler. I hope you all will come and enjoy this wonderful concert. Below is the program. there will be a reception following the concert when you can greet Alice Tischler and the musicians.

Hope to see you there,

Ruth Boshkoff

Suite#1 in G Major, BWV 1007 …………………………………………J. S. Bach (1685-1750)


Christine Kypranides, Baroque cello

Sonata in F Major per il Violino Solo e Basso, no. 28………..… Franz Benda (1709-1786)
I. un poco Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Presto
Christine Kypranides, Baroque cello and Janelle Davis, violin

Sonata in A minor, ,BWV1013 …………………..….…………………………………..J. S. Bach
Bourrée anglaise

From Die Zauberflote………………………………………………… W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)

"O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn"
"Der Holle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen"

Tridib Pal, saxophone, Charles Webb, piano

Trio in A minor for Piano, Cello and Clarinet, Opus 114 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)



Andante grazioso


Diane Rivera, piano, John Winninger, cello, Carl Weinberg, clarinet

Scherzo #3 in C sharp minor Opus 39……………………………….Frédéric Chopin (1810- 1849)

Charles Webb, piano

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Change the date!

February 10, 2011
Dear CCMA Friends,
The board and I have decided to change the date of our March 13 concert which is to honor Hans Tischler. The March 13 date is during spring vacation and would not JSOM faculty or students to perform or attend.
The new date is April 3 at 2:00 in the U.U. Church. Please tell your friends. and put the new date on your calendars. I will be sending out a poster with the new date on it soon.

Best wishes,

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

CCMA annual Ensemble Competition

The CCMA competition for high school ensembles took place last Sunday in the U.U. church. Judges were Steven Pratt, Paul Hartin, and Marian Bates. There were 8 ensembles competing and a total of 38 musicians involved. The judges and I heard repertoire from Scheidt to Houston Bright with everything in between and enjoyed it all. The judges awarded a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. prize and 2 honorable mentions, and recommended that you be able to hear them all too.
To that end, I will be featuring all of these participants in a concert next Sunday, February 6, at 2:00 at the U.U. church.
Please come and support these capable musicians. They are the performers, listeners, and arts-lovers of tomorrow!

Our final concert of this year will be on March 13 at the U.U. church. It will honor and memorialize our founder and great supporter Hans Tischler. Please contact me if you would like to play or sing in this concert.
Best wishes,

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Happy New Year to all!
For some time now CCMA has held juried solo competitions for high school musicians in January. The competition has afforded students an opportunity to perform before a jury and receive evaluations and pointers for improvement. For many, this was their dress rehearsal for the ISSMA competitions. Winners also received cash awards. Last year the competition was opened to all instrumentalists performing in ensembles. A week after the competition all students subsequently performed in a wonderful CCMA concert at the U.U. Church.

This year, On January 30, CCMA is again holding an ensemble competition and I am eager to have another youth concert on February 6 at the U.U. Church. Please spread the word to all the young people and music teachers you know. The application is on our web site: This is a wonderful opportunity for us to encourage our young musicians.

I would like to remind you that our March 13 concert will be in memory of Hans Tischler. Hans and Eve List founded CCMA in 1975 and Hans ran the organization for many years after Eve's death. It would be wonderful if some of our members who knew and admired Hans were able to perform in the March 13 concert. Please get in touch with me if you would like to do this.

Finally, on behalf of CCMA, I would like to extend our sympathy to the family of Bob Bent. Bob was a long-time member of CCMA and played 'cello frequently in earlier years.

Best wishes,
Ruth Boshkoff, President, CCMA

Monday, November 22, 2010

Hans Tischler

Dear CCMA friends,
We were all very sad to hear of the passing of Hans Tischler. one of CCMA's most loyal and hard-working friends. Hans and Eve List were founding members of our organization and Hans was president for many years. He and his wife Alice ran the organization and organized many wonderful concerts. Until just recently Hans could be relied upon to continue sharing his wisdom with the various presidents who followed his tenure. He was a wonderful man and we will miss him.
We are dedicating our March 13 concert to his memory and hope to have many of you there, either as performers or listeners.
If you would like to participate in the program, please contact me. Our new web address is My blog is


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November 10 News

November 10, 2010
The October 24th concert celebrating the 200th birthday of Robert Schumann was very well-recieved by an appreciative audience. Thanks and congratulations to all the performers

Our next venture is the annual high school musicians' ensemble competition. Applications can be found on our web site and are due in to me by January 21. Consult the web site for further information about the event which will take place on January 30 at the U.U. Church. Please spread the word about this to all the young musicians you know. There will be cash prizes for each member of the ensemble. In addition, we will feature the winners in a special concert on February 6, 2011 at the U.U. church.

I would like to let you know that the Web site location for CCMA is about to change. Our new URL will be Thank you for your patience while we move the files to the new location.

Best wishes,