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The music department at Colchester Middle School strives to encourage a creative community of developing musicians. We are proud to have several performing ensembles in addition to many general music classes. Students may participate in: 6th grade Chorus, SSA and SAB Choirs (7/8th grade), 6th and 7/8th grade Band, auditioned after school Select Choir, after school Jazz Band (7th/8th grade only), and/or yearly school musical. Our curriculum is comprised of rhythm studies, composition, basic recorder, guitar, piano, and ukulele performance and techniques, music history, and beginning music theory. 

Please visit the Friends of Colchester Music website for more information about parent/community involvement in our district music program!

We encourage all parents to stay involved with their students progress in our classes and ensembles via Parent Portal, Google Classroom, as well as checking this website for important dates and additional information. Please email us with any questions, concerns, or celebrations regarding your students and/or our program.

Important Dates
  • September 14 - Add/Drop date for Band and Chorus. Band Google Forms due.
  • November 3  - District III Music Festival Band Auditions - for 7/8th-grade students
  • November 9 - District III Jazz Festival - Brown's River Middle School -for 7/8th-grade students 
  • December  13 - CMS Winter Band concert -7:00pm - CHS Theater (Colchester Performing Arts Center)
  • December 6 - CMS Winter Choral concert - 7:00pm - CHS Theater (Colchester Performing Arts Center)
  • February 1 and 2 - District III Music Festival -Essex Middle School - for auditioned and accepted 7/8th-grade students
  • March 9 - CSD Music Concert - 10:30am Band, 12:00pm Chorus - CHS Gymnasium
  • May 9 and 10- CMS Musical The Little Mermaid, Jr. - CHS Theater (Performing Arts Center at Colchester High School)
  • May 16 - CMS Spring Chorus concert - 7:00pm - CHS Theater (Performing Arts Center at Colchester High School)
  • May 29 - CMS Spring Band concert - 7:00pm - CHS Theater (Performing Arts Center at Colchester High School)
About Us

Emily Desautels Instrumental Activities, General Music 6-8 
Mrs. Desautels started teaching Music at CMS in 2010, but grew up through the Colchester School District! She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education K-12 at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. Throughout her time there, she studied voice and played tuba in the PSU Symphonic Band. She was also a section leader of the PSU Chamber Singers, with whom she toured the US east coast, Canada, and Vietnam. After completing her student teaching in Nashua, NH, Mrs. Desautels moved back to Colchester and spent time in the district as a Paraeducator and Intensive Needs Interventionist before beginning her exciting adventures in the CMS Music department. In her free time, Mrs. Desautels keeps a flock of chickens and ducks in her backyard.

Bridgette Tozzi Choral Activities, General Music 6-8
Mrs. Tozzi grew up in the Adirondacks and traveled to New Jersey to attend Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ. She received her Bachelor's of Music Education with a Major in Voice, performing at Carnegie Hall with the Symphonic Choir under the direction of Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt. She received her Master's in Education in 2006. She has spent the past 18 years teaching Music at middle and high school levels in New Jersey and Vermont. Mrs. Tozzi embarked upon a more simple way of life and headed to Vermont, where the hills truly are alive with the sound of music!

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