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Tousignant to Step Down from Manchester Community Music School

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Jan 22, 2014
Manchester, NH

It was announced last week that Jeanine Tousignant, CEO of Manchester Community Music School (MCMS), will be stepping down this June after nearly ten years of service. Tousignant is stepping down to fulfill her long-time dream of starting her own organizational and fundraising consulting firm.

During Tousignant's tenure, MCMS has served thousands of students, more than tripled its contributed income, raised its profile significantly in the community, developed new educational programs, expanded the financial aid and scholarship programs, and established many partnerships with schools and nonprofit organizations.

Tousignant said of her departure, "I truly love MCMS, the mission, the students, families, faculty, staff and board and will always be connected to the school...My goal is to continue to move the school forward through the end of the school year, while managing a successful transition, celebrating the accomplishments of the past 10 years, and looking forward to a bright future."

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About Manchester Community Music School
Founded in 1983, MCMS serves over 1,000 students each year through a wide array of programs – including music lessons and ensembles for all ages, early childhood classes, a new state of the art music technology lab and recording studio, music therapy program, after-school programs and summer day camps. Our students range in age from 6 months to 92 years young. Students attend the school from 65 New Hampshire communities. MCMS’ mission is changing lives through the power of learning, sharing and making music. The school is home to 52 of New England’s finest music educators and professional musicians who share their talents with the community as the Manchester Chamber Players, giving nearly 20 free concerts each year in Manchester. MCMS houses the largest youth ensemble program north of Boston: the NH Youth Ensemble Program now has seven ensembles (orchestras, band, jazz, and chorus) with over 250 young musicians who perform regularly for audiences of 300+. During the summer months, MCMS offers many summer music camps including Joy of Music, Jazz Camp and Camp Crescendo. Over the past three years, the Music Therapy program has grown to serve hundreds of students with special needs each year. Individual and group music therapy sessions are provided at the Music School, as well as through partnerships with 18 public schools systems and social service agencies. Core to our mission, MCMS offers financial assistance to those who would otherwise not be able to participate in the Music School’s programs. Since our founding in 1983, MCMS has awarded over $800,000 in financial aid.

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Pictured Above: Jeanine Tousignant

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