Music in the Somerset Hills
Education, Artistry, and Community through Music
Music in the Somerset Hills (MISH) is a musical community whose mission is to create musical experiences of the highest quality for those who live and work in the Somerset Hills and the surrounding area.
MISH was founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Stephen Sands, an experienced choir director, educator, and Executive Director of the Antioch Chamber Ensemble, as well an acclaimed tenor with the Grammy-nominated Trinity Choir in New York. Two well-known local musicians and educators – Matthew LaPine and Dr. Brian Harlow – work with him to provide performances and educational opportunities that will enhance the lives of people of all ages and all levels of ability.
MISH has three primary programs:
The Somerset Hills Community Chorus is open to anyone aged 14 and upwards, with or without expertise. It enables them to perform alongside seasoned professionals in fine venues within and around the community.
The Concert Series brings accomplished professional musicians to perform with the Chorus in local venues. Since 2010, performances have included the Vivaldi Gloria, Handel’s Semele and Messiah, a centenary concert of works by Benjamin Britten, a jazz concert of George Shearing works, the Fauré Requiem, Bach’s St. John Passion, and, in 2016, Music of the Movies with Peter Dinklage. On a smaller scale, there have been organ recitals, wind concerts, string quartets, carol sings and vocal recitals.
Music Education centers on a Teaching Associates Program that provides practical assistance and advanced training to a network of private music teachers throughout the community. MISH also runs summer music camps for children, including six camps in 2014 – Music Tech, Summer Voices, Percussion, Guitar, Musical Theater Magic (for younger children) and Musical Theater Intensive (7th-12th grade). MISH is involved in running an Early Childhood Music Program, with classes for children up to 8-years-old. A yoga music program and a guitar workshop are available for adult participation. And MISH offers scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate musical excellence.
For more information, please contact us!
PO Box 729
Bernardsville, NJ 07924