Learning & Community

At Howland Chamber Music Circle, we bring the transformative power of live music to Hudson Valley communities with music outreach programs in Beacon’s surrounding neighborhoods and school districts.

Classics for Kids

For many years Howland Chamber Music Circle and co-presenter Howland Cultural Center have delighted young audiences with engaging and interactive concerts tailored specifically for them. Music lovers of all ages can enjoy the popular Instrument Petting Zoo, our outdoor walking concerts, and collaborative concert programs intended to entertain and educate.

Education Outreach

Since 2004 HCMC has inspired learning through educational concerts and music residency programs for local school districts. Whether it’s a brass quintet performing for an entire school, side-by-side concerts with musician residents, or clinics offered to band and orchestra students, HCMC is devoted to empowering kids through music.

“One of the greatest musical experiences I’ve ever had. We learned a lot about different musical styles and how to really make the music come alive. It is truly something I won’t forget.”
– Arlington High School student

Serving the Arlington, Beacon, and Poughkeepsie School Districts, past partnerships have included:

  • Jasper String Quartet
  • Daedalus String Quartet
  • Gotham City Brass Quintet
  • Vent Nouveau
  • Biava String Quartet
“We are incredibly grateful to the Howland Chamber Music Circle for making this tremendous residency possible. It is a great treat to share our passion with the Arlington students and it is wonderful to see how they, both individually and collectively, travel forward in their musicianship.”
– J Freivogel, violinist of Jasper String Quartet

Pop Up Concerts

HCMC connects people through music with its free community concert series, presented in spaces throughout the city of Beacon. Often in collaboration with local shops, galleries, studios, churches, and parks around the city, these events are open to visitors and locals alike. Discover a dynamic performance in a non-traditional place, where everyone can enjoy music in a casual atmosphere.