GROUP WEEK: October 15 – 21

Still not registered?  Speak with your teacher or contact our reception desk at to select your group!  Please note that there are no regularly scheduled MUSIC LESSONS during this week.  Teachers may, however, schedule make-up lessons during this time.  ACTING CLASS continues on its regular schedule.

CHSMA Welcomes Lynne Isley!

We are very excited to welcome Lynne Isley to the Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts! Lynne is a newly retired music teacher with 32 years of experience teaching public school music. She is a graduate of Meredith College and received a Bachelor of Music Degree with a concentration in voice and K-12 Certification. She has had students perform in the N.C. Jr. Honors Chorus and her choral groups have earned superior and gold ratings at various choral festivals. She is currently the Music Director and Accompanist for the Salem United Methodist Church. “Having been actively involved in music, literally all my life, it has been my passion to coach and motivate young people to excel in the art of music as I truly believe music is the key to happiness in life!”Bio picture 001

CHSMA Welcomes Claire Cooper!

We are so happy to welcome Claire Cooper to the Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts! Cooper has studied classical voice and opera at the University of North Carolina where she also directed several musicals and was the Primary Arranger and Music Director for the “Walk-Ons”, a co-ed a capella group. Cooper has also participated in musical theatre at Broughton High School, Raleigh Little Theater and the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre.
Claire Cooper

CHSMA Fall Fair!

We were so happy to see so many of you at our Fall Fair!  We had a great time Saturday, 9/9, at our first-ever MUSICAL FAIR! Families (and teachers) enjoyed eating hot dogs, goldfish and popsicles in between trips to the inflatable bouncy castle, the bubble booth, and the instrument discovery zone.  We were glad to have a number of visitors too who found out more about our school and our sense of fun. The weather was gorgeous and we’ve decided to make it an annual event each September.

If you missed our Fall Fair, be sure to visit us at Festifall from 12-6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1 on West Franklin Street in Downtown Chapel Hill!

How Theatre Can Reduce Anxiety in Teens

Being a teenager is hard enough to begin with, but for those with social anxiety it can be even more difficult. Children who attend performing arts classes are less anxious and have better social and academic skills by the time they’re teenagers, according to a recent study by the Economic Social Research Institute. To learn more about the research and hear personal stories of how theatre has improved middle and high school students lives, please visit: