Music at the Meeting  House Presents…

A Celebration of Advent:

Hymns and Dances by Michael Praetorius

Ensemble Musica Humana

featuring Renaissance Men

November 28, 8pm, First Churches of Northampton

Pre-conert talks at 7pm


Ensemble Musica Humana; from their website

Click here to hear a sample. Click here to meet the musicians

General Admission $15 online/ $20 door

Group rates available


Tickets at

Two Flutes & 88 Keys,

October 18, 2014 @ 3pm

Sue Dunbar, Cindy Naughton (flutes) & Gretchen Dane Burdick (piano) will be performing in the First Churches Sanctuary. Selections include Sonata No. 5 for flute and keyboard by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), Arabesques No. 1 from Deux Arabesques pour le Piano by Claude Debussy (1862-1918), and Sonata for Flute & Clavier in e flat major by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and more! Suggested donation $5-$10. This program supports the Music @ the Meeting House series, and other community music events at the Church.

Cindy Naughton has taught Music and Theatre at the Smith College Campus School since 1984. She holds degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she studied flute and organ and from Smith College. (M. Ed.) Cindy founded and directed two theatre companies for children including the Pelham Players for which she won a “Gold Star “ award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2012. Cindy has served as Music Director for several productions with the Amherst Leisure Services Community Theatre and is a past recipient of the “Community Theatre Arts” award. Cindy is also the Music Director for the Amherst based “Youth of Broadway”. She is a member of “Harvest Harmony”, a Capella quartet and the musician for “That Long Tall Sword” dance team. Cindy is the proud mother of 4 sons and 2 daughters-in-law. She and her supportive husband George live in Pelham, MA

Sue Dunbar taught elementary band students at Fort River School, Wildwood School and Crocker Farm School in the town of Amherst for 38 years. She retired in June of 2014. She has been married to Bruce Dunbar for over 30 years and lives in New Salem, MA. She is the treasurer for Central Congregation Church in New Salem and is also the lead drummer for The Scots Highland Pipes and Drums Bagpipe Band headquartered in Leomimster, MA. She performs in several area high-school musical pit bands  as well as the Amherst Leisure Services pit orchestra. Sue also works at the New Salem Public Library and does computer outreach for its senior citizens and she volunteers for Franklin County Home Care as a Money Manager for seniors. In her spare time she plays with 2 misbehaving black cats and keeps in touch with 2 grown sons in NY and MA

Gretchen Dane Burdick taught Music and was Chorus Director at the Smith College Campus School for 30 years, retiring in June 2012. Serving several churches in MA and Nova Scotia as Choir Director and Church Organist, she is currently the Minister of Music at The Williamsburg Congregational Church which she has served for the past 25 years. She is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Normal College and taught Elementary School Music  in her home town of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia for several years. She attended Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia majoring in Piano, Organ and Voice and continued piano studies at the New England Conservatory, Boston. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree, Cum Laude, in Theory and Composition at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, continuing graduate studies focused on research in General Elementary Music Education. Gretchen also holds a Kodaly Music Education Certificate, Graduate Level, from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, CT. She has performed as piano soloist, duo pianist and collaborated with vocalists and instrumentalists in MA and Nova Scotia. She was also co-owner with Dana Pasquale of the former Allegro Music store in Florence, MA for 10 years. She has 2 daughters and 4 delightful grandchildren– 2 girls and 2 boys, 7, 13, 14, and 18 years of age. Gretchen enjoys working in her perennial flower gardens and researching family genealogy.



A Flute Duet with Erin Pulley & Natalie Talbot August 30, 2014 at 7 pm

 Please join us in the First Churches Sanctuary for an overlook of German Composers that wrote for the genre of flute duet spanning from the Baroque  period with George Philipp Telemann and Wilhelm Friedman Bach to the 20th Century with Paul Hindemith’s Kanonische Sonatine (Canonic Sonata). The concert also includes arrangements of Mozart’s famous opera Don Giovanni. Duets, which are used often for private study, are not often publicly performed.

Erin and Natalie met at UMASS studying Music Performance. While at the University of Southern Maine, Erin performed with the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra and chamber ensembles. Natalie is hoping to pursue her Master’s Degree in Historical Performance for the Baroque Flute.


Erin Pulley (1)

Erin Pulley

Erin Pulley

Natalie Talbot



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