After School Arts


Spring 2016 Clowning and Character class with former Blue Man Patrick Branstetter

Creative Arts Studio with Erica Sears, fall 2016

Creative Arts Studio with Erica Sears, fall 2016










Join Chandler for after school arts enrichment classes in 2017! We will be offering unique classes for different levels and ages, elementary through high school. This season’s classes are listed below. The classes are low-cost and high quality, enlivening the building, and our communities, with inspiring activities. To register, click on the title of the class to find the registration form.

Spring 2017 session begins March. 8th, ends week of May 29th

*After School Arts participants will have a chance to perform at Mini Mud on Chandler’s Main Stage this year!

Payment plans and scholarships are available, please inquire.

Classes at Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St., Randolph, VT

Creative Theater Arts: Purposeful Performers with Nicole Conte Stevens

Students will enjoy expressing themselves in meaningful, engaging ways. Theater games, creative challenges and scene work will foster imagination and performance skills. Props, costumes, music, stories and short videos will add to the inspiration and fun.

Wednesdays: 4:00 to 5:00 PM
12 week session beginning March 8 (no class week of April 17)
Ages 8-12
Location: Chandler Center for the Arts
Cost: $120


Creative Movement & Traditional Music with Nicole Conte Stevens (Session 1) (Session 2)

Students will move, sing and share ideas through traditional singing games and creative dance activities. Instruments such as guitar, drum and tambourine, as well as stories and maps, will help us explore musical traditions from Vermont and beyond while inventing some of our own.

Wednesdays: 3:00 to 3:45 PM
Two 5-week sessions March 8-April 5 and April 25-May 24. You may sign up for one or both sessions.
Ages 4-8
Location: Chandler Center for the Arts
Cost: $50 per session

Note: Students should wear comfortable clothes and shoes for active movement.

For Wednesday classes, kids may take the bus to Chandler! Contact Emily Crosby if you are interested in this option.

Nicole Conte Stevens (a VT-certified teacher) will meet the bus outside and greet her students. Your child should bring a snack and water bottle. Youth ages 9 to 12 enrolled in Creative Theater Arts may also participate in the Creative Movement & Traditional Music class in a special mentoring role at half-price. If older students prefer not to participate in the first class, they will be asked to sit in the Esther Mesh room and quietly read or do homework; they cannot be left unsupervised outside of the room. Students enrolled in only Creative Movement & Traditional Music must be picked up at Chandler by 4 PM.

Instructor Bio: Nicole Conte Stevens has an extensive background as an educator with a focus on creative arts and environmental learning. She has a BA from Dartmouth College, MS from Antioch University New England and a Vermont teaching license. She teaches at Chandler Center for the Arts, Earth Community Nature Center, ArtisTree Community Arts Center and local schools. In 2016, she co-directed The Little Prince the play for BarnArts Center for the Arts. She performs regularly with two dance groups and strives to inspire confidence, joy, creativity and interconnectedness as artist and teacher.


Beginner/Intermediate Ukulele Group for Teens – with Jenny Beaudin

The ukulele is a fun, versatile and easy to learn instrument and even better when played in a group. Whether you just acquired a ukulele or have been strumming for a couple of years, this group is designed for beginner and intermediate uke players in middle and high school who want to improve their playing. We will work together to identify songs to play while learning new chord shapes, strum patterns and overall uke skills. Flexibility and a sense of humor required.

Thursdays: 4:30-5:30pm
12 week session beginning March 9th (no class week of April 17)
Ages 12+
Location: Chandler Center for the Arts
Cost: $120


Beginner Ukulele Class – with Kara Lake

The ukulele is a fun, versatile and easy to learn instrument. This introductory class will help new players learn the basics of the ukulele including uke anatomy, hand positions, basic strum patterns and chords. Come join us in singing and strumming along to some familiar songs. Ukuleles are available to buy at low cost from Guitar Sam in Montpelier VT on Main Street. If you’d like a loaner ukulele, we can try to locate some. Please be in touch if you need one.

Mondays 3-4pm
10 week session beginning March 13th (no class week of April 17)
Ages 8-12
Location: Chandler Center for the Arts
Cost: $100


Songwriting with Kara & Andy Lake

Explore songwriting with local duo, Jennings & McComber who just released their first album of original songs. Together, they have years of experience and a lot of enthusiasm to share. Learn basic elements of songwriting including song structures, melody, rhythm, and telling a story through lyrics. We will look at different approaches to songwriting; beginning with lyrics vs. beginning with a melody or chord progression. Bring your creativity, a notebook, pencil, and an instrument. We hope to help you cook up your first song by the end of this session!

Mondays 4:15-5:15
10 week session beginning March 13th (no class week of April 17)
Ages 12 +
Location: Chandler Center for the Arts
Cost: $100


Offsite classes

Chandler Children’s Chorus with Marjorie Drysdale

Hop on board for a magical music adventure with “Songs of the Sea!”

Children in grades 3-6 are welcome to join the Chandler Children’s Chorus as we learn a variety of sea-related melodies for a performance with the Randolph Singers on Sunday, May 7 at 4 pm at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

Songs will include “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid,” “Where Go the Boats?” and “Song for the MIRA.” We’ll also sing some rollicking sea chanteys together, just for the fun of it. Join us for song, fun, and friendship. Refreshments are included!

Tuesdays 3-4pm, beginning March 14th (no class week of April 17)
Grades 3-6
Location: Marjorie Drysdale’s home
Contact for info and directions
Cost: $70

Bio: Marjorie Drysdale is currently co-director of the Randolph Singers with her husband, M.Dickey Drysdale. For 15 years, she served as music director for Chandler’s July 4 Youth Musicals, stepping down from that position in 2014. She also founded the vocal ensemble, “Sounding Joy!,” which she led for 28 years. She has been a soprano soloist in opera, musical theater, recital and oratorio throughout New England, appearing with the Vermont Symphony, the Vermont Philharmonic, the New England Bach Festival, the Vermont Mozart Festival, the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, the Hanover Chamber Orchestra, Opera North, Vermont Opera Theater, the Randolph Singers, and others. Currently, she sings with “Counterpoint,” Vermont’s only professional vocal ensemble. Marjorie teaches voice, flute and piano at her home studio in Randolph.


Filmmaking Workshop with Carlos Diaz

The Filmmaking Workshop offers students the opportunity to explore, create and work on the entire filmmaking process while working on a narrative short. Students will write, produce, film, direct and edit a short film. The workshop will be modeled on the Hollywood system of collaboration and separation of duties. Each team member will execute a specific task and will experience all positions by assuming different responsibilities on each project. The focus of the workshop will be on Narrative Storytelling but will not exclude other forms like: The Music Video, Experimental Filmmaking or Reality Media. The Workshop is ideal for people who are interested in creative projects, acting, collaboration, art, photography, lighting, directing and having fun. This a great opportunity to learn with professional gear and solve creative challenges within a team context.

Wednesdays 3-4pm
12 week session beginning March 8th (no class week of April 17)
Ages 13+
Location: RTCC
Cost: $120

Refund and Payment Policies:

  • After the first week of programming, no refunds will be provided.
  • If school is cancelled due to snow or weather, we do not provide a refund, but we will try to reschedule the class.
  • No refunds or make-up classes offered for student absences due to illness or family emergency.