Regional Events

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Join us! To find an event in your area, click on your region or on the map to the right.

For more information, or to receive notices of upcoming events, contact your local CMN coordinator.

The CMN regional was AWESOME!! My friend and I were so happy to learn so much from Eve Kodiak and Ellen Allard. What new ideas and skills to explore!!! The preschool setting in Canton was great and the company even better. I connected with LOTS of old music friends!
— Sandy S, May 2013



If you are interested in hosting a song swap to gather some friends to sing over the holidays, please contact Jane Arsham at



Looking forward to seeing you at the 2016 International Conference in Los Gatos, CA  Oct 14-16

Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Region is very excited to be hosting the CMN 2018 International Conference at the Lodge at Sawmill Creek Resort on the banks of Lake Erie.  The dates are Oct 12-14, 2018.  Make your plans now and perhaps extend a day or two on either end to really enjoy this beautiful setting!


Lisa Heintz(







CMN Workshop, Song Swap & Concert

Saturday, March 17, 2018
St. Patrick's Day

11:00 am to 12:00 pm - Workshop
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Lunch & Networking
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm - Song Swap
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm - Break
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Children Concert

Free Library of Springfield Township
Mark your calendars for Saturday. March 17th for a fun day of fun in Wynmoor, PA, just outside of Philadelphia. We are grateful to the Free Library of Springfield Township for generously providing us with the use of multiple rooms in their newly renovated and expanded building.

We’ll kick things of with a workshop presentation, The Magic of Mindfulness in Education: Supporting the benefits of present moment awareness for our kids and ourselves. Says presenter Peter Moses, "The children that we teach are already masters of living in the present moment. They are so full of wonder and curiosity. As educators, we can support and deepen this wonderful, natural attribute while rediscovering this great potential in ourselves."

After an hour of lunch and socializing, we’ll get to share our music in an informal Song Swap. We’d love to hear some of your favorite songs, especially those that you feel might inspire, comfort or delight us in these trying times.

After another brief interlude, we’ll pool our talents to stage a performance that is open to the public. I’m calling this the “Sing a Rainbow” Kids Concert, as a nod to St. Patrick’s Day, diversity, and Philly children’s TV legend, Captain Noah. 

Look for more event details in the weeks to come, but in the meantime, please save the date and help spread the word within our CMN community and beyond, especially to any educators you know.
CMN Mid-Atlantic Co-Coordinator
CMN Mid-Atlantic Co-Coordinator

You can see a Facebook Photo Album of the event here:
Your CMN Mid-Atlantic Region Co-Coordinators,

David C. Perry

Devin Walker

From Past Events!



Pool Party, Song Swap & Potluck

On Saturday, July 30th, 2016 CMN Mid-Atlantic members and their families gathered at the lovely home Janet Sclaroff in Cherry Hill, NJ, for a Pool Party / Song Swap / Potluck Dinner. The weather gods smiled upon us and provided plenty of time for swimming, splashing, diving and water frisbee before rain clouds moved in late afternoon.

Then it was time to eat, drink and and be merry, chowing down on scrumptious burgers and chicken plus an array of salads and other miscellaneous munchies. The day was rounded out with a song circle featuring a wide variety of wonderful songs, original and old favorites, from silly to sublime, that had everyone singing and playing along.

Special thanks to Janet for being the perennial hostess-with-the mostest – and a big wet hug to Marsha Goodman-Wood for journeying all the way from Washington, DC, with her hubby and three kids to be part of the fun.


Looking forward to seeing you at the 2016 International Conference in Los Gatos, CA  Oct 14-16

For more information, feel free to e-mail Janet at You can also contact Mid-Atlantic Co-ordinator David C. Perry at 610-457-1239 or, if you have any questions about this event or suggestions for additional regional activities.

We hope to see you there!


CMN "Here Comes Summer!" Kids Art & Music Festival (+ Pool Party)

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, a dozen or so members of The Children's Music Network Mid-Atlantic Region provided more than four hours of music for the “Here Comes Summer!” Kids Art & Music Festival at The Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill, NJ. In celebration of the first weekend of summer – and the museum’s 21st birthday – we performed two sets on an outdoor stage and then moved into their indoor theater for the final set of the day. The museum was thrilled to have us as part of the festivities and expressed their gratitude with a nice financial contribution to CMN.

Afterwards, joined by other CMNers who weren’t at the Festival, we gathered at the nearby home of Janet Sclaroff for a Pool Party / Potluck / Sing-Along. As you can imagine, a warm and wonderful time was had by all. What a glorious way to kick off the summer!

For additinal pictures check out Facebook album of Mid-AtlanticPool Party /Gathering at the home of Janet Sclaroff


CMN Children's Concert for Peace

On April 11, 2015, an amazing array of performers from the Mid-Atlantic Region of The Children's Music Network joined forces at the Newtown Meeting House to perform a benefit concert for the Peace Center of Bucks County. Fantastic fun for a great cause!

Group singing closing song

Left: Pauline Houston McCall   Right: Dave Fry

Peter Moses

Click on this link to see more photos of the event, including all the performers and a bunch of adorable singing, dancing kids.


PICS FROM 2014 EVENTS: Facebook



Midwesterners - SAVE-THE-DATES:
Instead of playing in the snow, please come out for to play, sing, and learn at our combination SongSwap and mini-workshop afternoons.  
Sunday, March 18,  3-5 pm    Chicago suburbs  Workshop: Jeanie B will share "How to Write Songs with Kids!"
Locations will be sent out at least one week prior to the SongShop. If you have a suggestion for a future workshop presenter or would like to BE one, please send the topic and a brief description along to Carole Stephens.
Questions? Comments? Send those, too!
Yours for a Song!
Carole Stephens, Midwest Coordinator  

Looking forward to seeing you at the 2016 International Conference in Los Gatos, CA  Oct 14-16


Check out some pix from recent fun times!!

June 2015: Six People Singing Six People Singing SongSwap Social in Chicago turned into NINE people singing, networking, laughing and sharing!  Host Carole Stephens welcomed Nina Marder, Karen Banks-Lubicz, Alina Celeste, Kristen Lems, Jeanie B, Brigid Finucane, Sue Nierman and Susan Salidor for a productive afternoon.  Watch for an announcement about our upcoming Regional Gathering in August!


Feb 2015: A great time was had at the Blue Isle Public Library with hosts Anna Stange and Candy Heitner-- Several scarf and color songs were shared.  A story from Abe Lincoln interpreter, Dave Becker.  Dave Orleans shared Stuart Stott's new midwinter song.  Brigid Finucane shared an interesting play party song (somewhat similar to London Bridge).  Anna Stange shared falling down and getting back up play party songs.  

Candy Heitner (left) and Debbie Parks.

Energy is building in the region leading up to this year's Annual Conference in Zion, IL Oct 16-18, 2015. Hope to see you there f not before!  If you have any questions, concerns (or would like to host a SongSwap in the future) please feel free to contact me!

Yours for a Song(Swap!)
Carole Stephens, Midwest Rep/CMN
















If you are interested in hosting a song swap to gather some friends to sing over the holidays, please contact Jane Arsham at or contact Katherine Dines, CMN Contact in Colorado.



Looking forward to seeing you at the 2016 International Conference in Los Gatos, CA  Oct 14-16

New England

The NE Regional plans for connecting this coming year continue.  Check the schedule below of events planned and possible across the NE Region

 March 3:   Song Swap hosted by Sally Rogers, Pomfret, CT


April  7, 2018:        

Songs for Spring!  Let's welcome back (or encourage along!) spring by swapping songs about plants, animals and the joy of growth in nature.  Bring your children, your friends, your instruments, your songs, or any songs you would love to share with the rest of us.  Small snacks provided. 

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10- 11:30 AM

Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Vermont, at 130 Main Street, across from the Montpelier Public Library.   Enter by the side door on School Street.  Please RSVP to Liz Benjamin (

May 5, 2018, 8:30am-5pm, Arlington, MA!         

We are so excited about the NE Regional Gathering we're planning  on May 5th.. We are so fortunate and excited to announce that
Tim Seston will be our Keynote presenter!

In addition to our Keynote, We'll have outstanding workshops, song swaps, connections and more!  Take a moment to register NOW  for our once-a-year time to get together with our region!

Be sure to bring as many friends as you can and introduce them to the CMN community. This is going to be a great event and they'll enjoy it as much as you!   You can forward this email.

NE Regional Coordiators
Register Now!


June 9,  2018:             

                Songswap hosted by  John and Jo-Anne Keenan

                1855 Route 6A,   East Dennis, MA(on the Cape)


                                  Janet Beatrice (Stow, MA) TBD

July 2018:                 Sue Ribaudo (Rochester, VT) TBD

August 2018:            Stacey Peasley ( Natick, MA) TBD

September 2018:           Jackson Gillman (Onset, MA)  TBD

October 12-14, 2018   ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron, OH


Want more information about the NE Region or want to host a song swap, contract the New England Regional Coordinator, Dorothy Cresswell ( or Tina Stone,


Enjoy some photos from our NE Regional Conference held in Arlington, MA

Lenka & Morgan sharing a song at the Round Robin                      Kathy Reid-Naiman delivering Keynote

              Connecting over Lunch                                             Post Conference Jam on a beautiful Spring evening
It was a day full of songs and smiles and dances too, a space to laugh with old  friends and welcome the new.  A lovely keynote, engaging workshops, a lively lunch hour jam and an excellent round robin were capped off by a beautiful closing.  
Thank you to members old and new and to all our guests for bringing such great energy. We hope to see you all at the CMN National in Zion this fall.  :-)




Picturies from earlier song swaps!

New York Metro

Calling all teachers, musicians, creative arts therapists, librarians and children's performers! The Children's Music Network, New York region invites you to a workshop with Sally Rogers exploring the myriad connections between music and emergent literacy. Sally's workshop will be followed by a song circle, so bring your favorite songs that tell stories and stories that embrace songs. 
About our Presenter
Sally Rogers has taught music at Pomfret Elementary School in eastern CT and the Pioneer Valley (MA) Chinese Immersion School for many years. Currently, Sally does residencies for schools throughout western Massachusetts. She is also an accomplished songwriter and performer for both children and adults, past president of the Children's Music Network and 2017 recipient of CMN's Magic Penny Award for lifetime achievement in the field of children's music. This will be a very special opportunity to listen to and learn from an extraordinary teacher.

                  When: Saturday, March 10, 2018  11 AM- 2 PM (bring a bag lunch)
             Where: Vernon Heights Day Care Center, 258 South Columbus Ave., Mount Vernon, NY Entrance on Beekman Ave. 
Tickets:  $10 at the door
  • We are seeking a venue for a CMN event in Manhattan in the spring with a reasonable rental fee. Any leads or suggestions should be sent to Nancy Hershatter directly, at

If you want to offer a songwap or opportunity for NYM to get together, please contact one of our regional coordinators, Nancy Hershatter, or Barbara Girt,
Northern California


April 23, 2017  SONG SWAP In Los Gatos


Plans already in the works for 2018---

Sing in the New Year on Jan. 28th or a Celebrate Spring in March Song Swap depending on availability of the facility.

Liz Hannan and Kathleen Rushing are your No. Cal Coordinators for CMN!  If you would like to suggest an idea for a gathering, or volunteer your home or appropriate venue, we would love to hear from you.  In the past we have had song swaps, workshops, concerts, and always a potluck including lots of Kale dishes from Nancy Schneidinger.

You can email or call either one of us with any ideas or suggestions.  It was so great meeting a few new members and lots of "old" members at the October Conference in Los Gatos where We Could Not Keep From Singing, what a great weekend that was!  

Hope to hear from you soon, and go put that date on the calendar, right now!  
Kathleen and Liz.



February 26, 2017 Songswap



Want to host a song swap-- any other great ideas for the region,
contact Carol Passovoy / 530-412-1930


Northern Califormian CMNers gather to sing and enjoy each other's company!

L-R Dale Allen Boland, Kathleen Virmani, Freesia Raine, Carol Passovoy, Lisa Sniderman (Aoede), Nancy Schimmel, Bonnie Lockhart, Michael Quadro, Peter Apel. Photo taken by member Rozalina Gutman. Also present Dennis and Linda Ronberg


Northern California CMN'ers enjoying themselves a song swap

Long time CMN Board Member, Wiley Rankin, and his wife Debbie

Pacific Northwest

If you are interested in hosting a songswap or get together please contact

Your Friendly Regional Co-Reps,

Greta Pedersen,


If you are interested in hosting a song swap to gather some friends to sing over the holidays, please contact:

Marci Bernstein
Asheville, NC

Judy Caplan Ginsburg
Alexandria, LA

Elise Witt
Pine Lake, GA

Southern California

Nothing in the works at this time!  If you are interested in hosting a song swap or get together, please contact Jane Arsham,





If you are interested in hosting a song swap to gather some friends to sing over the holidays, please contact:

Purly Gates
Driftwood, TX

Frank M. Hernandez
Tucson, AZ