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The sound of Music on Main livens downtown

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Kelly Balmaceda stands in front of her business Music on Main, located on Poindexter Street in Elizabeth City.

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By Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Correspondent

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Inspired to share her passion for music with all ages, Kelly Balmaceda is taking that cause to preschools and now downtown Elizabeth City.

Offering “superior music education instruction and professional performance programming,” Balmaceda on Friday opened Music Off Main, a new business at 219 South Poindexter Street on Friday.

Since 2016, Balmaceda has instructed mini MAESTROS, a music program for toddlers and infants in Elizabeth City. The classes have expanded to seven preschools and two open classes. Balmaceda said she will continue to offer the classes at the preschool locations, and the two open classes will be held at Music Off Main.

“It was important to have everything under one roof,” said Balmaceda. “People can find us easily. I love the downtown.”

“I carried my guitar and huge bag of instruments everywhere with me,” said Balmaceda.

Music Off Main will serve as the new location for the Albemarle Youth Choir. Balmaceda founded the choir last fall with 14 members, and it grew to 30 members this spring.

Singing in five different languages, Balmaceda described the children’s past concerts as “remarkable.”

“It is incredible what these kids can do,” she said.

“We have doubled in size,” said Balmaceda. “It is a testament to the power of music.”

The choir which had previously been for students who are in elementary school will also expand to reach students in middle school.

“We have been very well received,” said Balmaceda.

Balmaceda said as you walk into Music Off Main, there is a large space with a baby grand piano for classes, rehearsals and small performances.

“They did a major renovation,” said Balmaceda, describing the improvements made by Christ Episcopal Church which owns the building where Music Off Main is located.

“We are very blessed to have found this space,” said Balmaceda.

Balmaceda said she will continue to rent other venues for large performances.

There is also a studio room in Music Off Main for one-on-one coaching and private voice lessons.

“I have been teaching private lessons for 14 years,” said Balmaceda.

“Younger students are looking to discover their voice,” said Balmaceda.

Balmaceda said high school and professional students often want preparation for voice auditions, while some of her adult students may want to learn how to help extend their voice in their church choir without getting tired.

“Music gives everybody something different whether it is language or rhythm,” said Balmaceda.

Balmaceda said Music Off Main will provide participants opportunities to perform in master classes, workshops and recitals.

“Our music education opportunities are incredible,” said Balmaceda.

“It is really exciting,” said Balmaceda.

Originally from Maryland, Balmaceda moved to Elizabeth City in 2016 with her husband, Armell, who is in the U.S. Coast Guard, and their two young sons.

Balmaceda earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and a master’s degree in vocal performance from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. Balmaceda was a teaching artist with The Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York City and Boston Lyric Opera. She served on the voice faculty at Georgia Southern University and Saint Joseph’s College. Balmaceda founded the Sparkling City Light Opera and co-founded the CANTARE Workshop.

Music Off Main’s associate director is Sandra Krueger. Balmaceda said she and Krueger are the primary faculty of Music Off Main with a collection of other talented guest artists and accompanists that will contribute to workshops and performances.

Balmaceda said Krueger also teaches music appreciation at the College of the Albemarle. According to the Music Off Main’s website at https://www.ecmusicoffmain.com/, Krueger earned her bachelor’s degree in music from Whitworth University and her master’s degree in opera/music theatre performance from Southern Illinois University.

Balmaceda said she and Krueger, along with special guests, will also perform in “Songs of a Princess,” singing the songs of children’s favorite princess stories from Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Moana on June 9 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Arts of the Albemarle.

For more information about Music Off Main, visit https://www.ecmusicoffmain.com.

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Inspired to share her passion for music with all ages, Kelly Balmaceda is opening Music Off Main.

Offering “superior music education instruction and professional performance programming,” Balmaceda was scheduled to open Music Off Main at 219 South Poindexter Street on Friday.

Balmaceda instructs mini MAESTROS, a music program for toddlers and infants she has offered in Elizabeth City since fall 2016. The classes have expanded to seven preschools and two open classes. Balmaceda said she will continue to offer the classes at the preschool locations, and the two open classes will be held at Music Off Main.

“It was important to have everything under one roof,” said Balmaceda. “People can find us easily. I love the downtown.”

“I carried my guitar and huge bag of instruments everywhere with me,” said Balmaceda.

Music Off Main will serve as the new location for the Albemarle Youth Choir. Balmaceda founded the choir last fall with 14 members, and it grew to 30 members this spring.

Singing in five different languages, Balmaceda described the children’s past concerts as “remarkable.”

“It is incredible what these kids can do,” said Balmaceda.

“We have doubled in size,” said Balmaceda. “It is a testament to the power of music.”

The choir which had previously been for students who are in elementary school will also expand to reach students in middle school.

“We have been very well received,” said Balmaceda.

Balmaceda said as you walk into Music Off Main, there is a large space with a baby grand piano for classes, rehearsals and small performances.

“They did a major renovation,” said Balmaceda, describing the improvements made by Christ Episcopal Church which owns the building where Music Off Main is located.

“We are very blessed to have found this space,” said Balmaceda.

Balmaceda said she will continue to rent other venues for large performances.

There is also a studio room in Music Off Main for one-on-one coaching and private voice lessons.

“I have been teaching private lessons for 14 years,” said Balmaceda.

“Younger students are looking to discover their voice,” said Balmaceda.

Balmaceda said high school and professional students often want preparation for voice auditions, while some of her adult students may want to learn how to help extend their voice in their church choir without getting tired.

“Music gives everybody something different whether it is language or rhythm,” said Balmaceda.

Balmaceda said Music Off Main will provide participants opportunities to perform in master classes, workshops and recitals.

“Our music education opportunities are incredible,” said Balmaceda.

“It is really exciting,” said Balmaceda.

Originally from Maryland, Balmaceda moved to Elizabeth City in 2016 with her husband, Armell, who is in the U.S. Coast Guard, and their two young sons.

Balmaceda earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass. and a master’s degree in vocal performance from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. Balmaceda was a teaching artist with The Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York City and Boston Lyric Opera. She served on the voice faculty at Georgia Southern University and Saint Joseph’s College. Balmaceda founded the Sparkling City Light Opera and co-founded the CANTARE Workshop.

Music Off Main’s associate director is Sandra Krueger. Balmaceda said she and Krueger are the primary faculty of Music Off Main with a collection of other talented guest artists and accompanists that will contribute to workshops and performances.

Balmaceda said Krueger also teaches music appreciation at the College of the Albemarle. According to the Music Off Main’s website at https://www.ecmusicoffmain.com/, Krueger earned her bachelor’s degree in music from Whitworth University and her master’s degree in opera/music theatre performance from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Balmaceda said she and Krueger along with special guests will also perform in “Songs of a Princess,” singing the songs of children’s favorite princess stories from Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Moana on June 9 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Arts of the Albemarle.

Balmaceda is conducting a Grand Slam Singing Camp with the Albemarle Youth Choir June 18-22 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The camp is open to any second through eighth grade student. The camp tuition is $125. At the end of the camp, participants will perform at an Edenton Steamers home baseball game.

For more information about Music Off Main, visit https://www.ecmusicoffmain.com.

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