FEBRUARY 2017
THE VOCAL FACTOR IS BACK! REGISTER ONLINE BY FEBRUARY 18
Preliminary Round:
Saturday, March 4, 7:00 PM

Competition Round:
Saturday, April 1, 7:30 PM

For ages 10-18! Register by February 18 to audition for The Vocal Factor. Any enrolled WCMS student is eligible to participate. Prizes include professional voice coaching, professional sound studio recordings, and cash and gift card awards. Contestants will audition in the preliminary round on March 4, and finalists will perform in front of a live audience on April 1. Tickets for the live event are on sale now at the WCMS front office or by phone (781-721-2950). See who will be named The Vocal Factor!
VOTE FOR A MUSIC MAYNIA COLOR!
Music MAYnia is May 7, 2017
If you've been to Music MAYnia, especially if you are one of the hundreds of performers who make this spring event A-MAY-ZING every year, you know that the MAYnia t-shirt is a big deal! Help us choose the 2017 color by placing your vote!

Vote online now
WOODWIND & BRASS MASTER CLASS
Saturday, February 11, 3:30 PM
Every conscientious wind and brass player should have a thorough knowledge of transposition. Whether it's reading symphonic parts, sharing a lead sheet with a pianist, covering parts when someone can't make rehearsal, or reading from a score, the ability to transpose is a valuable addition to every musician's skill set. In this 90-minute session, trumpet faculty member Dan Teager will take a little of the mystery out of transposition. Participants should have basic reading skills in treble or bass clef (preferably both). Free for WCMS students; $10 for general public. RSVP by phone, email, or at front office. 

More details here 
BEATLES VALENTINE'S CONCERT AT JENKS CENTER
Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 PM
WCMS is pleased to partner with The Jenks Center to present a post-Valentine's Day performance by our school's Beatles Ensemble. Join us for music and refreshments - and feel free to sing along! $5 suggested donation at the door. The Jenks Center is located at 109 Skillings Road in downtown Winchester. Please RSVP by email (rsvp@jenkscenter.org) or telephone (781-721-7136).
ADULT LEARNER COFFEE KLATCH
Friday, February 17, 10:00 AM

For WCMS adult learners! Please join us for coffee, tea, pastries, music, and guest faculty speaker Vartan Aghababian! Vartan will help participants to hear and understand the wonder of musical form. Come experience how much better you hear music once you know about the things for which to listen! Prior to the presentation, you are welcome to share a piece/song on which you are working in your lesson or class. The event is open to WCMS adult students only, no audience members or guests, please. Free admission. Please RSVP by Monday, February 13 by phone, email, or at the front office. 
THANKS FOR GIVING BACK!
We were delighted to have the opportunity to dine with many of you at TWK (The Waterfield Kitchen) for a "give back" evening on January 25. Ten percent of all food sales from the evening were donated by the restaurant to WCMS. In addition, WCMS students and faculty provided lovely music throughout the evening. Thank you to Quinn Conner, Emma Daly, Tad Hitchcock, John Jenke, Emilia Lew, Garrett Nagel, Abby Sprague, and Valerie Walton for sharing their music with us. We also appreciate the many local businesses and shops who generously donated items and services for the evening's raffle: An Elegant Affair, A Tavola, BK Organizing, China Sky, Club Z Tutoring, Frame Haven, Lucia Ristorante, Jen & Kevin Gallagher, Pondview Florist, Salone Estetica, Soluna Garden Farms, Studio on the Common, and Wine Country. The evening netted over $1,000 for WCMS. Thank you for supporting this event!
35TH ANNIVERSARY TIME MACHINE
Following the purchase of 407 Highland Avenue in 1998, a lot of work needed to be done to make the house into a music school. Some fun facts from construction managers John Moriarty & Associates:
  • Over 3,000 cubic yards of fill were required for parking and access.
  • Over 1/2 an acre of sound insulation material was used.
  • 70,000 watts of electric humidifiers were installed to protect the instruments.
  • The electric company couldn't believe our requirements, seeing as we were "just" a music school.
  • The new "slate" roof on Nichols Hall is made of recycled rubber tires.
  • Over 20,000 hours of labor went into the construction.

Click here for photographs from the construction project! 

Upcoming Events
2/2  Open Mic at Starbucks
2/3  String Honors Concert

2/10  Broadway On Highland
2/11  Woodwind & Brass Master Class
2/14  Blues Jam
2/15  Beatles Valentine's Concert at Jenks Center
2/17  Adult Learner Coffee Klatch


See full events calendar here
 
Enrolling Now!
Many of you requested it, so we're opening up our summer program enrollment earlier than ever! We have great programs for kids, teens, and adults, plus flexible schedules for summer private lessons. Click here for a full list of offerings.
String Honors Concert
Friday, February 3, 6:00 PM

Advanced students from the String Department perform for family, friends, and the public. Free. Click here for a list of performers.
 
Wednesday, February 8
7:00 PM


The WFEE Trivia Bee is back at Winchester Town Hall this year, and our WCMS team will be there with bells on (or some other costume paraphernalia).  Come cheer on our trio of trivia talents: Walter Chick, Rob Palmer, and Hayley Woldseth!

More details here
Coming in March 
Sunday, March 12
3:00 PM
Concerts for Kids!
Tickets on sale now

Thursday, March 16
7:00 PM
Night of 1,000 Guitars
More details here

Saturday, March 18
7:00 PM
Two Piano Concert
at M. Steinert & Sons in Natick
More details here

Volunteers
We gratefully acknowledge the wonderful volunteers who assisted us with events in January. Would you like to help out at an upcoming event? Please visit our volunteer page !

School Hours
Mon - Thur: 9 AM - 9 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday: 8 AM - 5 PM

Saturday, February 18
Open normal schedule

Monday, February 20
Closed for Presidents' Day
 
February 21-24
Winter Vacation Week
Office open 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
No classes or lessons

Saturday, February 25
Closed
 
Weather Cancellations
In case of inclement weather, please check our website or call WCMS at 781-721-2950 to verify the status of our classes. Please note: WCMS does NOT follow the weather cancellation decisions of the public schools.
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