Sunday, Sept. 9, 2-4 PM
WCMS's annual MusicFest is free and fun for all ages! This musical open house features a school-wide instrument petting zoo, demo classes, and live performances. Come explore the school and visit the many rooms where you can touch and play instruments with the help of current WCMS students and faculty. Pick up a musical passport, get stamps in each of the rooms, and win a prize! We also have coupons for free trial lessons, thanks to the generous support of the Rotary Club of Winchester. Faculty and staff will be available to answer questions about group classes, ensembles, and private lessons.
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2-5 PM
If you'd like to join an ensemble for the first time, or try out a new ensemble this fall, please come to our Ensemble Auditions during MusicFest. Interested in jazz, rock, classical, blues, or world music? We'll match you up with one of our existing ensembles, or create new ensembles if there's enough interest. See a list of ensembles and bands here, and click through to individual pages to submit an inquiry and sign up online for an audition time slot. Just bring your instrument (or sing!) and we'll find a good match for your ability level.

We are also auditioning for VoiceWorks (for girls in grades 3-8) during MusicFest, 2-4 pm, and Sept. 12 at 3 pm.
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7:30 PM
Tickets on sale now
Join Winchester Community Music School and Sheffield Sessions for a lively and nostalgic concert featuring talented singer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Erelli. Performing music from his 11th solo album, Mixtape, Mark draws inspiration from 50 years of popular music. Mixtape includes Mark's unique interpretation of songs by celebrated artists including the Grateful Dead, Roy Orbison, Don Henley, and Phil Collins. Proceeds from the concert support music education at WCMS. $30 reserved seating. Lincoln Elementary Auditorium, 161 Mystic Valley Parkway, Winchester.  More information & tickets
New!  Begins September 27
Thursdays 1:30-2:30 PM
Connect with music and enjoy gentle movement and rhythmic exercise in this class designed especially for older adults and seniors. In Dalcroze Eurhythmics, students are taught patterns, rhythms, and dance elements to express the music they are hearing. The exercises can improve balance, posture, and physical well-being, as well as inspire a deeper understanding of music. It's relaxing, engaging, social, and fun! Music selections will include classical favorites and standards from the American Songbook. More details here
Saturday, Sept. 29 (adults)
Saturday, Oct. 20 (youth)
3:30 - 5 PM

Two sessions - for adult and youth WCMS private voice students. Please join us for a master class with WCMS faculty member Kaeza Fearn, who will lead a session on working with accompanists. As a professional pianist, Kaeza will share her insights into best practices and how a vocalist can get the most out of working collaboratively with a pianist. Contact the front office to register. Free. 
The recording studio at WCMS , located adjacent to Nichols Hall, provides a comfortable environment for creating professional recordings. The studio is available for booking any time of year, whether you need something for a college application, an audition, or to promote yourself or your group. We record everything from solo performances to large groups, and offer video service as well. Click here for more information on the recording studio.

Plus, check out this great audio sampler of recordings made in the studio!

As we usher in the new school year, WCMS welcomes several new Trustees to our Board:
  • Karen Bolognese
  • Cathy Crabtree
  • Mike Loria
  • Michael Sharon
  • Jody Collins Skinner
  • Robin Voss

We offer our heartfelt thanks to Annie Bartlett, Patty Dowden, Gretchen LePan, and Peter Pulsifer, all of whom have moved from the Board of Trustees to the Advisory Committee, and to Beth Preston, Tom Wade, Debra Hernandez, Joan O'Neil, Ted Preston, and Juanita Zerda, who have retired as board members and advisors.  

WCMS is pleased to welcome John Michael Adair to our French Horn faculty. John Michael has a B.M. in Music Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, performs as Assistant Principal Horn with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and gets called regularly to play with other symphonies throughout the Northeast. Read more about John Michael here.
WCMS is also happy to welcome Laura DellaFera as a new faculty member in our Voice department. Laura is a versatile performer who teaches everything from classical music (in several languages) to musical theater to popular music. She holds advanced degrees in Voice Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Westminster Choir College. Learn more about Laura here.
Scott Janovitz is a professional musician and sound engineer who joins us in the WCMS Recording Studio. Scott's goal is to demystify the recording process and to teach the basic principles, the creative dynamics, and the technical parameters that are the basis of sound recording. He is available for recording sessions as well as for teaching. Read more about Scott here.
Last but not least, we're joined this fall by Steve Latanision, a multi-instrumentalist who studied at Berklee, plays regular gigs with award-winning musicians, has performed on over 250 recordings, and has a talent for playing "anything with strings" including banjo, mandolin, fiddle, six- and twelve-string guitar, steel guitar, Dobro, bass, and ukulele. He plays everything from country to bluegrass to rockabilly to modern folk (and has studied classical and jazz), so we're not even sure how to categorize Steve but are very glad to have him on board. Learn more about Steve here.
Upcoming Events
9/6  Fall Semester begins
9/6  Open Mic at Starbucks
9/8  WCMS at Winchester Farmers Market
9/9  MusicFest Open House
9/9  MusicFest Auditions
9/11  Blues Jam
9/12  Voice Works auditions
9/13  Fall ensembles begin
9/13  Johnson String Instrument pick-up
9/29  Voice Master Class (adults)

See full events calendar here
Turnip the Beet
Saturday, September 8

WCMS at the Farmers Market with performances 9:30-1:30: Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock, and a children's sing-along.

Saturday, September 15

WCMS at the Community Organization Fair at the Farmers Market - stop by for information and to say hello!
Yes, we teach that!
New!  Banjo 
Baritone (Euphonium)
Bass (acoustic & electric)
New!  Fiddle 
French horn
Guitar (acoustic & electric)
New!  Guitar (steel & Dobro) 
Keyboard (electric)
Keyboard & Computer
New!  Mandolin 
Music Therapy
Piano (all styles)

Please fill out an inquiry form and our Registrar will contact you to discuss options and answer questions. 
Meet & Greet with your Teacher
Get a few lessons under your belt this semester, then come talk about goals for the year! During the month of October, we invite students and parents to schedule part of an upcoming lesson to discuss the coming year with your teacher. Help us create a shared blueprint for your music education.
Emergency Video
& Illness Guidelines
The beginning of a new school year is a great time to review our Emergency Procedures (short video) and Student Illness Guidelines (PDF) on our Health and Safety page. Please contact our front office with any questions.
We are currently looking for volunteers for the Farmers Market, MusicFest, Greeter Week, and our Benefit Concert with Mark Erelli!

If you would like to receive advance notice of volunteer opportunities, please visit our volunteer page. As always,
we gratefully acknowledge the
volunteers who have assisted us recently with programs and projects.

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

Thursday, September 6:
Fall Semester begins  

September 10 and 19:
Open regular schedule on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur  

Click here for the full year academic calendar (PDF)
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