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We invite the community to enjoy the wide variety of WCMS performances held throughout the year. WCMS faculty and students perform regularly in both formal and informal recitals. Thanks to generous support for community organizations and businesses, these concerts are free and open to the public. Please call the WCMS office if you would like more details on any of these events.

Sunday, August 03 - Friday, September 05, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

August Office Hours

Office hours only in August, as we prepare the building for the Fall Semester.  The Semester begins Monday, September 8.  See you then!

Wednesday, September 03, 3:30 - 5:30 PM

Voice Works Auditions (for VW I,II, III) Call today for your Audition Slot! or use Sign up Genius!

The Voice Works Program is a choral experience just for girls.  This ensemble program is a fun, supportive, and non-competitive experience that develops healthy singing skills, teaches vocal technique, and builds self-confidence and teamwork.  The program begins in Grade 3 and progresses through Grade 9, with opportunities for public performances at the School and in the Winchester community.

Sign up for your audition today!


Voice Works I For girls in Grades 3, 4 and 5
Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 PM
Thursdays 3:30-4:30 PM

Voice Works II For girls in Grade 6

Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 PM Prerequisite: Voice Works I (or by audition)

Voice Works III For girls in Grades 7, 8 and 9
Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 PM

Saturday, September 06, 9:30am - 1:30pm

Join Us at the Winchester Farmer's Market



Sunday, September 07, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

MUSIC FEST! Our Annual Open House

A Musical Open House with Performances, Instrument Petting Zoo, Demos, & More!  Free and Open to the Public.

Monday, September 08

WCMS Fall Semester Begins Today!



Monday, September 08, 4:30 - 7:30 PM

Johnson String will be at WCMS - Service Trip

Johnson String Instrument will visit the Winchester Community Music School at 407 Highland Ave in Winchester on Monday, September 8th to provide rental string instruments and accessories.  If you are enrolled in the Winchester Public Schools or the Winchester Community Music School, please meet us in Nichols Performance Hall between 4:30 and 7:30 PM to open a new rental account or exchange or return your current instrument.

We recommend that you place an order in advance as this is the only way to guarantee instrument and accessory availability.  Please call 800-359-9351 or use the online order form on our service trips web page to register for delivery by 5 PM on Saturday, September 6th.

Please note that advance registration is REQUIRED for bass delivery.Public School books: Essential Elements 2000 book 1 for grades 3&4, Uni-Tunes book for grades 4&5, and Essential Elements 2000 book 2 for grade 5. 

Public School accessories: CA-30 electronic tuner with optional tuner clip for grades 5&6. All violinists and violists in all grades need a shoulder rest foam or an upgraded alternative shoulder rest.  Cellists need a Xeros endpin anchor and bass players will need a rock stop.  Collapsible music stands are recommended for all players.

WCMS students: Please consult your instructor regarding any required books or accessories.

Please note: We require a credit card number as a security deposit on the rental contract, but you are welcome to pay the rental fee with cash, check, or credit card.  Rates include insurance and sales tax.  Renewals can be done by mail, over the phone, or by setting up an ONLINE RENTAL ACCOUNT.   

Wednesday, September 10, 3:00 - 3:30 PM

Voice Works Auditions (for VW I, II, III) Call for your audition slot today! or go to Sign up Genius!

The Voice Works Program is a choral experience just for girls.  This ensemble program is a fun, supportive, and non-competitive experience that develops healthy singing skills, teaches vocal technique, and builds self-confidence and teamwork.  The program begins in Grade 3 and progresses through Grade 9, with opportunities for public performances at the School and in the Winchester community.

Sign up for your audition on Sign up genius!

Thursday, September 11, 3:15 - 3:30 PM

Voice Works Auditions (for VW I only) Call for your audition Slot today!

The Voice Works Program is a choral experience just for girls.  This ensemble program is a fun, supportive, and non-competitive experience that develops healthy singing skills, teaches vocal technique, and builds self-confidence and teamwork.  The program begins in Grade 3 and progresses through Grade 9, with opportunities for public performances at the School and in the Winchester community.

Voice Works I For girls in Grades 3, 4 and 5
Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 PM
Thursdays 3:30-4:30 PM

In Voice Works I, students work to develop proper vocal technique and build musicianship skills.  Music will include popular and classical styles with an emphasis on 2-part singing, rounds, and partner songs.  Students are introduced to a variety of types of vocal music—choral, a cappella, opera, and musicals. The ability to sing on pitch is necessary.  The final session of each semester will be a performance.

Sign up for your audition here!

Sunday, September 14, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

String Sinfonietta Auditions - Reserve your audition spot today!

WCMS’s new String Sinfonietta is ideal for intermediate level string players who are looking for an orchestral experience to supplement their school orchestra or string program. This ensemble has a nurturing environment to encourage students to achieve new levels in their playing while connecting musical peers from Winchester and the surrounding towns such as Medford, Stoneham, Woburn, Arlington, Burlington, Melrose, Wakefield, Reading, and beyond. Participants will perform a range of string orchestra repertoire.  Concerts for family and friends are held in January and June, along with one outreach performance for the community in the spring.

Guidelines for Entrance: Students should be in the process of developing a beautiful sound, including comfortable use of vibrato, first through third positions, and fundamental bow strokes with varied articulations.  Ideally, students should be playing repertoire equivalent to Suzuki Book 4 or ASTA grades 2-3.

Conductor:  Vartan Aghababian

Day & Time:  Saturdays, 1:00-2:30 PM, starting on September 20  (13 sessions per semester plus the concert)

Tuition:  $385 per semester; 10% discount for WCMS private lesson students

Audition Requirements: All students should prepare two contrasting solos pieces (slow and fast) and three major scales; at least one scale should be in three octaves and chosen from the following:

Violins:  G, A Bb
Violas:  C, D, Eb
Cello:  C, D, Eb
Bass:  prepare G, A, and Bb major scales in one or two octaves

Sign up for an audition here



Sunday, September 14, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Chamber Ensemble Auditions - Reserve your spot today!

Chamber Music Ensembles (Mixed Instruments) Performing in a chamber music ensemble is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences for a musician.  Students expand their overall musicianship, technique, and performance skills.  In the past, we have programmed chamber music repertoire such as Beethoven string quartets, Haydn string trios, Dvorak piano trios, Ibert woodwind trios, and Mozart piano quartets.  Chamber music is open to all instrumentalists: strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, voice, and classical guitar.  We also welcome musicians of all ages.

Chamber ensembles are created based on matching the level, age, and skill of the musicians who perform a successful audition.

Tuition per semester (14 one-hour classes): $364.00, 10% discount for WCMS private lesson students

Ensemble coordinator:  Aimée Tsuchiya

Sign up for your audition here

Monday, September 15, 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Chamber Ensemble Auditions - Reserve your spot today!

Performing in a chamber music ensemble is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences for a musician.  Students expand their overall musicianship, technique, and performance skills.  In the past, we have programmed chamber music repertoire such as Beethoven string quartets, Haydn string trios, Dvorak piano trios, Ibert woodwind trios, and Mozart piano quartets.  Chamber music is open to all instrumentalists: strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, voice, and classical guitar.  We also welcome musicians of all ages.

The ensemble coordinator will arrange the weekly coachings based on the  schedules of the coaches and participants.  The semester includes eleven coachings, two master classes, and a final performance.  Some ensembles take advantage of opportunities to play in the community as well.

Sign up here for your audition spot.

Monday, September 15, 7:30 PM

Tim Gartland Faculty Recital & CD Release!

The Boston Globe compared Gartland’s “veteran vocals and precision harp work” to the style of “the great bluesman Charles Musselwhite” on his 2011 release ‘Looking Into The Sun.’   Charles Sawyer, author of ‘The Arrival of B.B. King,’ says, “Tim is that rare combination of inspired instrumentalist, unique vocal stylist, and gifted songwriter. The fraternity of artists who can claim that hat trick is a select group and when you narrow it down to harp players/vocalists/composers it comes down to four living artists: James Harman, Mark Hummel, Rick Estrin, and, now, Tim Gartland.”  

Free and Open to the Public.  Nichols Performance Hall.

Friday, September 19

Suzuki Group Friday Classes begin today!



Saturday, September 20

Suzuki Group Saturday Classes begin Today!



Saturday, September 20, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

String Sinfonietta begins Today!



Monday, September 22

Fall Chamber Ensembles begin this week!



Sunday, September 28, TBD

WCMS Chamber Concert @ Wright Locke Farm!

Check back.  More information to come.

Thursday, October 02, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Open Mic at the Winchester Starbucks

Join us for our Open Mic Night from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Starbucks, 542 Main Street, Winchester.  Open Mic Nights occur the first Thursday of every month (except January, July and August) and we welcome performers, families and friends for this lively emceed, coffee house event!

Sign-ups for performers are at the door the night of the event or in advance or by calling WCMS (781-721-2950).  We're also on MeetUp.com!  Individual or small duo/trio performances are encouraged, but we welcome all ages, all instruments, and all types of music.  Bands are welcome but must be acoustic. 

Host:  guitarist & songwriter Mike Verge

Monday, October 06, 7:30 PM

Faculty Recital

Details to come.  Free and Open to the Public.  Nichols Hall.

Monday, October 13

WCMS Closed - Columbus Day



Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Fat Tuesday Blues Jam at WCMS Nichols Hall

The Fat Tuesday Blues Jam is made up of a growing community of serious hobbyist musicians and one simple concept: musical camaraderie. Our aim is to make jamming fun again by providing you with everything you need to just focus on playing:

--A state-of-the-art, professional performance space
--Gear:  guitar and bass amps, drums, a piano and a professional PA system (just bring your instrument*)
--A house band comprised of patient, supportive and experienced professional musicians
--A regular schedule: jams are held monthly
--A supportive environment w/no attitudes or egos allowed - just great players, cool tunes and a fun hang


For:        All levels of musicians (beginner to advanced)
When:   2nd Tuesday of every month, September-May (plus two summer dates in 2014)
Time:     7 - 9 pm**
Where:  Nichols Hall at WCMS. Get directions here.
Price:    $10 for participants, free for general audience members



Friday, October 17, 7:30 PM

Parent Education Seminar

details to come.  Free and Open to the Public

Thursday, October 23, 12:30 - 2:30 PM

Early Release Workshop - Musical Safari

Details to come.

Friday, October 24, 7:30 - 9:00 PM event - Warm-ups with Accompanist - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Broadway On Highland - An Open Performance Event for Singers!

If you love Broadway, come over to WCMS and sing your favorite Broadway hit or join the crowd during our sing-a-long numbers. All ages and ability levels are welcome! Singers from beginners to seasoned professionals are cordially invited to strut their stuff during this fun evening.

Solo, duo, trio, or family act? We're happy to include you. You don't need to be memorized. Just bring your sheet music (no lead sheets please) and a copy for our fabulous accompanist. (Please note that the piano music should be in the same key in which you plan to sing.)

Sign-ups for performers and run-throughs with the accompanist take place from 6:30-7:30 PM on the evening of the event, first come-first served.

Saturday, October 25, 10:00 AM

Halloween Horribles Parade - Winchester Center

Details to come.  Check back with us.




  

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