Classical Music in Manchester Vermont

Michael Rudiakov Music Academy

Michael Rudiakov Music Academy Michael Rudiakov Music Academy

The Michael Rudiakov Music Academy is a program of the Manchester Music festival offering instruction in violin, viola and cello, to beginning, intermediate and advanced students age 6-18, and Suzuki method violin lessons for students ages 3 and up.

The Academy is dedicated to the memory of internationally renowned cellist, Michael M. Rudiakov (1934-2000). For seventeen years, as Artistic Director of the Manchester Music Festival, Michael helped to bring classical music to Manchester area children through youth concerts, school demonstrations and Music Discovery Week. “The arts” said Michael, “are good for the development of the mind and spirit, and for the life of the community in every possible way.”


MRMA Faculty
Deanna Baasch
(violin & viola)
Vesela French
(violin & viola)
Elizabeth Kilpatrick
(violin, Suzuki program)
Joana Genova Rudiakov
(violin & viola)
Ariel Rudiakov
Jared Shapiro
Michael Rudiakov Music Academy


Students in our traditional program receive 11 private lessons per semester. Suzuki students receive 12 individual and 6 group lessons per semester.

Lessons range from 30 to 60 minutes depending on student age and level, and are scheduled to accommodate school hours and homeschooled students. Please see the application form for more information.

Families of new students: Lesson plans are based on input from families and instructors. Please contact Education Director Joana Genova at (802) 362-1956 or email to discuss an appropriate plan for your child.

Fall Semester: September 8-December 1, 2014
Winter/Spring Semester: January 5-March 30, 2015

Lessons take place at Festival House, 42 Dillingham Avenue, Manchester Village.

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Tuition ranges from $330 to $550 per semester, and varies depending on program, level, and lesson length. A full description of lesson options can be found on our application form.

Financial aid is available.

For more information, contact Education Director Joana Genova at 802-362-1956, or email us at

Each semester there is a recital held in Manchester.
MRMA students have the opportunity to perform at Equinox Terrace and at benefit events, or as part of an ensemble at the MMF annual Family concert on December 31 at the First Congregational Church. The academy also organizes master classes with visiting musicians and family activities.

Michael Rudiakov Music Academy

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Elizabeth Kilpatrick For children ages 3 and up, MRMA is offering violin lessons with registered Suzuki teacher Elizabeth Kilpatrick.

The Suzuki approach is an instructional method that teaches youngsters how to play the instrument before introducing note-reading. It follows the way children learn to speak their native language - through exposure, encouragement, repetition, addition and refinement.

An important aspect of the Suzuki method is a partnership between the teacher and the parent: the child's parent attends all private and group lessons, taking careful notes and working with the child daily. Admission into the program will require a short meeting of the parent, child, and teacher to determine whether the program is right for the child. Lesson length depends on the age and level of the student.

Suzuki Program Tuition:
$360 for twelve 25-minute private and six 35-minute group lessons (for younger students)
$480 for twelve 40-minute private and eight 40-minute group lessons (for older students)

Families of new Suzuki students:
Before submitting an application form, please contact Education Director Joana Genova at (802) 362-1956 or email to discuss an appropriate plan for your child.

For detailed information about the Suzuki method visit the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Instrument rental or purchase:
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Be Music
162 Woodstock Ave, Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-4030

Ellis Music Company
1709 Vermont Rt. 107, Bethel, VT 05032
(802) 234-6400

Faller Music
170 North St, Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 442-4977

John Keal Music Company
819 Livingston Ave., Albany, NY 12206
(518) 482-4405

Vermont Violins
23 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 862-0349

Other area teachers:

Joanne Beck (in Winhall)
Joanne Beck is also a Certified Neurologic Music Therapist who works with children with special needs.
Vesela French
Linda Hueckel
Jane Wood
Anne D'Olivo

Piano, voice and percussion:
Anne D'Olivo

Suzuki guitar & Classical guitar:
Brett Grigsby

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