Classical Music in Manchester Vermont

Manchester Music Festival In-school Programs

The Manchester Music Festival helps local schools enhance their current music curriculum through live music performances, demonstrations, and assistance in creating and maintaining educational programs for students. All these programs are available to schools free of charge.


Each spring a chamber music ensemble visits area schools. MMF musicians play for smaller groups of students creating an atmosphere that promotes conversation. Each performance is generally 45-minutes in duration and can be geared to specific age groups.

Chamber Music Programs for Schools
Ben, Joana, Ariel and Heather

The Manchester Music Festival will again bring the wide world of classical music to Vermont area schools between April 1-4, 2014, and will present a free concert at the Mark Skinner library in Manchester on April 5 at 4pm. "Rhythms of the World" with the MMF string quartet , Joana Genova and Heather Braun, violins, Ariel Rudiakov, viola and Benjamin Capps, cello will be joined by special guest, Matthew Gold, percussion and will perform music by Ravel, Goleminov, Negron, Cage, Lobi, Reich, Gershwin and pieces from students participating in Dare to Compose! project. See Schedule.

The musicians will play for over 800 students in Manchester, Sunderland, Dorset, Bennington and West Pawlet as well as a free concert at the Mark Skinner Library on April 13th at 4pm.

Chamber Music Programs for Schools
MMF quartet performing at Maple Street School.
Photo courtesy of Kate Bryan.


MMF regularly visits schools demonstrating string instruments. Thanks to a grant from the Stratton Foundation and Vermont Arts Council our “Meet the Music” program was offered to seven southern Vermont elementary schools. Children were offered a demonstration of all the string instruments and a performance by violinist, Joana Genova and violist, Ariel Rudiakov.

Tailored Programs

MMF Education Director, Joana Genova will work directly with your school to help create or enhance an in-school or after school music program. Past or current programs include:

Manchester Elementary Middle School
Assistance in securing funds to purchase 24 violins for the 3rd grade general music class
Sunderland Elementary School
Creation of an after school ensemble program
Currier Memorial School
Danby VT - Donation of an upright piano
Fisher Elementary School
Arlington VT - Creation of after-school program for instruction in violin and cello

Percussionist Matthew Gold
Percussionist Matthew Gold