Winchester Community Music School
Winchester, MA

The mission of Winchester Community Music School is to provide outstanding and diverse musical education and performance, accessible to all, in Winchester, neighboring communities, and beyond.

Winchester Community Music School began in the spring of 1981 as a pilot program for 30 students with three teachers. Co-founders Corie Nichols and Sandy Thompson developed the “Winchester Music Program” under the umbrella of the nearby Belmont (now Powers) Music School. The program grew steadily and became independent in 1985, when it was renamed the Winchester Community Music School. WCMS purchased the property at 407 Highland Avenue in the fall of 1997, and since moving into our new Home for Music, the school has grown from 500 to 900 students, and now has a faculty of 60 professional musicians.

The Winchester Music School Suzuki programs (strings and piano) was founded 2 1/2 years ago by Violinist Lisa Orfaly, and Pianist Heather Bissell, and continues to grow in demand. WCMS is hosting this upcoming ECC course in an effort to help educate our teachers and the community at large about Dr. Suzuki’s beliefs that Every Child Can learn to play a musical instrument and a general introduction to the Suzuki Method.


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407 Highland Ave.
Winchester MA 01890

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Heather Suzanne Bissell, Director

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Laurie Russell, Director of WCMS

Phone: 781-721-2950
Fax: 781-721-9670

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Hayley Woldseth, Assistant Director, WCMS

Phone: 781-721-2950
Fax: 781-721-9670

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