The Rivers School Conservatory
Other Ideas: Winchester Community Music School; Concord Conservatory of Music; Music Programs at The Rivers School Conservatory; Brookline Violin Lessons; The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN)
The Rivers School Conservatory was founded in 1975 when The New England Conservatory of Music closed all of the suburban branches of its preparatory school including its Wellesley school.
The displaced families from Wellesley, Weston and Wayland convinced Ethel Bernard, one of the pioneers of the music school movement, to found a music school committed to excellence in music education and performance. Ethel Bernard approached The Rivers School with the idea of founding a music school in the unoccupied former headmasterís house on the campus of the then all-boys college preparatory school.
First called The Music School at Rivers, The Rivers School Conservatory has been one of the nationís leading community music conservatories ever since. In 1978, the Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young was established and gained Rivers world-wide renown through a WGBH-TV documentary that was broadcast internationally by PBS.
Over the past three and a half decades, the Conservatory has grown to over 750 students, including a dynamic student orchestra program, jazz and chamber ensembles, music theory and composition, its critically acclaimed Marimba Magic Program, youth chorus, master classes, workshops, and, of course, private lessons on every orchestral and jazz instrument, piano and voice.
333 Winter Street, Weston, MA, 02493 map
From the south:
Route 95/Route 128 to Route 9 West. Follow Route 9 in Wellesley for about 4.1 miles to Weston Road Exit. Turn right onto Weston Road at the bottom of the ramp. Follow Weston Road .8 of a mile to Bogle Street. Turn left onto Bogle Street. Follow Bogle Street to stop sign at Winter Street. Take a left onto Winter Street, travel about 50 yards, then take a right to enter campus.
From the north:
Route 95/Route 128 to Exit 24. Turn left onto Route 30 (going West). Travel 2.2 miles to the third set of lights and turn left onto Wellesley Street (towards Wellesley). Travel 2 miles and turn right onto Bogle Street. Follow to stop sign at Winter Street. Take a left onto Winter Street, travel about 50 yards, then take a right to enter campus.
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