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Reminder – Alcyon Concert November 3rd at 3pm at the PCA


From Alcyon’s Artistic Director:

Berklee Chamber Players and Alcyon musicians been working hard and having fun preparing this exciting program of music for string quartet. From beginning (Williams: Black Symbols in the Sand) to end (Adams: John’s Alleged Dances) this is a true family event: entertaining for young students and engaging for the experienced concert-goer. Bring your instruments and sit in on “Flashback” an innovative, guided improvisation led by Berklee violinist and composer, Mimi Rabson.

As always for Alcyon concerts, kids come FREE.

Hope to see you at the concert.


Alcyon Fall 2013 Concerts Flyer

Alcyon Fall 2013 Concert Flyer

Alcyon Chamber Music Center Announces Formation of Student Chamber Music Ensembles

Alcyon Chamber Music Center, the chamber music partner of Nashoba Youth Orchestras, announces that formation of student chamber music ensembles for the 2013-14 season is now underway. Interested students should fill out an application form to submit along with a $20 application fee to Alcyon Chamber Music Center, 16 Myrtle Street, Winchester, MA 01890. All lessons will take place in Westford at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. On-line registration is also available.

Alcyon’s Shannon Snapp to perform with Berklee Chamber Players at Westford’s PCA

Alcyon’s Shannon Snapp performs with Berklee Chamber Players

The Berklee Chamber Players, founded by String Department Chair Meilssa Howe, is a group of versatile Berklee performers and composers deeply committed to the art and craft of chamber music of the present day.

Come hear brand new string quartets performed by the Berklee Chamber Players, including Alcyon’s Shannon Snapp!

Francine Trester, Mimi Rabson, Helen Sherrah-Davies – Violin
Melissa Howe – Viola
Shannon Snapp, Ro Rowan – Cello

Sunday October 14, 2012 3:00 pm
Parish Center for the Arts
10 Lincoln Street – Westford MA
Adults: $10 each; kids admitted free

Berklee Chamber Players October 14 Concert Flyer

Alcyon Concert at PCA huge Success

The Alcyon Chamber Ensemble’s performance this past Sunday September 16th at the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford received a fabulous review by Bettina Norton of the Boston Music Intelligencer. You can read the BMint’s review of the Alcyon concert here!

As reported in the BMInt review, this Alcyon concert will be repeated this Sunday, September 23rd at the Payson Park Church in Belmont MA. Kid’s Sampler at 3pm ($10 per family); Concert at 4pm ($20 adults; kids 18 yrs and under admitted free). Take the time to go! You won’t regret it!

For more information, contact Shannon Snapp at or by calling 781-721-7725.

Alcyon Classes begin week of September 17th, 2012

Alcyon private lessons and chamber Music coachings begin the week of Monday, September 17, 2012. We have a marvelous roster this year with weekly lessons as well as two Sunday afternoon classes and an end of semester recital. Check the dates on the Alcyon web site and rosin up your bows!

Alcyon announces Fall 2012 Concerts

The Alcyon Chamber Ensemble recently announced its
upcoming Fall 2012 Concert Series. Chamber music concerts will feature works by

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams (Quintet in D major),
  • Sid Richardson (Apres la Transfiguration de la Nuit) (a World Premiere) and
  • Antonin Dvorak (Trio No. 4 in E minor, “Dumky”).

These chamber music concerts will take place in Westford, MA at the Parish Center for the Arts and in Belmont, MA at the Payson Park Church.

There will also be a special performance in January at the Harvard Business School:

January 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm HBS
Chamber versions of Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue and Milhaud: La Creation du Monde

Read more about the upcoming Alcyon Fall 2012 Concerts here!

Alcyon’s ACMI accepting applications now for 2012-13 classes

The Alcyon Chamber Ensemble will be holding placement auditions for its Fall 2012 semester.
Anyone interested in playing in an ACMI chamber group (duo, trio, quartet or larger) is invited to register for a placement audition. Group placement will take into account each person’s level of ability. All levels (including adults) are welcome. Pianists, strings and wind players are encouraged to apply.

Placement auditions dates for the Fall 2012-13 semester (September through January):

  • Thursday, August 30th,
  • Friday, August 31st,
  • Tuesday, September 4th,
  • between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm each evening
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Westford, MA unless otherwise noted

Visit Alcyon’s web site or contact Shannon Snapp at 781-424-1411 for more information and an ACMI application.

Alcyon’s Shannon Snapp to perform with Berklee Chamber Players

Shannon Snapp, Artistic Director and cellist with the Alcyon Chamber Ensemble, will be performing with the Berklee Chamber Players later this month in Boston, MA.

The Berklee Chamber Players, founded by String Department Chair Melissa Howe, is a group of versatile Berklee performers an composers deeply committed to the art and craft of chamber music of the present day.

Berklee Chamber Players Feb 22 Concert Flyer

The event’s particulars:

Berklee Chamber Players
February 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

See and Hear Alcyon on VodPod

Clips from Alcyon’s May 2011 concerts in Winchester and Westford, MA can now be seen and heard on VodPod. Check it out! Follow us!

Special thank you to Gustavo Assis-Brasil!