Powers Music School is a regional, not-for-profit institution established in 1964 to provide superior music instruction and performance opportunities to all interested students. Each year the School also provides musical outreach opportunities in the community through programs such as Belmont Open Sings, the Stein Chamber Music Festival, the Peter Elvins Vocal Competition, and the Mildred P. Freiberg Piano Festival. The founding principles, that all students are entitled to high quality musical instruction and that music is an essential part of our lives and belongs in the community, continue to guide the School today. This year, the we anticipate that Powers will work with over 900 students who travel from approximately 50 surrounding communities. In addition, Powers annually gives more than 60 free student recitals and community performances.

Historical Timeline

1964 The Music Committee of the Belmont Community Center sponsors the first Piano Festival.
1965 The Music Committee sponsors recorder classes and a Junior Orchestra.
1966 The first Music Committee brochure describing classes and community activities is mailed town-wide.
1969 Private instrumental lessons are offered for the first time.
1970 249 students are enrolled in instructional program.
1971 The first centralized teaching space, office, and telephone system at Plymouth Congregational Church
1973 Committee adopts the name Belmont Music School.
1974 Belmont Music School incorporates.
1974 First Stein Chamber Music Festival
1975 Belmont Music School receives non-profit status.
1976 Belmont Music School joins the National Guild for Community Arts Education.
1981 Belmont Music School receives $30,000 Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
1984 Ellen Powers steps down, Ruth Scheer becomes the new Director.
1988 Belmont Music School takes on its new name of Powers Music School.
1989 Powers Music School celebrates 25th anniversary and enrolls 750 students
1990 Powers Music School begins a lease with the First Armenian Church at 380 Concord Avenue, Belmont
1991 Jean Erickson serves as Acting Director; Richard Riley begins as the new Director
1993 The Pow-Wow program begins with help from Yas Ishibashi, Jane Parkhouse, and Nina Grimaldi
1994 The Music on the Hill(MOTH) program begins
1995 Susan Tucker begins as the new Director
1998 Powers opens its Lexington branch.
1997 Powers Music School fully computerizes its database and financial records
1999 The Keys for Kids group keyboard program begins
2001 Helen Clapp Stevenson becomes the new Director
2003 Department and full curriculum developed for the Suzuki program
2004 The Lexington branch closes and Powers staff move into the offices at 396 Concord Ave as part of the expanded campus
2005 Anonymous donor pledges to match each dollar contributed to a maximum of $10,000
2006 First annual Peter Elvins Vocal Competition
2007 The Belmont Piano Festival is renamed the Mildred P. Freiberg Piano Festival
2008 Gift of a Steinway B Grand Piano by Malcolm Freiberg and the Ellison Family
2009 Concert and reception to honor the 90th birthday of Ellen Powers
2010 The Musical Storytelling Series continues with the premeire of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" by acclaimed composer Seymour Barab
2010 Gift of a Kawaii Grand Piano by Claudia Davidoff
2011 The Music PupsĀ® program begins
2011 Gift of a Steinway M Grand Piano by the estate of John Warren
2012 The Betsy Washburn Cabot Room is enlarged to provide a space well suited to performances and early childhood programs
2013 Conductor George Ogata begins the Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project (MYSP) at Powers
2013 Belmont Open Sings has over 200 attendees at its December concert, "Messiah"
2014 The two-year 50th Anniversary Legacy Campaign begins to raise funds for the changing needs of community music students
2014 The Harper family gives a $25,000 challenge pledge to help kickstart Powers' next 50 years
2014 Pianist Randall Hodgkinson performs at the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Concert, also featuring faculty, students, and local performers
2017 First annual Martha B. Sosman Concerto Competition
2017 Gavin Farrell begins as the new Director


PO Box 398 Belmont, MA 02478  |  Phone: 617.484.4696  

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Powers Music School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, nationality, sex, ethnic origin, religious belief, gender,
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