Music Fest In Wayland will feature underrepresented composers

WAYLAND, MA — A music school in Wayland will host its first-ever outdoor concert, featuring works by underrepresented composers performed by local students. PlayTogether Go will also feature a “Musical Scavenger Hunt”.

Here’s more from a Wayland School of Music press release:

PlayTogether Go 2022: Free community event for MetroWest families, with a digital “music scavenger hunt” and performances

  • PlayTogether Go is a new multimedia program committed to supporting the cultural diversity and vitality of our community.
  • Featuring young musicians, underrepresented local composers and a fun “music scavenger hunt” for the whole family.

In January, the Wayland School of Music/PTG commissioned six local professional composers – Jorge Ibanez, Tomoko Iwaoto, Andrew Marshall, Carmen Marulanda, Tayja Sallie and Charles Shadle – from underrepresented bands to write new music for ensembles. students. The young musicians will now give the world premiere of this music written especially for them, with the six composers present to hear them.

Thirty-six local music students aged 7 to adult, divided into ten ensembles, received professional coaching to learn their music, met the composer of their piece for an informal discussion about life, inspiration and the composer’s influences, and will perform in the world premiere of this new music written especially for them.

The students also invented game characters, creating digital “playing cards” combining their artwork with recorded music excerpts. These will feature in a community-wide outdoor “musical scavenger hunt” inspired by the Pokemon Go game, prior to the performance.

At 3:30 p.m., the students will give the world premiere of these new pieces written for them, in the presence of the composers, at the W Gallery. Families can find out if they have correctly matched game pieces to sets.

At 4:30 p.m. there will be a raffle with prizes donated by local merchants and businesses. Proceeds from the raffle will be used to support future programs (including scholarships) through Wayland School of Music‘s new Access Equity Fund.

The game and the show are free, family and open to all.

Date: May 22
Weather: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (check-in 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
Location: The W Gallery, 57 Andrew Ave., Wayland
Example of repetition: Composer Carmen Marulanda shares the rhythms and instruments of her native Colombia: The students perform his commissioned composition (excerpt):

We are very grateful to our event sponsors: MA Cultural Council; Wayland Cultural Council; Middlesex Savings Bank; Harmoney Bookkeeping Company; Nicolette Mascari/Compass Immobilier; and donors including Giacomo’s Restaurant, Btone Fitness, Forever Slender Medspa, Johnson Strings Instruments and others.

About Wayland School of Music

Founded in 1997 by Wayland resident Principal Penny Wayne-Shapiro, former Principal Violinist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Wayland School of Music has long been renowned in the community for its musical excellence, warm welcome to all students and his contribution to the community. . WSM instructors must be successful professional musicians and experienced teachers (minimum 10 years old). The school offers private lessons, group lessons (including paid lessons through Wayland Recreation), and community performances, and is committed to contributing to the cultural vitality and diversity of the MetroWest region.

To reach the founder and director of WSM Penny Wayne Shapiroplease email him at [email protected] or call 508 358 7835. For more information about Wayland School of Music, please visit For more information on PlayTogether Go specifically, including links to our 2022 composer biographies, please visit

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