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CMSS sponsors silent auction

CMSS faculty member Rebecca Eldredge tries out a piano while School Registrar JoAnn James holds a clarinet. Reminder Publications photo by Lori O'Brien
By Lori O'Brien


SPRINGFIELD A gift of music in the form of private lessons or an instrument could certainly be an ideal present for someone who is musically inclined.

Just in time for holiday giving, the Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) at 127 State St. is sponsoring a silent auction featuring several upright pianos and two clarinets.

The instruments are on view weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main lobby of the school through Dec. 21.

"Interested persons are invited to bid on the individual instruments, advancing on a minimum bid," said Jeanie Connor, CMSS' director of development and communications.

Winning bidders will be responsible for the removal of the instruments.

All proceeds raised from the silent auction will benefit the financial aid program which helps provide music training for area children and youth, added Connor.

In addition to CMSS' regular programming for students of all ages, purchasing a gift of private instruction lessons is also available. CMSS instruction is available on baritone horn, bass guitar, bassoon, cello, clarinet, double bass, drums, electric bass, fiddle, flute, Suzuki flute, French horn, guitar, hand drums, congas, harp, oboe, orchestral mallet percussion, vibraphone, piano, recorder, saxophone, Shakuhachi, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin and voice.

Private instruction can be combined with ensemble experiences, theory and appreciation classes, performance opportunities and contact with hundreds of other musicians and music lovers, according to Connor.

For more information on the silent auction or CMSS programs, call 732-8428 or visit