December 7, 2022

Flutist Marya Martin to Present Master Class Oct. 24

Mayra Martin

Community Music School and Musical Masterworks will be co-presenting a Master Class with internationally renowned flutist Marya Martin on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 12 pm at Community Music School, 90 Main Street (Spencer’s Corner), Centerbrook. Ms. Martin will present the class prior to her afternoon appearance as part of the Musical Masterworks Chamber Music Series at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

The breadth of flutist Marya Martin’s musical career is remarkable. She has studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal and James Galway and has appeared as soloist with the St. Louis, Seattle, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the Brandenburg Ensemble, among others. A prominent figure in the field of chamber music, Ms. Martin has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music at the 92nd Street Y, and Music at Angel Fire, as well as the Santa Fe, New World, Bravo!Vail and Caramoor Music Festivals. Dedicated to the new generation of musicians, Ms. Martin is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and has given master classes at leading universities throughout the US and New Zealand. 

The master class on Sunday, Oct 24 is open to the public.  Suggested donation for audience members is $5.  There is no charge for students, but reservations must be made in advance by calling 860-767-0026.

For more information on the Musical Masterworks program that Ms. Martin will perform on Saturday, October 23 at 5 pm and Sunday, October 24 at 3 pm at the First Congregational Church of Lyme, please visit or call 860-434-2252.

Jazz Program for students aged 8-18 years

The Community Music School in Centerbrook is now offering jazz educational opportunities that reach a wider student age group. Auditions will be held on September 11th from 10 am until noon for two program age groups, both of which will start on Saturday September 18th.

Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Tom Briggs for student ages 13-18, is accepting instrumental students, specifically brass, who are intermediate though advanced in level. This performing ensemble has a repertoire that covers 80 years of jazz styles from early traditional through modern day. Developing skill in jazz improvisation is emphasized and the musical arrangements are tailored to the proficiency level of each member.

Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Russ Becker is for beginning students ages 8-12. The format will be a workshop-ensemble for instrumentalists who are interested in developing basic skills used in jazz performance, such as jazz rhythms, articulation, and phrasing. The basic techniques for improvisation and creative musical dialogue will be taught. Motivated students who enjoy playing and listening to music will have fun being part of this weekly ensemble.

In addition to Jazz, Community Music School offers ensembles for Strings, Flute, and Voice. A complete list of private instruction and group offerings is available online at, by calling the Executive Director, Robin Andreoli at 860-767-0026 or visiting Community Music School Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm at 90 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT.