• 77 Arts Academy Has a Fabulous Mid-Year Art Exhibition and Recital

    June 1, 2013  – 77 Arts Academy had its 2nd mid-year art exhibition and music recitals. Many art students showcased their artwork.  Our art teachers spent time wtih parents, friends, grandparents, and students to admire the student artworks and progress.  Our music students, both children and adults, performed magnificently to their friends, parents, and grandparents.   Several of our teachers also gave insporing performances and shared their wisdom about how to remain engaged in music throughout one’s life.  We are all very proud of all the students’ efforts to successfully participate in the art exhibition and music recitals.



  • 77 Arts Academy’s Fantastic Father’s Day Concert

    June 16, 2013 – Our faculty members along with their bands performed an exceptional performance during our faculty fundraiser concert to support Doctors Without Borders and The One Fund Boston. We had wonderful jazz, classical music, and rock performances by great professional musicians.

    • Jazz was performed Joe Cincotta and Larry Baione.
    • Classical music was performed by the New England Chamber Players: Alex Conway, Sarah Hassen, Evan Perry, Sasha Pustilnikova, and Minghui Lin.
    • Rock was performed by the band This Space Reserved:Kevin O’Shaughnessy, Ken Bayliss, Ken Porter, and Clarke LaPlante



  • An Enjoyable Musical Instrument Demonstration Day

    February 23, 2013

    77 Arts Academy had a wonderful musical instrument demonstration day. Our esteemed teachers presented historical lessons, explained the science, and demonstrated their respective instruments. Both children and adults very much enjoyed the thoughtful presentations and helped prospective students decide which instruments to learn.

    After the teachers’ presentations, the audience had a chance to touch and try out a variety of different instruments. Our partner Rayburn Music provided many string, brass, and woodwind instruments.

    Our participating teachers included guitarist Kevin O’Shaughnessy, flutist Rachel Azrak, violinist Scott Knopf, cellist Seth MacLeod, and soprano Julianne Gearhart.



  • 2012 Winter Recital and Art Exhibition

    77 Arts Academy showcases students during their winter art exhibition and student recitals

    December 9th – 77 Arts Academy had its first fun and well-attended winter recital capping off a high-growth first year since its grand opening in January 2012. Over 150 students, guests, and teachers participated in this event. Our art students displayed their beautiful art work. Our music students performed wonderfully showing off their hard work learning their instruments that included piano, voice, flute, guitar, and violin.

    After each of the student recital programs, our experienced teachers performed truly amazing solos in violin, harp, trombone, and voice. Mina Lavcheva on violin, Julie Spring on harp, Andrew Knight on trombone, and Brendan Buckley on vocals. Teacher performances provide students a unique experience to see different instruments as well as imagine what each can potentially achieve; our guests, of course, enjoy a wonderful musical experience upclose.

    We are very proud of all the students’ achievements this year. Thank you to parents, grandparents, teachers, and students for participating and making our first winter art exhibition and music recital fun and successful. Happy holidays to everyone.



  • 77 Arts Academy Partners with New England Conservatory’s School of Continuing Education

    August 16, 2012

    77 Arts Academy, of 77 Powdermill Road in Acton, and the New England Conservatory’s School of Continuing Education are excited to announce their partnership.  The two schools will combine efforts to provide continuing education music courses and private music lessons in western Boston suburbs.  Adults will be able to study locally with NEC faculty and participate in high-caliber conservatory programs without going into to Boston.  There will also be summer opportunities for children, ages 14 and up.

    “The School of Continuing Education at New England Conservatory is very pleased to be launching a partnership with 77 Arts Academy.  We look forward to leveraging each organization’s unique resources to support our common goal – bringing high quality musical experiences to a broad range of students, and helping them to meet their individual learning goals.” – Leslie Wu Foley, Dean and Executive Director of the Preparatory and Continuing Education New England Conservatory.

    “NEC’s School of Continuing Education makes the resources of one of the world’s leading music institutions available to everyone.  This partnership with 77 Arts Academy will allow us to continue to fulfill our commitment of making lifelong music education available to communities outside the city of Boston.  We are tremendously excited about this venture and look forward to offering conservatory-level teaching to anyone in the community with the help of 77 Arts Academy.” –Sean P. Hagon, Director NEC’s School of Continuing Education.

    “We are excited to bring classes and faculty members to the Boston suburbs from world-renowned NEC’s School of Continuing Education.  NEC’s offerings are a perfect complement to our ongoing children’s music and art education program.  We look forward to a long-term relationship that will add significant musical education value and experience at our wonderful facilities to the surrounding communities.” – Don Lee, Executive Director, 77 Arts Academy

    77 Arts Academy offers private music lessons, group music classes, and art classes to children and adults, and is conveniently located in Acton/West Concord on Route 62, near Valley Sports and The Thoreau Club.  Additional details can be found on

    New England Conservatory School of Continuing Education makes the resources of one of the world’s leading music institutions available to everyone. They offer exciting, quality music study for the adult learner, from private instrument and voice lessons to full certificate programs.  Adult students can earn credits or study for pure pleasure. Classes are available in a range of subjects, workshops, master classes, private instruction and summer institutes.


  • 77 Arts Academy Students Showcase Talents at the 2012 Spring Recital

  • Acton, MA — On Monday, June 18, 2012 students at 77 Arts Academy performed in the school’s first spring recital. Performances included sixteen showcases from students ages five to sixteen years old from Acton, Concord, Westford, Sudbury, Stow and Maynard. The recital was well attended and an outstanding display of the children’s hard work and talent, many of whom performed for the first time in front of an audience.

    “I was very proud to see all the children perform their best during our first recital since our grand opening in January,” said Don Lee, Executive Director of 77 Arts Academy. “It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm of not only the students, but also parents, grand parents, and teachers. It helped us toward realizing our vision of creating a foundation for life-long enjoyment of the music and arts.”

    After the recital, students and their families were treated to musical performances from five teachers, including Kevin O’Shaughnessy on guitar, a vocal performance by Brendan Buckley, and a trio including Caroline Reiner-Williams on cello, Roy Imperio on piano, and Angel Hernandez on violin. Music Director Soo Lee-Martone also accompanied the students on piano.

    “77 Arts Academy values an environment that is supportive and enjoyable while encouraging the students to reach their potential with music,” said Soo. “We look forward to many concerts where the children can show off their talent for others to enjoy.”