At CMSS, we are dedicated to changing lives through music. We are proud to bring together people of different ages,
abilities, cultural backgrounds and economic circumstances to make music in an environment that respects diversity and
encourages creativity. These students might never have known one another were it not for a common love of music. Strong
friendships grow from shared choral, ensemble and performance experiences.
Community Music School of Springfield is a proud member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. We were
recently awarded a National Endowment for the Arts “Art Works” grant and are a recipient of many distinguished awards,
including the Commonwealth Award, Massachusetts Cultural Council’s highest arts honor, recognizing the significant
contribution that CMSS has made in building community through the arts. CMSS is honored to have been chosen as the
recipient of the 2015 Yale University Distinguished Music Educator Award/Music in Schools Initiative, as well as the
New England Public Radio 2015 Outstanding Arts Organization in the Pioneer Valley award and the Massachusetts
Association of School Committees 2015 Outstanding School Partner award. CMSS Programs are funded in part by the
Massachusetts Cultural Council.