Jacqueline Melnick and Leopold Teraspulsky
Leopold Teraspulsky and Jacqueline Melnick founded the Musicorda
Summer Chamber Music Institute and Festival, based at Mount
Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA in 1987.
A hallmark of the program was the Musicorda Summer String Program
and Performance Festival at the college, which featured free
performances by internationally known classical musicians, as well as
promising young players from all over the world. They were also
passionate about giving all young people a chance to study music. The
program also offered the Children’s String Workshop, in which a dozen
children from inner city Holyoke were given a start in their musical
training each year. Jackie and Terry also founded the Musicorda Road
Company, where Musicorda students gave up to 30 concerts each
summer for people who would not normally have had the chance to
hear classical music.
An accomplished cellist and classical arranger, Leopold “Terry” Teraspulsky studied with ground-breaking cellists
Diran Alexanian and Pablo Casals early in his career before joining the Pittsburgh Symphony as a young musician.
Over the course of his solo and chamber music career, he was a member of the music faculty at Indiana University,
the University of Massachusetts, and the Longy School of Music.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Melnick graduated from the Juilliard School of Music and from Teacher’s College of Columbia
University. She taught music theory at Juilliard and later at Mount Holyoke College from 1965 until her retirement in
1991. She was also on the faculty of the Chautauqua Music Institute, the Brevard Music Center, and was a vocal
coach at the Aspen Music Festival.