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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.


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