PlayTogether Go 2022: Free Community Event for Metrowest Families, Featuring Digital “Musical Treasure Hunt” and Performance

PlayTogether Go is a brand-new multi-media program committed to the support of cultural diversity and vitality in our community, featuring young musicians, local under-represented composers, and a fun “Musical Treasure Hunt” for the whole family.


In January Wayland School of Music/PTG commissioned six local professional composers from under-represented groups to write new music for student ensembles. The young musicians will now give the world premiere of this music written especially for them, with the six composers present to hear them.
The students also invented game characters, creating digital “playing cards”’ combining their artwork with recorded music snippets. These will feature in a community-wide outdoor “musical treasure hunt” inspired by the Game Pokemon Go, before the performance.
Game and performance are free, family-friendly and open to all.

Date: Sunday May 22nd  Time: 2:30-4:30 (check-in 2:00-2:30) Location: The W Gallery, 57 Andrew Ave., Wayland Town Center.

More information: PlayTogether Go is a brand-new, unique multi-media program committed to equity and accessibility in the arts, and is the creation of Wayland School of Music’s Multi-Media specialist Allison Dobbs. Earlier this year Wayland School of Music commissioned six professional composers from traditionally under-represented groups to write music for student ensembles:

36 local music students age 7 to adult, in ten ensembles, have received professional coaching to learn their music, have met with the composer of their piece for informal discussion of the composer’s life, inspiration and influences, and will be performing the world premiere of this new music written specifically for them.

Sample rehearsal and composer visit, group 3 (video):

Composer Carmen Marulanda shares the rhythms and instruments of her native Colombia:
The students play her commissioned composition for her (excerpt):

The students also invented game characters, creating original artwork which has been coded into digital “playing cards” combining art and recorded snippets of the music, for a community-wide outdoor “musical treasure hunt” inspired by the Game Pokemon Go.

For the final community event on May 22nd, QR codes (try the one above) containing links to the musical characters and clues will be placed in businesses throughout the Wayland Town Center development. Starting at 2:30, families will collect the QR codes from around the development to open up the character cards, then use the clues and recording snippets to match them into ensembles.

At 3:30, students will give the world premiere performance of these new pieces that were written for them, with the composers in attendance, at The W Gallery (home of Arts Wayland), 57 Andrew Avenue, WTC. Families can hear whether they matched the game pieces correctly into ensembles.

At 4:30 there will be a raffle with prizes donated by local merchants and businesses. Raffle proceeds will go towards supporting future programs (including scholarships) through the new Wayland School of Music Equity of Access fund.

Wayland School of Music is thrilled to host this new program! PlayTogether Go brings wonderful new music to our community, encourages student and community awareness of who writes music and why they write it, and highlights the cultural diversity and vitality of the local music scene. We are proud to partner with these wonderful local composers and bring their music to you, and excited to have you join in this fun community game for the whole family!

We are very grateful to our event sponsors: MA Cultural Council/Wayland Cultural Council, Middlesex Savings Bank, Harmoney Bookkeeping Company and Nicolette Mascari/Compass Real Estate; and donors including Giacomo’s Restaurant, Btone Fitness, Forever Slender Medspa, Johnson Strings Instruments and others.

About Wayland School of Music

Founded in 1997 by Wayland Resident, Director Penny Wayne-Shapiro, a former first violinist with the London Philharmonic, Wayland School of Music has long had a reputation in the community for musical excellence, a warm welcome to all students, and contribution to the community. WSM Instructors are required to be successful professional musicians and experienced teachers (minimum 10 years). The school offers private lessons, group classes (including at-cost classes through Wayland recreation), and community performances, and is committed to contributing to cultural vitality and diversity in the Metrowest area.

To reach WSM Founder and Director Penny Wayne-Shapiro, please email her at or call 508 358 7835.

For more information about Wayland School of Music, please visit

For information about PlayTogether Go specifically, including links to bios for our 2022 composers, please visit


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