MANCHESTER - For the second year in a row Mother Myrick's Confectionary owners, Ron Mancini and Jacki Baker, donated $1 from each box of their Buttercrunch sales during the first week in December and presented a $305 check towards the scholarship fund of the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy (MRMA), an after-school string program under the wing of the Manchester Music Festival (MMF).

The connection between Mother Myrick's and MMF dates back to the early 1980s when the late cellist Michael Rudiakov took over the reins of the music festival from its founders Caroll Glenn and Eugene List. Young Artists of the MMF summer program have played numerous concerts on the porch of Mother Myrick's former location.

In 2000 violist and conductor Ariel Rudiakov became the new artistic director of the MMF and his wife, violinist Joana Genova, was named education director in 2011.

MRMA was founded in 2001 and currently has an enrollment of 27 children, learning to play violin, viola or cello. The students not only receive lessons from highly trained professionals, but also participate in recitals, family concerts, master classes, ensembles and other events. Not all students can afford to purchase or rent an instrument and also pay tuition. The Academy tries to provide scholarships to as many students as possible and give them the opportunity to experience the world of classical music.

For more information about the two organizations visit www.


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mothermyricks.com and and www.mmfvt.org.