Close up of two elementary school girls arranging wildflowers in a vase.
Students from the Montessori School of the Berkshires arranging wildflowers in a vase; submitted photo.

Musicians come together to benefit Berkshire Montessori

Matt Cusson, Billy Keane, and Natalia Bernal, and Jason Ennis perform to support critical programs

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LENOX DALE — The Montessori School of the Berkshires (MSB)  is hosting Montessori Rising, a benefit to support their Teacher Development and Tuition Assistance Programs.

The evening program will include performances by Matt Cusson, Billy Keane, and Natalia Bernal and Jason Ennis at The Ruins at Sassafras, 194 Darrow Road, New Lebanon, NY, on Saturday, June 3, 2023, from 6 pm to 9 pm. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres by Mezze Catering, wine from Hudson Chatham Winery, and cider by the Berkshire Cider Project. The school will also have an art auction highlighting collective children’s work and a paddle raise to directly support the Teacher Development Program. 

Tickets available at or by contacting [email protected] or (413) 637-2663.

MSB, located in Lenox Dale, provides authentic Montessori education to children aged 14 months to 14 years. Montessori education strives to nurture each child’s natural desire for knowledge, understanding, and respect.

The Teacher Development Program provides lead teachers, called guides in a Montessori setting, with professional training through Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), which is dedicated to Montessori authenticity. An important outcome of the program is also an expanded student experience. 

As a private school, MSB is committed to being accessible to everyone. The school’s Tuition Assistance Program supports an individualized tuition pipeline to provide the opportunity of a Montessori education for any family. Working with families to find a path to the Montessori experience is at the heart of the pedagogy and the school’s mission and vision. 

All proceeds from Montessori Rising will go towards funding these two singular and key MSB programs. This event was made possible, in part, by Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook, Marie’s North Street Eatery, Lee Bank, Interpint, Outpost, Mezze Events, The Ruins @ Sassafras, Live Sound, Inc, Hudson Chatham Winery, Berkshire Cider Project, Chocolate Springs, and Berkshire Mountain Distillers. 

MSB’s mission is to prepare children for a joyful, purpose-driven life. They support this innate drive by providing environments that meet children’s developmental needs, by creating a staff of loving and well-prepared adults, and by building a community of families. Located in the Berkshires, the school provides students with an education that fosters independent thinking, a love of learning, social responsibility, and self-confidence. For more information visit

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