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For more than a quarter of a century, Irina Shachneva has brightened the world as a musician with
a broad-based, outstanding international record of success as conductor, teacher, performer and
manager. She received a Bachelor of Music with Honor from the Penza Music College and a
Master of Music from the Gorky (Nizhni Novgorod) State Conservatory.

She founded and was the first Artistic Director of the Municipal Music School, “Rhapsodie,” which
has become one of the largest Children’s Choral Music Schools in Greater Moscow.  Ms.
Shachneva toured with her choirs in France, Bulgaria, Poland and Russia, and recorded a CD.  Ms.
Shachneva created her innovative curriculum and her own methods of teaching children of all levels
of musical ability.  This program has been successful for over 20 years, and has been continuously
taught by “Rhapsodie” since the school was founded.  As an innovative advocate of music education for all ages, Irina
continues to teach piano, voice and music theory to children as well as adults.  In 1994, Irina moved to Boston, where her
students won major piano competitions in Massachusetts and performed in Carnegie Hall.  After completing the ABRSM
exams, her students consistently receive the highest score from NGPT and CM tests.

After coming to the United States, Irina continued her education by taking three years of conducting classes with Tamara
Brooks at the New England Conservatory of Music. She established the Boston Russian Chorus and has been a guest
conductor of the New England Conservatory Chorus, the Jordan Hall Festival Chorus, and the Plymouth Festival Chorus. Irina
also was the organist, pianist and conductor in her capacity as Music Director at Mt. Calvary Church in Acton, MA, where she
led the choir and orchestra in performances of masterpieces by Bach, Fauré, Mozart and other works ranging from the German
Renaissance to modern American composers.  In 2011, this ensemble performed, to acclaim, at the International Music Festival
in Würzburg, Germany.  As a harpsichordist, she performed the “Brandenburg Concertos” by J.S. Bach and has been
recognized for her original interpretation of Bach's music.  In 2010 Ms. Shachneva founded and became the Artistic Director of
the International Rachmaninoff  Russian Music Festival in Boston. Its success led to a prestigious invitation to Russia, where
she led the Festival Choir at an International Choral Festival celebrating the 450th anniversary of the famed St. Basil’s
Cathedral on Red Square. In 2012 Irina also led the Second International Rachmaninoff Russian Music in Boston.

In 2011 Irina’s family moved to San Jose, California where she was selected as the Artistic Director of  Slavyanka, a male
chorus based in San Francisco. In collaboration with Slavyanka, Irina has organized the Third International Russian Choral
Music Festival in San Francisco.  The Festival will be presenting performances, workshops and lectures from August 3-10,
2014.

Irina is an organist, pianist and conductor in her capacity as Music Director at Mt. Calvary Church in Acton, MA, where she
led the choir and orchestra in performances of masterpieces by Bach, Fauré, Mozart and other works ranging from the German
Renaissance to modern American composers.  In 2011, this ensemble performed, to acclaim, at the International Music Festival
in Würzburg, Germany.  As a harpsichordist, she performedthe “Brandenburg Concertos” by J.S. Bach and has been
recognized for her original interpretation of Bach's music.  In 2010 Ms. Shachneva founded and became the Artistic Director of
the International Rachmaninoff  Russian Music Festival in Boston. Its success led to a prestigious invitation to Russia, where
she led the Festival Choir at an International Choral Festival celebrating the 450th anniversary of the famed St. Basil’s
Cathedral on Red Square. In 2012 Irina also led the Second International Rachmaninoff Russian Music in Boston.