Alla Zernitskaya will direct her final spring concert with the middle and high school orchestras at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First St. A reception toasting her retirement will follow the concert.

Zernitskaya has educated hundreds of music students as teacher of the orchestra programs at both Pittsfield High School and Herberg Middle School.

Alumni who would like to join in playing a final piece together at the end of the concert should show up with instruments at 4:30 p.m. for a quick rehearsal and sight-reading.

Those unable to attend are invited to email a 15-20 second tribute video to

Jeannie Maschino can be reached at 413-496-6256 or

Community News Editor / Librarian

Jeannie Maschino is community news editor and librarian for The Berkshire Eagle. She has worked for the newspaper in various capacities since 1982 and joined the newsroom in 1989.