Mrs. Marlene Puccinelli teaches music in grades K-8, directs the junior and senior choirs, organizes the music and is the accompanist for the weekly school Mass and all liturgies and ceremonies such as graduation and First Communion. Students in grades 2-8 are taught the recorder and how to read music. She teaches all music for the Christmas Pageant and the Spring Concert.

Piano lessons are available to individual students after school. The school also started a band which is open to all students and meets once a week after school.

We have adopted religious music standards for each grade and our students are expected to know key songs by heart by the time they graduate. These songs include Gregorian chants, Marian hymns, and more modern songs. Students from the upper grades act as cantors at the weekly Mass and at school liturgies.

Students in grades three through eight may participate in choir. The choir sings at Mass on the first Sunday of the month, at weekly school Mass, at the Christmas and Spring Programs, and at various other functions. Practice is usually held after Wednesday school dismissal.

Music Teacher

Assumption School is truly blessed with the musical talent of Marlene Puccinelli for 28 years.

In 1982 Marlene came to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School.

Marlene was a graduate student in the masters of music program at Mount St. Mary’s College. She organized the adult choir which the adult choirs had a broad repertoire of traditional masterwork that were performed on a regular basis within the context of the Catholic service. She demonstrated her belief that music enhances any occasion by frequently and generously donating her time.

Marlene haves enriched Pasadena’s cultural life with inspirations to the students to whom she opens her heart and to people who simply have listened to her perform. To this, the City of Pasadena awarded herself and husband the Gold Crown Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fine Arts Council in 1998.

Mrs. Puccinelli, is the Assumption children choir director. She continues the legacy of teaching and sharing her love of music with the Assumption Parish and School. She teaches music with the instrumental accompaniment to all grades. She also prepares the student body for the beautiful Christmas Pageant and our spectacular spring concert. Mrs. Puccinelli also dedicated her time teaching the students Piano.

Music teaches the children to keep close to their faith and to appreciate their families and have the inspiration and love of the fine Arts of Music.