[Msorchestra] Weston Friends of Music update
Cphedges at aol.com
Cphedges at aol.com
Tue Feb 12 11:51:25 EST 2008
Last week, Weston Friends of Music (WFOM) held its winter meeting to discuss
music events and activities for the second half of the school year. It was
a very busy fall season, beginning with the High School Masquerade Concert,
followed by the Barrage Orchestra Concert in mid-November, and culminating
with eight winter concerts in the month of December.
Our high school chorus students kicked off the new year with the spectacular
Rutter Magnificat performance held at Regis last Wednesday. Our
district-wide String Fling, Band Fest, and Spring Sing concerts are coming in March.
Plans for the April Pops concerts are just getting underway. Anyone
interested in helping out at the Pops concerts, please contact me at _cphedges at aol.com_
(mailto:cphedges at aol.com) . Our organizing committee is being formed now.
Finally, our elementary and middle school music groups will end the school
year with their spring performances in May.
At our meeting, Chris Memoli congratulated our student musicians on their
amazing showing at the district and state festivals this year: 42 students
were selected to participate in Sr. Districts, 36 students in Jr. Districts,
and 14 students continued on to the All-State Festival.
Our Fall Clothing Sale was a great success, providing a wonderful
opportunity for the donating and purchasing of concert attire by music families.
Concert clothing, including maroon sashes, cummerbunds, and bowties, will be
collected after the spring concerts in anticipation of next fall’s sale. If you
have any concert clothes to donate, please contact Judy Harris at
Music students at the High School will soon be introduced to the Tri-M Music
Honor Society, an internationally-recognized music honor society with over
4,400 chartered chapters worldwide. This society gives national recognition
to the musical accomplishments of our top music students while encouraging
community service and student leadership opportunities.
WFOM is also looking into raising money for music scholarships for some of
its student musicians to fund instructional instrument or voice lessons.
While WFOM is not set up as a fundraising group, there is a need for these
scholarships and we are looking into different ways to provide these scholarships.
Finally, an announcement was made about the forming of a new community band,
the Sudbury Valley New Horizons Band. Similar to our Community Chorus,
this band encourages any adult who wants to play in a band to join. All levels,
from true beginner to more experienced, are welcome. Rehearsals are on
Wednesday nights at the Wayland Middle School. Visit the SVHNB website at
www.svnhb.org for more information.
Thank you to the great number of parents who volunteer at our music events
in so many ways -- selling tickets, ushering at the doors, chaperoning, and
baking refreshments for concert receptions, to name just a few. The number of
students participating in Weston's music programs from elementary through
high school is astounding and continues to grow -- many thanks to all of you for
supporting this growth in so many ways.
-- Christie Hedges
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