by Susan Memoli

The Viola students of the Wayland High School String Orchestra and Honors Sinfonia worked with Susan Seeber on October 9, 2014.  This masterclass was funded through the generosity of the Creative Arts Parent Association (CAPA).

Ms. Seeber is a Wayland resident who performs regularly with the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Cantata Singers and others.

Viola master class

Viola master class

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Cellists enjoy master class with Steven Lavin

by Susan Memoli

Wayland High School Orchestra cellists participated in master classes on October 2, 2014, given by Steven Laven. Mr. Laven is a Wayland resident who is a free-lance cellist, studio teacher, composer and arranger. This masterclass was generously funded by the Creative Arts Parent Association (CAPA). Students in the String Orchestra and Honors Sinfonia Orchestra had the opportunity to work with Mr. Laven.

Orchestra master class with Mr. Laven Pictured are the Honors Sinfonia Orchestra cellists with Mr. Laven.

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Master class with Todd Brunell sponsored by CAPA

On September 10, 2014, clarinetist and saxophonist Todd Brunell came to WHS and conducted a masterclass with Honors Wind Ensemble. This is part one of two masterclasses – another being planned for concert band. Mr. Brunell worked with the entire ensemble and then held a special sectional for the reed players. Topics he addressed included: warm-up techniques, airflow and breath support, embouchure formation, playing posture/finger alignment, and the benefits of playing music and having good practice routines.

Mr. Brunell is an alumnus of Wayland High School! He is a freelance player in the Boston area and teaches in the Wayland Public Schools After-School-Lesson Program. It was a very rewarding masterclass for all.

Master class with Todd Brunell

Master class with Todd Brunell

Master class with Todd Brunell

Master class with Todd Brunell

Master class with Todd Brunell

Master class with Todd Brunell

Many thanks to Joe Oneschuk for the article and photos! Masterclasses are just one of the many ways that CAPA supports the arts at Wayland High School.

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CAPA needs volunteers for 2014-2015!

We are seeking to expand the number of people involved in CAPA to make it an even stronger, more collaborative, and more fun organization! The more parents involved, the better our support for ALL of the fine arts at WHS – both visual and performance – through special grants for equipment/supplies, support of arts honor societies, support of exhibits, concerts, shows, and field trips, and special recognition, like fine arts jackets and Fine Arts Awards night.

We are looking to fill the following roles:

College A Cappella concerts (fall and spring)

  • Committee chair(s) – coordinate work of committee
  • Ticket sales coordinator
  • Committee members for PR, refreshments, and other concert help

Public Relations

  • PR/Marketing coordinator – ongoing coordination for PR team
  • CAPA mailings coordinator – mail CAPA brochures in early fall
  • Writer – draft updates for school community on CAPA-sponsored activities

Performance Help

  • Theater photographer
  • Theater ticket sales at door
  • Intermission snack sales – organize contributions, run sales
  • Committee members for other general theater help
  • Window dance troupe liaison

Fine Arts Night Coordinator - organize and coordinate team of helpers for event in June.

If you can join us, please contact us. Thanks so much for considering!

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Grants for WHS Fine Arts Program

The Creative Arts Parent Association (CAPA), the only volunteer parents’ group committed solely to supporting and promoting the visual and performing arts at Wayland High School, announced its grant awards for this school year:

  • Master classes
  • Scholarships for music and art festivals (Senior Districts, Art and Music All-State)
  • Fine Arts Night
  • Fine Arts varsity-style jackets
  • Art supplies: materials for glass projects, paint and matte board (so that the students can learn how to mat their own artwork)
  • Guitar amplifier for jazz bands
  • Conductor’s stand
  • Piano bench and cover to keep the grand piano on the Main Stage in top condition
  • Keyboard amplifier
  • Korg electronic keyboard workstations – to start building a new Music Technology Lab to be used with the Apple computers
  • Display cables for the visual arts, so that more student artwork can be displayed at WHS and around town (library and Town Building exhibitions)
  • Calligraphy supplies and fabric/notions for visual arts projects
  • Jazz keyboard case
  • Three Yamaha guitars and supplies
  • Microphone and USB port for listening lab

Three years ago, CAPA approved the following funding guidelines and has been using them ever since to evaluate grant proposals:

  • CAPA expenditures support students and teachers in the WHS Fine Arts Department.
  • CAPA funds should be fairly distributed across all disciplines (band, choral groups, orchestra, theater arts, dance and the visual arts) over time.
  • CAPA supports creative initiatives / beyond-the-curriculum programs.
  • CAPA funds should benefit as many students as possible.
  • CAPA supports items that are outside the regular school operating budget; however, from time to time, CAPA will consider supporting items within the school operating budget.

Our main fundraisers are the college a cappella concerts, as well as the bottle and can drives. CAPA also sends out a mailer in the fall and accepts ongoing online donations.

CAPA sends out a very sincere THANK YOU to everyone who contributes to our efforts to keep the arts alive and well at WHS: by attending our a cappella concerts, bringing your recyclables to our Bottle and Can drives, sending in donations, and volunteering your time for CAPA events, fundraisers, and ongoing administration. We would also like to thank the fine arts teachers for their passion and dedication to our students.

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Meeting Minutes 2013-2014

Here are the minutes from CAPA’s monthly meetings for the past school year:







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Spring Performances

Plan to attend these great spring musical performances:

Choral Spring Concert
Monday, May 12, 7:30pm
WHS Main Stage

Band Spring Concert
Tuesday, May 13, 7:30pm
WHS Main Stage

Memorial Day Parade 
Monday, May 26, Wayland Middle School to Lakeview Cemetery
Wayland High School and Middle School marching bands will march in the Memorial Day parade.

A Capella Club Concert
Tuesday, May 27, 7:30pm
WHS Main Stage

Jazz Pops Concert and Art Show
Wednesday, May 28, 7:30pm
WHS Main Stage and Commons
Featuring the jazz ensembles of Wayland High School and Middle School.

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Final CAPA Meeting – Monday May 19 (new date)

Monday, May 19, 6:30-8:00m
Home of Linda Smith, 171 Old Connecticut Path East

Join us as we enjoy snacks in an informal setting, vote on spring teacher grants, vote on next year’s budget, and welcome new and returning board members: Co-Presidents, Cindy Lewis and Kathryn Welter; Treasurer, Deborah Cohen; Secretary, Linda Smith; and Member-at-Large, Kirsten Robinson. We’ve changed the date so that parents can attend the band concert on May 13.

Please bring finger foods to share. Please contact us to let us know what you are bringing.

At 8:00pm, following our business meeting, CAPA parent, Dalyte Bernotas, will be available to showcase her CABI line of clothing. Stay to chat, look over the clothing, and enjoy snacks.

We hope to see you there!

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Fine Arts Night – Friday, June 6

Friday, June 6
7:00-8:00pm: Awards
8:00-10:00pm: Student Celebration
Longfellow Club, Oak Street, Natick
$5 donation per student

Calling all WHS fine arts students! The Creative Arts Parent Association (CAPA) presents WHS Fine Arts Night. As in past years, Fine Arts Night has two parts:

Awards Ceremony, 7-8pm
Families are welcome – Please bring a chair. We are saving money by not renting or hauling chairs, so this event will be standing room only, unless you bring your own seat. The Longfellow Club requests that chairs have rubber tips on the legs, to avoid damaging the court floors.

Student Celebration, 8-10pm
WHS Fine Arts students and alumni only. Stay after the awards ceremony and swim (bring your swimsuit), play basketball or just hang out. We have rented Longfellow for you!

Pizza and snacks will be served at $5 donation per student.

Parents: please consider helping to chaperone this event. Contact us ( and let us know if you’d prefer a shift from 8-9pm, 9-10pm, or if you can do the full two hours. We need both dads and moms.

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Beauty and the Beast Photos

Here are a few photo highlights from the WHSTE’s fabulous production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, thanks to photographer Catherine Radmer. You can view the full album on Flickr.

Liam Fay as Gaston hams it up for the Villagers

Be Our Guest!

Belle (Tori Gitten) and the Beast (Isaac Greenawalt) bond over books

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