College A Cappella on December 6 – Tickets on Sale Now

Saturday, December 6, 7:30pm
WHS Main Stage
Tickets $18 

CAPA is pleased to announce that this fall’s College A Cappella concert will be held on December 6 on the WHS Main Stage. Featured college groups include Pitch Slapped from Berklee, Chattertocks from Brown University, and the MIT Logarythms, as well as our own Muses, T-Tones, and Madrigals.

Tickets are for sale online and at Donelan’s, Russell’s, and the WHS office for $18. The concert nearly always sells out, so buy your tickets in advance. As of November 26, over half of the tickets have been sold.

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We have increased ticket prices for the first time in many years so that we can fairly compensate our excellent college groups, while pursuing our primary mission to raise funds to benefit the visual and performing arts at Wayland High School.

Art Sale: The concert will also feature an art sale. Artists who are alumni of Wayland High School will be exhibiting and selling their original photos, paintings, pottery and drawings at the WHS Commons before, during intermission, and after the concert. A percentage of the sales price goes to CAPA to support the arts at WHS. Great place to buy Christmas presents for your favorite art lover while supporting the arts in Wayland. Bring your check book!

Desserts and snacks needed: To all parents who wish to support our fine arts programs, we need desserts! This is always a well attended fundraiser and the audience loves the free treat buffet we set up. Any snack donation would be greatly appreciated — cookies, breads, cupcakes, brownies, healthy snacks, etc. You may drop off your snacks at the Wayland High School Commons from 5:00-7:30pm on Saturday, December 6.

If you can bake or buy something to contribute, please email Wendy Pachter at Reminders will be sent out the week before.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Orchestra Master Class led by Heidi Braun-Hill

The Wayland High School violinists participated in a masterclass led by Heidi Braun-Hill on Thursday, October 16. This masterclass was made possible by generosity of the Creative Arts Parent Association (CAPA).

The career of violinist Heidi Braun-Hill has led her to perform in many of the world’s most illustrious concert halls, including Symphony Hall in Boston, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the Cite de la Music in Paris, and the Barbican Centre in London.

She has made guest appearances as concertmaster of many orchestras in and around Boston, including the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and has made recordings for Arsis and Nonesuch.

Ms. Braun-Hill working with the Honors Sinfonia violinists

Ms. Braun-Hill working with the Honors Sinfonia violinists

The String Orchestra violinists with Ms. Braun-Hill

The String Orchestra violinists with Ms. Braun-Hill

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WHSTE presents On the Razzle

November 13-15, 7:30pm
WHS Main Stage
Tickets $8-10 

The Wayland High School Theater Ensemble is thrilled to present Tom Stoppard’s comedy “On the Razzle,” which will run Nov. 13, 14, and 15 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and are sale now. Check out the website,, to buy tickets and for more information on the production.

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Wayland History Film to premiere November 21

Friday, November 21, 7:30pm
Free admission 

Pelham Island Pictures is thrilled to announce that their film, 5 Miles Astride the River: The Story of Wayland will premiere at Wayland High School on November 21st at 7:30pm. This is a historical documentary — produced by Wayland High School graduates, Zander Cowen and Jacob Sussman — that traces the evolution of Wayland over 375 years.

You can view a trailer for the film and learn more about the premiere at the following link:

The event will be co-hosted by the Walden Forum, a free, non-profit lecture series that serves the MetroWest community and has hosted speakers such as Tom Ashbrook of NPR’s “On Point” and Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, a former NASA astronaut.

In addition, Kevin Delaney, a teacher at Wayland High School and 2014 Massachusetts State History Teacher of the Year, will begin the evening with a presentation on how local history can serve as a window to view larger themes of the American experience.

We hope that you and your family will join us at the premiere to celebrate and reflect upon Wayland’s rich history!

If you have a Facebook account, we encourage you to RSVP for the event and like the film’s Facebook pages at the following links:

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Viola Master Class with Susan Seeber

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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