College A Cappella March 28

Saturday, March 28, 7:30pm
WHS Main Stage
Tickets $18

Tickets are on sale now for the College A Cappella Concert. Tickets are available online and at Donelan’s and Russell’s. We’ll be holding a ticket sale in the Commons at WHS during lunches on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, March 25-27. Tickets are going fast – get yours in advance to be sure of getting seats! Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door on March 28.

We still need a few more volunteers to help check tickets at the door, bring water and desserts, and help out for a few minutes after the show — these tasks take 30 minutes or less and really help make the show a success.

Eventbrite - College A Cappella Concert

We have lined up three fantastic college groups for your entertainment, as well as Wayland’s own T-Tones, Muses and Madrigals. The college groups are:

Harvard Opportunes
In 1980, two Harvard-Radcliffe students transformed a loosely organized co-ed singing group called the Harvard Squares into Harvard’s first full-fledged, mixed a cappella ensemble, now known as the Harvard Opportunes. Over the years, the Opportunes have won widespread acclaim for their intricate six-to-eight-part harmonies as well as for their stage presence and sense of humor. Our members hail from all over the country and the world and are involved in Harvard athletics, clubs, theater, publications, and service programs. The Opportunes will be featuring a Wayland alum, Larry Guo!

Northeastern Treble on Huntington
Treble on Huntington was formed in the Fall of 2007 as Northeastern University’s original all-female a cappella group. Their unique name came from a combination of a musical pun and Huntington Avenue, Northeastern’s central nervous system. Treble on Huntington is coming at you live and in color from Boston! Skilled in the language of music, these fierce females are ready to rock your soul to the very core and leave you cheering for more. Feast your ears on the remarkable and melodious masterpiece that is Treble on Huntington.

Amherst College Route 9
Route 9 is an all-male a cappella group specializing in contemporary rock, pop, and R&B arrangements. We were founded in October 2000 at Amherst College and are named for the state highway that runs alongside the school. As a group, we always look to expand our musical boundaries through our ever-growing repertoire. Rain, shine, or snow, a Route 9 performance is guaranteed to be a fun time!

All proceeds from the concert benefit the arts at Wayland high school.

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Fine Arts Jackets 2015

Forms due Monday, March 16
Fittings on Friday, March 20 in WHS Commons

The Wayland High School Creative Arts Parent Association (CAPA) generously provides funding for Fine Arts Jackets for students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement and dedication in the arts.

Get the Fine Arts Jacket form here. Click, print, add up your points! 300 points are needed for a jacket.

Students may choose a wool letter jacket or a windbreaker, either of which can be personalized with the student’s name.

After a student has earned a jacket, they start accumulating points again and can earn Service Bars for each subsequent 200 points earned.

Qualifying students are asked to contribute $30 toward the price of the jacket and CAPA will fund the remainder of the cost.

Completed forms and the $30 fee (checks made payable to CAPA) are due no later than Monday, March 16th. Forms and payments can be turned in to your student’s Fine Arts teacher or in the Fine Arts office.

Fittings will take place during the lunch periods in the Commons on Friday, March 20th between 10:40 am – 12:10 pm. Jackets will be awarded during Fine Arts Night on Friday, June 5th.

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February music events

String Jam, Wednesday, February 11
7:30pm, WHS Field House

Join all of the string ensembles from Wayland High School, Middle School, Claypit Hill School, Happy Hollow School, and Loker School for the spring String Jam in the Wayland High Field House.

Band Fest, Thursday, February 12
7:30pm, WHS Field House

Join bands from Wayland High School, Wayland Middle School, Claypit Hill School, Happy Hollow School, and Loker School for the spring Band Fest on Thursday evening, February 12 in the High School Field House.

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Photos from winter orchestra concert

The Wayland Middle and High School Orchestras performed their Winter Concert December 9, 2014 to a packed house. Selections ranged from Tum Balalaika to Smetana’s Dance of the Comedians, Greensleeves Fantasy, Corelli’s Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 8, ending with the Polar Express performed by the WHS Full Symphony.

Here are some photos, courtesy of Ms. Memoli:

WHS Orchestra

WHS Orchestra

WMS Orchestra

WMS Orchestra

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WHS Students perform in Senior District Festival

Congratulations to the Wayland High School 2015 Eastern District Senior Festival members! These musicians succeeded in a competitive audition and participated in the festival January 9-10 at Boston Latin High School.

Luke Xu*, tenor saxophone

Gene Barton*, bass
Jen Curran, alto
Christina Houde, alto
Melinda Kalanzis, alto
Dan Pachter*, bass
Ethan Toga*, tenor

Myra Afzal*, bassoon
Chris Laven*, string bass
Matt Ludwig, cello
Nick Memoli*, cello
Anirudh Nagesha, string bass
Anthony Schleppi, string bass
Max Wong, cello
Linda Zhang, cello

* indicates scoring in the top 50% of the section and receiving an All State audition recommendation.

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Susan Memoli honored by SBO magazine

Susan Memoli, Director of Fine Arts and Wayland High School Orchestra Director was named to the “50 Directors Who Make A Difference” report for 2014 by the School Band and Orchestra magazine.

This is the 17th annual listing which “highlights some of the best music educators across all fifty states,” according to SBO magazine.

Ms. Memoli has served as the Director of Fine Arts in Wayland for the past 7 years and as the Elementary and Middle School Orchestra Director from 2001-2008.

View the complete listing here.

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5 Wayland students selected for All State

Congratulations to the following musicians on their selection for All State!

Myra Afzal, grade 12, Bassoon
Gene Barton, grade 12, Bass (vocalist)
Christopher Laven, grade 10, String Bass
Daniel Pachter, grade 11, Bass (vocalist)
Ethan Toga, grade 12, Tenor (vocalist)

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Junior District Audition Results

Congratulations to the following Wayland students who successfully auditioned for junior district groups!

Michael Matta, grade 8, Alto Saxophone
Logan Dawson, grade 9, Bass Clarinet
Helen Cliff, grade 9, Bassoon
Alex Ding, grade 7, Flute
Matthew Karle, grade 8, Snare Drum
McKenna Kelemanik, grade 7, Tuba

Jazz Band
Lucas Bowditch, grade 9, Drum Set

Mixed Chorus
Abaigeal Donaldson, grade 8, Alto
Elizabeth Francis, grade 8, Alto
Will Danforth, grade 9, Baritone
Renee Case, grade 8, Soprano
Samantha Morrison, grade 8, Soprano
Abigail O’Shaughnessy, grade 8, Soprano
Zachary Knapp, grade 9, Tenor
Siddhanth Iyer, grade 8, Tenor
Nick Smith, grade 8, Tenor
Sidney Toga, grade 7, Tenor
Jack Wuerfl, grade 7, Tenor

Treble Chorus
Isabel Steneri, grade 9, Alto
Abby Calverley, grade 8, Alto
Samantha Neuman, grade 8, Alto
Isabel Gitten, grade 9, Soprano
Ella Johnson, grade 9, Soprano
Alex Beer, grade 9, Soprano
Eva Bransfield, grade 7, Soprano
Samantha Potter, grade 7, Soprano
Emily Rader, grade 8, Soprano

Michael Liu, grade 7, Cello
Kevin Wang, grade 7, Cello
Conrad Chew, grade 8, Cello
Clarissa Briasco-Stewart, grade 8, Cello
Maya Anand, grade 9, Clarinet
Mae Zhang, grade 8, Snare Drum
Dylan Rader, grade 9, String Bass
Jesse Wang, grade 7, String Bass
Lily Jenzeh, grade 7, String Bass
Alexander Zhu, grade 9, Viola
Samantha Baron, grade 7, Viola
Tristan Wolff, grade 7, Viola
Alexander Zhong, grade 9, Violin
Julia Hong, grade 9, Violin
Sarah Zhang, grade 8, Violin
Rachel Chau, grade 8, Violin
Spencer Lee, grade 8, Violin
Julia de los Reyes, grade 8, Violin
Nathan Zhao, grade 8, Violin
Brendan Ho, grade 7, Violin


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Scholastic Art and Writing award winners

The results are in from this year’s Massachusetts Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The top 3% of entries win a Gold Key. The next 3% win a Silver Key and Honorable Mentions are awarded to the next 3% of artwork submitted by students throughout our state. Janet Armentano reports that 17 different students from her classes won 32 awards this year (see list below). Here is a link to their work.

  • Sierra Blom, grade 9, Honorable Mention
  • Dasha Bobrova, grade 11, Honorable Mention, Silver Key, Gold Key
  • Mike DiBona, grade 12, Honorable Mention, Silver Key, Gold Key
  • Zac Hays, grade 12, Honorable Mention. Zac also won an Honorable Mention for his essay, “Power, Responsibility and Purpose”
  • Annice Kim, grade 11, Honorable Mention, Silver Key
  • Calvin Laituri, grade 11, Honorable Mention, 4 Silver Keys, Gold Key
  • Abby McCarthy, grade 10, Honorable Mention
  • Sheeva Moradi, grade 11, Honorable Mention
  • Latoya Nurse, grade 12, Silver Key
  • Angela Park, grade 11, Silver Key, Gold Key
  • Daly Place, grade 12, 2 Honorable Mentions
  • Kira Ryter, grade 11, Silver Key
  • Larissa Sehringer, grade 11, Honorable Mention
  • Jack Stevenson, grade 11, Honorable Mention
  • Eric Snow, grade 11, Honorable Mention
  • Olivia Stitham, grade 11, 1 Silver Key
  • Olivia Zhao, grade 12, 3 Silver Keys
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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Tuesday January 27, 7:30pm – FREE admission
Saturday February 7, 7:30pm – $8 for students $12 for adults
WHS Main Stage

Come see the winter production of Spelling Bee! (It’s a musical, not a legitimate spelling bee)

WHS students: Come by the theater fourth block on Friday January 30th for a special Winter Week performance.

There is even audience participation. You can volunteer to be a contestant and a few are chosen each performance.

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