College A Cappella March 28, 2015

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

Many thanks to all who came out for the concert, and all who contributed their time to help make it a success. We had three fantastic college groups for your entertainment, as well as Wayland’s own T-Tones, Muses and Madrigals. The college groups were:

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.

College A Cappella on December 6

Saturday, December 6, 7:30pm
WHS Main Stage

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.

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!

Here are a few examples of the art that will be on sale.

Emily, by Mahala Sacra - oil painting
Emily, by Mahala Sacra - oil painting
Bulls Eye by Andrea Cincotta - Ink on paper
Bulls Eye by Andrea Cincotta - Ink on paper
Sand Pattern 13 by Katherine Richmond - photograph
Sand Pattern 13 by Katherine Richmond - photograph

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.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Bottle and Can Drive – May 10

Saturday, May 10, 10am – 2pm
WHS parking lot

CAPA bottle sculpture

This whimsical sculpture on Old Connecticut Path is reminding you of CAPA’s (Creative Arts Parent Association’s) spring Can and Bottle Drive on Saturday, May 10. Bring your refundable cans and bottles to the Wayland High School parking lot between 10 am and 2 pm, and our eager volunteers will happily take them from your car. Proceeds from the redeemed bottles and cans will support performing and visual arts programs at Wayland High School. Clear out your garage and join us in this great fundraising event!

CAPA can accept any cans and bottles that carry Massachusetts deposits–soda, seltzer, beer, and other carbonated beverages. Beverage containers without deposits–sport drinks, still water, juices and the like–cannot be redeemed at this drive.

CAPA is the only volunteer parents’ group committed solely to supporting and promoting the visual and performing arts at Wayland High School. It awards grants for music, theater, visual arts and dance to support creative initiatives at the school.