Fine arts students at WHS can earn a fine arts jacket by participating in fine arts classes and groups both in and outside of school? The Creative Arts Parent Association sponsors these jackets in collaboration with the faculty for students who go above and beyond in the fine arts. For more information, see Fine Arts Jackets.
Steve Laven, Wayland cellist, teacher and composer will work with the cello choir, focusing on Steve’s arrangement of Beatles tunes for the Spring Orchestra Concert
Brian O’Connell, retired music educator, vocal clinician/adjudicator will work with the chorus.
Cynthia Meyers, Wayland resident and principal piccolo player for the Boston Symphony, worked with the Wind Ensemble flutes on Gustav Holst’s The Planets and tips on switching from flute to piccolo. She will be coming in again to work with the concert band flutes.
Scott Crago, drummer for the Eagles, came in three different days and set up the new WHS drum set. He custom tuned the set and added some of his own personal recording studio patented devices. He will also be coming in to coach the jazz groups, speak to the new songwriting class, and is helping to set up a field trip to the Berklee College of Music to meet with the Dean of the Recording Engineering department for the new songwriting class.
Mike Ambrozewski has set up the new WHS timpani and mallet percussion and tuned snares, toms, and bass drums. He will also be coming in to coach our concert band percussion on a special percussion feature entitled “Oddysey For percussion” by Elliot Del Borgo. He will also coach the wind ensemble percussion.
Ian Carrol, local professional saxophone teacher and player, will be coming in to coach the saxophones at Wayland High and provide general woodwind tips.
In addition, Joe Oneschuk noted that he is still working on getting a low brass specialist to coach the low brass players and focus on breathing/sound technique.
Waylanders have come to expect a fantastic show from College A Capella, and last night’s performance did not disappoint. The Chattertocks from Brown kicked things off with a Katie Perry – Taylor Swift mashup, and the rest of the singing groups kept the energy going all evening. We heard everything from standards (“My Funny Valentine,” also sung by the Chattertocks) to folk (Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from the MIT Chorallaries) to calypso (“Kiss the Girl,” performed by the “very serious” T-Tones and two “volunteer” audience members) to rock (“Grey Street” from the Madrigals). In a poignant moment, the Muses performed “Shape of You” in memory of Lauren Dunne Astley. They also donated CD sale proceeds to Astley’s memorial fund. The last group to perform was Yale Baker’s Dozen, featuring Wayland’s own Bobby Dresser — he got a big round of applause for his solo!
CAPA thanks the performers and everyone who worked behind the scenes to pull off another successful benefit concert for WHS Fine Arts programs.
Principal Pat Tutwiler was the guest of honor at the CAPA meeting on November 29. He and Susan Memoli presented information about the new fine arts graduation requirement and took questions from CAPA members.
After several years of discussion and research, Wayland decided to make one year of fine arts education a requirement for graduation. This gives all students an opportunity to experience the arts and achieve the highest order in Bloom’s taxonomy of educational skills, to create. 46% of Massachusetts high schools (and a larger percentage of Wayland’s peer towns) have fine arts requirements.
Prior to the new requirement, about half of Wayland students took fine arts courses at some point during their four years of high school. All students will now be required to take one year (which can be split into two semester courses or satisfied by independent study) of fine arts. Because the requirement can be spread over four years, Mr. Tutwiler does not expect excessive demands on arts faculty, equipment and materials. Ms. Memoli emphasized that the music history, chorus, orchestra and band programs in particular could readily absorb more students. Visual arts classes have also increased class sizes from 12 to 15 to accommodate more students, and new classes in guitar, songwriting and improvisation have been added to appeal to students with interests outside the traditional offerings.
Some courses and extracurricular activities, while educational and creative, do not meet the fine arts requirement. These include theater productions, private music lessons, ensembles and other extracurriculars that do not include assessments, as well as the TV journalism courses.
CAPA members observed that the new requirement could mean higher staffing needs, more demand on popular classes, more requests for funding, more kids at Fine Arts awards night, and more Fine Arts jackets. Mr. Tutwiler and Mrs. Memoli observed that, “These are good problems to have” because it means more kids are excited about the arts.