College A Cappella Concert – March 17, 2012

The Spring 2012 College A Cappella Concert took place Saturday, March 17. This was the first time for College A Cappella in the new WHS Main Stage Theater.

The line-up included the Boston College Bostonians, Brandeis VoiceMale, MIT Logarhythms, and the Madrigals, Muses and T-Tones from WHS.

The concert was a success for the fine arts at WHS: we raised over $6400! Though we didn’t fill every seat in the new theater, we were close….

Thank you to all who came out for a fun, music-filled evening – our groups were on top of their game that night, and they appreciated the great audience!



Congratulations to student musicians!

(Reprinted from WHSPO newsletter)

The Eastern District Junior Festival takes place March 16-17 at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. Congratulations to the following students who are representing WHS at the festival:

  • Andrea Vogt, violin
  • Jack Bell, viola
  • Max Wong, cello
  • Isabel Pongratz, string bass
  • Victoria Gitten, soprano
  • Robert Yuan, saxophone

May 21-24 cellist Andrew Laven will travel to Atlanta to participate in the National High School Honors Orchestra. Each state can submit up to 30 student audition recordings and Massachusetts had 13 students accepted! Massachusetts has one of the highest acceptance rates in the country. Ryan Budnick, clarinet, was selected as an alternate. Good luck and congratulations!

AP Music Theory attends BSO

Joe Oneschuk reports that the AP Music Theory Class attended a very special concert of the Boston Symphony.  The players chose their own chamber music program and conducted themselves. The concert culminated with the iconic piece The Rite Of Spring by Igor Stravinsky.

Fine Arts Jackets

Did you know…

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.

CAPA to fund master classes

CAPA is funding or has funded master classes with the following teachers:

  • David Lang, studio artist from Natick ( will work with visual arts students.
  • 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.

Field Trip to BSO open rehearsal

Exciting news for string students at WHS: Orchestra director Susan Memoli is planning to take the Honors Sinfonia to an open rehearsal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra on April 12.

Parents are welcome, but space is limited: there are about 10 spots available for interested parents. Tickets: $15. Contact Susan Memoli to sign up.

This field trip is made possible through funding by the Creative Arts Parent Association.