Give-A-Note Benefit Concert February 12

Monday, February 12 at 7pm
WHS Main Stage
Suggested Donation $10 Adults, $5 Students and Seniors 

The WHS Tri-M Music Honor Society will host a benefit concert on Feb. 12, 2018. The concert will feature Wayland resident professional musicians, some of whom are currently playing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, in addition to WHS musicians.

The society is raising money for the National Association for Music Education’s Give-a-Note Foundation. According to its website (, the foundation strives to bring awareness to the importance of music education and to strengthen musical opportunities for all students, providing the resources necessary to help 20 million students through grants to new and existing school programs.

The concert will 7 p.m. in the WHS Auditorium. There is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The snow date for the event is Feb. 13.

11 Musicians Selected for All State 2018

by Susan Memoli

Congratulations to the WHS students who auditioned on January 20 for the 2018 All State Festival.

The following students were selected and will participate in the festival March 1-3, 2018, culminating with a performance at Boston’s Symphony Hall on March 3, 2018.


Rachel Chau, Violin
Julia de los Reyes, Violin
Dylan Rader, String Bass
Jesse Wang, String Bass
Tristan Wolff, Viola
Kanming Xu, Cello
Sarah Zhang, Violin
Alexander Zhong, Violin
Alexander Zhu, Viola


Siddhanth Iyer, Tenor
Andy Wang, Tenor

25 WHS Musicians Selected for Senior District Music Festival

by Susan Memoli

Wayland sent 56 students to audition for our Eastern District Senior Music Festival yesterday at Milton High School. The competition in the Eastern District is outrageously stiff. Every student who auditioned improved and took giant leaps in their personal musicianship.

I am thrilled to announce that 25 WHS musicians will be representing Wayland at the festival in January! Of those 25 members, 13 scored high enough in their sections to earn an All State recommendation (indicated by *). These students are now eligible to audition for MA All-State Music Festival. For a district our size, these results are remarkable.

Please join me in congratulating the 2018 Senior District Festival members!

Samantha Baron, orchestra
Andrew Briasco-Stewart, band
Clarissa Briasco-Stewart, orchestra
Daniel Cai, chorus
Rachel Chau*, orchestra
Kara Chuang, band
Jen Curran, chorus
Julia de los Reyes*, orchestra
Will Gardner, chorus
Sid Iyer*, chorus
McKenna Kelemanik*, band
Rebecca Patsenker*, chorus
Connor Rader, orchestra
Dylan Rader*, orchestra
Matias Salama, chorus
Megan Sin, orchestra
Elizabeth Strehle, chorus
Andy Wang*, chorus
Jesse Wang*, orchestra
Tristan Wolff*, orchestra
Jack Wuerfl, chorus
Kanming Xu*, orchestra
Sarah Zhang*, orchestra
Alex Zhong*, orchestra
Alex Zhu*, orchestra

A hearty thank you to Joe Oneschuk who is serving as this year’s Senior District Jazz Band manager and to Rachel Carroll who took our Wayland students to the audition yesterday.

College A Cappella Concert, December 2 2017

Saturday, December 2, 7:30pm
WHS Main Stage
Tickets $18

The Fall 2017 College A Cappella Concert took place on December 2. We had a fantastic lineup of first-rate a cappella groups including the 2017 ICCA champion Nor’easters, UMass Sharp Attitude, and the Hamilton Buffers. In addition, Wayland High School’s own talented student a cappella groups, the Madrigals, the Muses, and the T-Tones performed to a nearly full house. As always, everyone enjoyed the complimentary refreshments at intermission.

All proceeds from the concert benefit the visual and performing arts at Wayland High School. Thank you to our dedicated audience members who help keep this special community fundraiser going!

Many thanks to the army of volunteers who worked at the show and to everyone who contributed dinner for the performers or a dessert or snack for the intermission buffet. Thanks also to the smaller, dedicated crew who worked in advance to organize everything, select groups to perform, sell tickets, and create publicity. If you are interested in joining this special group for future concerts, please contact us. Special thanks to Donelan’s Market and Russell’s Garden Center for selling tickets for us, and to the Wayland Town Crier for publishing articles about the concert.


Fine Arts Night is May 22, 2017

Monday, May 22
WHS Auditorium and Commons

Awards: 7-8 pm
Sundae Bar and Photo Booth: 8-9 pm

All students of the Fine Arts and their families are invited to join us for an evening of recognition for the Fine Arts classes, ensembles, and activities at WHS. Fine Arts faculty members will be on hand to announce awards. We will celebrate the retirement of Fine Arts theater arts teacher, Richard Weingartner. We will also award Fine Arts jackets to students who have earned them. Awards will be followed by a fun Sundae Bar and Photo booth for everyone. Join in the fun and recognition of Fine Arts at WHS!

CAPA Bottle and Can Drive is May 6

Wayland High School, Town Pool Parking Lot
Saturday, May 6, 10:00 – 2:00 PM

Time to donate your refundable bottles and cans — Please start saving them if you haven’t already. The CAPA Bottle and Can Drive is a fun and high-spirited event and volunteers are always appreciated for their service. The Bottle and Can Drive is a significant fund-raiser for the Wayland High School visual and performing arts programs and CAPA needs your refundable cans and bottles more than ever. High School student volunteers will receive community service hours to use toward their graduation requirements. Contact us for more information on how to volunteer. Please help us to support the arts in our schools.

College A Cappella Concert April 1, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 7:30pm
WHS Main Stage
Tickets $18

The whole family is invited to the Spring 2017 College A Cappella Concert. We are very excited about the great groups we have lined up for you: old favorites Berklee Pitch Slapped and Tufts Beelzebubs will be joined by Yale’s New Blue, appearing for the first time. In addition, Wayland High School’s own talented student a cappella groups, the Madrigals, the Muses, and the T-Tones will perform.

Tickets are available for sale online and at Russell’s Garden Center and Donelan’s. After 4pm on April 1, any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. We highly recommend buying tickets early.

Doors open at 7pm and complimentary refreshments will be served at intermission.

All proceeds benefit the visual and performing arts at Wayland High School.

See you at the show!

We are also looking for dessert and snack donations for our free intermission buffet! If you can bring something, please sign up on our Volunteer Spot. Thank you so much!

Fine Arts Jackets – Forms due Feb 27

CAPA subsidizes the Fine Arts Jacket for students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement and dedication in the arts. Students who have earned 300 points are eligible for a jacket. Forms are due in the Fine Arts office by February 27, and fittings will be held during lunch periods on Wednesday, March 8. If you already have a jacket, students can earn service bars for each additional 200 points.

Congratulations Senior District Musicians!

Contributed by Susan Memoli

Congratulations to all of our WHS musicians who auditioned on November 19 at Milton High School for the Eastern District Senior Band, Orchestra, Chorus and Jazz Band. I am pleased to report that 32 of our students were selected from the rigorous audition process to participate in the festival at Boston Latin School in January. Twenty-two of these students scored within the top 50% of their section and received recommendations to audition for MA All State!

Logan Dawson, Bass Clarinet
Derek Ho, Flute
Margaret Trogolo, Snare Drum
Mae Zhang*, Mallets

Marc Bacharach*, Baritone
Jen Curran, Alto
Clara Hurney, Soprano
Siddhanth Iyer*, Tenor
Tyler Johnsen*, Baritone
Zachary Knapp*, Baritone
Nick Smith*, Baritone
Isabel Steneri*, Alto
Sidney Toga*, Tenor
Andy Wang*, Tenor
Jack Wuerfl, Tenor

Samantha Baron, Viola
Clarissa Briasco-Stewart, Cello
Rachel Chau*, Violin
Julia de los Reyes*, Violin
Brendan Ho*, Violin
Julia Hong*, Violin
McKenna Kelemanik*, Tuba
Spencer Lee*, Violin
Matthew Ludwig*, Cello
Steven Luo*, Violin
Dylan Rader*, String Bass
Jesse Wang*, String Bass
Kanming Xu, Cello
Sarah Zhang*, Violin
Nathan Zhao, Violin
Alexander Zhong*, Violin
Alexander Zhu*, Viola

* Indicates All State recommendation