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.

Kisses for the Beauty and the Beast Cast and Crew

Do you know a special cast member, musician, or backstage crew member? For $1, send anyone involved in Beauty and the Beast a message accompanied by Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses, to be delivered by stage managers immediately after the show.

Sales happen before the show and during intermission. Proceeds go to the theater department.

Let those hardworking Wayland High School Theater Ensemble people know how great the show is!

College A Capella – April 12, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 7:30pm
WHS Main Stage Auditorium

The whole family is invited to the spring a cappella concert to enjoy the fantastic line-up of first-rate a cappella groups. Featured college groups include Amherst College Zumbyes, UConn Chordials, and Boston University Treblemakers. Wayland High School’s own talented student a cappella groups — the Madrigals, the Muses, and the T-Tones — will also perform.

Doors open at 7:00pm and complimentary refreshments will be served at intermission.

All proceeds benefit the visual and performing arts at WHS.

See you at the concert!

Messiah Sing-Along Dec 12

Dec 12, 7:30pm
WHS Main Stage

Join the Walden Forum, the WHS Sinfonia Orchestra (Susan Memoli directing), along with professional and audience choruses directed by the renowned Sharon Brown from Berklee College of Music for our holiday community sing-along. This Walden Forum Messiah will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 12 at the Wayland High School Main Stage. Our sing-along has been developed on a principle of openness. Everyone is welcome in the choir, and everyone is welcome in the performance. As an audience member you are not required to sing, but you are certainly invited to do so. If you have ever wanted to sing Messiah with a full orchestra accompaniment, this is your chance!