WHS Students perform in Senior District Festival

Congratulations to the Wayland High School 2015 Eastern District Senior Festival members! These musicians succeeded in a competitive audition and participated in the festival January 9-10 at Boston Latin High School.

Luke Xu*, tenor saxophone

Gene Barton*, bass
Jen Curran, alto
Christina Houde, alto
Melinda Kalanzis, alto
Dan Pachter*, bass
Ethan Toga*, tenor

Myra Afzal*, bassoon
Chris Laven*, string bass
Matt Ludwig, cello
Nick Memoli*, cello
Anirudh Nagesha, string bass
Anthony Schleppi, string bass
Max Wong, cello
Linda Zhang, cello

* indicates scoring in the top 50% of the section and receiving an All State audition recommendation.

Susan Memoli honored by SBO magazine

Susan Memoli, Director of Fine Arts and Wayland High School Orchestra Director was named to the “50 Directors Who Make A Difference” report for 2014 by the School Band and Orchestra magazine.

This is the 17th annual listing which “highlights some of the best music educators across all fifty states,” according to SBO magazine.

Ms. Memoli has served as the Director of Fine Arts in Wayland for the past 7 years and as the Elementary and Middle School Orchestra Director from 2001-2008.

View the complete listing here.

Junior District Audition Results

Congratulations to the following Wayland students who successfully auditioned for junior district groups!

Michael Matta, grade 8, Alto Saxophone
Logan Dawson, grade 9, Bass Clarinet
Helen Cliff, grade 9, Bassoon
Alex Ding, grade 7, Flute
Matthew Karle, grade 8, Snare Drum
McKenna Kelemanik, grade 7, Tuba

Jazz Band
Lucas Bowditch, grade 9, Drum Set

Mixed Chorus
Abaigeal Donaldson, grade 8, Alto
Elizabeth Francis, grade 8, Alto
Will Danforth, grade 9, Baritone
Renee Case, grade 8, Soprano
Samantha Morrison, grade 8, Soprano
Abigail O’Shaughnessy, grade 8, Soprano
Zachary Knapp, grade 9, Tenor
Siddhanth Iyer, grade 8, Tenor
Nick Smith, grade 8, Tenor
Sidney Toga, grade 7, Tenor
Jack Wuerfl, grade 7, Tenor

Treble Chorus
Isabel Steneri, grade 9, Alto
Abby Calverley, grade 8, Alto
Samantha Neuman, grade 8, Alto
Isabel Gitten, grade 9, Soprano
Ella Johnson, grade 9, Soprano
Alex Beer, grade 9, Soprano
Eva Bransfield, grade 7, Soprano
Samantha Potter, grade 7, Soprano
Emily Rader, grade 8, Soprano

Michael Liu, grade 7, Cello
Kevin Wang, grade 7, Cello
Conrad Chew, grade 8, Cello
Clarissa Briasco-Stewart, grade 8, Cello
Maya Anand, grade 9, Clarinet
Mae Zhang, grade 8, Snare Drum
Dylan Rader, grade 9, String Bass
Jesse Wang, grade 7, String Bass
Lily Jenzeh, grade 7, String Bass
Alexander Zhu, grade 9, Viola
Samantha Baron, grade 7, Viola
Tristan Wolff, grade 7, Viola
Alexander Zhong, grade 9, Violin
Julia Hong, grade 9, Violin
Sarah Zhang, grade 8, Violin
Rachel Chau, grade 8, Violin
Spencer Lee, grade 8, Violin
Julia de los Reyes, grade 8, Violin
Nathan Zhao, grade 8, Violin
Brendan Ho, grade 7, Violin


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Tuesday January 27, 7:30pm – FREE admission
Saturday February 7, 7:30pm – $8 for students $12 for adults
WHS Main Stage

Come see the winter production of Spelling Bee! (It’s a musical, not a legitimate spelling bee)

WHS students: Come by the theater fourth block on Friday January 30th for a special Winter Week performance.

There is even audience participation. You can volunteer to be a contestant and a few are chosen each performance.

Orchestra Master Class led by Heidi Braun-Hill

The Wayland High School violinists participated in a masterclass led by Heidi Braun-Hill on Thursday, October 16. This masterclass was made possible by generosity of the Creative Arts Parent Association (CAPA).

The career of violinist Heidi Braun-Hill has led her to perform in many of the world’s most illustrious concert halls, including Symphony Hall in Boston, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the Cite de la Music in Paris, and the Barbican Centre in London.

She has made guest appearances as concertmaster of many orchestras in and around Boston, including the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and has made recordings for Arsis and Nonesuch.

Ms. Braun-Hill working with the Honors Sinfonia violinists
Ms. Braun-Hill working with the Honors Sinfonia violinists
The String Orchestra violinists with Ms. Braun-Hill
The String Orchestra violinists with Ms. Braun-Hill

WHSTE presents On the Razzle

November 13-15, 7:30pm
WHS Main Stage
Tickets $8-10 

The Wayland High School Theater Ensemble is thrilled to present Tom Stoppard’s comedy “On the Razzle,” which will run Nov. 13, 14, and 15 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and are sale now. Check out the website, http://www.whste.com, to buy tickets and for more information on the production.

CAPA needs volunteers for 2014-2015!

We are seeking to expand the number of people involved in CAPA to make it an even stronger, more collaborative, and more fun organization! The more parents involved, the better our support for ALL of the fine arts at WHS – both visual and performance – through special grants for equipment/supplies, support of arts honor societies, support of exhibits, concerts, shows, and field trips, and special recognition, like fine arts jackets and Fine Arts Awards night.

We are looking to fill the following roles:

College A Cappella concerts (fall and spring)

  • Committee chair(s) – coordinate work of committee
  • Ticket sales coordinator
  • Committee members for PR, refreshments, and other concert help

Public Relations

  • PR/Marketing coordinator – ongoing coordination for PR team
  • CAPA mailings coordinator – mail CAPA brochures in early fall
  • Writer – draft updates for school community on CAPA-sponsored activities

Performance Help

  • Theater photographer
  • Theater ticket sales at door
  • Intermission snack sales – organize contributions, run sales
  • Committee members for other general theater help
  • Window dance troupe liaison

Fine Arts Night Coordinator – organize and coordinate team of helpers for event in June.

If you can join us, please contact us. Thanks so much for considering!

Refreshments Needed for Spring A Capella Concert

Fine Arts Parents: We need refreshments for intermission for the upcoming A Cappella fundraiser concert on April 12th at 7:30 pm. This is always a well attended fundraiser and the audience LOVES the free treat buffet we set up. We need your help providing the snacks. The concert will be held on the Wayland High School Main Stage which has 600 seats. 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 5:00-7:30 pm on Saturday, April 12th.

If you can bake or buy something to contribute, please email Wendy Pachter, Wenmus1@aol.com.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Seeking Co-Chairs for CAPA

Are you an enthusiastic arts supporter?

CAPA needs co-chairs for a two-year term starting in June to help run this great non-profit organization. We are the only parent group to solely support the fine arts programs at WHS.

Why volunteer for the Creative Arts Parent Association?
CAPA has been around for a long time! In the last four years, the Creative Arts Parent Association has raised $78,000 for the fine arts programs at WHS.

At the end of this school year, our co-chair terms will end. We have really enjoyed helping the fine arts programs at WHS and we know what a great support CAPA has been to the creative and performing arts. Some of the items we have funded over the last few years include:

  • Master classes
  • Support for music and art district and all-state festivals
  • Field trips for fine arts students
  • Helped purchase instruments: P-bone, electric violin, guitars, bassoon, percussion, etc.
  • Art display panels – used for art and theater events
  • Shared funding of Steinway piano overhaul with the Little Theater Concert Series; piano used for all performances in WHS theater
  • Apple performing arts technical laptop for Main Stage theater
  • Professional development workshops
  • Many more items

Being a co-chair is similar to being involved in any of the other parent organizations around town – we run two college a cappella concerts as fundraisers (and have added an art show once a year), organize help for the teachers when they need it, and do various other things.

You would join a great team of parents who have kids involved in the arts at WHS. If you think this sounds interesting, we would love to talk to you. Contact us or call one of us.

Thanks for your consideration!
Ann Greenawalt and Claire Sehringer
Co-Chairs, Creative Arts Parent Association