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Scholarship application posted

February 24, 2021

This year's MMEA-WD scholarship application has now been posted! Any senior planning on majoring in Music Education is eligible. The application is due April 1.

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SENIOR FESTIVAL INFORMATION

Chorus - Moira Smiley - Composer, arranger, and performer

Concert Band - Alex Shapiro - Composer, writer, and advocate

Orchestra - Helen Cha-Pyo - Conductor and artistic director of the New Jersey Youth Orchestra

Jazz - Brian McCarthy - Composer, arranger, and performer
 

The Senior Festival will be taking place on Saturday, March 13th. Clinicians will be meeting with students from 9:30 a.m. to noon via Zoom, preparing them to record their part on one piece of repertoire that will be stitched together into a video for each ensemble. The afternoon will consist of optional "interest sessions" for students and teachers, led by our clinicians as well as area educators, professors, and performers. 

Sessions at 1 pm include

  • Ashley Paradis - Floor, Door, Window Ceiling - Conducting 101

  • Timothy Todd Anderson - Making Music in the Commonwealth: A History of Music-Making in Massachusetts in 50 minutes

  • Melinda Ellis - Mouth Drumming (aka Beatboxing)

  • Alex Shapiro - The Process of Composition Q&A  

 
Sessions at 2 pm include

  • Stephen Melillo - Theory in Performance

  • Sean Uliasz - Music Technology with Soundtrap

  • Helen Cha-Pyo - Orchestra Performance

  • Felipe Salles - Learning Jazz Solos by Ear

We’ll be sending sheet music and guide recordings out to directors ASAP so students can begin to familiarize themselves with the music prior to the meeting with the clinician.

 

Fill out the registration form by this Friday, February 26th. The fee for the festival for unauditioned students will be $15 (the festival is being offered at no cost to students who auditioned.) Invoices for both auditions and unauditioned festival participants will be sent out after the festival registration closes.

JUNIOR FESTIVAL INFORMATION

Chorus - Brendan Ferrari - Choral educator and arranger

Concert Band - Chad Nicholson - Director of Bands at University of Arizona

Orchestra - Caleb Cutler - Performer and orchestra teacher in Newton Public Schools

Jazz - Dave Picchi - Jazz educator and performer

The Junior Festival will be taking place on Saturday, March 20th. Clinicians will be meeting with students from 9:30 a.m. to noon via Zoom, preparing them to record their part on one piece of repertoire that will be stitched together into a video for each ensemble. The afternoon will consist of optional "interest sessions" for students and teachers, led by our clinicians as well as area educators, professors, and performers. 

  • Ashley Paradis - Floor, Door, Window Ceiling - Conducting 101

  • Melinda Ellis - Mouth Drumming (aka Beatboxing)

  • Large group music Kahoot!

Fill out the registration form by Friday, March 12th. The fee for the festival for unauditioned students will be $15 (the festival is being offered at no cost to students who auditioned.) Invoices for both auditions and unauditioned festival participants will be sent out after the festival registration closes.

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