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Save the Date: 4th Annual Watertown MusicFest will be March 6, 2015!

Please support the WHS music trip to NYC by stopping at the Election Day Bake Sale at the Phillips School!

2014-15 Grant!
Friends of Watertown Music is pleased to announce a $5,863 grant to the Watertown Public Schools to ensure that all elementary students receive music education classes with an appropriate student:teacher ratio. This support will help reduce the burden on overextended music teachers throughout the system.

The Schools are matching our funds in a 2.5 to 1 ratio, creating a 0.4 FTE position at the Hosmer School that also includes pre-school and pre-kindergarten music classes.

The Middle School Jazz Band, originally funded by a 2012-13 Friends of Watertown Music grant of $6,800, is now incorporated into the school budget. One of our key goals has been to fund initiatives that are then sustained in the general school budget. We continue to work with the School Administration to respond to needs identified by the music teachers and create opportunities for the students! We have every expectation that this year’s grant will also function as seed money and allow the cost of the new position to become a permanent part of the music program.

We would like to thank all of our supporters for their generous gifts of time and money toward our educational mission, and we invite as many as possible to join us at the Wednesday, November 5, 2014 School Committee meeting (Town Hall, 7 pm) for the presentation of our grant.

We look forward to your continued engagement in music in Watertown Public Schools, and we’ll see you on March 6th for the 4th Annual Watertown Music Fest!

Friends of Watertown Music, Inc., incorporated in 2014, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are fully tax deductible within the limits of the law.

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Please support the Watertown High School Music Department’s biennial New York City tour.

This Friday, April 11, 2015 at Watertown High School, 7-8 pm, WHS Music presents “A Grand Night for Singing, et alia” – a concert to benefit Watertown High School’s NYC Tour, coming in April of 2015.  The WHS Chorus, A Cappella Choir, The Highland Glee Club, several strings chamber groups and more will perform from 7-8 pm.  We welcome our special guest group, The Highland Glee Club, a men’s chorus founded in 1908.  They will perform their own repertoire and join us for a very special joint number.  Suggested donation of $5 at the door.

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Friends of Watertown Music thanks each and every one of you who helped make our 3rd Annual MusicFest a success:  musicians, volunteers, and audiences alike!

We raised over $3000 for the direct benefit of music in the public schools!

It is a genuine thrill to be a part of such a great event celebrating music in our Watertown community!

 

 

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Save the date …
3rd Annual Watertown MusicFest 2014!
Friday, March 28th, 6-10 pm

Please see below for more information… performers and volunteers wanted!
Contact us at hellowatertownmusic@gmail.com with any questions.

Upcoming in the Schools …
Bandarama:  Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7 pm, Watertown High School Gym
All students in the band and orchestra programs from 4th through 12th grades perform!

Also, please support the WHS Drama Program in their presentation of
Legally Blonde:  March 6th, 7th, and 8th, 7 pm
Watertown High School Auditorium


Coming Soon … MusicFest 2014

Call to Musicians!

Friends of Watertown Music is inviting members and friends
of the Watertown community to perform in the
3rd Annual Watertown MusicFest
Friday March 28th
6-10 pm
Watertown Middle School
68 Waverley Avenue

Please contact us at hellowatertownmusic@gmail.com by March 23rd if you are interested in performing.
Jazz, classical, rock, folk, klezmer, ensembles, duos, solos, instrumentalists, and vocalists are all welcome!
We will have an “instrument petting zoo”, pizza, bake sale, and more!

Our 1st and 2nd Annual Watertown MusicFests were great community events with over 50 performances – by Watertown’s youngest musicians to professionals – on 4 “stages”, raising well over $6000 for the direct benefit of programming in the Watertown Public Schools.  Friends of Watertown Music was able to make a grant to reinstate the Middle School jazz band!  Help make 2014 an even bigger success!

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Save the date…
3rd Annual MusicFest will be Friday, March 28, 2014!

Performers:  please contact us via hellowatertownmusic@gmail.com to reserve your time.

Coming up in the Schools…
Bandarama:  Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7 pm, Watertown High School Auditorium

All students in the band and orchestra programs from 4th through 12th grades perform!

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Friends of Watertown Music to march in Memorial Day Parade!

Join us by meeting at 10:30 am Monday May 27th at Arlington Street near the Tufts Health parking lot.  Wear your Music Matters t-shirt!

If you need a t-shirt, please contact us at hellowatertownmusic@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Looking ahead …

All Elementary Concert
Tuesday, June 11th 7 pm
Watertown High School Auditorium
The concert will feature chorus, band, string ensembles from all three elementary schools.

We also celebrate fabulous performances by the middle school and high school students in their school concerts last week.

 

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Fabulous Bandarama on Wednesday!

We heard great music from Liszt to Mingus and plenty in between by 14 ensemble groups representing 4th grade band and 4th grade strings all the way up through the high school full orchestra including, of course, the Middle School Jazz Band funded this year by Friends of Watertown Music!

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Still Glowing…
We hope you enjoyed the 2nd Annual Watertown MusicFest as much as we did! With over 50 solo and ensemble performances on 4 “stages,” it was hard to choose where to go. For nearly four hours, kids and professionals played great music. Take a look at the recent story in the Watertown Tab! So far we have raised at least $3,000 for the schools, and we continue to welcome donations.

A sincere thank you goes out to all who were part of the event. We especially thank Charlie Breitrose of the Watertown Patch for pre-event publicity.

We look forward to seeing you at the 3rd Annual MusicFest next year!

Next school event…
Come hear all the students in the band and strings programs at all levels from Elementary through High School at Bandarama, 7 pm Wednesday March 13, 2013 in the High School Auditorium.

Contact us at HelloWatertownMusic@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list.

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Music Fest Today!!!

Celebrate music with us at the
2nd Annual Watertown Music Fest.
Friday March 1st
6-10 pm
Watertown Middle School
68 Waverley Avenue

Jazz, classical, rock, folk, ensembles, duos, solos, instrumentalists, and vocalists will all perform! We will have over 50 concurrent performances by professionals and students on 4 “stages” plus an instrument “petting zoo” during the first hour, pizza, and bake sale. Come sample the music for part or all of the evening at this community event. Encourage Watertown’s youngest musicians or listen to performances by our town’s professionals. We hope you will join us!

This is a fund raising event sponsored by the Friends of Watertown Music. Donations will be received at the door ($8 per person or $25 per family is suggested).

Please contact us at hellowatertownmusic@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.