7th Annual MusicFest and Grants!

Please save Friday, April 6, 2018 for our 7th Annual Watertown MusicFest!

Grant:  Friends of Watertown Music is pleased to announce a grant to the Watertown Public Schools for $1750 to purchase three amps for the new electronic music courses at Watertown High School.

Update on last year’s grant:  The Middle School Chorus accompanist position funded by a Friends of Watertown Music grant last year has been incorporated into the school budget. In further great news, Watertown Public Schools has added another music teacher for this current school year!

There are now more music teachers in the department than there were before 2008!

Bonus:  In September, Friends of Watertown Music volunteers attended three Music & Arts Instrument Distribution Nights, including Watertown’s own, earning a $450 credit for the WPS account. We are grateful to Music & Arts for this opportunity.

It was wonderful to see so many excited students receive their instruments, including 3rd graders who for the first time may begin a stringed instrument. 

 

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MusicFest: Thank you!

Thanks to all who braved the rain, sleet, ice, snow, and slush to join us for the
6th Annual Watertown MusicFest!

It was a great evening of classical, jazz, folk, Broadway, and more!

Thank you to all our many volunteers – we could not have done it without your hard work!

And, of course, thank you to all the performers who shared their talents!

Check out press coverage here!

We raised over $3000!

MusicFest!

Call to Musicians!
Friends of Watertown Music
is inviting members and friends

of the Watertown community to perform in the
6th Annual Watertown MusicFest
Friday March 31st
5:30-9:30 pm
Watertown Middle School
68 Waverley Avenue

What always makes MusicFest wonderful is the participation all of our performers! We invite musicians of all ages, music styles, and abilities. Please spread the word to relatives, friends, neighbors … Jazz, classical, rock, folk, klezmer, ensembles, duos, solos, instrumentalists, vocalists, beginners, and professionals are all welcome!

Questions? Please contact us at hellowatertownmusic@gmail.com.

Sure you would like to perform?
Please fill out this Registration Form by 
March 20th.

Would you like to volunteer?  Please sign up here.

We will have an “instrument petting zoo”, pizza, bake sale, and more!

Our Annual Watertown MusicFests have been great community events with over 50 performances each year – by Watertown’s youngest musicians to professionals – on 4 “stages”, allowing Friends of Watertown Music to award more than $23,000 in grants for the direct benefit of music programming in the Watertown Public Schools.

Our most recent teaching grant provides an accompanist for the Watertown Middle School chorus, and we are providing scholarship assistance to the Watertown High School All-Performing Groups’ trip to the Heritage Music Festival in New York City. 

We have also brought in more than $16,000 of outside grants for the purchase of instruments throughout the five schools.  Most recently, we thank the Watertown Community Foundation for funding the purchase of an elementary bass. Friends of Watertown Music matched this grant with donor funds for the purchase of a middle school bass.

Help make 2017 our best year ever!

MusicFest & Grants

       We hope to see you at our 6th Annual Watertown MusicFest
March 31, 2017!
Learn about MusicFest here!

Call to Musicians: sign up here!
Contact us at hellowatertownmusic@gmail.com with questions or to volunteer to help.
MusicFest is our major fundraiser of the year.
Can we include your name as a donor in our  program? We have six donor levels: 
Soprano (up to $25), Alto ($50), Tenor ($75), Bass ($100), Conductor ($250)
or Maestro ($500 or more).

Through the generosity of our donors, we are providing a grant to the Watertown Public Schools for an accompanist for the Watertown Middle School Chorus!

and…

Friends of Watertown Music is pleased to announce the receipt of a
Watertown Community Foundation Grant
to purchase a bass for the elementary schools.
Many thanks to the Watertown Community Foundation for their continued support!

Upcoming Student Performances
Watertown Middle School Musical: Sound of Music, March 2nd & 3rd, 7pm.
Bandarama:  Band and Strings from all five schools perform in WHS gym,
March 7th, 7 pm.
Watertown High School Musical: Shrek the Musical, March 16th, 17th & 18th, 7pm.

It’s that time of year again…

Come enjoy the Watertown Public School Musicians!
        Watertown High School A Cappella: Friday, December 2nd, 5:15 pm
               5th Annual Watertown Tree Lighting Ceremony in Watertown Square
        Watertown High School Winter Concert: Wednesday, December 7th, 7 pm
               Band, Strings, Chorus, and A Cappella
        Watertown Middle School Winter Concert: Tuesday, December 13th, 7 pm
               Band, Jazz Band, Strings, Chorus, Handbells, and Percussion Ensemble
        Elementary Winter Concerts at 1:15 pm
               Cunniff Elementary: December 13th
               Hosmer Elementary School: December 15th
               Lowell Elementary: December 16th

Make a tax-deductible contribution to Friends of Watertown Music!
        We would love to add your name to the program book for our
        6th Annual Watertown MusicFest (Save the Date:  March 31, 2017)
        at any of our five donor levels:

Soprano (up to $25), Alto ($50), Tenor ($75), Bass ($100),
or Conductor ($250 or more).

Your gift will help enrich, sustain, and develop the music programs in Watertown Public Schools.  Since our inception, Friends of Watertown Music has awarded over $18,000 in grants to support teaching positions, funded several teacher-initiated projects, and brought in $15,000 in outside grants for instrument purchase.

News and Happenings

** Save the date for our 6th Annual MusicFest:  March 31, 2017! **

After some technical difficulties, our website is back up in time for Thanksgiving!

In honor of the holiday, Friends of Watertown Music would like to celebrate everyone who had a part in our 5th Annual MusicFest!

In particular, we thank our wonderful performers:

Beantown Brass Quintet; Bees Deluxe; Charles River Wind Ensembles: Clarinet Quintet, Saxophone Quartet, and Wind Octet; Grenville Trio; Joe Pete Wetherbee and Ruth Rappaport, Metal and Wood, Mr. Hip, Needham Euphonium Ensemble, Tsunami of Sound, and Zangakner Armenian Children’s Chorus

… and all the student musicians who sang and played and brought family and friends

… and all who came and listened and celebrated music with us!

Thank you!

MusicFest!

MusicFest is Today:  Friday April 8th!!

Our line-up for the 5th Annual Watertown MusicFest is as unique as ever,
featuring…

solos, duos, trios, quartets, quintets, and an octet!
professional, conservatory, and high school ensembles and bands!
Bach, Berklee jazz, acid Blues, and even Surf music!

Where else can you sample local bands in one room and hear classical cello in the next?

We have enthusiastic professionals giving of their talents to support our community and proud young students eager to play for a friendly audience.

MusicFest is a great place to take your kids, but we’re also a great place to hang out and check out a few bands!  See the performance schedule here!

Come early! Stay late!
Tell your friends and neighbors!  It’s the best place to be in Watertown this Friday night!

5:30-9:30 pm:  Performances begin at 6pm; Instrument Petting Zoo opens at 5:30 pm.  Pizza and bake sale.

Watertown Middle School, 68 Waverley Avenue, Watertown.
Suggested donation:  $8 per person/$25 per family.

Another Grant & Student Music

Friends of Watertown Music is pleased to announce the receipt of a
matching grant from the Classics for Kids Foundation! 
We will be able to purchase two cellos: a 3/4 size and a full-size cello for the Watertown Public Schools! Many thanks to CFKF for their generosity and commitment in sustaining stringed instrument programs!

Three great chances to see Watertown students perform this month:

Watertown Middle School Drama presents The Lion King!
7 pm, March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

68 Waverley Avenue

Watertown Music Department presents Bandarama!
7 pm Wednesday, March 9th
Watertown High School Gymnasium, 50 Columbia Street
Every student playing an instrument in the Watertown Public Schools band and string programs from 4th to 12th grade performs! 

Watertown High School Drama presents Fiddler on the Roof!
7 pm,
March 17th, 18th, and 19th
50 Columbia Street

Don’t forget MusicFest coming on April 8th!

5th Annual MusicFest and a Grant!

Friends of Watertown Music is pleased to announce the receipt of a
$10,000 Instrument Grant
from the Music Drives Us Foundation

Included in the grant: hand drums for elementary general music classes and a p-bone trombone, two bass clarinets, and a baritone saxophone for the middle and high schools, plus two portable electronic pianos for the elementary and high schools. The instruments have arrived and are already in classrooms! The “bari sax” and bass clarinets are expensive and often difficult for students to rent, and the schools have been without playable models for interested students. Now we – band members and audience alike – will hear a fuller, more complete ensemble sound as students play these new instruments!

We will be hosting an upcoming celebration of the grant where students will be able to play their instruments and discuss music with Ernie Boch, Jr., Berklee graduate and founder of Music Drives Us.

We would like to thank Music Drives Us for its generous award of instruments that will be used throughout the schools to enhance the general music and instrument programs in the Watertown Public Schools!

And…
       We hope to see you at our 5th Annual Watertown MusicFest on April 8, 2016!

Call to Musicians: sign up here!
Contact us at hellowatertownmusic@gmail.com with questions or to volunteer to help.
MusicFest is our major fundraiser of the year.
Can we include your name as a donor in our  program? We have five donor levels:  Soprano (up to $25), Alto ($50), Tenor ($75), Bass ($100), or Conductor ($250 or more). Through the generosity of our donors, we have an extra 0.1 FTE music teacher
in the classroom this school year!

Learn about MusicFest here!