It’s that time of year again….

Watertown Middle School Winter Concert:  Tuesday, December 11th, 7pm
          Band, Jazz Band, Strings, Percussion Ensemble, and Chorus

Watertown High School Winter Concert:  Wednesday, December 12th7pm
          Band, Strings, Chorus, and A Cappella
   
Elementary Winter Concerts 
          Cunniff:  Tuesday, December 18th, 8:35 am
          Lowell:  Wednesday, December 19th, 8:35 am
          Hosmer:  Thursday, December 20th, 8:35 am

Make a tax-deductible contribution to Friends of Watertown Music!
     We would love to add your name to the program book for our
     8th Annual Watertown MusicFest (Save the date:  Friday, March 22, 2019)
          at any of our donor levels:

Soprano (up to $25), Alto ($50), Tenor ($75), Bass ($100),
Conductor ($250), or Maestro ($500 and up).

Your gift will help enrich, sustain, and develop the music programs in Watertown Public Schools.  Since our inception, Friends of Watertown Music, through your donor supporthas awarded over $39,000 in grants to support teaching positions,  several teacher-initiated projects, and instrument purchases, and brought in over $16,000 from outside foundations for instrument purchases.
See the complete list of grants here.

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December 1st Mystery Show

Looking for some entertainment this Saturday night?

The Staff of Watertown Public Schools presents

Mystery Staff Show
Watertown High School
7 pm December 1, 2018

The audience will not know what the show is until the curtain is up!  The actors will not know until they begin rehearsing tonight, 27.5 hours before the show!
Click here to find out who is in the cast and see the show poster.

The show is a fundraiser in support of the

Watertown High School Biennial Heritage Music Festival Trip
to New York City: April 2019.
 

Chorus, Band, Strings, and A Cappella perform at the juried festival.

Also … Save the date for our 8th Annual MusicFest:  March 22, 2019!

 

 

Election Day Bake Sale

No matter where you vote…

Please stop by the Phillips School for the Bake Sale in support of the

Watertown High School Biennial Heritage Music Festival Trip
to New York City: April 2019.
 

Chorus, Band, Strings, and A Cappella perform at the juried festival.

Contact Friends of Watertown Music (hellowatertownmusic@gmail.com) or the Fine, Applied, and Performing Arts (FAPA) Department of the Watertown Public Schools to sponsor a student or give to the scholarship fund.

THANK YOU!

MusicFest Tonight!

Join us tonight, Friday, April 6thfor our
7th Annual Watertown MusicFest!

Our line-up features…
Watertown’s own Ruth Rappaport and Pete Wetherbee, University of Massachusetts-Boston music faculty Emilian Badea, Watertown Public Schools faculty, High School ensembles, soloists, duos, and trios, and enthusiastic, young musicians playing folk, classical, and jazz music from around the world!

To close the evening, Gilly Assunção of Russo’s Market will sing for us!

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 5:30-7pm.  Pizza and bake sale.

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

Friends of Watertown Music is a 501(c)(3) organization; all donations are tax-deductible and used to support the Music Department of the Watertown Public Schools.

MusicFest!

MusicFest this week!!

Our 7th Annual Watertown MusicFest will be held
Friday, 
April 6th, 5:30-9:30 pm
at the Watertown Middle School, 68 Waverley Avenue.

Join us for a celebration of music!

The evening will feature professional musicians, some of Watertown’s youngest, enthusiastic musicians, Watertown’s own music teachers, and many more! See the schedule of performances.

Plan to come early and stay to the end when our special guest, Gilly Assunção – of Watertown’s Russo’s Market – will close out the evening!

Call to Musicians!

Do you have a band?      Enjoy playing solo?
Are you looking for a place to play?      An audience? 

Come to MusicFest!  

All musicians, all ages, all styles, from professional to beginner, from jazz to folk to country to classical are welcome!

Please register here by March 26th extended to Thursday, March 29th!

MusicFest is the major fundraiser of the year for Friends of Watertown Music.

Since 2011, Friends of Watertown Music has awarded, through donations and outside grants, over $44,000 to the Watertown Public Schools Music Department to increase staffing, support teacher initiatives and students, and purchase instruments.

May we include your name as a donor in our 7th Annual MusicFest program?
We have six donor levels: 
Soprano (up to $25), Alto ($50), Tenor ($75), Bass ($100), Conductor ($250)
or Maestro ($500 or more).

Friends of Watertown Music, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations are fully tax deductible within the limits of the law. Any donation made will be used solely to support music in the Watertown Public Schools.  

 

School Performances and MusicFest!

Three opportunities to see Watertown Students perform!
One more night …
The Middle School presents The Wizard of Oz Friday night, March 2nd at 7 pm.
Watertown Middle School Auditorium, 68 Waverley Avenue.
And …
Watertown Public Schools present Bandarama!  Tuesday, March 6th at 7pm.
All students in the Instrumental Music Program, grades 3-12, perform!
Watertown High School Gymnasium, 50 Columbia Street.
And …
The High School presents Pippin Thursday, Friday, & Saturday,
March 15th, 16th, & 17th at 7 pm
.
Watertown High School Auditorium, 50 Columbia Street.

And, of course…
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our
7th Annual Watertown MusicFest:  Friday, April 6th.
Musicians: please register to perform by March 26th.  All are welcome!
Learn about MusicFest 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).

A Grant and MusicFest!

Friends of Watertown Music is pleased to announce the receipt of a $2,000
Watertown Community Foundation School Program Grant 
jointly offered by the
Watertown Community Foundation and Watertown Education Foundation
to purchase percussion instruments for the Middle School Percussion Program.

Many thanks to these foundations for their continued support!

and…

We hope to see you at our 7th Annual Watertown MusicFest
Friday, April 6, 2018!

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).

It’s that time of year again…

Come enjoy the Watertown Public School Musicians in Concert!
     Watertown High School Winter Concert:  Wednesday, December 6th7pm
          Band, Strings, Chorus, and A Cappella
     Watertown Middle School Winter Concert:  Wednesday, December 13th, 7pm
          Band, Jazz Band, Strings, Percussion Ensemble, and Chorus
     Elementary Winter Concerts 
          Cunniff:  Tuesday, December 12th, 1:15 pm
          Lowell:  Friday, December 15th, 1:15 pm
          Hosmer:  Monday, December 18th, 10 am & 1:15 pm

Make a tax-deductible contribution to Friends of Watertown Music!
     We would love to add your name to the program book for our
     7th Annual Watertown MusicFest (S
ave the date:  Friday, April 6, 2018)
          at any of our donor levels:

Soprano (up to $25), Alto ($50), Tenor ($75), Bass ($100),
Conductor ($250), or Maestro ($500 and up).

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 $22,000 in grants to support teaching positions, funded several teacher-initiated projects, purchased equipment, and brought in $15,000 in outside grants for instrument purchase. 

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 $600 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.