News and Happenings

Mark your calendars…. 
Music Fest 2013 is in the works!

Call to Musicians!
Friends of Watertown Music is inviting members and friends
of the Watertown community to perform in the
2nd Annual Watertown Music Fest.
Friday March 1st
6-10 pm
Watertown Middle School
68 Waverley Avenue

Please contact us at hellowatertownmusic@gmail.com by February 12th 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!

Last year’s 1st Annual Watertown Music Fest was a great community event with over 50 performances – by Watertown’s youngest musicians to professionals – on 3 “stages”, raising well over $3000 for the direct benefit of programming in the Watertown Schools.  For the 2012-13 school year, Friends of Watertown Music made a grant of $6800 to reinstate the Middle School jazz band, and half the funding came from Music Fest 2012!  Help make 2013 an even bigger success!

News and Happenings

Winter Concert Season at Watertown Public Schools:

  • Tuesday, December 4:  Watertown Middle School, 7 pm.
    Chorus, strings, band, and the new jazz band!
  • Tuesday, December 11:  Cunniff Elementary School, 1 pm.
  • Wednesday, December 12:  Watertown High School, 7 pm.
    Support the High School Music trip to the NYC Heritage Festival!*
  • Thursday, December 13:  Hosmer Elementary School, 1 pm.
  • Friday, December 14:  Lowell Elementary School, 1 pm.

Join the students for great music, including holiday favorites!

Friends of Watertown Music will have an information table at each concert.  We will be selling water, and we have just a few t-shirts left, mainly in youth sizes! Who do you know who might like a gift this holiday season?

Because we have a few t-shirts on back-order, we are able to take orders this December for shirts that we do not have in current inventory. Shirts will arrive in January.

*Please lend your support to the High School Music NYC Heritage Festival Trip. All students involved in the music program are invited to attend the weekend trip to New York City where each ensemble will perform.  There are many ways to help from participating in restaurant fundraisers to bake sales.

News and Happenings

GREAT NEWS!

Friends of Watertown Music is awarding the Watertown Public Schools a grant of $6,800 to expand programming for the 2012-2013 school year. Because of an increase in state funding, the school department has been able to add a half-time music position. Our grant will expand that position to include Jazz Band at the Middle School in addition to broader offerings in the elementary instrument program, high school electives, and new curriculum and classes for special needs students.

Thank you to all whose gifts and advocacy helped make this a reality!

This year we continue to work toward our vision of rebuilding, expanding, and celebrating music in our public schools.

FAIRE ON THE SQUARE

We hope to see you at our table at Faire on the Square!  We will have more information, occasional musical entertainment, and even a few vintage 2012 t-shirts!  To volunteer, ask questions, or perform on Saturday, contact us at hellowatertownmusic@gmail.com.

News and Happenings

Spring Concerts at Watertown Public Schools

May 1, 7-8:15 pm Watertown Middle School, Auditorium
Spring Concert

The music teachers led eight groups of spirited musicians, both choral and instrumental, in the annual Watertown Middle School concert.  Selections ranged from marches to spirituals to pop to avant garde string pieces.

May 2, 7:30-8:30 pm Watertown High School, Lecture Hall
Strings Chamber Music Concert and Senior Art Show
The High School String Orchestra offers an evening of chamber music featuring high school students in small ensembles. Come browse the student artwork exhibited just outside the Lecture Hall.

May 16, 7:00-8:30 pm Watertown High School, Auditorium
Spring Concert
The high school chorus, a cappella group, band, and orchestra invite you to their final concert of the year.

June 5, 7-8:15 pm Watertown High School, Auditorium
All Elementary School Spring Concert
Come hear the youngest musicians in the school system perform in what is always a memorable evening.

Past Events
March 30, 6:30–10 pm
1st Annual Watertown Music Festival
…was spectacular! With over 50 solo and ensemble performances on 3 “stages,” participants and audiences enjoyed a great variety of music. We raised over $3,000 for the schools, played and listened to phenomenal music, and had a great party. A sincere thank you goes out to all who were part of the event. We look forward to seeing you at the 2nd Annual Festival next year!

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

News and Happenings

March 28, 6–9 pm
WEF Trivia Night
Bolstered by the participation of Middle School students, Friends of Watertown Music’s team took 3rd place! Watertown Education Foundation is our partner organization through which we receive our non-profit status.

March 30, 6:30–10 pm
1st Annual Watertown Music Festival
Come celebrate with us!  We have 48 concurrent solo and ensemble performances, an “instrument petting zoo” during the first hour, pizza, and bake sale. Come sample the music –  stay for a song or stay for the entire evening. Encourage Watertown’s youngest musicians and listen to our town’s professionals. Choose from classical, jazz, rock, klezmer, folk, Broadway tunes and more! A donation of $8 per person or $25 per family is suggested.  Join us at Watertown Middle School, 68 Waverly Ave.
Contact us at HelloWatertownMusic@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer! Show your support for music in Watertown schools.

April 2, 6–10 pm
School Committee Meeting
Follow School Committee link to find agenda for meeting.  “Budget Information” leads to FY13 Budget documents.

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

News and Happenings

March 7 at 7 pm
Bandarama! WHS Gym
We hope you were able to come to the great concert by all the instrument groups, elementary through high school!

March 28, 6–9 pm
WEF Trivia Night, Sons of Italy
Watertown Education Foundation is our partner organization through which we receive our non-profit status. We are sponsoring a trivia team!
Contact us at HelloWatertownMusic@gmail.com for more information.

March 30, 6:30–10 pm
1st Annual Watertown Music Festival, Watertown Middle School
The Music Festival will be a celebration of music in Watertown featuring concurrent solo and group performances, an instrument “petting zoo” during the first hour, pizza, and bake sale. Come sample the music –  stay for a song or stay for the entire evening. Encourage Watertown’s youngest musicians or listen to our town’s professionals. A donation of $8 per person or $25 per family is suggested.
Contact us at HelloWatertownMusic@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer! Show your support for music in Watertown schools.

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

Thanks for visiting!

Welcome to Friends of Watertown Music, a group of volunteer parents and friends of the music program in the Watertown Public Schools. We came together in the summer of 2011 in response to the threat to the integrity of the music program resulting from several years of difficult budgets at local, state and federal levels. We love our music program and are committed to offering the best to the students of Watertown!

Current FY12 Goal:
Raise $60,000 for the 2011–2012 school year so that the School 
Department can fill the gaps left by budget cuts.  

The following are NO LONGER OFFERED:

  • Stage Band at the Middle School
  • 7th grade general music
  • Full Orchestra at the Middle School
  • Guitar Workshop at the High School
  • Electronic Music at the High School

Restored to FY12 School Department Budget in response to parent and student requests:  Elementary School instruments program in 4th and 5th grades