Alumni Graduations

Courtney Schick, NHS ’11, graduated from University of New Hampshire ’15 as a Music Ed. Major and is teaching instrumental music at North Attleboro Middle School

Tim MacDonald, NHS ’09, graduated from University of New Hampshire ’13 as a Music Ed. Major and is teaching Instrumental Music @ Bellingham Memorial Middle School

Erin Cronan, NHS ’08, graduated from Plymouth State College in New Hampshire ’12 in Music Ed. and is teaching Elementary Music in Medway, MA.

Daniel Mahoney, NHS ’07, graduated from Ithaca College ’11 as a Music Ed. Major

Laura Doyle, NHS ’04, graduated from the University of New Hampshire 2008, with a degree in music education. 

MAJE State Finals – Year 2 in Norwood

Norwood will be hosting the MAJE State finals on Saturday, March 18.  We have a great line up of competing bands this year!!

$10.00 adults $5.00 Students and Seniors

Div II
Coakley Middle School

11:30 AM – North Middlesex HS Jazz Ensemble
12:00 PM – Old Rochester HS Jazz Ensemble
12:30 PM – Oakmont Regional HS Jazz Ensemble
1:00 PM – Ipswich High School Jazz Ensemble
1:30 PM – Wakefield High School Jazz Ensemble
2:00 PM – LUNCH BREAK
2:30 PM – Foxborough HS Lab Band
3:00 PM – Stoughton HS Tuesday Jazz Band
3:30 PM – Medfield HS Jazz Ensemble
4:00 PM – Nipmuc Regional HS Jazz Ensemble
4:30 PM – The Rivers Big Band
5:00 PM – Travel to Norwood HS to see the “Jeff Holmes Big Band” and presentation of awards (no extra charge for this special show and the awards)

Div I
Norwood High School

10:30 AM – Lexington High School Jazz Ensemble
11:00 AM – Framingham HS Jazz Ensemble
11:30 AM – Franklin HS Jazz Band
12:00 PM – Marlborough HS Jazz Ensemble
12:30 PM – Marshfield HS Jazz Ensemble
1:00 PM – Belmont High School Jazz Collective
1:30 PM – LUNCH BREAK
2:00 PM – King Philip Regional HS Jazz Ensemble
2:30 PM – Oliver Ames HS Jazz Ensemble
3:00 PM – Newton South HS Jazz Ensemble
3:30 PM – Reading Memorial HS Jazz Ensemble
4:00 PM – Norwood HS Jazz Ensemble
4:30 PM – Boston Latin Big Band
5:00 PM – Foxboro HS Jazz Ensemble
5:30 PM – JEFF HOLMES BIG BAND
6:30 PM – AWARDS Division I and II at NHS

PMA Meeting Minutes February 7, 2017

Norwood High School, Library

Call to Order:            7:05 pm

Welcome by Paul Campbell, PMA President

Attendance: Paul Campbell (President), Terry MacDonald (Vice President), Tracey Jones (Treasurer), Stacey Lane (Secretary),  Kim Beaudet (Ways & Means), Ed Ferris, Phyllis McDonaugh, Cathy Moen, Jim Butler, Claudia Moldonado, Diane Wilson, Patrick Marquis, Annemarie Stenstrom, Rose B. Edmond, Abelson Edmond, Kim Wong, Daniela Harder, Jonathan Bourn

  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes: Stacey Lane

Motion made and seconded to approve the Minutes of January 12, 2017:  Approved

  1. Approval of Treasurer’s Report: Tracey Jones

QuickBooks: New format of the treasurer’s report using QuickBooks.  P. Campbell likes that the checking account balance is highlighted. Discussed adding a “Student Account” line item. Graduating students transfer their student account balance to younger siblings. Unused accounts transfer into the general fund.

New England Financial Annuity:  P. Campbell invited a financial planner to attend the next PMA meeting to discuss our investment options.

Outstanding Scholarships: There are one or two scholarships that have not been issued.  Students have until March 1st to submit their grades and request payment.

Motion made and seconded to approve the Treasurer’s Report (January): Approved

  1. Vice President: Terry MacDonald

Fine Arts Semi:  February 10, 2017 at the Sheraton Four Points. (98 tickets sold). Friends of Visual Arts has contributed $100 towards the DJ.

Jazz Night: The rates for the Sheraton Four Points have increased from $750 to $1250.  T. MacDonald has not signed a contract, but has May 3rd on hold. May need to look at other venues.

Jazz Classic:  February 16, 2017.  4pm to 9pm at NHS. Nine bands will perform.  Tickets sold at the door. T. MacDonald will email volunteers with details.

Senior Awards Night:  May 25, 2017 at the Sheraton Four Points. A banquet for graduating seniors who participate in the music program. Will purchase 100 mugs which should last a few years.

Ballots: Next year’s board member nomination ballots will be distributed at the March meeting.

  1. Ways & Means: Kim Beaudet

Merchandise:  Discussed replenishing sweat pants with pockets (size small) and sending order forms to the elementary schools for presale.  Sales went very well at the performances.

Calendars:  Many years ago, the PMA sold calendars with pictures of music students and events.

Discussed making a calendar for next year. T. MacDonald to investigate the pricing.

Ceramic Ornaments:  A fundraiser to sell ornaments designed specifically for the PMA.  The owner, David Franciosi, will pay for all up-front costs and no shipping (lives in Norwood).  PMA will receive $3.00-$4.00 per ornament sold.  Discussed having a design contest for the music students or just using the school tower.

  1. Jones to follow up with David from Heritage Ornaments
  2. Publicity: Ed Ferris

Joe Hart Fundraiser: March 10, 2017 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at NHS.

Joe is part of a professional band that performs a variety of popular rock songs.  He has generously offered to hold a fundraiser for the PMA. He will incorporate music students into his performance. Sign-up sheets have been posted in the music rooms.  Tickets will be sold at the door.

Ed advertised the concert on FB and the PMA website.  Discussed having a feature story with Joe’s band on NHS Update to promote the concert.

  1. Director of Fine Arts: Cathy Connor-Moen

Discussed the state of the Fine Arts budget. The proposed budget cut of $106,500 will result in the loss of the following: NHS choral teacher, elementary string teacher, all elementary honor ensembles, all CMS extracurricular music groups, NHS Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, and musical.

  1. NHS Principal: Jonathan Bourn

Discussed the state of the NHS budget. There is a two-million-dollar school budget gap. He is being asked to cut $442,000 from the NHS budget.  Unfortunately, extra-curricular activities, clubs, after school music programs and athletics need to be cut before core curriculum courses that are state requirements.  Will attempt to maintain activities that are needed to be competitive for college acceptance. After the first budget pass, NHS is slated to lose 8 FTE when 1 FTE needs to be added to function effectively.

Encourage parents to attend the School Committee Meeting on February 8, 2017 at 6PM in the auditorium.

  1. Choral Updates:

Choral/MICCA Coordinator:  Diane Coard has resigned.  The MICCA Concert and Choral Festival is scheduled to take place on 3/31, 4/1 and 4/2. Numerous volunteers are needed. C. Moen will contact former parent volunteers who have helped over the years.

  1. Action Items:

Quorum: 2016/2017 PMA Board, there are eleven (11) voting Board Members.  In order to have a quorum, six (6) Board Members must be present.

  1. NEXT PMA MEETING: March 8, 2017 at 7pm in the NHS library

Adjournment at 8:55 pm

Minutes respectfully submitted by Stacey Lane

South Eastern District Competition results (Junior and Senior)

Congratulations to all of the students!!  The senior district festival and performance are coming up this week January 6th and 7th.

Junior Districts

Band

Robyn Jones – Trumpet
Owen Nee – Clarinet
Jessica Delli Carpinin – Flute
Aristiedes Koktsidis – Horn
Mea SanGiacomo – Clarinet
Casey Smith – Trombone

Mixed Chorus

Claire DeSouza – Soprano
Joseph DiBlasi – Bass

Orchestra

Carolyn Ferris – Oboe
Leah Hall – Bassoon
Priscilla Zhang – Flute
Kalee Hansen – Cello
Amalya Labell – Violin
Laura Maloney – Oboe

Chorus

Kristen Campbell – Alto
Jennifer Ciarletto – Soprano
Khushi Shar – Alto
Jayda Taylor – Soproano

Senior Districts

Band

Carolyn Ferris – Oboe
Gabriel Labell – Snare Drum
Mark Larrivee – Mallets
Michael MacDonald – Trombone All State Rec.
Tom O’Malley – Trumpet
Emili Serratore – Clarinet
Erin Walsh – Alto Saxophone*

Chorus

Liana Aspinwall – Soprano
Amanda Ciarletto – Alto*
Julia Kiley – Alto*
Jessica Maldonado – Soprano
Katherine McDonough – Alto
Anthony Petruzzelli – Tenor
Giovana Rodriguez – Alto*
Brady Sheehan – Bass
Allison Silletti – Soprano*

Orchestra

Celeste McGinty – Cello
Matthew Murphy – Cello*
Erin Ryan – Viola
Carissa Turner – Viola*

Percussion Ensemble

Jason Amis – Mallets*
Greyson Griffey – Mallets*

* Recieved a score high enough to warrant an All State Recommendation.  These students will go on to compete for slots within the All State groups.

SEMMEA Composition Competition 2017

Congratualtions to Michael MacDonald – Senior – Norwood High School

For ataining 2nd Place in the competition with “Song for Ashley” For Piano

See and hear all of the composer results on the SEEMEA web sit HERE

The 2016 Norwood High School Marching band

This group was able to come in second this year in the NESBA competition and won a Platinum meddle for their show ” Turning the Tables”.

PMA Meeting Minutes November 9, 2016

Norwood High School, Library

Call to Order:            7:05 pm

Welcome by Paul Campbell, PMA President

Attendance: Paul Campbell (President), Terry MacDonald (Vice President), Tracey Jones (Treasurer), Stacey Lane (Secretary),  Kim Beaudet (Ways & Means), Ed Ferris, Phyllis McDonaugh, Cathy Moen, Jim Butler

1.      Approval of Meeting Minutes:  Stacey Lane

Motion made and seconded to accept the Minutes of October 12, 2016: Approved

2.      Approval of Treasurer’s Report: Tracey Jones

Motion made and seconded to accept the Treasurer’s Report of October: Approved

Receipts for music camp truck and bus rentals have not been reimbursed by NPS.  C. Moen to investigate. E. Ferris has submitted original receipts for MB truck rentals to be reimbursed by the treasurer.  The PMA will then submit an invoice with original receipts to the NPS for reimbursement.

There is an outstanding invoice from Reading for the Jazz Classic (Feb. 2016). A second invoice will be sent.

Motion made and seconded to reimburse Ed Ferris $274.43 for materials purchased for the Marching Band props: Approved

3.      Vice President:  Terry MacDonald

Time to start planning the Fine Arts Semi and look at available dates in February.  Jazz Night will be scheduled once we receive available dates from Four Points.  Jazz Classic will take place 2/16/17.

4.      Ways & Means:  Kim Beaudet

Merchandise:  Purchased PJ Pants to sell at the holiday concerts

Music Note Fundraiser: To be sold at CMS Parent Open House on 11/17.  MICCA Ensemble (Trio) has been invited to perform that evening.

Cookies with logo:  Discussed ordering sugar cookies with a music logo from wickedgoodcookies.com to sell at events.

5.      Marching Band Classic:  Tracey Jones

It was very successful event. Merchandise sales were strong with $525.30 in sales.  Two bands have not submitted their payment. Gate was down from last year, but we had some small bands and one less band than usual in attendance.  Concessions sales were lower, but a lot less money was spent upfront.  The amount of food was on target with very few left overs. T. Jones acknowledged all the wonderful, hard working volunteers.

6.      Music Camp:  No Report. C. Moen to look into dates for next year.

7.      Choral Updates:  Phyllis McDonaugh

Madrigal Banquet:  December 2, 2016 at the Elks. Tickets on sale now. There is a $500 rental fee.

P. McDonaugh inquired about a member rate and was told that is the discounted rate.  A check is needed to purchase the poinsettias

8.      Instrumental Updates:  

Concerts: CMS 7th & 8th grade instrumental 12/15, CMS choral 12/20, NHS Winter Concert 12/21 and CMS 6th grade concert 1/12/17

9.      Publicity:  Ed Ferris

Inform Ed of any activities or events that need to be publicized, such as the Madrigal Banquet and Madrigal/Celtic Strings Holiday Tour on 12/22.

10.  Director of Fine Arts:  Cathy Connor-Moen

April Vacation Trip:  Has been cancelled due to lack of interest. The trip conflicts with the Drama Festival that Norwood is hosting over April vacation. Deposit checks will be returned. Need to start planning now for next year’s trip.  Fundraisers are needed so students can raise money for their student accounts to pay for the trip.  C. Moen suggested a raffle with a cash prize. Discussed that students have not been very active participants in fundraising events over the past few years.  Now that the fundraiser is for a trip, students may feel differently about it.

Student liaison to PMA:  Freshman Rep, Robin Jones, will attend the December meeting. She will speak to the other reps about rotating to attend a portion of the monthly PMA meetings.

Auditorium Seat Fundraiser: The seat dedication fundraiser is being offered once again.  There was not a strong response from the business mailing. Spread the word to new members of the PMA.

James Hayden, Supt. of Schools to retire:  C. Moen has applied and has been accepted to be on the selection committee.

President:  Paul Campbell

Still do not have power in the MB shed to provide a charging station for the golf cart.

Other Business:  New England Financial Annuity

Purchased an annuity in 2002 with a fixed, guaranteed interest of 3%.  It is owned by the PMA, but is attached to Ann Cirillo.  It dissolves in 2050 or upon the death of the name holder.  Discussed dissolving the annuity and investing in a Municipal Bond (interest not guaranteed).

11.  Action Items:

Quorum: 2016/2017 PMA Board, there are eleven (11) voting Board Members.  In order to have a quorum, six (6) Board Members must be present.

NEXT PMA MEETING:   December 14, 2016, 93 Casey Street (Paul Campbell), 6:30 PM

15 . Adjournment at 8:30 pm.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Stacey Lane.

PMA Meeting Minutes October 12, 2016

PMA Meeting Minutes

October 12, 2016

Norwood High School, Library

Call to Order:            7:05 pm

Welcome by Paul Campbell, PMA President

Attendance: Paul Campbell (President), Terry MacDonald (Vice President), Tracey Jones (Treasurer), Stacey Lane (Secretary),  Kim Beaudet (Ways & Means), Ed Ferris, Phyllis McDonaugh, Diane Coard, Beverly Murphy, Cathy Moen, Steve Conant, Claudia Maldanado,

  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes: Stacey Lane

Motion made and seconded to accept the Minutes of September 14, 2016: Approved

  1. Approval of Treasurer’s Report: Tracey Jones

The merchandise line item will roll over to the next budget year in order to provide funding to replenish merchandise as it is needed.

Motion made and seconded to accept the Treasurer’s Report of September: Approved

 Vice President: Terry MacDonald

Time to start planning the Fine Arts Semi and look at available dates.  MAJE State Finals to be held in Norwood on March 18, 2017 with a snow date of March 19, 2016.

 

  1. Ways & Means: Kim Beaudet

Merchandise:  Purchased MB/CG sweatpants and 12 blankets. Will order PJ Pants with pockets to sell at the holiday concerts

Mattress Sale: September 24, 2016 at NHS.  Sold 30 mattresses with 16 student referrals raising $3650 for the PMA.  Thank you to the numerous choral students who volunteered.

Music Note Fundraiser: Too late to sell at NHS Parent Open House, but will sell at CMS on 11/17

 

  1. Marching Band Classic: Tracey Jones

October 16, 2016: Eight bands will be attending. The menu was approved (hotdogs, pizza, nachos, apple crisp, hot chocolate, coffee, soda, water, candy).  Concessions will be located behind the bleachers. A volunteer is needed to pick up donated hot chocolate at Mr. Franks at noon. Roche Bros has donated $150 for the purchase of the hotdogs and rolls. Numerous volunteers will make apple crisp and chili.  Jackie Smith will be the announcer. The judges (10) will need lunch and coffee. The NHS MB/CG students will have Mac & Cheese made by Mrs. MacDonald at 12n in the café.

  1. Music Camp: No Report
  1. Choral Updates: Phyllis McDonaugh/ Claudia Maldanado

Madrigal Banquet:  December 2, 2016 at the Elks. There is a $500 rental fee. Will see if they offer a member rate. The OCC will cater the event $21.95 pp plus 20% gratuity.  Need to purchase candles, poinsettias and other supplies.

  1. Instrumental Updates: Steve Conant

MIT has invited a limited number of NHS music students to participate in the MIT Wind Ensemble Prism Concert on 12/2/16 at Kresge Auditorium from 8-10pm.  Admission is $5.

More information to come.

  1. Conant will invite the CMS students to play with the MB/Pep Band at a future game.
  1. Publicity: Ed Ferris

Inform Ed of any activities or events that need to be publicized.  Send him pictures for the PMA website.

  1. Director of Fine Arts: Cathy Connor-Moen

PMA scholarships: Received thank you notes from scholarship recipients: Shannun Carey, Katie Kohlsatt, Mikayla Metcalf and Amber Chisholm.

April Vacation Trip:  Down payments due 10/15/16. Not much student interest to date.

SE District Festival:  Norwood was asked to host District’s on January 6-7, 2016.  The host school receives $1000 and any money raised through concessions, flower sales, and merchandise sales.  The SE Districts receives the gate.  A hospitality room will be needed for the Directors (paid by SE District).

Will need help from the PMA and college students home on break.

Student liaison to PMA:  C. Moen would like to have student liaisons (one choral & one instrumental) attend a portion of the PMA meetings to provide input and take back information to music students.  There is a Fine Arts Representative on the Student Council.  If the music students are involved, it may help students take ownership of the program and become more involved in fundraising and other activities.

President:  Paul Campbell

McAvoy Fundraiser:  Singer-songwriter, Mary McAvoy, PMA fundraiser concert took place on Friday, September 23, 2016. Ms. McAvoy generously donated her proceeds to the PMA.

Discussed donating a music sweatshirt and other items for a basket to be used as a raffle to benefit the F.F. Fay Scholarship.

Motion made and seconded to donate a music sweatshirt and other items to the FF Fay Scholarship Fundraiser: Approved

Other Business:  Steve Conant

Lawrence Marching Band Field has been destroyed and will not be available for MICCA and NESBA shows.  The NESBA Finals have been relocated to Medford Hormel Stadium.  The MICCA Finals have not been confirmed, but may take place at Plymouth North High School.

  1. Action Items:

Quorum: 2016/2017 PMA Board, there are eleven (11) voting Board Members.  In order to have a quorum, six (6) Board Members must be present.

NEXT PMA MEETING:   November 9, 2016, NHS Library, 7PM

15 . Adjournment at 8:50 pm.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Stacey Lane.

Proposed Music Trip for HS students

Unfortunately this trip has been cancelled.   Anyone who sent in a deposit will get their check back.  The timing for this did not work out well with the start of the new school year.  Mrs. Moen is looking into options for the following year.

 

This proposed trip to Nashville & Memphis has been a long time coming and is sure to be a great trip.  Its not set in stone yet but it’s planned for this coming spring given enough interest from the students.  If you are instested in going or learning more about the trip you can contact Mrs. Connor-Moen at the high school.

PMA Meeting Minutes September 14, 2016

PMA Meeting Minutes
September 14, 2016
Norwood High School, Library

Call to Order:            7:05 pm

Welcome by Paul Campbell, PMA President

Attendance: Paul Campbell (President), Terry MacDonald (Vice President), Tracey Jones (Treasurer) Maureen Dimitriou (Past Treasurer), Stacey Lane (Secretary),  Kim Beaudet (Ways & Means), Ed Ferris, Phyllis McDonaugh, Diane Wilson, Sheri McLeigh, Cathy Moen, Steve Conant, Claudia Maldanado, James Butler, Phil McAvoy, Mary McAvoy

  1. McAvoys: Singer-songwriter, Mary McAvoy, and her father, Phil McAvoy, in attendance to plan for the upcoming PMA fundraiser concert on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7pm to 9pm (with intermission) in the NHS auditorium.   PMA will help with promotion and selling tickets ($10). Concert information has been posted on the PMA website and on Facebook. Posters will be hung-up at schools. C. Moen suggested putting a poster on an A-frame. Concessions will be sold (water ,candy).  Conant to work sound system. Discussed selling General Admission tickets at door and advanced ticket sales through “Event Bright”. In addition, students should be given tickets to sell to family and friends. Discussed advertising at the Cinderella musical this weekend. P. Campbell will hand out flyers at the musical.
  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes: Stacey Lane

Motion made and seconded to accept the Minutes of June 8, 2016: Approved

Motion made and seconded to accept the Minutes of August 25, 2016: Approved

  1. Approval of Treasurer’s Report: Maureen Dimitriou/Tracey Jones

Scholarships have been dispersed to recipients.

“Truck and Trailer Expenses” line item will have a name change to Marching Band Expenses since it pays for general marching band expenses.

Camp Tapawingo, Sweden Maine-August 14-20, 2016: The PMA subsided $160.14 per student for a total of $11,209.90 leaving a negative balance of ($4,479) in the Music Camp Fund line item.

Motion made and seconded to transfer $3500 from the general fund to the music Camp Fund Activities to balance out the budget:  Approved

Motion made and seconded to accept the Treasurer’s Report to close out the fiscal year (June-August): Approved

There are numerous boxes of old papers/documents that we no longer need.  Discussed disposing of the documents we no longer need.

Motion made and seconded to shred any old documentation prior to 2009: Approved

  1. Ways & Means: Kim Beaudet

Concerts on the Common/Summer Fest:  Does not raise a lot of money and it a lot of work.  It does provide visibility for the music program. More volunteers are needed over the summer.

Merchandise: Sold merchandise at Norwood Day.  Sold out of music sweatpants. Will need to order more before the MB MICCA Classic

Mattress Sale: September 24, 2016 at NHS.  Marching Band students and parents will not be available to help since there is a show that day.

Lunch Trampoline:  Fundraiser information provided.

Motion made and seconded to spend up to $1100 to purchase merchandise: Approved

  1. Marching Band Classic: Tracey Jones

October 16, 2016: Tracey would like to keep the menu simple (hotdogs, pizza, nachos, apple crisp,

hot chocolate, coffee, soda, water, candy). We do not have a hospitality volunteer. S. Conant needs

a copy of the menu to send out to the music directors. Discussed placement of concessions and the possibility of having it in the café.  S. Conant advised against having concessions inside and will help Tracey find the best location.  A police detail is needed. Student volunteer sign-up will be posted.

Discussed sending an email to the Athletic Director to invite the football team and cheerleaders.

  1. Director of Fine Arts: Cathy Connor-Moen

Cinderella Musical:  Opens this weekend, September 15-18th.  Robert McDonaugh has done an incredible job with the production.

Pops Night:  May 13, 2016. It was a great success. The music teachers have met and will announce the theme of this year’s concert soon.

PMA scholarships: Received thank you notes from scholarship recipients, Alexandra Dimitiou and

Julia Ragusa.

April Vacation Trip:  A parent informational session will be scheduled to plan for the trip to Memphis.

Instrument Registration:  Took place at elementary schools and CMS.  Very pleased with turnout.

Steve Conant:  MAJE State Finals to be held in Norwood on March 18, 2017 with a snow date of March 19, 2016.

President: Paul Campbell              

Discussed getting a PMA debit card, credit card or prepaid Visa to be used to rent the UHaul for MB Shows.  P. Cambell to investigate which one would be best for the organization (cash back incentives).  In the meantime, C. Moen will use her charge card to rent the UHaul Truck.

Secretary of State Change of Officers Form to be sent to the Secretary of State as required.

  1. Action Items:

Quorum: 2016/2017 PMA Board, there are eleven (11) voting Board Members.  In order to have a quorum, six (6) Board Members must be present.

NEXT PMA MEETING:   October 12, 2016, NHS Library, 7PM

15 . Adjournment at 9:05 pm.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Stacey Lane.