Congratulations to musicians and artists in all Dedham Public Schools for unforgettable performances throughout the holiday concert season. Students performed a variety of pieces including seasonal favorites and audiences at elementary concerts were also treated to winter artwork displayed for all to see. A special thanks to DPS music teachers and the lesson teachers from the Dedham School of Music for putting these performances together.
We are very proud of a few of our students who have been selected to represent Dedham at district and state festivals. After participating in the audition process, these students look forward to performing with students who were accepted from the Eastern District and around Massachusetts. <–DHS Junior Joshua Wilson will perform with the Eastern District Chorus in January. Josh was also recommended to audition for the All-State chorus later in the month. This is an honor that few Dedham students have been given and certainly well deserved.
Students from all four elementary school auditioned for a spot in the MMEA All-State Treble Choir that will perform at the All-State music conference in March. Accepted into this group were Sophie Bauman and Phoebe Blake from the Riverdale School; Sophie Vaz from the Oakdale School; Serafina Simmonds from Greenlodge; and Signe Berg, Kayden Celesdin, and Aleena Zaferacopolous from the Avery School. This is quite an accomplishment, and the most students Dedham has ever had achieve membership in the group. Good luck to all students as they begin attending rehearsals to prepare for these prestigious music festivals.
We now prepare for the annual All Town Concerts over the next 3 months. These performances combine students from different schools and grade levels to showcase their selections for each other and the entire community. These kick off as always with the All-Town Band Concert in the DHS gym on Wednesday, February 7th. Students in our beginner bands will combine with students from all schools to perform together alongside the 5th grade band, DMS concert and symphonic bands, the DHS concert band, and in the combined performance at the end by all students. All are welcome, but arrive early. Parking can be a challenge and all should enter through the gym doors by Avery. Donations to support DPS music programs will be accepted at the door.
The concert will also include the drawings for the annual Many-Ways-to-Win raffle. This is the largest fundraiser of the year for DHS music program and includes a variety of gift cards donated by local businesses and music supporters. If you would be interested in donating a gift card or themed basket, please contact the Director of Fine Arts Jeff Bolduc at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 781 310-1118. Donors will be recognized in the concert program. Students will be selling raffle tickets around town after vacation leading up to the 2/7 drawings.
We will also begin the annual Instrument Drive leading up to the All-Town Band event. If you have a band or string instrument that you no longer use, please consider donating it to be loaned to students who may not be able to afford an instrument to join our instrumental programs. Wind instruments need to be in working order and have a mouthpiece and case. String instruments should include a bow and also have a case. Small problems like missing pads or strings or stuck slides can be repaired. Last year was the first year of this drive and provided 14 instruments that are now being used by students in our beginner programs in the elementary and middle school groups. Donations can be dropped off in the main office of Dedham HS during school hours, attention: Jeff Bolduc. We can also pick up donations by reaching out to Jeff using the contact info listed above.
Other All-Town Events
All-Town Choral Concert – March 21st at 7pm; DHS Auditorium
Don Heald Night of Jazz – March 27th at 7pm; DMS Auditorium
All-Town String Concert – April 10th at 7pm; DMS Auditorium
DHS Senior Musical – March 16 and 17.