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Guest Post from HS Music Department

March 27, 2014 · No Comments

Although this post is about older Bedford students, it is a reminder of how important it is for Lane to help set the foundation for musical success.

On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this past week, eleven Bedford students and four of our Bedford music teachers participated in the Massachusetts Music Educator Association’s All State Conference.

High School students Linda Bittenson, Matt Bridgeman, Chloe DeMello, Brad Hegarty, Deanna Lobo, and Joe Neveux spent all day Thursday, all day Friday, and Saturday morning rehearsing with the All State Chorus under the direction of Dr. Jerry McCoy. On Saturday afternoon, they performed at Symphony Hall. Our own Linda Bittenson auditioned for and was chosen for a solo in “Famine Song.”  Below are pictures of our students in performance.

Linda singing the solo with Matt in the background. Joe, Brad, and Matt in the tenor section.

Chloe smiling at Dr. Jerry McCoy. Deanna and Linda in the alto section.

In addition to singing in the chorus, Matt Bridgeman had also submitted an original composition to the All State Student composer contest. His piece was selected along with eight other pieces by students from across Massachusetts. He performed this piece live at a workshop with the other students and many music educators, where he got positive and constructive feedback oh the piece. I’ve attached a clip of him performing the piece. He brought his iPad and by playing the instrument tracks on the GarageBand app was able to perform the piece.

Five JGMS 6th graders, Grace Clark, Carly DeMello, Araz Dulgarian, Mia Federico, Amelia Leida performed with the first ever MA All State Treble Chorus for students in 4th-6th grade. They were conducted by the famous Henry Leck and had a great time meeting new friends and working on impressive music. Below is a picture of the 5 JGMS students with Henry Leck.

Bedford music faculty members Jim Felker and Katherine Fuller were selected out of hundreds of applicants to serve as clinicians for their sessions “Reaching Non-Performing Students through World Drumming in High School and Middle School” and “Transitions and Attention Grabbers: Increased Learning Comprehension in the K-5 General Music Classroom.”  Mr. Felker and Mrs. Fuller each instructed thirty to fifty music teachers and received high evaluation marks and feedback on their respective workshops.

We also ran into three recent Bedford Alumni, Sevan Dulgarian, Alisa Granada, and Jennie Segal who attended the conference with their college music programs. It was wonderful to see three alumni that are so excited about the fields of music and music education. Below are photos of Jim and myself with Jennie and Alisa and Jim with Sevan.

Sincerely,

Katrina Faulstich, Katherine Fuller, Nicole O’Toole, Jim Felker, and the BPS Music and Theater Arts Department

Katrina Faulstich

Choral and Theater Director

Bedford High School

Katrina_Faulstich@bedford.k12.ma.us

Linda singing the solo with Matt in the background. Joe, Brad, and Matt in the tenor section.

Chloe smiling at Dr. Jerry McCoy. Deanna and Linda in the alto section.

In addition to singing in the chorus, Matt Bridgeman had also submitted an original composition to the All State Student composer contest. His piece was selected along with eight other pieces by students from across Massachusetts. He performed this piece live at a workshop with the other students and many music educators, where he got positive and constructive feedback oh the piece. I’ve attached a clip of him performing the piece. He brought his iPad and by playing the instrument tracks on the GarageBand app was able to perform the piece.

Five JGMS 6th graders, Grace Clark, Carly DeMello, Araz Dulgarian, Mia Federico, Amelia Leida performed with the first ever MA All State Treble Chorus for students in 4th-6th grade. They were conducted by the famous Henry Leck and had a great time meeting new friends and working on impressive music. Below is a picture of the 5 JGMS students with Henry Leck. Attached is a video of the treble choir rehearsing during their dress rehearsal.

Bedford music faculty members Jim Felker and Katherine Fuller were selected out of hundreds of applicants to serve as clinicians for their sessions “Reaching Non-Performing Students through World Drumming in High School and Middle School” and “Transitions and Attention Grabbers: Increased Learning Comprehension in the K-5 General Music Classroom.”  Mr. Felker and Mrs. Fuller each instructed thirty to fifty music teachers and received high evaluation marks and feedback on their respective workshops.

We also ran into three recent Bedford Alumni, Sevan Dulgarian, Alisa Granada, and Jennie Segal who attended the conference with their college music programs. It was wonderful to see three alumni that are so excited about the fields of music and music education. Below are photos of Jim and myself with Jennie and Alisa and Jim with Sevan.

Sincerely,

Katrina Faulstich, Katherine Fuller, Nicole O’Toole, Jim Felker, and the BPS Music and Theater Arts Department

Katrina Faulstich

Choral and Theater Director

Bedford High School

Katrina_Faulstich@bedford.k12.ma.us

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