WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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WHS has three non-audition choirs — one all-male (40 Brooks Brothers), one all-female (100 Song Sisters), and a co-ed choir (100 Concert Choir Members). There are also two select choirs. The Keynote Singers (50 students) sing music of a variety of choral traditions while the Rice Street Singers (20 students) sing jazz selections. Students must be enrolled in one of the five choirs to be eligible for an a cappella group. "Over time we've built a reputation as a high-quality and well-rounded choral program with many strengths," says McDonald. For instance, last March the WHS ensembles presented two different clinics on recruit- ment and retention of male singers and the selection of vocal jazz rep- ertoire at the Massachusetts All-State Festival and Concert. The Keynote Singers earned gold medals at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Choral Festival and performed as part of the Gold Medal Showcase at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. Several years ago, the Keynote Singers performed at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops Orchestra's Home Alone concert. Representatives from Boston Pops came to WHS, assessed the quality and professionalism of the ensemble, and Keith Lockhart himself vis- ited the school to work with the students. "It was an incredible music memory for the kids and myself," says McDonald. Last year, the Rice Street Singers were chosen by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association to perform at the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers' Conference at the State House. That same group was also selected as one of the top ensembles in 12 states and performed for the National Association for Music Educators' (NAfME) Eastern Division Conference in Atlantic City last April. Rice Street has earned nine consecutive gold medals at the State Jazz Festival performing at the Hatch Shell in Boston as part of the Massachusetts D A M O N B A T E S P H O T O G R A P H Y W G B H top: The Wellesley High School Concert Choir perfoming at the 2017 gradua- tion ceremony; bottom: The Rice Street Singers performing on WGBH's "Sing That Thing!" 102 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8

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