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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Association for Jazz Education (MAJE) Gold Medal Showcase. "We've performed side-by- side with several leading jazz vocalists — in- cluding the Grammy-winning ensemble New York Voices, which was one of the highlights of my career," adds McDonald. WHS students have performed on stage with professional organizations such as the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra and Chorus and the Boston Gay Men's Chorus. The a cappella program has flourished as well, performing with some of the best a cappella groups in the country. When McDonald first came to WHS, many students took choir as a way to enhance their college applications. "Now the majority of stu- dents have a genuine desire to share their tal- ent with others," he says. They sing at nursing homes and the Center for Alzheimer's Care. They perform at the Holiday Stroll and on Luminary Night as well as in concerts and mu- sic festivals. "This sense of selflessness is one of the things that makes our program special. It's not about the awards, it's a true desire to share our music," adds McDonald. McDonald could not be more proud of his kids. "I believe strongly in exposing our stu- dents to the highest quality ensembles and challenging them to cultivate their talents to make the best music they can. My purpose is to use music to help shape the lives of other people, not just my students, but also the audi- ence. Wellesley offers me an incredible student body and a very supportive community." 103 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 Sing!

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