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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little miracle happens. We start to sing … I leave the day behind … and in the end I am refreshed and in a good mood. It works every time." Twenty-year WCS alto Sara Smith says, "When other voice parts join in with the altos, who are rarely part of the melody, it's magical. Choral singing, and singing in the Wellesley Choral Society, is the best stress reliever for the soul." Carol Singer, an on-and-off WCS soprano adds, "Although singing had been a central part of my life since childhood, there was a long stretch of my adult life when I was immersed in work and the demands of family, and no longer sang with any groups. I have loved the opportunity to join WCS starting at age 50, which has enriched my life immeasurably in so many ways." Weston High School Choirs Choral Director Dr. Thérèse Provenzano grew up in Weston and has been teaching at the middle school and high school there for 20 years. At the high school she conducts three groups: the non-auditioned high school chorus (125 students) and two select groups of upperclassmen — concert choir (40 students) and jazz choir (15 students). There's a good balance of boys and girls, she says. "The guys here are good about singing. They're not weird about it." And it doesn't hurt that they sing the national anthem annually at Celtics and Red Sox games. "I tell my kids that it's important for them to sing no matter what they do," says Provenzano. "Singing taps into a totally different part of the brain which helps develop life skills. Focus. Organization. Working together as part of a group. Even mathematics." But these kids sing because they love it. Every October, they perform in a masquerade concert and dress up in costumes. In December, they give a winter concert focusing mostly on the classics like Mozart's Requiem. And in the spring, they sing lighter music at their Pops concert. The students also like to give back to the community with their voices. They perform at retire- ment homes and spend time with the residents afterwards. They carol for patients of Dana Farber, Mass General Hospital, and Shriners Hospitals. Adds Provenzano, "I always have more kids sign left: The Weston High School Choir sings for the Boston Celtics and their fans; right: The Weston High School Choir 108 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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