Friday, November 20, 2009

Music Department News

Nineteen Ashford School students recently participated in a regional musical festival in Putnam, CT. The Quinebaug Valley Middle School Musical Festival (QVMSMF) began 4 years ago when area music teachers were looking for an opportunity for the students to develop and show off their skills in concert band and chorus.

Mrs Porri and Miss Dotson, Ashford School’s music teachers, selected student participants based ability as well as character. These nineteen students represented the top musicians and leaders in the school. Band students included: Caleigh C., Jennie R., Caitlin E., Tessa W., Megan M., Cassie H., Adam C., Joseph C. and Chris P.. Chorus students included: Brooke N., Erica M., Martha S., Matt S., Ben L., Kayla B., Sarah C., Jessica B., Shelby C.. and Laina F..

Ashford students combined with students from ten other communities for rehearsals on November 9th and 12th and then performed a public concert on the evening of November 12th. Despite very limited rehearsal time, both the choir and band performed difficult music with skill and excellence. Special thanks to all of the students for their dedication and hard work.