Seventeen students from TMS recently participated in the 10th annual Quinebaug Valley Middle School Music Festival. This year’s festival was on November 9th and 12th at Putnam Middle School. The QVMSMF was created in 2006 by music teachers in northeastern Connecticut. These educators sought an opportunity for students to perform in an honors group without the pressure of an audition. In place of the audition, students are nominated based on attitude, effort, musicianship, and contributions to their school’s music program. The festival is a collaborative effort of the music teachers from Ashford, Brooklyn, Griswold, Killingly, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putnam, the Rectory School, Thompson, and Woodstock.
Students were given three pieces of music, a month in advance of the festival, for preparation. The band and chorus consisted of almost 100 students each. The students rehearsed for three hours both days and then performed an evening concert for their families. The band performed “Falcon Fanfare,” “A Song of Hope,” and “Legend of Pirates Cove.” This year’s guest conductor was Dr. Warren Haston, who is the Associate Professor of Music Education at The Hartt School, University of Hartford. The chorus sang “Canoe Song,” “Harvest Moon,” and “Great Gettin’ Up Morning.” Mrs. Amanda Sprague Hanzlik was the guest conductor. She is the director of choral activities at Edwin O. Smith high school in Storrs, Connecticut.
Mr. Leclerc would like to congratulate this year’s participants for being exemplary ambassadors of TMS and making us proud. Students selected for band were: Brayden Cutler, Jack Devivo, Summer Green, Kerrigan LaCasse, Nima Sherpa, Hannah Siegmund, Makayla Tackson, and Matthew Weiss. Those chosen for chorus were: Channing Boss, Laura Fournier, Kacee-Jean Hanlon, Brenna Larson, Alyssa Leveille, Cole Russell, Vincent Senecal, Kaylee Tackson, and Lindsey Worster.