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Hudson~Litchfield News Volume 22 Number 11 Septembe 23, 2011 20 Pages Two Campbell Grads
Singing in the Tanglewood Festival Chorus
by Doug Robinson “Two Campbell High School
graduates are now singing with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus along with the Boston Pops. Emilia DiCola (class of 2008) and Sarah Evans (class of 2006) were both heavily involved in high school music, and have gone on to terrific success. The Tanglewood Chorus is a highly competitive, auditioned ensemble, and it’s quite remarkable that two young ladies from a relatively small school would both be honored in this way.” Jill Deleault, Campbell High School Chorale Director wrote to the Hudson~Litchfield News. The Tanglewood Festival Chorus
is a chorus which performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and Boston Pops in major choral works. Materials for the Chorus state that, “The Tanglewood Festival Chorus (TFC) was organized in the spring of 1970, when conductor John Oliver became director of vocal and choral activities at the Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of the BSO. Originally formed for performances at the BSO’s summer home at the behest of the BSO’s conductor designate Seiji Ozawa, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus is the official chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra year-round, performing in Boston, New York and Tanglewood.” The full roster includes over 250 singers from around the world who volunteer their time and talents. The chorus performs the vast majority of its concerts from memory, without scores. The chorus is internationally renown. Having graduated from CHS with the class of 2008, Emilia went to Manhattan School of Music to study her craft: voice. Since attending college, she continues to study voice privately
conductors in the world,” DiCola added, “And, we get to sing with the Boston Pops. Who would not like this opportunity to sing?” Sarah Evans continued her education at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Currently, she is attending Boston University pursuing her degree in Music Education. “I want to teach music in a secondary level environment” said Evans. “I wanted to continue to sing
Emilia DiCola will be performing with Music Arts Alive, at the Grace Episcopal Church, 106 Lowell
Street, Manchester, September 25, at 4 p.m. Admission is free.
when I moved back to Boston last year. While I was doing education, I also wanted to sing. I knew about the Boston Symphony, and I was pleasantly surprised that I made it through the auditions. I joined the chorus last fall.” Neither CHS student knew that the other was singing for the prestigious Tanglewood Festival Chorus. While they knew each other and respected each other’s voice in high school, they were two years apart. However, they each knew the other’s name. “I saw Amelia’s name on the
roster,” commented Sarah. “How many Amelia DiCola’s are there in this world? Could this be my classmate, a fellow Cougar, from CHS,” recalled Sarah. Both Amelia and Sarah
as well as balance a full time position with a local marketing firm. “I tried out for Tanglewood last spring,” recalls Emilia. “I found the audition schedule online, and said to myself, ‘why not give it a try.’ The Tanglewood Festival Chorus is made up of an incredible group of singers and we get to sing with the best
believe that there has been “no better experience” than their association with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. “We are singing with the best vocalists in the world accompanied by the best musicians in the world. We are taught by world class conductors. There is no better experience than this.”
“Both are solid musicians,” continued Deleault. “They have worked hard to augment their skills and they are very fine ladies. The Litchfield community should be very proud of their achievements “
St. Mary’s Bank Holds Community Day
by Tom Tollefson St. Mary’s Bank fourth annual Hudson Community Day was held last Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the outdoor bank property. “It’s a way of bringing the community, the members, and the public together,” Jennifer Marsella, St. Mary Advertising/Promotions Coordinator, said. The community day featured a free barbecue, kids games, Lollipop the clown, balloon animals, friendly appearances from members of the Hudson fire and police departments, and live entertainment. “It’s our way of thanking the community for letting us be here,” said Marco Laferriere, business development and retail manager for St. Mary’s Hudson and Nashua locations. The community event was moved by St.
Mary’s bank employees. Financial advisor Jack Crane, provided live entertainment with the Sonic Boomers, a two-man cover band. The duo, including Crane’s band mate Rob Demaris, entertained everyone with their acoustic rock covers of hit songs such as “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day.
“Blending the hobby and work place together is a great way to give back to the Hudson Community,” Crane said. Many of the locals coming out to the weekend event enjoyed the festivities. “They’re having a good time and that’s all that matters to me,” Mike Romano said as he
Wyatt, 4, poses with Lollipop the clown
watched his children play bean bag toss. “It feels pretty good that they (St. Mary’s Bank) care about their members.”
Enterprise, one of St.
Sonic Boomers play at St. Mary Bank’s fourth annual Community Day on Left is Jack Crane and on right is Bob Demaris
Spanish Exchange Students Visit AHS
by Doug Robinson Students and teachers from the Basque Country of Spain recently visited and lived with students of Alvirne High School (AHS) during their recent exchange program. “Twenty Hudson families are once again hosting 20 students and two teachers from the Basque Country of Spain,” writes AHS advisor Nancy Catalio. “They arrived at Logan on the 6th of September and leave on the 19th.” While visiting the students will experience and participate in class activities not only in the “foreign language department but also in Biology, Photo shop, Music, Cooking, Art, and Physical Education.” The 20 students were matched up with
AHS students and were accommodated at the homes of host families. During their visit, the students and
teachers took a trip to Harvard University, tour of Quincy Market, the White Mountains, a whale watch, the beaches and retail outlets along the seacoast, as well as AHS home football game. “Their visited has inspired many of our students to speak the language and there is much excitement in the air! There is nothing we do in the classroom than can possibly matches this “real” experience for these teenagers,” continued Catalio. Next February, 20 Alvirne students will be hosted by families of the Basque Country of Spain, during their exchange trip to Spain.
Spanish students, including their teachers group together for a farewell photo In School Suspensions Keeping Students in the Classroom
by Doug Robinson The results of the in school suspension
program are nothing less than “outstanding” according to school superintendent, Randy Bell. The results were discussed at the September 12 School Board meeting. The Hudson School District has adopted and initiated a program whereby those students who need to be disciplined at a higher level are now disciplined within a special classroom, instead of the traditional method of suspending the child, off school premises.
Superintendent of Hudson Schools,
Randy Bell, stated, “Our schools need to do everything we can to keep kids in school. The suspension program of years ago was not working. Our job is to do everything we can to teach and develop kids. What message are we sending to the children and to their parents when we kick them out of school?”
As a result, school leaders and administrators developed a plan whereby students who would have normally been suspended from school grounds, are now “invited to participate in” the “In School Suspension” program.
Teachers of the suspended student send the required class work to be done to the in-suspension classroom teacher, and the student will be required to do his class work while performing his suspension. “What is great about this program is that students can receive help from a certified teacher while doing their studies,” commented Hudson Memorial School Principal Sue Nadeau. “In the past, kids who were suspended could have received a zero for work not being done, but now, while on in school suspension, kids can receive immediate help.” The Hudson School District provides handbooks to the students who enter into the halls of their school years. These handbooks list the types of offenses and the length of time and in school suspension will last. In school suspensions may last anywhere from 1 day to the maximum of FIVE days.
As outlined by Superintendent Bell, the out of school suspensions results are:
Hudson Memorial School Total Students Total Days Total 10 Days Total over 10 Days Alvirne High School Total Students Total Days Total 10 Days Total over 10 Days
2010-2011 17 81 2 1
206 1086 9
321 4 7
209 844 7
While students who receive in school suspension are isolated from the general student population, they are not isolated from their teachers, or more specifically, the learning process. “They get their work done and they do not fall behind the work required and are able to keep up” continued Nadeau. “We want to keep
kids in our schools and we want them to continue to learn, develop, feel good about themselves, and grow. The in school suspension program has offered us the opportunity to do what we do. Teach. Our teachers are to be commended for really connecting with the kids. They make the difference.”
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