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call the Music Office at NRHS at 744-6006, Ext. 1301.

 
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NRHS WINS MUSIC FESTVAL SWEEPSTAKES AWARDS

The NRHS A Cappella group "Blended Melodies" and the NRHS Jazz Band have been named Sweepstakes winners by Music Showcase Festivals for 2017.  The Sweepstakes award is given by the Music Showcase Festivals organization to the year's highest scoring music groups at each of their festival locations. All five of Newfound's performing ensembles attended one of the Music Showcase Festivals at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson NJ in May.  At the end of the festival season, the Music Showcase Festivals organization determined that of the three festivals that were held at Great Adventure in 2017, that the Newfound Jazz Band and A Cappella Choir were the highest scoring instrumental and choral groups of all three Great Adventure festivals.  The addition of these two awards brings to 13 the number of awards that were presented to Newfound for their performances at the Jackson, NJ festival.  In an email to Mr. Edward Judd, Music Director at NRHS, Ron Simmons, Executive Director of Music Showcase Festivals said " I know your school community, parents, and administration will all be proud of your ensemble's accomplishments. I know you are proud of your students as well"   
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NRHS WINS 11 AWARDS AT NEW JERSEY FESTIVAL

The Newfound Regional High School Band and Chorus returned from their recent spring trip to New Jersey winning a total of 11 awards, a school record.  The students participated in the Music Showcase Festival held in Jackson, NJ.

The Festival, for which students had been raising funds to attend since last fall, featured high school music groups from New Hampshire, Maryland, and New York.  Each group was evaluated in performance by a panel of judges.  The Newfound students were evaluated in the Mixed Choir, Select Choir, a Cappella Choir, Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band categories, and were awarded trophies in each.

The Concert Band performance featured the “March from Symphony #2” by Tchaikovsky, and “Aria and Fugue” by Handel.  The Choir performed “Kyrie” from the Schubert Mass in G, and “Sound the Trumpet” by Purcell.  The NRHS Jazz Band was named “Highest Scoring Instrumental Group” of the Festival, while  the NRHS a cappella group, “Blended Melodies” was named the “Highest Scoring Choral Group”.  NRHS soloists were awarded four of five outstanding soloist awards, including Jillian Buchanan for flute solo, Ethan Pruett for alto sax solo, Jacob Pfister for baritone horn solo, and Josh MacLean for piano solo.    

The students will now focus on end of the year music performances.  The Chorus will perform at the NRHS Baccalaureate Ceremony on June 16, while the Band will perform in the Memorial Day Parade, and NRHS Graduation.

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NRHS MUSIC GROUPS PERFORM IN STATE FESTIVAL;

The Newfound Regional High School Band and Chorus recently participated in the New Hampshire Music Educators Association Large Group Evaluation Festival at Bow HS.  This is an annual festival sponsored by NHMEA that provides adjudication experiences for Bands, Choirs, and Orchestras from across the state. 

The Festival represents the state standard by which music groups are evaluated against.  The groups must prepare three selections to be performed before a panel of judges, followed by a sight-reading performance of music that the groups have never seen before.

The Concert Band performance featured “Aria and Fugue” by Handel, Excepts from “The Firebird” by Stravinsky, and “Aventura” by James Swearingen.  The NRHS Chorus performed “Kyrie Eleison” by Schubert, “On My Own” from “Les Miserables” arranged by Ed Lojeski, and Purcell’s “Sound the Trumpet”.  Both the Band and the Chorus received ratings from the judges of “Proficient”

The students will now focus on end of the year music performances.  The Music Department Spring Concert will be held on May 11 in the NRHS auditorium, while shortly after, the students will travel to Jackson NJ to perform at the Showcase Music Festival.

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SOLO & ENSEMBLE RESULTS

Several musicians from Newfound Regional High School were recently awarded Superior and Excellent ratings at the New Hampshire State Solo and Ensemble Festival.  The annual festival, sponsored by the New Hampshire Music Educators Association, and held this year at the University of New Hampshire, provides for adjudication settings for soloists and small groups.  The NRHS students who received “A” ratings were;  Makayla Pixley, who sang “Many a New Day” from “Oklahoma”;  Deanna Martin, who performed “With You” from “Pippin”;  and Lisa Kato, who sang “Someone Like You” from “Jekyll and Hyde”.

Receiving “B” ratings were:  Rachel Manita”, who sang “On My Own” from “Les Miserables”;  and Madison Martin, who performed “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from “Carousel”.  Violinist, Lisa Kato, earned an “A” rating for her performance of the Mozart Violin Concerto #3;  Other Instrumentalists who were awarded “B” ratings include:  Ethan Pruett, on Alto Saxophone, who performed Schumann’s “Fantasy Piece”;  Justin Shokal and Michael Doan, who played Voxman’s Saxophone Duet #64;  and Kassandra McClay and Melissa Bavis, who performed the Mancinelli Flute Duet #5.

 All of the students performed before a Master Teacher, who evaluated and rated the performances.  

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LISA KATO MAKES ALL-STATE

            A student from Newfound Regional High School has been selected to participate in the 2017 New Hampshire All-State Orchestra. Representing NRHS will be Lisa Kato, a senior who plays violin and also plays string bass with the NRHS Band.  Lisa is an exchange student from Japan, and besides band, she is also a member of the Volleyball team, Chorus, drama, Select Choir, and a cappella group.  In order to be accepted into the orchestra, she had to pass an audition, which was held in November.

            In addition to the All-State Orchestra, Lisa was accepted to the All-State Chamber Festival, and will perform with the Chamber Orchestra in January.

Both the All-State Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra are sponsored by the New Hampshire Music Educators Association. 

 The New Hampshire All-State Music Festival will bring together the best high school musicians in the state to comprise a Band, Chorus Treble Choir, and Orchestra.  The festival concert, which will be part of a three-day conference, will be held on Saturday, April 1, at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. 

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NRHS STUDENTS AT PSU FESTIVAL

Four students from Newfound Regional High School have been selected to participate in the 2016 Plymouth State University All-New England Choral Festival.  The festival, to be held on Thursday, Nov. 3, will feature performances by the PSU Chorale, and the Festival Honors Chorus, consisting of 200 students representing high schools from across New England.  The conductor for the festival is Dr. Dan Perkins, Choral Director at PSU.

            The students chosen to represent NRHS are: Joshua Whitney, a senior who sings bass in the NRHS Chorus; Mason Martin, a sophomore who will represent NRHS as a tenor.  He also sings in the NRHS Chorus, a cappella group and Select Choir, and is also involved in drama; Emma Woodbury, a junior who sings alto in the NRHS Chorus and Select Choir;  and Crystal Conkey, a senior who sings soprano in the NRHS Chorus and Select Choir and is also involved in drama.     

The students were nominated for the festival by NRHS Music Director, Edward Judd.

            The festival concert, which will be held in the Silver Center for the Arts, will begin at 7pm, and is open to the public.  However, seating will be reserved.  Tickets may be obtained by calling the Box Office at 535-ARTS. Anyone wishing further information is also welcome to call the Music Office at NRHS at 744-6006, Ext. 1301.


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PSU Band Festival

Two students from Newfound Regional High School have been selected to participate in the 2016 Plymouth State University All-New England Band Festival.  The festival, to be held on Monday, Nov. 21, will feature performances by a  Concert Band and a Symphonic Band made up of students representing high schools from across New England. 

            Representing NRHS will be Joshua MacLean, a junior who plays Percussion and piano with the NRHS Band and Jazz Band, and Victoria Roman , a junior who plays clarinet with the NRHS Band, and tenor sax with the NRHS Jazz Band. 

They were nominated for the festival by NRHS Music Director, Edward Judd.

            The festival concert, which will be held in the Silver Center for the Arts, will begin at 7pm, and is open to the public.  However, seating will be reserved.  Tickets may be obtained by calling the Box Office at 535-ARTS. Anyone wishing further information is also welcome to call the Music Office at NRHS at 744-6006, Ext. 1301.

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LAKES REGION MUSIC FESTIVAL

The music department of Newfound Regional High School is pleased to announce that 24 students have been selected to participate in the Lakes Region Music Festival, scheduled for January 21 to be hosted this year at Plymouth Regional High School.  The festival is open to the most outstanding band and choral students from throughout the lakes region.  The NRHS students were nominated by their Music Director, Mr. Edward Judd 

The students accepted to the Concert Band are: Jillian Buchanan, Flute;  Molly Croxon, Victoria Roman, Mikayla Royea and Madison Gould, Clarinet;  Matt Libby, Alto Saxophone; Michael Doan, Tenor Saxophone;  James Shokal and Joe Page, Trumpet; Megan Gebhardt, Trombone; Kasey Basford, Tuba;  Josh McLean, Percussion; and Page Dostie  Baritone Horn.  Newfound students in the festival jazz band will be Ethan Pruett, Alto Sax;  and Jakob Beshta, Tenor Sax.  In the festival chorus, Newfound will be represented by Crystal Conkey, Brooke LaBraney, and Lisa Kato, Sopranos; Emma Woodbury, and Madison Martin, Altos; Duncan Farmer and Mason Martin, Tenors; as well as Josh Whitney and Isiah Brisk,  Bass.

 The festival concert is scheduled for 4pm, on Saturday, January 21, at Plymouth Regional High School.


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 YEARBOOK DEDICATED TO MR. JUDD

The Class of 2016 of Newfound Regional High School has dedicated their Yearbook, the 2016 Courier to Mr. Edward Judd, Director of Music at Newfound Regional High School.  In part, the dedication reads "For the past 10 years you have devoted your time and energy into building up our music department.  Your enthusiasm for the arts, your passion for musicianship and the care and concern you show for your students is evident on a daily basis".  Mr. Judd started teaching at Newfound in 2006.
"I'm quite honored" said Mr. Judd about the dedication.  "Newfound is a very special place, and I'm very gratified to be teaching here."
Before coming to Newfound, Mr. Judd taught in Maine for more than two decades, where he was nominated to "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" 4 times.  He has also taught in Connecticut, and was Band Director at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA.



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Calendar of Events                                                  

Sept. 19        -Combined Band - 5th

Sept. 20        -Combined Chorus - 2nd

Sept. 23        -Homecoming Football Game

Sept. 27        -All-State Coaching - 3pm

Sept. 28        -Select Choir - 3:30pm

Sept. 30        -NH Marathon (Morning)

Oct. 4            -All-State Coaching - 3pm

Oct. 5            -Select Choir - 3:30pm

Oct. 11           -All-State Coaching - 3pm

Oct. 12           -Select Choir - 3:30pm

Oct. 14           -ASTA String Festival at UNH

Oct. 17           -Combined Band - 3rd

Oct. 18           -All-State Coaching - 3pm

Oct. 19           -Combined Chorus - 1st                        -                    -Select Choir - 3:30pm


Oct. 21           -Jazz All-State Auditions








For a full calendar of music events, click here.