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      New England Music Festival Association, Inc.              June  2019                 Volume LXXXIII,  No. 3         

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NEMFA Officers 2019-20
President's Message
Secretary's Report
Future Concert Festival Dates
Chorus Manager
2020 Chorus Conductor
Orchestra Manager
2020 Orchestra Conductor
Band Manager
2020 Band Conductor
Lowell Mason House Project
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Hanover High School
41 Lebanon Street
Hanover, NH 03755


Bennington, VT 05201

Lewis S. Mills High School
24 Lyon Road
Burlington, CT 06013

Past President
Somers, CT (H e-Mail)

Executive Secretary-Treasurer
23 West Clinton Avenue
PO Box 755
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557-0755
413.478.7030 (O) (H e-Mail)

Recording Secretary
Gilford High School
88 Alvah Wilson Road
Gilford, NH 03249
603.524.7135 (O e-mail)

Solo & Ensemble Festival Co-Coordinator / Adjudicators
White River Junction, VT
603.398.2091(O) (O e-Mail)

Solo & Ensemble Festival Co-Coordinator / Online Registration, Website Manager
Williston, VT
802.343.6282 (O) (S&E e-Mail)

Burlington, VT
802.734.2871 (H) (H e-Mail)

Band Manager
Hartford High School
White River Junction, VT
802.295.8610, x.2536(O) (O e-Mail)

Chorus Manager
Fair Haven Union High School
33 Mechanic Street
Fair Haven, VT 05743
802.265.4966 (O) (O e-Mail)

Orchestra Manager
Brien McMahon High School
300 Highland Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
203.852.9488 (O) (O e-Mail)

Membership Services Chair
Cheshire Public Schools
525 South Main Street,
Cheshire, CT 06410
203.250.2534 (O)
203.250.2563 (O Fax) (O e-Mail) (H e-Mail))

Dean of Students
Danielson, CT

Social Media Chair
Valley Regional High School
Deep River, CT

Bulletin Editor, Archivist
PO Box 102,
Templeton, MA 01468
617.529-9402 (H) (H e-Mail)

NEMFA Calendar 2019-2020

October 1, 2019 - Solo and Ensemble Applications Open
October 25, 2019 - Solo and Ensemble Application Deadline
October 28, 2019 - Solo and Ensemble Postmark Deadline 
December 7, 2019 - Solo/Ensemble Festival (North) - Hartford High School,              White River Jct., VT 
December 13, 2019 - 7:30pm, NEMFA Executive Board Meeting - Griswold, CT
December 14, 2019 - Solo and Ensemble Festival (South) - Griswold High School,    
     Griswold, CT  
January 17, 2020 - Concert Festival Acceptance Deadline 
March 19-21, 2020 - 93rd Concert Festival, Hanover High School, Hanover, NH
June 6, 2020 - Executive Board Meeting, 10:00am, Holiday Inn Express,Brattleboro,VT 
President's Message -
Marjorie Rooen
June, 2019 
Dear Membership,

I hope everyone is enjoying their Summer and getting refreshed for the coming school year. This year's Concert Festival at The Woodstock Academy was one of the best Concert Festivals ever. Thanks goes to our hosts Lauren Churchill, Amy Ranta and their crew of parents, students and administration. Thanks also goes to our students who were well prepared and focused throughout the festival. Thank you to our directors and sponsors who make this festival possible and who work with your students to get them to the New England level of performance.
It is my pleasure to announce we will be in Hanover, New Hampshire for the 2020 New England Concert Festival on March 19th, 20th and 21st. Our hosts Jennifer Chambers and Hannah Rommer have been working to get things ready for a smooth festival and make it New England Awesome! Rehearsals will be at Hanover High School and the performances will be in Spaulding Auditorium at Dartmouth College on Saturday March 21st, 2020.
We will be working on a new website for NEMFA which should be done in September 2019. I look forward to seeing you at our Solo and Ensemble Festival in December.
Musically Yours,
Marjorie Rooen  

New England Music Festival Association President
(802) 442-6024

Secretary's Report - Lyvie Beyrent
New England Music Festival Association
Executive Board Meeting
The Woodstock Academy
Friday, March 22, 2019

Attendance: Lyvie Beyrent, Marj, Lauren Churchill, Kevin Lam, Tom Reynolds, Danielle Conerty, Bill Sittard, Scott Benson, John Deeb, Frank Whitcomb, Rob Gattie, Amy Ranta, Steffen Parker, Eddie Wilkins, John Kuhner, Pam Rodgers

1. Call to Order at 10:07am
2. Roll Call
3. Association Member Comments - Marj said festival is going well and thanked hosts.
4. Minutes December 8, 2018 - Voted online, submitted by Steffen
5. Board Member Reports:
a. Executive Secretary/Treasurer - Bill Sittard - In good shape, declining numbers will affect us in the future. Steffen Parker motioned to accepted, John Deeb seconded.
b. Past President - Sal Cicciarella (unable to attend) -
c. President Elect - John Deeb - Thanks to Lauren and Amy for a great festival so far.
d. Bulletin - Tom Reynolds - Asked for input on format, people liked it
e. Solo & Ensemble Festival - Steffen Parker & Rob Gattie -
f. Solo & Ensemble Performance Selection process - Steffen Parker - 2018 (41% 59%) 2017 ( ) - Discussion on doing calculation of solos vs. ensembles based on repeating students. Tom made a motion to move to type duplicates. Rob seconded. Discussion. All in favor.
Steffen said there was a tie for the scholarship, 3 students will each get $500. 2 for CT 1 from NH.
g. Member Services/Background Checks- John Kuhner - Would like Steffen to send link out for survey to director and students.
h. Librarian - Frank Whitcomb - Refiled the library, choral library was not boxed, is now. Noticed that 6 pieces were missing, but were tracked down. Any member can borrow, just pay for shipping costs.
i. Dean of Students - Pam - Choir kid had a stomach problem after dinner, band kid had headache, otherwise good.
j. Chorus Manager - Eddie Wilkins - Choir sounds very well, so well they are thinking about adding a piece. 226 rehearings, 12 for mediation (mostly alto 2), 3 not show up for remediation. Discussion about ordering the choir piece and making sure the order sheet was in for the legal part of it.
k. Orchestra Manager - Scott Benson - Going well. Recommends we invite conductor back in the future. Has received contract for next year's conductor and agreement for 2021 conductor. Some instruments need a bigger pool to choose from. Had to hire subs for some instruments.
l. Band Manager - Danielle Conerty - Parts were prepared, just not the rests. Doing a lot of various rehearsal techniques, switching into stage space this afternoon to help with sound. Beth Peterson is next year's conductor, Matt Westgate possible for 2021. Echoed about getting more kids to audition for greater pool of numbers.
m. Festival Hosts - Amy Ranta & Lauren Churchill - Going well. Director help with choir students tomorrow while they wait for their concert in the gym during downtime. Still figuring out where to put choir for sectionals.
Social Media - Going well, stuff is happening on Facebook and Instagram. Discussion on Live Stream.  John said the issue is that YouTube scans and will prompt user to erase it.
6. Past President Meeting Report - Strong parent member groups, need more teachers and more people to step up into roles.
7. President's Report - Marjorie Rooen - Rob makes motion to correction as 2 board members from web and bulletin. Tom seconded. All in favor.
a. Vote by the membership with the new By Laws and Constitution -
1. Issues raised during the Directors Forum -
b. Clarification of the soloists/ensemble choice for the concert - See above
c. Email scams - Using Marj name, but different email. Keep ignoring.
d. Focus for the future - Partnerships and corporate sponsorships. Discussion on advertising in All-State Programs so kids would see it. Discussion on sending a rep to All-State Conferences and setting up a booth for students to see, or doing clinic at conferences sponsored by NEMFA. Discussion on having collegiate kids coming to observe and help with sectionals.
8. Unfinished Business
a. Appendix for managers and hosts from the By Laws and Constitution
- Danielle was working on the Ensemble Manager's Handbook and
there was to be a host handbook. Updating it as they go, nothing online. Steffen is doing host handbook.
b. June meeting date.
c. Vocal selection process percentages change discussion - Steffen
Parker from the Directors Forum last year.
d. Instrumental ensembles - short lists no more than four players
9. New Business
a. Host for 2020 Concert Festival update Hanover NH - Paperwork/letter hasn't been received yet, still working on the space. Conflict with ACDA in 2021 and 2023, should we ask the membership?
b. Don Hermance donations/dedication - Offering a scholarship in his name.
c. Burton Cowgill Scholarships
10. Future Dates
a. Executive Board Meeting; June ?, 2019. In Brattleboro, VT at the
Holiday Inn Express, 100 Chickering Drive. - Lyvie makes motion to have meeting June 8th, Tom seconded.  All in favor
b. Future Concert Festival Dates:
2020 Concert Festival; March 19-21
2021 Concert Festival; March 11-13
2022 Concert Festival; March 17-19
2023 Concert Festival; March 16-18
11. Any other business that could not be brought to the President before the
setting of this agenda?
Bill would like to propose to life membership to Bob Fraser. Tom makes a motion to accept. John Deeb seconds.  All in favor.
12. NEMFA Executive Board Comments - Discussion about all member meeting and dinner.
13. Adjournment! - Marj makes a motion to adjourn at 11:46, Lyvie seconds.

                                                                     Respectfully submitted,
                                                           Lyvie Beyrent

                                                                       Recording Secretary

Future NEMFA Concert Festival Dates
     March 19-21, 2020 - Hanover High School, Hanover, 
     March 11-13, 2021
     March 17-19, 2022
     March 16-18, 2023
Be sure to mark these dates into your calendars. We are always in need of host schools for our concert festivals. If you have never hosted a NEMFA Concert Festival at your school, please consider doing so. It is a very rewarding experience for any school to be a host, and most every NEMFA Concert Festival has had a positive effect on the host school's music program for a long time after the festival is over. It is also a great way to raise funds for your local school program. Please contact President Marjorie Rooen if you have any further questions about hosting a NEMFA Concert Festival.   
  2020 NEMFA Chorus Manager
Eddie Wilkin
   Chorus Program  
   for Concert Festival 2020
   Alleluia - Jake Narverud
   Awake the Trumpets Lofty Sound -  
   G F Handel
   Wandrers Nachlied - Blake Wilson  
   Rise Up (Women) - Jake Runnestad
   Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel (Men) -  
   Ryan Main
   O, What a Beautiful City - Shawn Kirchner
Dear Colleagues and Friends, 

I hope this letter finds each and every one of you well at the end of the school year! It is a time for rest, a time for celebration, and time for reflection. It is essential for us to reflect on the NEW ENGLAND AWESOMEness that was of last years entire festival because last year was an incredible New England Festival and it was all in part to your incredible students and preparation as the educators.
Thank you for all that you do for all of our excellent students and communities. What you do in the classroom is life-changing for so many of our students all across New England! Thank you. There is a bigger picture of what we do as music educators, and it is easy to lose that picture amid the bureaucracy and challenge. I hope each and every one of you had a very successful year.
I will be reaching out to many of you in regards to helping me with the new job. Please contact me if you would like to help me this year as part of the Chorus Committee, On-site Hearing, etc. (email:
Our conductor for the 2020 concert festival is Dr. Cory Ganschow, Director of Choral Activities from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
As an active conductor and choral scholar she has chosen a program that highlights her cornerstone as a musician by highlighting both the Soprano and Altos, and Tenors and Bass sections by selecting an SSAA and TTBB piece for the concert festival. The music chosen for the program provides challenging and educating musical selections. Please refer to the list below. Dr. Ganschow is looking forward to working with your students and our wonderful organization.
I hope all is well! 
Keep Smiling, 
Eddie Wilkin  

Conductor, pianist, and singer Eddie Wilkin encourages all to find their artistic voice through music. He comes to this philosophy from past experiences at home, in school, and through his recent musical activities.

Eddie studied Music Education at Castleton University (formerly Castleton State College), located in Castleton, Vermont. As a result of the opportunities he had with the ensembles under the supervision of Sherrill Blodget and Glenn Giles, he realized that he wanted to pursue conducting. After graduating with a Bachelors degree of Music in Music Education, he went on to pursue a Masters degree in Choral and Orchestral Conducting from the University of Rhode Island where he studied with Mark Conley, Ann Danis, Gene Pollart and Brian Cardany. Currently, he is finishing up at Castleton University for a second Masters in Music Education with a focus on The Community Choral experience and warm-ups designed for the aging singer. He has also accepted admission to the Doctorate of Education program at the University of New England to study Transformational Leadership.

During his undergraduate and graduate career Eddie has been an active conductor of large choral and instrumental groups such as Concert Choirs, Chamber Ensembles, Symphony Orchestras, Wind Ensembles, as well as Chamber Strings.

Currently, he is the Director of Choral Activities at Fair Haven Union High School, in Fair Haven Vermont. He is also the Artistic Director and founder of The Slate Valley Singers (a community chorus), the Conductor for the Rutland City Band, and at the Union Church of Proctor in Proctor, Vermont. Previous conducting appointments have been with Lakes Region Youth Orchestra, Grace Church in Rutland Vermont, and as a guest with The Philharmonic Orchestra "Mihail Jora" of Bacau, Romania. Professional appointments include President of the Green Mountain Music District, VT-ACDA Student Activities Chair, and the NEMFA- Choral Manager.

Eddie thoroughly enjoys working with all ages of vocal and instrumental ensembles with varied sizes and experience levels.

For more information:

  2020 NEMFA Chorus Conductor
Dr. Cory Ganschow

Dr. Cory Ganschow is currently Director of Choral Activities at Bradley University. She is extremely active as an adjudicator and clinician for honor choirs across the country including All-State, All-Region, and All-District Choirs. Prior to teaching at Bradley, Ganschow was Coordinator of Music Education and Associate Director of Choral Activities at Western Connecticut State University. She has taught choir in the Texas and Illinois public schools, continues to sing professionally, and is a published researcher and presenter in the areas of choral sound, rehearsal approaches, and engagement.
Her life's work emerged from experiencing a moment of sound so profound that her core-beliefs about choral singing were transformed. That transformation lead to her infinite search for how to not only re-create that sound for her students to experience, but how to teach others to re-create that sound and experience for their students: a search that lead to the discovery that choral sound is more than a combination of perfected musical, acoustical, and technical elements. The greatest contribution to a choir's sound is its unified intention to create a moment that will change the human spirit. And so, Ganschow's mission continues as she works to define the exact phenomena that craft those moments, because, in the end, that change in the human spirit is the legacy left behind.
She holds a  Ph.D. in Choral Music Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, a  MME  from Illinois State University and a  BME  from Millikin University where she studied conducting with Dr. Brad Holmes.
  2019 NEMFA Orchestra Manager -
Scott Benson
Dear Colleagues,

The 2019 NEMFA Orchestra performed a stunning concert in March at the 92nd Concert Festival in Woodstock, CT. Under the direction of Dr. Kathleen Horvath, they presented an exciting program featuring bravura playing across all sections. She taught the students basic conducting techniques to help them understand rhythmic challenges, led them in numerous stretching exercises to reduce injury and fatigue from long rehearsals, and even gave the festival chorus a run for their money by having them sing their parts! A wise person once told me always to listen with the intent to steal (an axiom I have, naturally, stolen), and so I'd like to pass on a few insights Dr. Horvath shared with the ensemble:
  • "The most powerful part of a musician is between the ears. Sometimes we rely too much on muscle memory."
  • "Live music is, by its very nature, imprecise. You don't lose your confidence, you don't lose your heart...things are going to happen, and it's alright!"
  • (talking about high, exposed parts) "You have to accept that there is a degree of risk in going for it. Not an unnecessary risk, but an edge-of-your-seat excitement."
  • "You only have to practice on the days you eat!"
The amount of growth shown by the students in the short time from the first rehearsal to the final concert is always amazing, and this year was no exception. Thank you to the host site directors, students, and families; all of them were tremendously accommodating throughout the process, and were eager to help whenever asked. Thanks as well to all the directors who assisted by running sectionals, filling in on parts, getting the students there in the first place, and all the other tasks large and small that are involved in creating such an outstanding experience for our musicians.
The upcoming 2020 festival will be under the baton of Mr. Allen Tinkham, whose biography is below. As the director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Composers Orchestra, he is a champion of new music. He has won the ASCAP National Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music nine times, and leads Chicago's only professional orchestra performing exclusively the works of living composers. Chicago area music critics have recognized him not only as an outstanding conductor, but also as an excellent educator; he brings a unique set of skills and knowledge to the NEMFA stage, and I eagerly anticipate the work he does with our students.
It is never too early to start thinking ahead for a performance, and to this end, I am pleased to announce the program for next year's festival. The concert opens with "The Machine Awakes," an electro-acoustic composition written by Steven Bryant in 2013. Working with electronics is a new technique for the NEMFA orchestra, and fits with the conductor's reputation for "Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music." The largest work on the program is the first movement of the "Symphony No. 1 in E Minor" by Florence Price. Price is a composer who is likely to be unfamiliar to many students and directors; according to Tinkham, she is noted as the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra. The symphony we will perform comes from 1932; while it definitely contains echoes of Dvorak's "New World Symphony," it is in no way derivative, creating a sonic world uniquely its own. The closing piece on the program is Franz von Suppé's "Light Cavalry Overture." Although the operetta for which it was written is rarely performed, this 1866 overture contains many familiar melodies and may be Suppé's best-known work.
What a program! Covering a variety of time periods and styles, there are exquisite moments for every section of the orchestra, and numerous solo opportunities throughout the ensemble. I hope you will share this repertoire with your students, and get them excited about taking part. As you make your way through the various pompous and circumstantial events of the concluding school year, I hope there is some time on the horizon to rest from the breakneck pace of the rest of the year! Best wishes to all, and if you have any comments, questions, complaints, or suggestions regarding the NEMFA orchestra, please do not hesitate to be in touch.


Scott Benson

NEMFA Orchestra Manager
Director of Orchestras, Brien McMahon High School
Norwalk, CT

  2020 NEMFA Orchestra Conductor -
Allen Tinkham
Allen Tinkham is increasingly recognized as one of the most inspiring and exciting conductors and teachers of his generation. He is hailed by the Chicago Tribune as both a conductor and teacher, described as working "wonders" conducting with "uncanny control" and as one of Chicago's most important "educators, mentors and inspirational guides in the training of tomorrow's orchestral professionals."
As the Music Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO), Tinkham oversees artistic programming and faculty and leads the Symphony Orchestra each season including appearances at Orchestra Hall in Symphony Center and Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. Tinkham led the orchestra in its Carnegie Hall debut, first live broadcast, first recording release, and six international tours on four continents.
Since Tinkham joined CYSO, programs have tripled and the budget has doubled. CYSO's Symphony Orchestra is regularly broadcast by WFMT and has received numerous Illinois Council of Orchestras Youth Orchestra of the Year and Programming of the Year awards. The orchestra is internationally acclaimed as "one of the country's most famous youth outfits." (Muso Magazine) John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune said of their recent performance of Varèse's Amériques, the first ever by an American youth orchestra, "The performance would have done credit to an adult professional orchestra."
As an advocate and champion of contemporary music, Tinkham has won nine American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers National Awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music (ASCAP). Tinkham is also the Music Director of the Chicago Composers Orchestra, Chicago's only professional orchestra performing exclusively the works of living composers.
In high demand as a guest conductor and educator, Tinkham has conducted summer festivals and NAfME All-State Orchestras throughout the U.S. including the All-Eastern and All-Northwest Orchestras. He was the Assistant Conductor for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's holiday concerts for six seasons, and he has guest conducted the Colorado Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and the Members of Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Tinkham attended the Eastman School of Music, University of Michigan School of Music, and American Academy of Conducting of the Aspen Music Festival. He was invited to the 14th International Nicolai Malko Competition and the 4th International Conductors Competition Sir Georg Solti and is a laureate of the League of American Orchestras Bruno Walter Conductor Preview.
Tinkham began his career as Apprentice Conductor at the Oregon Symphony and before the end of his apprenticeship was appointed Music Director of CYSO-the youngest to win the post in its history.
  2020 NEMFA Band Manager
Danielle Conerty
 Dear Colleagues,

Greetings and happy June! Summer is nearly upon us and another New England Music Festival is in the books. The 2019 NEMFA Concert Festival was a huge success. Thank you to our host school, The Woodstock Academy, our amazing hosts, Lauren Churchill and Amy Ranta, and the crew of Woodstock Academy students, parents, and host families who helped to make this year's festival run without a hitch. The 2019 NEMFA Concert Band put on a wonderful performance under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner of the Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. The band played a variety of literature: Symbiopholie! by Jonathan Dagenais, Nurture by Edward Fairlie, American Guernica by Adolphus Hailstork, and Alleluia, Laudemus Te by Alfred Reed. Bravo to the 2019 NEMFA Band!

Now we will look ahead to the 2020 NEMFA Concert Festival: we are excited to be back up "north" in Hanover, NH this coming year! The band will be conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Peterson, Associate Director of Bands and Clinical Professor of Music at the University of Illinois. Prior to Illinois, Dr. Peterson was a tenured professor of music education at the Ithaca College School of Music. She spent 17 years at Ithaca College directing numerous ensembles and teaching a variety of music education courses. Her current research focus is the experience of first-year music teachers. Dr. Peterson has selected a wonderful program for the 2020 NEMFA Concert Band: His Honor March by Henry Fillmore, Dum Spiro Spero by Chris Pilsner, Symphony of Fables, Movements 1 and 3 by Julie Giroux, and Dance of the Jesters by Peter Tchaikovsky/arr. Ray Cramer. Please encourage any student musicians that you know to perform in the New England Solo and Ensemble Festival in order to be eligible for the New England Concert Festival Band. This is not an opportunity to miss with an amazing conductor and wonderful repertoire!

It was a pleasure to serve as the NEMFA Band Manager this past year and I look forward to continuing in this role. I wish you all a great summer and I hope to see you all at the 2019 NEMFA Solo and Ensemble Festival in December!


Danielle Conerty 
NEMFA Band Manager

NEMFA Band Manager
Band Director, Hartford High School  
White River Jct., Vermont.   
  2020 NEMFA Band Conductor
Dr. Elizabeth Peterson
Dr. Elizabeth Peterson, clinical professor of music, and associate director of bands, joined the Illinois faculty in the fall of 2015. She conducts the Illinois Wind Orchestra, serves as the placement coordinator for student teachers, and teaches courses in instrumental conducting. Prior to her appointment at the University of Illinois, Dr. Peterson was a tenured professor of music education at the Ithaca College School of Music. During the seventeen years she spent at Ithaca College, she conducted numerous ensembles including the Symphonic Band, Brass Choir and All-Campus Band. She taught courses in conducting, undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, and supervised student teachers. Dr. Peterson was the co-conductor of the Ithaca Concert Band (community band) for fifteen years. Her current research focuses on the experiences of first-year teachers.

Dr. Peterson is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and school music consultant in the United States and Canada. She presents clinics at the local, state and national levels in the field of music education. Dr. Peterson's two books,  The  Music Teachers First Year: Tales of Challenge Joy and Triumph,  and  The Music Teacher's Later Years: Reflection with Wisdom  are both published by Meredith Music.

Dr. Peterson received a Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Literature, Science and Arts degree from the University of Michigan where she studied trumpet with Armando Ghitalla. She received a Master of Music in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from Northwestern University, where she studied trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz, and performed in the North Shore Community Band under the direction of John P. Paynter. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory.

Prior to her appointment at Ithaca College, Dr. Peterson was an arts administrator and director of bands in the public schools of Ohio and Illinois. She holds a number of professional memberships including the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Dr. Peterson is a member of the American Bandmasters Association and the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors.

Lowell Mason House Project
by Thomas E. Reynolds
June, 2019

The Lowell Mason House is making a significant amount of progress. We are holding a full day retreat in Medfield, MA this summer with cultural stakeholders in the community as we brainstorm the actual use for the house and begin to develop the master plan for the interior of the house. We are at the point of bringing utilities into the house now including electricity, water, gas, and HVAC. We are planning to work with a consultant from Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts to help us with plans for floors, ceilings, plaster work, trim, and interior fixtures.  
Construction work continues to progress. The first phase of construction that has been completed included the installation of new steel girder support beams, a new basement floor and windows in it, and a new roof. Upgrades to all windows and doors have been installed. New siding around the entire exterior of the house is now completed. The exterior phase recently completed is the painting the exterior of the house a grey color with cream trim and red doors.   
The Lowell Mason House has raised over $375,000.00 now towards the necessary $500,000.00 to complete the restoration of the house, to turn it into a museum and a meeting place. We are grateful to the 15 music educators associations around the United States that have made contributions towards its restoration, including the New England Music Festival Association. The NEMFA Executive Board recently voted to sponsor a window installation at the house, and this donation helped the Lowell Mason House meet a $25,000.00 Challenge Match that a local anonymous resident made, essentially doubling the amount of money that we raised in the last two months.  
The mission of the Lowell Mason House is to preserve, restore, and promote Lowell Mason's birthplace as a significant historical and educational resource.
  • Partnering with local arts organizations by providing office and meeting space to support the arts and the importance of arts education in our schools
  • Building an up-to-date rehearsal and performance space which will include music technology and recording facilities
  • Restoring and preserving the house to include a Lowell Mason museum
All cultivated within the home of the Father of Music Education, and fueled by a living endowment, fulfilling Lowell Mason's dream that "Children must be taught music as they are taught to read."
Thank you so much for your interest and support in this project. As you can see, we are making great progress towards the full restoration of the house. Donations are always welcomed and we can now see the house moving closer to completion. Thank you for considering making a tax-deductible donation today. Please make checks payable to: The Lowell Mason House, P. O. Box 913 Medfield, MA 02052. Your contribution is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution to the extent provided by U.S. tax law. ·
- Thomas E. Reynolds

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Hope that you had a great school year!


Thomas Reynolds

New England Music Festival Association, Inc.