June 16th, 2016
Written Especially for CMS by Award Winning Composer Tyler S. Grant
June 16, 2016, Concord, MA. — This year the Concord Middle School (CMS) Band’s Spring Concert included the premier of two original works, written especially for CMS by composer Tyler S. Grant, a 20-year old, award winning composer/conductor whose work has been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Macy’s Day Parade, and (as of June 9th) Concord-Carlisle Regional High School.
Mr. Grant’s commission was made possible by a grant from the Concord Education Fund (CEF) submitted by band directors Christopher Noce and Paul Halpainy. According to Mr. Halpainy, “We reached out to Tyler to compose two works – one for the 6th grade band and one for the 7th and 8th grade band – that were connected thematically to each other, to Concord’s rich history, and to the student performers coming of age as they progress through middle school.”
The 6th grade band performed the work entitled From the Concord Chronicles, an energetic piece inspired by an historical April morning in Concord that culminated with what Emerson called, “the shot heard round the world.” It purposefully captures many different styles, allowing 6th grade performers to move from a soft, almost ominous opening to a fast, frantic, resounding conclusion.
The 7th and 8th grade band performed Resplendent Light, a moving, lyrical piece inspired by Thoreau’s On Walden Pond and a personal loss suffered by the composer. Begun the day he learned that his grandfather passed away, Grant found it fitting that Resplendent Light premiered on what would have been his grandfather’s 80th birthday. Introducing the piece, Mr. Grant went on to note, “One of the reasons that I support music education as much as I do is for its social value. It’s an activity that allows young musicians to come together and experience some joy in a world that really needs it.”
Prior to the concert, Grant worked directly with the students to fine-tune their interpretation of each piece before conducting them through the premier performances. He concluded his remarks at the concert by complimenting the students, the band directors and especially the Concord parent community for its enthusiastic support of music education. According to Grant, “The commissioning of two original pieces in one year is rare, but that both were commissioned by a middle school is extraordinary.”
June 15th, 2016
June 16, 2016, Concord, MA. — The Concord Education Fund, (CEF), an independent organization supporting the pursuit of excellence in the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School, has announced grant recipients for 2016-2017.
This year saw a record number of grant applications originating from every Concord public school and Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS), with funding being awarded to grants that will benefit students at every age level and in a variety of academic areas. Highlights include:
- Challenge Kits from the Museum of Science to complement elementary school work in units focusing on Earth & Space and Earth Science & Engineering
- New Audiobooks and Interactive eBooks to support young ELL and SPED students
- Mindfulness practices currently introduced and developed in elementary school extended to middle school
- Tablets and online resources to help CMS students master Chinese characters
- Sophisticated camera and sound equipment to support a new CCHS course in advanced filmmaking
- A STEM Weather Balloon able to report weather data, video, and GPS coordinates from the stratosphere!
- Equipment required for the establishment of a new Percussion Ensemble that will provide students across both CPS and CCRSD with a unique opportunity to perform
According to CEF co-president Judy Vaughn, “This year we had the luxury to fund 17 grants due entirely to the generosity of our contributors. We’re very grateful for the donations we receive from both individual families, as well as corporate and foundation partners. By supporting the Ed Fund, they know they are supporting the incredible commitment and creativity of our teachers clearly evident in this year’s grant cycle. Fellow co-president Tracey Marano added, “It’s always rewarding to help our teachers to realize their visions. We encourage all CPS and CCHS educators to learn more about our grant criteria and work with us to transform their ideas into reality.”
December 15th, 2015
On Saturday, November 21, the Concord Ed Fund (CEF) hosted its annual gala event at Nashawtuc Country club, the evening’s theme was “Mission Possible.”
The CEF is a nonprofit independent organization made up of parents that avidly supports the pursuit of excellence in our schools. The CEF funds grants for new teaching initiatives, programs, and curricula that are beyond the scope of the public school budget. Since it’s inception in 1994, the CEF has invested more than $2.5 million in approximately 200 grants for the Concord Elementary and Middle schools and the Concord-Carlisle High School.
At Saturday’s gala, approximately 300 spy-themed attendees enjoyed a great evening with cocktails, dinner, dancing and a casino. The silent and online auctions raised funds for the upcoming grant cycle. Auction items included vacation stays, unique opportunities from area donors, and one-of-a-kind items like a WBZ TV News experience with anchor Kate Merrill, a set of lockers form the old Concord-Carlisle High School, tickets to see American Idol, a chef’s tasting at Bondir, and a flight in a WWII-vintage bomber. CEF’s title sponsor, Cambridge Savings Bank provided volunteers to assist with the event, and presented their annual Title Sponsorship donation, which this year was $10,500.
For more information, please visit www.concordedfund.org.
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