Some random musical notes: MICCA this weekend, MAJE outcome and Alum success

Above: Some music out of town and regional music programs this month includes Jazz success and the business launch of an up and coming alumna. (image left from NSMA Facebook page, right from EVAmore website)

March is always a month packed with music for Southborough and Algonquin students. This year, storms have mucked up schedules a bit. But the bands have been playing on.

Earlier this month, Algonquin hosted the MAJE (Mass Assoc of Jazz Educators) Festival. According to Northborough Southborough Music Association, it was a success – despite the storm forced delay.

Congrats to Jazz 1 & Jazz 2 (and their inspirational Directors!) for taking home silver!

The storm schedule changes forced the cancellation of evening concerts planned for Orchestra’s and Ensembles last week. Those were meant to help students prepare for MICCA (the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association Festival). Instead, students played concerts during school.

Trottier Middle School was able to hold its preparatory concerts despite the (faux) snow threat this week. Students from both schools will be performing at MICCA now through Sunday. (Scroll down for that schedule.)

Wednesday’s overblown forecast did cancel another event related to the middle school music program. Author Night with Meredith O’Brien was again postponed. Stay tuned for a new date to hear from the author of Mr. Clark’s Big Band: A Year of Laughter, Tears, and Jazz in a Middle School Band Room.

Speaking of the Trottier Band leader/conductor, Jamie Clark, he shared news with me recently on the success of one of his former students.

Channing Moreland, a Southborough native, is making her mark. She co-founded a digital platform (not surprisingly related to music) and has been winning awards and making headlines. 

Clark wrote:

Channing Moreland
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Channing Moreland (Algonquin Reg. HS graduate-2012 and Southborough native) has been invited to The Music Entrepreneur Conference at Harvard University on April 7 & 8, 2018 as a guest speaker. Ms. Moreland is the co-founder of award winning digital platform, EVAmore, and winner of the 2015 Young Entrepreneur of the Year from the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. She was chosen to participate in the inaugural Project Music Tech Accelerator that is sponsored by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and the Country Music Association.

I first met Channing in 2005 when she was a 6th grader at Trottier Middle School and a member of the school orchestra. Even then you could tell that she was an outlier: someone who would be an innovator, a game-changer. Channing Moreland has achieved great things since moving to Nashville a few short years ago and this is only the beginning of what will be an astonishing career.

You can read more about her success in Forbes:

EVAmore Bets on Digital Marketplace Model to Disrupt Music Booking for Private Events. . .

While attending Belmont University in Nashville, TN, Channing Moreland and Makenzie Stokel discovered that booking a band is a time-consuming, largely manual process that’s especially difficult for hosts who are unfamiliar with how it’s done. So they set out to create an online platform through which private event hosts can quickly and easily hire talented local bands with minimal hassle. (read more)

Now here’s the schedule for this weekend’s MICCA Festival

Friday, March 23
ARHS at Westborough High

  • 4:20 – 4:40 pm – ARHS Mixed Chorus

Saturday, March 24
Trottier and ARHS at Hopkinton High School

  • 8:30am – Trottier 7th & 8th Grade Orchestra 
  • 2:00 – 2:30 pm – ARHS Concert Band
  • 3:00 – 3:30 pm – ARHS String Orchestra
  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm – ARHS Symphonic Band
  • 4:00 pm – Trottier 7th & 8th Grade Band
  • 4:30 – 5:00 pm – ARHS Wind Ensemble
  • 5:30 pm – Awards

Sunday, March 25
ARHS at Westborough High School

  • 1:00 – 1:20 pm – ARHS Concert Choir
  • 2:40 – 3:00 pm – ARHS Camerata

Trottier at King Phillip Regional High School

  • 1:00 pm – Trottier 6th Grade Band
  • 3:00 pm – Trottier 6th Grade Orchestra

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