Our Lady Star of the Sea Church
Our Lady Star of the Sea Church was filled to capacity on Dec. 13 for the annual Reflections of Peace Concert, sponsored by Hospice of Martha's Vineyard. Photo by Ralph Stewart

Sweet sounds

Posted December 21, 2006

Last week, in three separate concerts, audiences were treated to music from young student musicians to the most accomplished vocalists. The concerts were the All-Island Winter Concert on Dec. 13, the Reflections of Peace Concert also on Dec. 13, and the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School music department concert on Dec. 14.

Music is an important part of the school curriculum. More than 200 students Island-wide in grades four through eight performed a winter concert on Dec. 13 at the regional high school's Performing Arts Center. Music teachers Julie W. Schilling, Ruth Scudere-Chapman, and Zachary Tileston led the various groups. The A Band meets two mornings a week, before school, and includes seventh- and eighth-grade students. In the spring the A Band will compete in a festival.

The B Band is made up of fifth- and sixth-graders, meeting only one day a week at their own schools before getting together for just three rehearsals before the winter concert.

When these young musicians move on to the high school they have an opportunity to play in the concert band, jazz band, or orchestra. The high school concert was last Thursday evening and included choral and instrumental music.

The pews in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church were full on Dec. 13 for the annual Reflections of Peace concert. In this beautiful setting people heard music to soothe the soul. At this time of year, with holiday cheer all around, some people are grieving and need to find peace. The concert is done entirely by volunteers and it benefits Hospice of Martha's Vineyard.