FA Middle-School Musicians Rising to the Top

photos courtesy of Susan Moffat, Logan Moniz, Baritone Sax (home page) and FA Winter Concert 2018 (above)

This Valentine’s Day, middle school music students from across the Cape and Islands, including six from Falmouth Academy, will gather at Nauset Regional Middle School to rehearse and perform as members of the Cape and Islands Junior All-Cape 125-piece band. Organized by the Cape Cod Music Educators Association, the band is comprised of top middle school musicians selected by their music directors to participate in a day-long workshop.

Representing Falmouth Academy this year are Charlotte Ray '23 on baritone horn, Mateo Darack '23 on tuba, Ethan Pratt '22 on trombone, Katie Goldsmith '22 on tuba, Eric Preisig '23 on clarinet, and Logan Moniz '22 on baritone sax. George Scharr, arts chair and director of music, will serve as one of the six conductors and his piece will be the theme to "Raiders of the Lost Art."

Mr. Scharr says, “the quality of student musicianship this year is at an all-time high.  We are enjoying some very talented upper school players who have been with us since the beginning and to see this young ‘crop’ of middle school players rising to the top is nothing less than inspiring.”

This talented group of young musicians joined the full complement of Falmouth Academy student musicians to inaugurate the Simon Center for the Arts with the first full-student orchestral concert on Friday evening. A highlight of the night was the opening fanfare featuring brass musicians playing from the upper balconies. The concert closed with a Star Wars medley met with a standing ovation from a full house.

Falmouth Academy is an independent co-ed day school that has been educating students from the Cape, Coast, and Islands for over forty years. Remarkable teachers lead an innovative academic program that is enhanced by signature offerings including Arts-Across-the-Curriculum, Science in the Real World, and The Fourth Period with its 40-plus electives. Known for its sense of community, rigorous academics, exceptional art, science, music, and athletics–at Falmouth Academy students can do it all!