Annual Meeting, featuring Alumni Amanda Smerage

Hamilton-Wenham Friends of the Arts presents HWRHS Alumni Amanda Smerage who'll share how a high school video production class kick-started her successful, creative career.

Where: HW Library, 1st floor meeting room When: Thursday, June 15th, 7:00pm
Free - Open to the public
Light Refreshments will be served

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Amanda Smerage (HWRHS 1998) got her start working in television production under the guidance of Chris Shailor during her senior
year. Taken on a whim, his video production class kick-started a career that has taken her to 4 continents, countless professional sports venues and won her 3 Emmy Awards. Most notably Amanda works for NBC covering both the NHL and The Olympic Games, and for CBS covering the NFL and PGA.

Email with any questions. 

Ukulele Melee

HW FOTA is proud to be a sponsor of the 2017 Ukulele Melee at Cutler School this Saturday June 10th starting at noon.  Please come join in some musical fun. All ages and talent abilities welcome!!!  

$10 for Adults and $5 for Kids ages 8 - 14.  Proceeds go to Ukulele Kids Club, a nonprofit organization that donates ukuleles/the gift of music to kids in nationwide children's hospitals.

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Hope to see YOU there! Spread the word 🎶🎵 🎸

Melody Miles

The weather was perfect for the over 200 runners who ran our road race yesterday.  We had a record number of talented musicians lining the route, a great band entertaining the crowd and lots of wonderful volunteers helping with all the administration.  Thank you to everyone who took part, sponsored us and made the day such a success.

A special thanks to our kind sponsors.  We are so grateful for your support!

Prism Concert

On Wednesday, April 26th, 2016, the twelfth annual Prism concert will take place at the Ferrini Dramatics Center located in the high school.  The concert will start promptly at 8:00 and should last around an hour. 

Much like a prism breaks light into its component parts, tonight’s Prism concert breaks our instrumental music department into its varied components.  The concept for Prism was started in 1975 at the Eastman School of Music as a way to showcase the talents of the individual rather than the entire group.  It was also addressed the three issues usually associated with public concerts.  To whit:

Concerts generally don’t show the individual’s talents.

Concerts can be too long.

The audience can be unintentionally rude by clapping in the wrong place.

Prism deals with all three by having mostly individuals or small groups perform; By keeping the entire concert held to no longer than 60 minutes; And by asking the audience to hold all applause until the very end.

You are cordially invited to attend.  You will see the individual members of the high school performing arts community in a wonderfully intimate and enlightening setting.