2017

  • Boston Playwright’s Workshop – $500
  • Ukulele Melee - Cutler String Jam  – $400

2016

  • Digital camera – $2039
  • Walkie Talkies for theatre  – $120
  • Elementary Band/Vocal – Student activity support  – $770
  • Montserrat Scholarship – $1375
  • Elementary Chorus candles – $138
  • MRMS choir folders (printing) – $46
  • HS Musical pit orchestra – $1000
  • MRMS Guitars – $575
  • Boston Playwrights Workshop – $500
  • Hearts and Flowers desserts – $86
  • Elementary Ukulele Melee – $400

2015

  • Boston Playwright’s Theatre $500
  • Montserrat College of Art Summer Program $1250
  •  West Music – drums, Buker $1219 (in partnership with Sonia Pryor)
  •  Piano Repair $2300
  •  Elementary Band/Vocal – Student Activity Support $630
  •  Remembering Jennifer Maio $100
  • HS Musical – Pit Orchestra $1,000

Sonja Pryor Music Fund

In 1992, Sonja (Sonny) Prior retired as head of the music department for the HWRSD.  Many parents were grateful to her for the wonderful experiences in music she provided the children, and Alton Klebe, Dorie and Bryant Barnard started the Sonja Pryor Fund to commemorate her work and to continue to support music in the HWRSD.

The fund was first administered through the group Pro Musica, which then became the Friends of Fine Arts, and is now the Friends of the Arts.  FOTA is careful to fund only requests from music departments from the Sonja Pryor fund.  Grants are awarded once each year in the spring and can be used to help support music at any level in the schools.  Following is a listing of grant funded from this charitable resource.   

  • 2016 – Elementary Ukulele Melee – $400, Vivaldi musicians for concert performance – $150, MRMS choir folders – $450
  • 2015 – West Music – drums, Buker $1219 (in partnership with FOTA)
  • 2014 – Lobby Stanchions to be used for Performances – $830.25
  • 2013 – Band Parade Banner – $880
  • 2011/2012 – Ferrini Grand Piano Restoration – $1,490
  • 2010 – Yamaha Clavinova Digital Piano Repair – $545
  • 2007/2008 –  Middle School Music Stands – $1,592
  • 2006 – Casio PX110 Digital Piano – $578
  • 2005 – Chimes – $439
  • 2004 – Marimba – $600

FOTA is pleased to be able to offer financial support for projects and purchases that are not funded by the school budget. Visual art, theater, and music educators who teach at any of the schools in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District are invited to submit grant proposals, using the downloadable form below. FOTA considers grant proposals throughout the year.

Click here to download the FOTA grant proposal form (PDF).

Grants & Support of Student Activities