Edmonds-Woodway High School Music Boosters

April 2024 Newsletter

Dear Music Families and Supporters:

You will notice that we are experimenting with a new format for our monthly newsletter. Instead of one long email, we are trying out a dynamic website page with news snippets and links to further information. Please us the contact form to let us know what you think or if you notice any issues.

Upcoming Events
Selected Recent Events
Boosters Board Openings & Elections
District Budget Challenges & Jen’s New Advocacy Blog

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EWHS Talent Show
4/10, 7pm, EWHS Theatre, $5 at the door
Come support our students showing off their talents and our Mello Aires jazz choir at the same time. This special fundraiser is a fun event for everyone in the family and an opportunity to see friends show up for each other.

Special Engagement: Dawn Clement with EWHS Jazz
4/12/24 at 7:30pm, EWHS Theater, tickets $15 at door

The Edmonds-Woodway Music Boosters are excited to welcome renowned jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer Dawn Clement to the Edmonds-Woodway stage. Ms. Clement will be joined by Michael Glynn on bass and Milo Petersen on drums. The program will also include performances by EWHS Jazz for an unforgettable evening of music and community.

Columbia Basin College Choir Festival
4/18-4/20, departing 1:30pm, Columbia Basin College
Ms. Reese and the choir students will be participating in the CBC Choir Festival in Pasco WA. Best of luck to all!!

EWHS Music Department Masterworks Concert
4/29 at 7:30pm (doors open 7pm), Shorewood High School Theatre, 17300 Fremont Ave N. Shoreline, WA

Please join us for a very special evening at the Shorewood HS Theatre. A few of our EWHS senior students will be interpreting various works ranging from traditional Spanish bullfighting music to notable pieces by Haydn, Stamitz and Bruch. The second half of the concert will be a performance of Faure’s Requiem by members of the EWHS Full Orchestra alongside the EWHS Bel Canto Choir and The Edmonds Community College Chorale. The evening will conclude with a cake reception after the concert.


Time for Three Concert at ECA on 3/15
Diana Ortega, Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, invited EWHS orchestra students to play side by side with well-known performing artists ‘Time For Three’. Students from the EWHS Symphony and Concert Orchestras participated and joined forces with students and staff from the World Youth Orchestra, playing the song “Joy” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-HYvPnkF_Y.

W-ASTA/WWU Orchestra Festival on 3/16
EWHS students recently participated in the W-ASTA/WWU Orchestra Festival in Bellingham on the beautiful WWU campus. Our Full Orchestra won first place in their category and all our groups performed exceptionally well. Thank you also to Mrs. Malacari and her team of chaperones for helping make this a very special outing. Full Orchestra with their FIRST PLACE winning performance. COPYRIGHT NOTICE: This video was taken by the owner EWHS Music Boosters on 3/16/24

DeMiero Vocal Jazz Festival 3/9
Our fabulous Mello-Aires participated in the DeMiero Jazz Festival the weekend of 3/9 and they rocked it!! Ms. Reese also knocked it out of the park with her group Last Call and joint performances with other incredible guest artists on 3/8. Link to MyEdmondsNews article https://myedmondsnews.com/…/edmonds-woodway-meadowdale…/.

Big Band Swing Dance 3/22
The EWHS Swing Dance 2024 on 3/22/24 at the Edmonds Waterfront Center was a blast!! A heartfelt and huge thank you to everyone who made this event such a success, particularly organizer Kristina Jipson. She has graciously agreed to take the lead on this event again next year, so please let us know if you would like to get involved.

Hot Java Cool Jazz 3/29

Participating in the 27th Annual Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz concert at the Paramount was the realization of life-long dream for many of our students. It was such an incredible experience to be part of an event like this, alongside four other top high school jazz bands in Puget Sound, including Mountlake Terrace, Garfield, Roosevelt, and Mount Si. This concert was also a significant fundraising opportunity for all participating schools as 100% of the proceeds are donated back by event sponsor Starbucks. Here is what they had to say about Hot Java and the Value of the Arts. https://stories.starbucks.com/stories/2024/starbucks-hot-java-cool-jazz-is-a-testament-to-the-value-of-the-arts/ (Those are our students in the lead photo).

Executive Board – President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer
Elections will take place in early June. Please submit interest and nominations by May 31. There are also several appointed positions open for the coming school year, such as Communications, Gig Coordinator, Program Liaisons, and many more. More information at https://ewhsmusic.com/boosters/board-and-volunteers/.

It is time to TAKE ACTION. We already know that 5th and 6th grade ensemble music is being looked at for a district wide cut. In a few weeks, each school Principal will develop their staffing plan and courses that will be offered for next year. They will also be given their budget for teaching (called FTE, 1.0 FTE means one full-time equivalent position). This is the time that individual school classes can be cut. You will also learn more from our Boosters President Jennifer Castle through her new Advocacy Blog.