Conservatory Program Hosts Master ClassThe Rivers’ Conservatory Program welcomed master saxophonist Dave Liebman for the first Conservatory Program master class of the year. Mr. Liebman, who has performed with renowned jazz artists Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, and Chick Corea to name a few, gave an outstanding master class to all of the Upper School and Middle School Conservatory Program students. Michael Manasseh ’19 and Henry Lewis ’20 performed with Mr. Liebman along with RSC faculty bassist Sean Farias.
Summertime and There’s Plenty of MusicThis summer, Rivers’ jazz students have been attending a variety of summer jazz camps to advance their musical skills. Close to home, Calvin Carswell ’21, Kevin Kamanitz ’21, Calvin Smith ’21, and Jack Willard ’24, are all enrolled in the Rivers School Conservatory’s Summer Jazz Program, along with new Conservatory Program students, Frank Kasparian Weisman ’22 and Ethan Kasparian Weisman ’24. They’ve all enjoyed the mentoring of Rivers alumnus John Nydam ’15, a rising junior at Princeton University, who is majoring in music with certificates (minors) in jazz studies and computer science.
Spring Awards for Ensembles & SoloistsFifteen classical musicians from the Rivers School participated in the recent MICCA (Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association) statewide solo and ensemble festival on Saturday, April 28th at Concord Carlisle High School. The Middle School trio, Upper School trio, vocal ensemble, and two soloists all came away with gold “superior” ratings, and one soloist received a silver rating. In addition, three of the gold rated entries were recommended for the prestigious Honors Concert, which showcases the top performances from the day.
Big Bands Win MAJE MedalsRivers’ Honors Big Band and Big Band both competed at the MAJE Senior District Competition on Wednesday, February 28 with great success. The Honors Big Band won a Gold Medal, while the Big Band (new this year and competing for the first time) won a Bronze Medal.
In addition to finishing first, Honors Big Band members Joe Nedder ’18, trombone; Michael Manasseh ’19, drums; and Henry Lewis ’20 received outstanding musicianship awards. Joe Nedder was also named the MVP for the entire festival, which is sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Jazz Educators.