About Us

NHS Friends of Music, Inc. (FOM) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in Needham, Massachusetts.  Our financial support includes educational scholarships and awards to seniors, grants for students, travel assistance to music program opportunities, and funds for uniforms and tuxedos. Our volunteer efforts vary from organizing fundraisers, to hosting annual social events for the entire NHS music community, to providing pizza for students before performances and baked goods for families after concerts.

We work closely with the faculty in the Fine and Performing Arts Department of the Needham Public School to provide the needed support required by Symphonic, Concert and Marching Bands, Color Guard, Chorus, String Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Chorale and the Annual Musicals. Our efforts and activities are guided by our mission:
  • To promote performing arts opportunities at Needham High School by supporting and enriching curricula and extracurricular programs, while championing the success of the students they benefit.  
  • To foster an engaged community of families, educators and students committed to sustaining the vitality and excellence of performing arts offerings at Needham High School. 

NHS FOM Volunteer Opportunities

posted Dec 31, 2014, 1:42 PM by FriendsOfMusic Needham   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 9:53 PM by NHSFriendsOfMusicAdmin Needham ]

NHS Faculty Liaisons
[Commitment:   1 email every 2-4 weeks throughout the year, optional visit to classroom ]
Ms. McLallen and Mr. Vanderwoude would each appreciate a FOM Parent Liaison – a consistent contact person, who will check in every 2 - 4 weeks to see what assistance FOM can provide. Requests can be forwarded to appropriate people, or delegated to parents willing to lend a hand.

[Commitment:   2 months, late Sept – early Dec]
Get involved in the highlight fundraiser event of the FOM year! Winterfest is an annual themed performance which brings NHS music students and local talent together to celebrate the holiday season. The stage curtain will open to the selected music theme  – an evening of instrumental, vocal and dance performances. We need a sell-out crowd! This event is our biggest fundraiser, and we are seeking many FOM participants – moms, dads and students. Lend a hand in a small way, or jump in with both feet, to bring this star-studded night to NHS this December.  With your help, this event is certain to be a huge hit!!!  Just pick one of the opportunities below and send us e-mail:

Take a lead role: Silent Auction, Dessert Buffet or Concert Organizer
Silent Auction Donations Collectors 
Intermission Dessert Buffet 
Set-up Crew 
Clean-up Crew 
Poster, Program and Ticket Form Design
Publicity (Contact Needham Times, Needham Channel, distribute posters to businesses late Nov.)
Ticket Table (great for dads)

NHS Musical Support Team
[Commitment:   1 month; 1 day; 1 evening; a few hours!  Tech Week and show days in October and March]
SAMD and the NHS Spring musical involve over 90 NHS students!  It's a very exciting and busy time for students.  These opportunities give parents a chance to work side-by-side with students, get to know your child's friends, and soak up the excitement of show time! Send us an email and let us know how you can help:

Meals coordinator and servers
Concessions coordinator and sellers
Breakdown party coordinator and helpers

NHS FOM Board & Officer Positions

posted Nov 28, 2014, 7:39 PM by FriendsOfMusic Needham

The President shall preside at all meetings of the members and coordinate activities of standing committees.  Ideally, FOM will be headed by two Presidents, each serving two consecutive year terms, with the election process staggered to allow for both a new President and the continuity of the old President every year.

Vice President
Provides assistance to the President(s) and accepts special assignments. Carries out the duties of the President(s) when the President(s) is/are absent or unable to act.

The Treasurer is in charge of the financial affairs, funds, and keeping full and accurate financial records.  The Treasurer shall submit a written report at each meeting of the members.  Makes disbursements and bill payments, receive and deposit cash receipts, and is in charge of all accounting records and procedures including those necessary to keep FOM’s tax-exempt status with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Internal Revenue Service.

Assistant Treasurer 
Shares the financial management, record-keeping, accounting and financial reporting responsibilities for Friends of Music.  Fills in for the Treasurer if the Treasurer is absent from any meeting of members or directors. Specific duties will be determined collaboratively with the Treasurer.

Takes official minutes of NHS Friends of Music meetings and maintains official and legal records of the organization. Serves on the Executive Board.

Corresponding Secretary 
Responsible for keeping the FOM community abreast of  all the latest FOM news through email and the website. Maintains the FOM membership database each year as students graduate and new families join.

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