News & Announcements

Thank you for coming to the NHS Friends of Music Parent Welcome Reception

posted Oct 19, 2017, 1:17 PM by Nancy Berger   [ updated Oct 19, 2017, 1:18 PM ]

It was wonderful to see you and to have the opportunity to meet LeeAnn Sutton.  We look forward to seeing you at many future events!

Student Performers wanted at the Holiday House Tour on Sunday December 10

posted Sep 28, 2017, 11:31 AM by NHSFriendsOfMusicAdmin Needham   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 11:31 AM ]

Needham High instrumentalists and singers wanted to volunteer to play festive music at the Needham Women’s Club’s annual Holiday House Tour fundraiser 

Date: Sunday, December 10 

Time: two shifts: 11:50 am to 2:00 pm or 1:50 pm to 4:00 pm 

Additional Information:
  • Soloists and small groups welcome!
  • You will be stationed at one of six decorated homes and perform for the hundreds of people who will be touring the homes. One or two piano players are also needed at the Senior Center.
  • You can prepare 10 to 15 minutes of festive music that you can “loop” throughout your shift.
NHS musicians play every year and attendees often say that hearing the Needham High musicians perform is one of the highlights of the Holiday House Tour!

(All proceeds from the House Tour fundraiser go back to the community)

To sign up for a slot or for more information, please email Alison (NHS Friends of Music board member) at

2017-2018 FOM Board

posted Jun 18, 2017, 9:49 AM by Nancy Berger   [ updated Sep 12, 2017, 7:53 AM by NHSFriendsOfMusicAdmin Needham ]

Co-Presidents - Nancy Berger & Jean Lorence 
Vice Presidents - Amy Baron & Karen Dasey 
Treasurer - Diane Godes 
Recording Secretary - Monica Markstein 
Communication and Marketing - Caroline Rufo 
Fundraising - Cathy Ram 
Community Outreach - Sandra Batra & Alison Atallah 

2017-2018 NHS Performing Arts Events

posted Jun 18, 2017, 9:41 AM by Nancy Berger   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 5:44 AM by NHSFriendsOfMusicAdmin Needham ]

Mark your calendars! 

Sept 22 (Fri) 7-8:30am - FPA Director Meet and Greet - FPA Office NHS Rm 905

Sept 27 (Wed) 6-8pm - AP Art Parent Information Night

Oct 5 (Wed) 6:30pm - NHS Back to School Night/Open House

Oct 18 (Wed) 5:30-7pm - NHS Friends of Music Welcome Event; Needham Historical Society

Oct 27, 28, 39 (Fri 7pm, Sat 7pm, Sun 2pm) - SAMD Musical; Newman School Auditorium

Nov 3 (Fri) 7:30pm - NHS Chamber Music Concert; 

Nov 16 (Thurs) - 7:30pm NHS Band/Jazz Concert

Nov 18 (Sat) – Sr. District Auditions

Dec 1 (Fri) pm - 7pm FOM Winterfest

Dec 15 (Fri) 7pm - NHS Winter Play; 

Dec 21 (Thurs) 7:30pm - NHS Chorus/Orchestra Concert; 

Jan 5, 6 (Fri, Sat) - Sr. District Festival; 

Jan 19 (Fri) 7pm - NHS/MS Jazz Night Concert

Jan 20 (Sat) am - All State Music Auditions; 

Jan 20 (Sat) 7:30pm - A Cappella Go

Jan 27 (Sat) - Jr. District Music Auditions - at NHS;

Feb 10 (Sat) - NHS Jazz Band - Berklee Jazz Fesival; Hynes Convention Center

Feb 13 (Tues) pm - 3:00 pm NHS Symphonic/MS 8th Grade Band; Pollard Auditorium

Mar 1, 2, 3 (Thurs, Fri, Sat) - All State Music Conference; 

Mar 8 (Thurs) 7:30pm - NHS Band/Jazz Concert

Mar 9, 10 (Fri, Sat) - Jr District Music Festival; 

Mar 16, 17, 18 (Fri 7pm, Sat 7pm, Sun 2pm) - NHS Musical; 

Mar 23, 24, 25 (Fri, Sat, Sun) MICCA Festival; 

Apr 5 (Thurs) 7pm - Bandfest; 

Apr 6 (Fri) 7pm - Battle of Bands;

Apr 28 (Sat) 7:30pm - Vocal Support 

May 4, 5 (Fri 7pm, Sat 7pm) - NHS Spring Play; 

May 10 (Thurs) 7:30pm - NHS Chorus/Orchestra Concert; 

May 16 (Wed) 7:30pm - NHS Band/Jazz Concert

May 19-20 (Sat-Sun) - Relay for Life

May 22 (Tues) 6:15pm - NHS Art Show

May 23 (Wed) 7pm - NHS Cabaret Concert and FOM end of year Awards and Dinner; NHS Cafeteria

June 4 (Mon) - NHS Graduation; 

June 8, 9 (Fri 7pm, Sat 7pm) - NHS Student Directed Show

New Director of Fine & Performing Arts

posted Apr 4, 2017, 2:57 PM by Nancy Berger   [ updated Apr 4, 2017, 3:30 PM ]

Dear NHS Friends of Music:

 I am pleased to announce that LeeAnn Sutton has accepted my offer to be the new K-12 Director of Fine & Performing Arts beginning July 1, 2017. LeeAnn is currently completing the School Leadership Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she was named a James Bryant Conant Fellow for her academic and professional achievements.  Prior to her time at Harvard, LeeAnn has had diverse experiences as a Music Teacher including positions with the Cambridge Public Schools, The Longy School of Music of Bard College, The New England Conservatory Prep School and Ithaca City School District (NY).

As a Music Teacher, she has undertaken a wide range of leadership roles at the school, district, and community level that have prepared her to step into the Director’s position.  She is an experienced program and curriculum developer, has served as a teacher coach, organized and facilitated discussions and professional development activities, produced school and district events, and collaborated with community organizations to promote arts education. Currently she serves on the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Educators’ Advisory Council where she collaborates with other educators from across the state to create materials for BSO Youth Concerts and she maintains a long-standing relationship with the Boston Celtics that provides an opportunity for her Suzuki students to annually perform the national anthem at one of their games.

In May, LeeAnn will earn her Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Harvard University.  She also holds a Master of Arts in Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Her undergraduate degree is in Music Education and Performance from Ithaca College (NY).  With her background and experience, LeeAnn brings a breadth of knowledge in teaching students of diverse backgrounds as well as in developing curriculum, promoting professional growth, developing and facilitating professional learning experiences for teachers, strategic planning, and collaborating with the community to enhance the learning opportunities for students.

Colleagues, supervisors, and professors described LeeAnn as a highly respected and a valuable member of their respective communities.  In addition to her knowledge and passion for arts education, LeeAnn is seen as having exceedingly strong communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills.  She is compassionate, willing to seek help or advice, a collaborator who shares her knowledge with her peers, and someone who is able to foster a unified, safe and positive culture.  Throughout the interview process, she continually demonstrated thoughtfulness, intelligence, grace, and humor.

LeeAnn is enormously impressed with the Needham Public Schools and is looking forward to becoming part of the dynamic and student-centered communities at each of our schools.  She is excited to be able to join the teachers, students, and administrators who daily demonstrate a commitment to learning and personal growth.

 Let me take this opportunity to thank all the members of the interview team for their thoughtful work, which allowed us to identify strong candidates for this important district position: Director of Human Resources Tom Campbell, Director of Student Learning Terry Duggan, teachers Mark Smith, Shireen Yadollahpour, and Heather Tryon, Principals Gregory Bayse and Aaron Sicotte, Director of World Languages Elizabeth Zajac, and parent Alison Atallah.  I would also like to thank the many teachers, staff, and parents who provided incredibly helpful feedback in the process.

Please join me in welcoming LeeAnn Sutton to the Needham Public Schools in her new role as the K-12 Director of Fine & Performing Arts.



Superintendent of Schools


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