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    The Chelmsford Theater Guild is performing a spring mini-musical for the second time in history! This year we are proud to present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Rachel Sheinkin, produced in arrangement with Music Theater International. This musical comedy, performed in the new CHS Black Box Theater, is sure to delight audiences.

    The all star cast includes: Gabby Cruz (2018), Philip Ferdinand (2019), Emma DeWitt (2020), Olivia Buckley (2020), Will Marcotte (2019), Sophie Bellone (2019), Mike Marchessault (2019), Mia Kelly (2018), Chase Boles (2020), Zoe Adoniou (2021), Allison Dorsey (2021), Emma LaCava (2020), Katie Flynn (2019), Andrew Sneeringer (2019), Pierce Magnant (2021), and CHS alumnus Tim Chase. Direction is Ms. Donna DeWitt assisted by Mr. Tim Chase, musical direction is by students Nathan Morrissey, (2020) James Thomas (2018), and Ms. Donna DeWitt, and stage management is by Skyla Garrigan (2021).

    The show will take place May 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:00 p.m., May 5 at 2:00 p.m., and May 12 at noon. All tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased from any cast member. Seating is limited to 85 seats per performance, so get your tickets soon. Tickets will be sold during school lunches as well as from members of the cast. This show is suitable for the entire family, middle school age and up. The show does contain sensitive material that may not be suitable for young children.

    For more information contact Ms. Lauren Cochran ( or 978-251-5111 extension 5593).

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  • Several Chelmsford Public School Performance Ensembles participated in the 2018 Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors’ Association (MICCA) Concert

    Band and Orchestra Festival, held from March 22-25 at several different sites throughout the state. Over a hundred ensembles participated throughout the three-day event. The festival, sponsored by MICCA, seeks to encourage and support the development of high musical standards. The MICCA Marching Band, Choral, Concert, and Solo and Ensemble Festivals provide a forum for musical groups to be evaluated by qualified adjudicators. Participation in the festival also affords young musicians and their directors the opportunity to observe the varied performances of other groups from around the state.

    At every festival, MICCA intends to present educational experiences for all who participate. The evaluation process identifies a standard of excellence with which each group can compare. Every group is evaluated in relation to the standard of excellence rather than in relation to other groups, and each performance is scored on a medal system based on a rigorous rubric.

    The Chelmsford Performance Ensembles that participated in the 2018 MICCA Festival received the following awards:

    Grade 6-12 All Town Wind Ensemble GOLD

    McCarthy Middle School Festival Band GOLD

    CHS Symphonic Band SILVER

    CHS Orchestra SILVER

    CHS Grade 9 Chamber Orchestra SILVER

    Parker Middle School Orchestra BRONZE

    McCarthy Middle School Orchestra BRONZE

    Parker Middle School Festival Band MEDAL OF MERIT

    All of the Chelmsford Performance Ensembles did an outstanding job, and the students and directors are to be commended for their preparation and participation.

    CPS is extremely proud of the two ensembles that won gold medals at this year’s MICCA festival. A gold medal rating is stated as "superior" on the festival scoring rubric. This festival allows ensembles from all across the state to play a competition program for a panel of three adjudicators, many of which come from across the nation. The ensembles are not rated against each other, but all are scored based on the criteria listed in the rubric. The adjudicators take into consideration age ranges in each group and the level of difficulty of each musical piece performed. The highest a group can earn is a 45 on the rubric. The McCarthy Festival Band's overall score was a 43. This was the second gold medal awarded to this group (the other gold rating was earned in 2017).

    The group meets after school for approximately one hour each week. The students work with Directors Allison Lacasse and Sean Wright, both co-directors of the McCarthy Band Program and the Chelmsford Public Schools All Town Wind Ensemble.

    The CPS All Town Wind Ensemble also earned a gold medal rating at the festival on Sunday, March 25, 2018. This is the group's first ever gold medal. The adjudicators were impressed with the quality of the performance considering there are 6th through 12th graders performing advanced literature. Each festival performance culminates with a 30-minute clinic with one of the judges, which gives the students a chance to hear first-hand feedback from one of the professionals who scored their concert.

    Both bands earned the opportunity to perform their program in the MICCA Gold Medal Showcase Concert at Mechanics Hall on Sunday, April 8. The CPS ensembles will perform at the following times:

    12:50 McCarthy Middle School Band

    1:10 Chelmsford Public Schools Grades 6-12 All Town Wind Ensemble

    This concert is free and open to the public. The greater Chelmsford community is invited to be in attendance at this concert to support the McCarthy Festival Band and the CPS All Town Wind Ensemble.

    Additionally, the CPS All Town Wind Ensemble will perform a concert on the famed Ronald O. Perelman stage at New York City's Carnegie Hall on March 31, 2018 at 7:30PM. Tickets can be purchased at the Carnegie Hall Box Office.

    For more information about the MICCA Concert and Choral Festival, please visit their website at To contact the ATWE and McCarthy Festival band directors, email them at and For information about the National Band and Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall, please visit (

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  • CHS to Host ACA-POCALYPSE Event Featuring 15 Vocal Ensembles!ACA-POCALYPSE

      is a two-day a cappella event that will be held on April 27th-28th, 2018. This event will feature 15 amazing a cappella groups from throughout the Boston area and will be held at the Performing Arts Center at the Chelmsford High School. There will be a 7pm show on Friday, April 27th and a 7pm show on Saturday, April 28th. Master classes will also be available to a cappella enthusiasts on Saturday, April 28th. Northeastern University's 2018 ICCA semifinalist, Distilled Harmony is the headliner for the Friday and Saturday night shows.  Chelmsford’s own internationally acclaimed 2017 and 2018 ICHSA Finalists, The Thursdays, along with their equally talented a cappella sister group, The Crescendos, will also be performing at this event. This will be the first performance by The Thursdays after being selected to perform at Lincoln Center for the ICHSA finals!  Tickets for ACA-POCALYPSE are available now for $15/student and $20/adult, and can be purchased through Ticket proceeds are tax deductible, and all net proceeds benefit Chelmford's a cappella groups at Chelmsford High School.  Master class information/registration information is available at  Please contact CHS Choral Director, Amanda Roeder, with questions:  Picture attached: Flyer for ACA-POCALYPSE



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  • On November 18, over 1100 music students from public and private schools across the Northeastern part of Massachusetts auditioned for the 2018 Northeast Senior District Music Ensembles. Out of this group, approximately 450 students from grades nine through twelve were selected to participate in this prestigious Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) event, 17 of which were from Chelmsford High School. These students will perform at a concert in Wakefield, MA on Saturday, January 13.

    In addition to having these 17 students accepted into Senior Districts, students who received a score in the top 50% of their area were eligible to audition for the MMEA All-State Ensembles. This year, 10 band, chorus, and orchestra students received All-State recommendations!

    “We are so proud of the commitment of the students who auditioned and were accepted into this festival. Students work for years to be able to perform and succeed at this level, and participating in this event is a real honor for them, as well as for our district as a whole, ” commented Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator Christina Whittlesey.

    The following CHS students have been selected to participate in the following Northeast Senior District Music Ensembles (students with All-State audition recommendations have an asterisk next to their names) :

    Moira Andrews, CHS Band*
    Chase Boles, CHS Chorus
    Emily Bruce, CHS Band
    Gina Castellano, CHS Chorus*
    Lora Coggins, CHS Chorus
    Melanie Foo, CHS Orchestra*
    Kevin Hamilton, CHS Chorus*
    Lily Hoyt, CHS Orchestra*
    Erick Lee, CHS Band*
    Andrea Loew, CHS Chorus
    Taylor McCormick, CHS Orchestra
    Krystal Qiao, CHS Orchestra
    Edward Rigney, CHS Band
    Delaney Schiefen, CHS Chorus*
    Sam Segal, CHS Chorus*
    Josh Timmins, CHS Chorus*
    Elaine Tsui, CHS Orchestra*

    The CPS Music Directors work diligently to develop students’ skills, and to facilitate student participation in the Senior District Festival.

    The CHS Ensemble Directors are:
    Kate Comeau, Orchestra
    Amanda Roeder, Chorus
    Matthew Sexauer, Band

    Special thanks to the Chelmsford Friends of Music! This parent group covers registration costs for students accepted to the festival.

    For more information on the Chelmsford Fine and Performing Arts Program, please contact Department Coordinator Christina Whittlesey at

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  • 230 North Road Chelmsford, MA 01824

    Fax: 978.251.5110

    Superintendent: Dr. Jay Lang
    Assistant Superintendent:
    Dr. Linda J. Hirsch

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