Showing posts from January, 2018

Podcast: The Making of The Sound of Music

On February 1 the Salem Performing Arts Department's production of The Sound of Music will open at the Seifert Performing Arts Center. Salem Stories spoke with some of the key directors and performers as they prepared and rehearsed for four public shows. The musical fits the district's educational philosophy of providing opportunities for students to put their classroom learning to the test in real-world situations.

Expanding Performing Arts Beyond the Classroom

Salem musicians and singers hosted classmates from eight area schools for a day of music, collaboration, and learning at the recent Granite State Music Festival. The event, hosted in Salem for the first time, is part of Jared Cassedy’s vision of elevating the program beyond the traditional classroom setting.

“It’s important for all students to experience music from different perspectives,” explains Cassedy, Director of Salem K-12 Performing Arts and the Seifert Performing Arts Center. “We want them to think beyond the notes and the rhythms on a music sheet to the meaning and passion behind the music.”

To that end, students spent the day working with two guest conductors who have found success outside the educational realm. Chorus students spent time rehearsing and performing with Anthony Trecek-King, conductor of the Boston Children’s Chorus. Dr. Robert Franzblau, professor of music and director of bands at Rhode Island College, worked with the band students.

“It was a great opportun…