Groton Hill Regional Youth Ensembles – Winter Concert

Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 2:00pm

The Concert Hall at Groton Hill

Camerata Strings

Jennifer Perkins, Director


Johnny Appleseed Suite
Robert Kerr

1. Johnny’s Planting Song
2. Johnny’s Prayer
3. Johnny’s Hoedown

The Old Boatman
Florence Price (1887-1953)/Arr. Kerna
Soloists: Rahul Francis and Andy Chang

Beale Street Strut
Doug Spata (b. 1975)

Sinfonia Concert Orchestra

Ken Culver, Director


Heliotrope Bouquet
Scott Joplin (1868-1917)

Andante Festivo
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

The Red Pony – Orchestral Suite
Aaron Copland (1900-1990) 

Overture to L’Italiana in Algeri
Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)


Groton Hill Wind Ensemble

Dr. Frederick Harris Jr., Director


Kentucky 1800 (1954)
Clare Grundman (1913-1996)

Down a Country Lane (1962)
Aaron Copland (1900-1990) (originally composed for solo piano)
Colin Miranda, piano

Down a Country Lane (1962/1991)
Aaron Copland (trans. for wind ensemble by M. Patterson)

Second Suite in F (1911)
Gustav Holst (1874-1934), rev. C. Matthews

I. March
II. Song without Words: ‘I’ll love my love’
III. Song of the Blacksmith
IV. Fantasia on the ‘Dargason’

Quartett G-Dur (Allegro)
Leonhard von Call (1768-1815), rev. I. Gronefeld
Groton Hill Wind Ensemble Flutes: Brienna Duteau, Anne Longtin, Jonathan Lin, Corinne White
Coached by Dr. Eileen Yarrison

Villages (2014)
Michael Sweeney (b. 1952),
with additions, F. Harris, Groton Hill Wind Ensemble
Anthony Umbro, piano

Themes from “Green Bushes” (1921/1987)
(Passacaglia on an English Folksong)
Percy Grainger (1882-1961), arr. L. Daehn

Members of the Ensembles

Camerata Strings
Director: Jennifer Perkins

Violin I
Rahul Francis
Cooper Patterson
Emma Westlund
Nora Wilson
Abigail Zhang

Violin II
Emily Faken
Ines Rubio-Pacheco
Isaac Sun

Violin III/Viola
Harmony Auguste
Hanfang Dong

Andy Chang
Corbin Patterson

Jack McCreery

Faculty Coach: Tim Terranella
Faculty Supporting Musicians: Dorcas McCall and Angel Hernandez

Sinfonia Concert Orchestra
Director: Ken Culver

Violin I
Arshi Bansal
Nikhita Varma
Aarya Wachasunder
Calista Wong
Aaryan Zaman
Emma Hanzhi Zuo*

Violin II
Lilly Adams
Anirudh Ghanta
Sally Hu*
Olivia Krajewzka
Rutu Patil

Aritro Chatterjee*
Avatara Yadav

Douglas Burk
Lianna Denney
Emma Green
Noah Lann
Chen-An Lin*
Suzannah (Suki) Reynolds
Keziah Salter
Claire Westlund
Emma Zhou

Double Bass
Jack McCreery*

Brienna Duteau
Anne Longtin*

Anthony Umbro*

Vanessa Chen*
Colin Miranda

Evan Labagnara*

Lena Pierson*

Faculty Coaches: Dorcas McCall and Tim Terranella

*section leader

Groton Hill Wind Ensemble
Director: Dr. Frederick Harris Jr.

Brienna Duteau

Brienna Duteau
Anne Longtin
Jonathan Lin
Corinne White

Anthony Umbro
Michelle Kornberg*

Graysen Chen
Alex Legrain
Colin Miranda
Ryan Xia
Helen Yee
Janis Franz Birrer*
Andy Huang*
Teo Lara*
Andi Qu*

Bass Clarinet
Sofia Doucette

Alto Saxophone
Izzy Skulte
Allison Earle
Andrew Li*
Rachel Morgan*

Tenor Saxophone
Adam Manni

Baritone Saxophone
Brian Xiao*

Alex DeGrass
Ella Von Kohorn
Andrew Mazzarini**
Samantha Rencher*

Daniel Engdahl
Amit Hegde
Annastasia Lelacheur
Cameron Holt*
Ben Lammers*

Lena Pierson
Galen Schad
Jonathan Farrell**
Laura Koemmpel*
Tom 0’Halloran^

John McLellan^
John San Soucie*

Frederick Ajisafe*
Pranav Krishna*

Mary Durnan
Tej Joshi
Jared Bloch^
Cesar Garde^
Daniel Villagran*

Colin Miranda
Anthony Umbro

Faculty Coaches: Dr. Colleen Hartung and Dr. Eileen Yarrison

*MIT support member
**UMASS-Lowell music education intern
^Current or retired public school music educator

About Our Ensemble Directors

Jennifer Perkins (Camerata Strings) has been an educator and musician for more than twenty years, teaching chorus, general music, and directing musicals. She serves as the strings/orchestra teacher in Wilmington and also teaches private violin, viola, cello, ukulele, and piano. A member of the cello section with the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra and the Firebird Pops Orchestra, Jennifer has performed with the Vancouver (WA) Symphony Orchestra, Columbia (OR) Orchestra, Woodstock (NY) Chamber Orchestra, and the Greater Newburgh (NY) Symphony Orchestra. She holds a B.M. in Music Education, State University of New York (SUNY) College at Fredonia and a M.M. in Music Education, Kent State University.

Ken Culver (Sinfonia Concert Orchestra) has been a conductor and high school orchestra director in the Westford Public Schools for 23 years. For his work at Westford Academy, Ken was recognized by the Massachusetts American String Teachers Association as the Orchestra Director of the Year in 2014. In 2015, he conducted the Westford Academy pit orchestra for “In the Heights,” which won the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild award for Best Student Orchestra. An active performer, Ken is currently concertmaster of the Rivers Symphony Orchestra and has performed with various regional orchestras, including the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, the Arlington (VA) Symphony Orchestra, and the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra. He earned a B.A. in Music: Violin Performance, Connecticut College and his M.M. in Music: Violin Performance and Teaching Certificate, University of Connecticut.

Dr. Frederick Harris Jr. (Groton Hill Wind Ensemble) has been highly active with public school students and music educators throughout his career, leading seminars, guest conducting, and coordinating enrichment events. He is the author of Conducting with Feeling, and Seeking the Infinite: The Musical Life of Stanisław Skrowaczewski. He currently serves as Music Director of the MIT Wind Ensemble and MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, and as MIT’s Jazz Performance Studies Coordinator. He and the MIT Wind Ensemble have been featured on NPR, PBS, and in two New England Emmy-winning documentaries. Fred has commissioned and premiered over 120 works by composers such as Don Byron, Chick Corea, John Harbison, Jamshied Sharifi, and Miguel Zenón. His ensembles have collaborated with leading artists such as Terri Lyne Carrington, Anat Cohen, Jacob Collier, Sean Jones, Guillermo Klein, and Luciana Souza. He has also performed as a jazz drummer with Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, and the Boston Pops.

Special Thanks To:

All of our wonderful ensemble students and parents/guardians. 

Groton Hill Wind Ensemble supporting musicians: Students of MIT and UMASS-Lowell, and music educators John and Lisa McLellan, Tom O’Halloran, Cesar Garde, and Jared Bloch.

Groton Hill faculty coaches: Dr. Colleen Hartung, Dorcas McCall, Tim Terranella, and Dr. Eileen Yarrison.

Groton Hill staff: Lauren Panfili, Pete Robbins, Jackson Hudgins, Rob DiMartino, Cody Arington, and Matt Malikowski.

Learn more about our Regional Ensemble Program.

Please join us for our next concert on Saturday, May 13 at 1:00 pm!

With gratitude to our Community Sponsors

Saturday Ensemble Experience:
Youth Orchestra:

The Concert Hall Steinway is a generous gift from Matt and Judy Fitchtenbaum and family. Matt (1945-2022) felt privileged to do professional work that he loved and music was also a major part of his life. He was a violin student at Groton Hill Music School, where he “felt accepted, encouraged and welcomed.” He believed that what Groton Hill does is “phenomenal” and exhorted us to always “think big.”  We are forever grateful for Matt’s friendship and generosity.