FAQ

Time commitment for high school students

Students in concert band, orchestra, and choir can expect to have a least one sectional after school each week, typically between 1 to 1 ½ hours. Students may also be asked to take private lessons on their own time. Dedicated practice time is a must for all music students.

Marching band will have a weeklong “music camp” at Foxboro High usually two weeks before school begins. Students will rehearse the music and marching formations for the half time show of the home football games. In addition, rehearsals are held every Tuesday evening (5:30-8:30) during the month of September.
Students in Jazz Choir will have an additional weekly practice afterschool or in the evening. Weekly jazz rehearsal for choir is typically 1 ½ to 2 hours long. Students in Jazz Ensemble have weekly sectionals before school and a weekly rehearsal in the evening.

Jazz is a credited course which runs 3 times a cycle. There are typically two concerts a year completely dedicated to Jazz, which also features a workshop and reception with a guest artist. Some of the Jazz performance groups also compete at festivals locally and in New York.

How do I contact the music faculty?

If you have questions regarding the music program, your best solution is to contact the appropriate member of the faculty. You can find their email addresses on the middle and/or high school websites.

Email lists

FMA uses Google Group to send out group emails regarding FMA events and opportunities.  Please contact Dale Andersen at huddlehous@comcast.net  to have your email added to the list.

In addition to the Google Group emails, the high school music teachers also send weekly emails with information about sectionals, upcoming concerts and other important information.  Please contact your student’s music teacher to be added to this list.

Audition Opportunities

Massachusetts All-State Band, Jazz Band,
Chorus & Orchestra 

Auditions in early winter

District and Junior District Ensembles
Auditions in late fall
For more information on Southeastern District opportunities, click here: Massachusetts Music Educators Association Southeastern District

South Shore Conservatory
Summer Programs

Auditions in spring, tuition fees apply
(financial aid available)
For more information on the South Shore Programs, click here:   South Shore Music Conservatory

Please see the Foxboro Music Department calendar for exact dates.

Private Lessons

Private Lessons are designed to offer motivated student musicians an opportunity to study their instrument with a specialist on a one to one basis.  Lessons are offered to students from grade 5 through grade 12.  Private instructors through Foxboro High School charge $25 per half hour, however outside vendors may vary. Participation for older students is highly recommended.

To participate in this exciting program, please visit the Foxboro Music Department website, fill out the form, and your information will be emailed directly to our music department.  All lessons are scheduled between Monday and Friday during after school hours in the high school music wing. The private lesson program has been approved by the Foxboro School Committee, and is administered by Stephen C. Massey, Director of Music.

The Foxboro Music Association provides discretionary funds to Mr. Massey each year to pay for a portion of private lesson fees for students who display financial need. All requests will be kept confidential. Please see Mr. Massey for details.

 MICCA Festival

FHS Concert Band, Orchestra and Choir, as well as several of the Ahern performance groups participate in Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) festival each spring.  Each group will perform before an audience and professional adjudicators.  After the 30 minute performance, where students will perform three pieces, the students are invited to attend a 30 minute clinic with one of the adjudicators.

Awards for performance groups are announced twice daily.  Groups do not compete with each other, but against an age appropriate standard.  Performance groups who are awarded Gold are typically invited to perform at Symphony Hall in Boston or Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

The site for Band and Orchestra is Foxborough High School.  Choir attends the festival at the Norwood High School host site.  As Foxborough High School serves as one of the host sites, the FMA needs many volunteers to help with concessions and ticket sales.

Parents are invited and encouraged to watch students perform at MICCA.  Please note there is a charge for tickets.  Tickets are good for both days of the festival and at all sites.

Pops Concert

The Pops Concert is a two day celebration of all the music that the high school performance groups have learned during the course of the school year.  Each year Pops has a different theme and is planned and organized by the FHS music students.  Pops includes performances by several ensembles in a festive atmosphere.  Concerts are on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in early May and take place in the FHS gymnasium.  Tickets for bleacher seats or table seating go on sale at the spring concerts in the FHS lobby.  Parents are able to purchase full tables, and senior parents get preference.  The Sunday performance features the FMA Audition Scholarships winners.

Jazz Fest

Sponsored by FMA, Foxborough High School puts on two Jazz concerts each year, one in the fall and a larger one in the spring.  Both concerts feature guest artists who perform and conduct workshops with the students.  The spring Jazz concert, Jazz Fest, usually is longer and is preceded by a student cookout in celebration of the year’s work.  Both Jazz concerts feature the FHS Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Choir, and the Ahern Junior Jazz Band.

Spring Music Tour

Each year a select group of band, orchestra and choir students are invited to participate in the spring music tour. Invitations are issued at the discretion of the music faculty. The tour typically includes festivals, performances at local schools as well as visits to cultural and tourist venues. Destinations in the past have included Washington DC, New York City, Ontario, and Pennsylvania. Details for the spring tour are typically announced in October.

Viewing Past Performances, including Marching Band Halftime Shows

Foxboro Cable Access tapes every home football game, including the halftime show. Concerts at the high school and middle school are normally taped and broadcast as well.  A full listing of videos and broadcast times can be found at the FCA website.  FCA also has DVDs available for sale.

Southeastern Districts Audition Info

The Southeastern District of Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) is a regional organization that hosts junior (grades 7 through 9) and senior (grades 9 through 12) each fall.   Winners are able to participate in the Southeastern District MMEA festival in the spring, which features 1 ½ days of workshops and rehearsal, plus a performance open to the public.
The music faculty will notify students about signup in the fall.  There is a small audition fee.  Auditions are open to band, orchestra and choir students, though there may be a limit to the number of students that can attend.  More information about the process, dates of the auditions and festival, and the audition music can be found at the Southeastern District MMEA website Massachusetts Music Educators Association Southeastern District