Students from all grades performed at the coffeehouse in vocal and instrumental numbers ranging from a group Jazz band mashup performance to a solo a cappella piece. Music Department Head Ken Gable and Choral Director Ashley Prickel Kane assisted performers with the microphones and provided guidance in the rehearsal components leading up to the event.
“The coffeehouse is unique in that there are one or two kids in each group, so you can really focus on the individual talents and work of the students rather than a whole group, whereas when you see the band or orchestra perform it is the entire group,” Prickel Kane said.
Tri Music worked with the WFM to provide refreshments and funding for the coffeehouse. WFM was founded in 2008 and since then, has given out more than $20,000 in scholarships and awards and $30,000 in musical instrument purchases. WFM supports Walpole’s youth music program by providing funding, organizing events and guest players and working behind the scenes at concerts.
“I think the arts departments of Walpole need a lot more funding, and I think it is important to have events like this so people can show their talents and get funding for the performing arts in Walpole,” junior vocalist Kaya Robin said.
Students and faculty members attended the coffeehouse in support of the arts and in support of student performers.
“Music is one of the most profound ways to communicate and express yourself and if we don’t have that, what do we have?” Wall said.