Welcome to the Spaulding High School Music Department

Help us to keep providing the highest quality 
opportunities for our students!

                                         March 13, 2018

Dear Friends, Families, and Alumni:

Things are up and running in your music department family.  We have had a very successful Fall season with our halftime show and with the Seacoast Choral Festival.  The 28th annual Christmas Village was successful and fun but we had to cancel the last concert, as many of you know, due to an ice and snow storm.  This affected us with a loss in 1/3 of our revenue especially for the Saturday night show.

So here we are out today with yet another Nor’easter…..and Fiddler on the Roof is coming to opening night on Thursday, March 15th followed by seven shows on March 16th, 17th, at 7:00pm and March 18th at 2:00pm and March 22nd, 23rd, 24th at 7:00pm and March 25th at 2:00pm.   The show is going extremely well with over 100 students involved as Cast members, Stage Crew and Tech Crew with professional sound and lighting components, and wonderfully talented and generous group of parent volunteers.

It is a wonderful challenge to provide all of these experiences for such a large cast and professional level show and many people have asked us if they can send us  a donation to help from a distance if they are not able to come and see the show.  We are hoping that alumni cast members will come and see the show on either Saturday, March 24th or Sunday, March 25th so that we can take pictures after the show with all three casts from 2000 and 2009 and 2018. 

I’ve enclosed a few pictures and  directions on how to contribute to our production as the tech costs of lighting ($9,000) and sound ($4,200) are very expensive but as we all know current technology is always changing and keeping pace with training our students for future pursuits at college and beyond is an increasingly expensive venture.

We hope to see all of you as the show is an incredible Broadway Production of Fiddler on the Roof that you will all enjoy greatly and be proud to say that you are a member of the Spaulding Music department Family.

If you are able to make a donation to our show…..We would be so appreciative of any support   that you can send our way with possible weather cancellations and many bills that will still have to be paid regardless of how many shows we are able to perform. Please follow the online donation procedure through paypal and know that we are eternally grateful for your support which we desperately need at this time.

Thanks so much for thinking of us!




 that will help to cover the expenses of our production, 

please take the following steps: 

1.     Go to:  www.charmsoffice.com.  Log In button in upper right corner.

2.     Go to:  Parent/student/member log in section ... School Code is:  Spaulding

3.      Student Area password:  Fiddler2018

4.     Click on “Finances” button (look for the wallet icon)

5.     Click on “Make Miscellaneous payment” (at bottom of screen)

6.     Follow steps to donate through Paypal, or use Debit/Credit Card

Thanks for your continued encouragement and support!!


The Spring Lesson Program starts the week of Tuesday January 30th. Some lessons will run on Tuesdays and some will run on Wednesdays. The exact schedule of group assignments and times can be found here.

Tuesday lessons will run on the following dates: 

January 30th, February 6th, February 13th, March 20th, March 27th, April 3rd, April 10th, April 17th

May 1st, May 8th

Wednesday lessons will run on the following dates: 

January 31st, February 7th, February 14th, February 21st, March 7th, March 21st, March 28th, April 4th

April 18th, May 2nd

** Please note that the weeks do not always align for Tuesday and Wednesday lesson dates due to certain conflicts. All lessons are held at Spaulding High School in or near the Music Department. 

The first half of lesson payments is due on February 1st: $35 for group lessons and $100 for private lessons. The second half will be due March 1st. Or, you can pay in full at any time. Payments may be made online through our Charms financial system or by sending in a check made out to: Spaulding High School Music Dept. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Goodwin.

Once your student is signed up be sure that both you and they stay up to date on any changes, cancellations, and announcements by signing up for our


Earlier this week the Yamaha Corporation released to YouTube a professional video they had made during Jeff Coffin's recent visit to Spaulding. The video features interviews with Jeff and select students, clips of the band, and information about the program that Yamaha sponsors. Please take a moment to watch and experience some of the highlights of our experience with arguably one of our more famous and successful alums!


For those looking for information on what requirements must be met to qualify for honors or enriched credit. Please note that this information was distributed to students both verbally and in written form.

  • Must attend ALL rehearsals and performances.
  • Must exhibit proper behavior and rehearsal procedures with full preparation and with all music present and prepared for rehearsal.
  • Will be tested prior to the end of the semester one and semester two in a jury format with the directors grading your musicianship progress.
  • Enrollment in and regular attendance at one or more of the following additional musical experiences:
    • SHS Group & Private Lesson Program
    • Private Lessons w/ 3rd Party Instructor - preferably weekly (evidence must be provided)
    • SHS Select Chorus (by audition), NH Youth Band, Strafford Wind Ensemble, Seacoast Wind Ensemble, or equivalent
  • Must audition for the NH All-State Music Festival and thoroughly prepare all materials prior to the application deadline. The audition date is November 18th at a time TBD. (Credit is not contingent upon acceptance to the festival, but rather on good-faith preparation and the process of auditioning.)
  • Performance in the June Honors Recital is expected, however an advance audition with the directors will be the final determining factor.
  • Chorus students must have all of their music prepared and memorized well in advance of a performance so that they are able to lead sectionals and help others.
  • Band students must devote time to leading student sectionals and helping others learn their music. Will always have their own music 100% learned and memorized for marching band and 100% playable for concert band no later than two weeks prior to the concert or performance.
  • Instrumentalists (Band) must be able to play all the notes on your instrument, with the exception of the bottom two or top two for semester 1. All notes must be playable for semester 2.
  • Instrumentalists must be able to play ALL concert flat scales by the end of semester 1 and ALL concert major scales (including the sharp scales) by the end of semester 2.
  • Must meet ALL of the above requirements EXCEPT the NH All-State Audition. Also, performance in the Honors recital is NOT expected, but students may audition for a slot with the directors in advance.

NH All-State Chamber Festival 2018

On Saturday January 13th, 2018 seven members of the Spaulding HS Music Department were fortunate to participate in a festival of chamber music held at Timberlane Regional High School! After a marathon session of day-long rehearsals the students joined other top high school musicians from around the state in a concert presented to the public. 

Congratulations go out to:
Nathaniel Trueworthy, Alto Sax - Sax Octet
Patrick Stanley, Bass Voice - Male Vocal Ensemble
Madeleine O'Donnell, Bass Clarinet - WW Choir
Chloe Molinaro, Percussion Option 2 - Mallets - Percussion Ensemble
Corin Molinaro, Soprano Voice - Female Vocal Ensemble
Kyla Lepine, Percussion Option 2 - Mallets - Percussion Ensemble
Gabriel Lapolla, Baritone TC - Brass Choir


The Spaulding Music Department is excited to announce that we are now able to accept online credit card payments for fees and other bills through our CHARMS Parent/Student Portal using PayPal (no account required - just use the guest checkout option)! This is just one of several new features offered through the system with others to follow in the future. 

Students were recently supplied with their Charms ID # and a one-sheet that explains how to log on to the system. A copy of the instructions can be found HERE. Ask your child for their ID number, or contact 
Kate Hayward or Ron Goodwin for assistance. 

Please Note: A small surcharge will be added to each transaction to cover processing fees charged by PayPal. 

We hope this service provides you a welcome alternative to sending money or checks in with your students, however you may also continue to pay using any of the methods with which you have in the past. 


As of 11AM Saturday 1/13 the website calendar has been updated with the most recent rehearsal information for cast, pit band, and tech crew. Please be aware that students have all been provided with hardcopy documents containing this information as well (that should have found it's way home to parents). For your convenience portions of those documents can be found HERE, however please be aware that some dates/times may be subject to change as the season progresses and these documents may go out of date. Sign up for our REMIND lists below to get up to the minute updates and schedule changes!


With our upcoming production of Fiddler on the Roof soon going into rehearsals, now is the time to get on the Remind lists to make sure you are in the know about last minute schedule changes, cancellations, announcements, etc. EVERYONE involved with the production should be on this list:

Those involved in TECH CREW (in any capacity) should also sign up for this list:

PARENTS, if you are not already on our Parent and Booster Group list please join:

To sign up for any of our other Remind lists please visit the Ways We Communicate page on this site.


On Tuesday November 28th, the Spaulding High School Music Department was extremely happy to welcome back one of its greatest musical success stories as he presented a clinic, performed, and critiqued the jazz and concert bands. Three-time Grammy award-winner and 1983 graduate of Spaulding High School, Jeff Coffin -  saxophonist with the Dave Matthews Band and formerly with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - returned to his alma mater on a mission to "give back." Accompanied by a number of representatives from the Yamaha Corporation, whose saxophones Mr. Coffin regularly uses and endorses, the artist shared words of wisdom with the students on being both a better musician and a better person. As sponsors of the event, Yamaha was also very generous in its support of our program and surprised the students with some very special gifts, among which were over $1000 worth of woodwind mouthpieces, ligatures, and reeds along with a brand new Yamaha xylophone! Students were also each given posters and a $20 gift certificate they can use to contribute towards other music programs in need through the donorschoose.org website! Clearly, both Yamaha and Jeff Coffin care deeply about supporting the cause of Music Education and have gone above and beyond in support of the Spaulding Music program. We're very appreciative of everything they've done for us and look forward to putting their gifts to use right away!



And, the good news keeps coming. Please congratulate the following fourteen individuals for being accepted into All State Vocal ensembles!


Alexa Connelly

Colette Sevey

Shannon Stanley


Molly Dunning

Alexa Gagne

Camryn Gallagher

Megan Gallagher

Adrienne Hebert

Ben Laine

Corin Molinaro

Jeremiah Richardson

Hallie Scott

Patrick Stanley

Lexi Taylor


On Saturday November 18th, nine instrumentalists from Spaulding topped off months of hard work and preparation by traveling to Manchester Memorial HS to audition for a spot in the 
2018 NH All-State ensembles. We're very pleased to announce that the following individuals have been accepted to perform in this year's All-State Band:

Sophie Adams - French Horn
Gabe Lapolla - Euphonium (2nd highest score for euphoniums)
Kyla Lepine - Percussion, mallet option (2nd highest score for mallets)
Chloe Molinaro - Percussion, mallet option (top score for mallets)
Maddie O'Donnell - Bass Clarinet (2nd highest score for bass clarinets)
Nate Trueworthy - Alto Sax (5th highest score for altos)

Congratulations to all who auditioned for their hard work and dedication to the pursuit of excellence, and to those accepted for their extraordinary and well-deserved achievement! 


Please congratulate the following individuals who will be performing in the All New England Band Concert November 20th at Plymouth State University: Patrick Stanley, Connor Stevens, Nathaniel Trueworthy, Noah Trueworthy, Chloe Molinaro, Madeleine O'Donnell, Jeremiah Richardson, Kol Spielvogel, Sophie Adams, Megan Gallagher, and Gabe Lapolla. The Symphonic Band is under the direction of renowned composer Willam Owens and PSU's own Mark Stickney will be conducting the Concert Band.


Be sure to sign up for the following Remind lists for the upcoming school year in order to keep up to date on the latest news, schedule information, etc. Students are required to be signed up for the lists of the ensembles in which they participate. Parents may also join these lists, but there will also be a separate Parent-only list. In some cases eligible participants from this year's lists have already been ported over, but if in doubt just sign up again. More lists will be coming online soon, so please check back!

Sign up for the 2017-18 BAND Remind List 
Sign Up for the 2017-18 PERCUSSION Remind List
Sign up for the 2017-18 COLORGUARD Remind List
Sign up for the 2017-18 CHORUS Remind List

Sign up for the 2017-18 PARENTS/MUSIC BOOSTERS Remind List 
(Students should NOT sign up for this list)

ALUMNI ONLY: Sign up for the SHS Music Alumni Remind List


Thank you to everyone who helped to make our 2017 trip to Orlando so much fun and such a success!!

Spaulding HS Chorus, Disney Springs 2017

Spaulding HS Marching Band, Magic Kingdom 2017

Important Ways We Communicate Information
We use several methods to communicate important information to our students and their parents. 

For information on the ways in which we communicate official information to both students and parents as well as for instructions on how to sign up please visit our Ways We Communicate page or click on the tab in the menu above.
130 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 

(603) 332-0757
ext. 2162 

Joanne Houston, chair
Cheryl Richardson
Ron Goodwin

Kate Hayward

Website maintained by the SHS Music Dept.
for more info. contact:
Ron Goodwin

Remind Text Sign-Ups
E-Mail List Sign Up

Please, be extra careful when you are communicating with people via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Sometimes what we say online can be misinterpreted when there is no facial expression or body language present to reinforce our meaning. Emojis and emoticons only do part of that job for us. 

Poorly worded messages can hurt feelings and get unsubstantiated rumors started.

STUDENTS: We have spent an extreme amount of money for the resources we use on a daily basis. This includes instruments, music, electronics, infrastructure, etc. For example, the drumline battery cost us over $15,000, tubas cost $4,000/each, baritone horns $1,800, French horns $1,500, Baritone Saxophones $3,000 ... and the list goes on!

We cannot afford to be careless with all of the wonderful things we have worked to own!

Please be gentle and careful with the equipment and our area. Pick up after yourselves and make the space cleaner for the next person. Always put instruments in cases and lockers when not in use. Make the area presentable for guests.

We are fortunate that we have this space and equipment to share, DON’T ABUSE THE PRIVILEGE, or you will LOSE IT!