Alton Central School (ACS) & Prospect Mountain High School [N.H.] — Not A Single Proficient Piano Player? How Sad!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013. .. ..... .




by Anura Guruge

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This pertains to last night’s
“ACS, BES and PHMS District Concert”
held at the Prospect Mountain Auditorium.

The concert, by definition, was great.

See earlier post about the ACS portion of the program.

M0609I don’t know the exact numbers and I can’t be bothered to look it up, but I assume that we must have at least 800 kids in Alton Central and Prospect Mountain High.

Given that we find it very sad (if not outright distressing) that we don’t have a single student or for that matter teacher PROFICIENT enough to accompany the Alton students during their choral performances.

Why does Alton have to import somebody from outside?

I actually know of one ACS 7th grader who is professional grade on the piano though his forte is his guitar. Why wasn’t he asked?

As with the Program we were NOT the only parents to comment on this.

It is incongruous and off putting. Though they may not realize it, this is an huge indictment on the Alton Music Program — across both schools.

When will the award-winning ACS IT Department will figure out how to insert accented characters into a Word document? It appears still way too complicated for their level of competence. Maybe next year.

Yes, Barnstead, in Greg Neveu, has a very gifted and inspiring music mentor — and we are, unashamed, fans of Greg (and Deanna follows his exploits on the Web and we try to attend his concerts). Then we have Paul Warnick in Gilford (our all time favorite), Robbie Burns in Wolfeboro and the immensely gifted Andy Campbell at Brewster & Clearlakes Chorale. I can’t see any of these musical directors going outside of the school to get piano players. I know that many kids at Alton take private piano lessons — if they are lucky with Siroun Braun. Yes, Teischan and Devanee both took piano lessons but they decided to give up.

I, for one, think it is wrong that we can’t find a single proficient piano player ‘in house’ so to speak.

And it also seems strange that the Barnstead Middle School Chorus has about 6 times more students than the ACS Chorus. I have to think the class sizes are similar. So why this huge discrepancy?

It can’t be just Greg alone. Plus talk about ambitious. Barnstead Middle tackled and did a very credible rendition of ‘Cantate Hodie‘. I think that classifies as exceeding expectations. Well done Barnstead.

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