Seven Kingswood music students received recognition for their musical interests this winter from Wolfeboro Friends of Music.  The awards provide funds used to help further individuals’ music education by private lessons, upgrading instruments and equipment, and attending music camps. Funding for the grants is provided through Friends of Music’s William H. Gibson Fund.  The fund was set up to provide grants to students to encourage their appreciation of music and improve their music skills.  The fund is supported by a portion of tickets sales at our concerts and by directed charitable contributions.  This year WFOM had applications for awards from fifteen students.  Each of these students wrote essays that clearly demonstrated musical interest and need.  Each application was reviewed by a committee of the Wolfeboro Friends of Music made up of WFOM board members and music educators at Kingswood.  Unfortunately in order to provide a meaningful amount to each of the awardees, WFOM was only able to make seven awards.

WFOM 2013 Fall Awardees

Standing: Cameron MacDonald, Carl Crosley (President WFOM), Abigail Larkin


Seated: Eileen McKenna, Mercedes Shehan, Anna Lucas


Missing: Victoria Baxter, Angela Nicastro


Victoria Baxter is a 10th grader at Kingswood Regional High School.  She plays the flute and is part of the high school band, the Cate Park band, the high school chorus, and the Route 28 a capella group.  She plans to use her award for voice training.  She is hoping to improve her vocal range and improve her a capella skills.

Mercedes Sheehan is a 7th grader at Kingswood Regional Middle School.  She hopes someday to be a professional singer.  She plays the guitar and will use her award for additional guitar training.

Abigail Larkin is also a 7th grade student at KRMS.  She plays the recorder, the clarinet and the mountain dulcimer.  Recently she was at Kentucky Music Week where she had the opportunity to play the nine note bowed psaltery.  She has been involved in a number of musical programs including a jazz band.  She hopes to use her award for advanced clarinet lesions.

Cameron MacDonald is an 8th grade student at KRMS.  He has been playing the piano for over five years.  He has played for the Brewster Academy jazz band and as an accompanist for the middle school chorus.  He says his current training has given him the technical skills to expand his playing abilities into several genres.  He will use his award to further his piano expertise with additional training.

Eileen McKenna is also an 8th grader at KRMS.  Her piano training began four years ago.  Her inspiration to continue her musical training she says comes from the wonderful experiences she had with her grandmother and her piano playing and singing of hymns.  That unfortunately ended when her grandmother died earlier this year.  She will use her award for piano lessons.

Anna Lucas is a 7th grade student at KRMS.  She plays the flute and the piano.  Anna has been a flautist for four years.  Her flute which was originally her mother’s is in need for a major refurbishing.  Anne intends to use her award to have her family flute made more playable.

Angela Nicastro attends 10th grade at Kingswood Regional High School.  Anna plays clarinet and tenor saxophone and recently learned the keyboard.  She is part of the band, the pep band and the jazz band at the high school.  Angela hopes to use her award to upgrade her instruments.

Last year Wolfeboro Friends of Music made awards to nine students.  In addition to the funding of these awards, the Gibson Fund provides for financial awards to graduating seniors who have shown leadership in the high school music program as well as special music programs in the Governor Wentworth Regional School District.  For the first time last year the WFOM Gibson fund was able to award one and two week long music camp experiences at the University of New Hampshire SYMS program. 

Individual donations to the Gibson Fund are welcomed and may be sent payable to Wolfeboro Friends of Music, PO Box 2056, Wolfeboro NH 03894.  Please note Gibson Fund on the memo line.

Wolfeboro Friends of Music – Press Release May 30, 2013

Wolfeboro Friends of Music SYMS Awards

SYMS Junior WinnersIn a program begun this year, Wolfeboro Friends of Music (WFOM) awarded tuition grants to four students to attend the Summer Youth Music School (SYMS) camps at UNH Durham – Dept. of Music. The SYMS Junior one week overnight camp awards were given to two Kingswood Middle School students Sarah Hotchkiss from New Durham (left) and Patrick Doherty from Wolfeboro (center) by WFOM President John Sandeen (right).


SYMS Senior WinnersTwo Kingswood Senior High students, Patty Boutin from Ossipee (right) and Raistlin Bittues from Center Ossipee (center), received their Senior SYMS two week overnight camp awards from WFOM Past President Don Holm (left). The awards were open to all Kingswood Middle and High School music students who submitted an application including a written essay about their interest and future musical ambitions. The winners were selected based on their applications by a committee of WFOM Board members. The SYMS awards are funded from the William H. Gibson Music Fund, a fund supported by WFOM though part of its annual ticket income, supporting grants, and individual sponsors. The Gibson Music Fund is used each year to provide music education programs for the School District and to enhance the musical experience for students of all grades. Donations to the William H. Gibson Music Fund can be made payable to WFOM, PO Box 2056, Wolfeboro NH 03894.

Jim WitterWolfeboro Friends of Music launches its seventy-eighth season with “Feelin’ Groovy,” a multi-media tribute to Simon and Garfunkel presented by Jim Witter and his band. Award winning Canadian singer/songwriter Witter wowed the Wolfeboro Friends of Music audience in October 2012 with his multi-media smash hit “Piano Men.” The concert will take place on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at Kingswood Arts Center, 21 McManus Road in Wolfeboro and is sponsored by Paul and Debbie Zimmerman.
Rear screen projection on-stage is an integral part of the Witter experience: sights and sounds of the 1960’s are woven in with the present, moving hit-by-hit through such chart classics as “Wake Up Little Susie”, “Homeward Bound”, “Mrs. Robinson” and “The Sound of Silence”. The band’s clean, fluid back-up resonates in the spacious Kingswood Arts Center as Witter’s versatile voice, a warm baritone with amazing range and personal interpretation, pays homage to the program namesakes.

Now based in Toronto and Nashville, Witter is a Southern Ontario (Canada) native who started at a very early age performing in the comfort of his own living room. His Mother would play piano, and Jim would belt out the current hits. He knew that he was destined to have a career in the music business. “I never really thought of doing anything else”, he says, “and neither did my parents because they always encouraged me to follow my dream.” [Naples News] Jim Witter revealed that encouraging streak again, when after last October’s concert in Wolfeboro, Kingswood high school students and others gathered round him in the lobby for a good chat about the present world of music, his and theirs.

The combination of perseverance and Jim Witter’s vocal prowess have led to 10 top ten radio hits in Canada, 7 hit videos on CMT, and impressive chart action in the U.S. on Billboard and R&R. Jim’s versatility as a creative artist has allowed him the opportunity to reach out and share his music and his infectious personality with audiences of all ages. Rob McAlear, Artistic Administrator of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, writes: “Jim Witter's show absolutely delighted our audience. He is a real professional whose appealing personality and wonderful musicianship make his performances so much fun.”
You may choose to attend a pre-concert dinner hosted by Lakes Region Newcomers Club! For full details pertaining to the dinner please visit the Newcomers website at The concert, “Feelin’ Groovy”, will follow at Kingswood Artts Center at 7:30 P.M., presented by the Wolfeboro Friends of Music.
This is the first of eight programs presented by Wolfeboro Friends of Music to people of the greater Lakes Region during its season, which runs from September through May. Tickets are available for $25 at the door; at Black’s Paper Store and Avery Insurance in Wolfeboro; or at Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith; by calling (603) 569-2151; or by visiting the website: Please note WFOM’s special policy: High school students with ID will be admitted free of charge. A child accompanied by an adult ticket purchaser will be admitted free of charge.