Published DateWOLFEBORO — Students in the music department of Kingswood Regional High School and Middle School took part in an interactive music experience at the Kingswood Arts Center auditorium on June 10. Wolfeboro Friends of Music (WFOM) arranged for pianist Joseph Parker and violinist Julia Parker, brother and sister, to perform and talk with the students during their usual music ensemble class.
Joseph Parker, age 18, was a winner in the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra's Concerto Competition in 2012, and performed the Saint-Saens G Minor Piano Concerto in Meredith. For this program, Parker played on the new Steinway “D’ concert grand piano, which was recently donated to the school district by the citizens of Wolfeboro through WFOM. Parker excerpted several significant passages from the 29 minute work, showing how he practiced difficult sections very slowly at first, gradually increasing his facility over time as he became more comfortable with the section. He demonstrated several practice techniques to obtain results from limited practice time during a 13 month learning period.
Joseph and Julia are from a family of 12 children living in Merrimack, all of whom play musical instruments, and are chiefly home-schooled. Joseph will continue his education at Brigham Young University, where Julia returns for her junior year.
Following the program, Jill Daley-Gibson, Curriculum Co-coordinator for the Arts in the school district said, "On behalf of Katie Small, Bobby Burns, myself and our students, thank you Wolfeboro Friends of Music so much for bringing Joseph and Julia to us this morning. The students were able to hear someone their own age or close to their age play so well."