Hyde School Invites Three Students to Annual Music Workshop

Music legend Michael McDonald laid the track (keyboard) for A. Roscoe Robinson (Above) at last year's workshop.
Music legend Michael McDonald laid the track (keyboard) for A. Roscoe Robinson (Above) at last year's workshop.

Bath, ME−For the sixth consecutive year, Hyde School in Bath is hosting a four-day music workshop, but this will be the first time it will extend the invitation to students in three neighboring high schools. Beginning on January 6, Hyde students and one student each from three high schools: Brunswick High School, Wiscasset High School, and Morse High School-will be selected by their school principals to participate in the annual singer-songwriter workshop designed for aspiring musicians looking to perfect their musical craft in writing, producing, or singing.

Matt Newberg, director of music at Hyde School, spearheaded the program in 2003 as a result of connecting accomplished musicians with students pursuing music careers. Newberg says, “We have a gifted group of parents who want to share their experience and understanding of music with young musicians, and I couldn’t think of a better way to connect the two than to provide a place where musicians could learn from one another.”

“We should know which students have been selected from each of the schools in a few days,” Newberg continues. “The expectation is that they be in strong academic standing, have a passion for music with relevant experience and course work, as well as instrument proficiency.”

Students will receive hands-on training from industry experts such as five-time Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald and his son, Dylan, a graduate of Hyde School, and Don Cook to name a few.

Don Cook is one of Nashville’s premier songwriters and producers. Cook is a former chief creative director for Song Music Publishing Nashville with more than 30 years of experience. He has worked with country music groups such as Brooks & Dunn, Alabama, and The Mavericks.

Michael McDonald, a songwriter, vocalist, musician, and producer whose solo career and involvement with the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan has earned him national acclaim in the music industry.

Students who participate in the workshop will have the opportunity to showcase the music they create over the four-day period at a public venue in downtown Portland.

Students selected to participate are in strong academic standing, have a passion for music with relevant experience/coursework, as well as instrument proficiency.

For more information about this event and other Hyde School events, contact Laura Lokitis at 207-443-7111; llokitis@hyde.edu