Rotary Club of Needham's 2nd Annual Music Competition, January 31st

Tickets are now on sale for the Rotary Club of Needham's Music Awards Night.  There will be student musicians as well as professional musicians.  With your tickets you will receive a discount at many of the wonderful Needham restaurants.  Enjoy a nice meal and then come see friends and enjoy a great night of music in a wonderful setting.  The proceeds from the night will help us fund the many service projects we will do in 2015 including flowers for the elderly, the NHS Reality Fair, NHS scholarships, dictionaries for 3rd graders, the Thanksgiving Dinner, smoke detector battery replacements, etc.

You can buy tickets through any of Needham's Rotarians or online at

When:  January 31st, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Where:  Powers Hall in Needham's Town Hall

Meal Deals:  Area restaurants will be providing discounts for people that are attending the event.

Cost:  $15 for tickets bought online or through one of the Needham Rotarians.  $20 if bought at the door.

Awards will be given to the best act from the student division and the best act from the open division. 


Student Category Performers:

  • Joe Kerwin and Will Supple – Musicians from St. Sebastian’s School
  • Treble Rebels - ( - Needham High School's female audition-based A Capella group.  They are an excellent group of vocalists.
  • Kenny Ruetenik – ( - Ken is a NHS Freshman and local musician who plays piano and six other instruments including ukulele and mandolin. Ken has just released his first all original EP December of 2014.
  • Subway Dwarves - ( - Needham High School's male A Capella group.  They are wonderful singers in addition to being enthusiastic, and entertaining.
  • Fermata Nowhere - Needham High School's largest A Capella group.  These women prove there is strength in numbers with their dynamic performances and vocal quality.


Open Category Performers:

  • Dan Coutu/Kevin Hiromoto/Asher Schachter – piano/drum/bass
    • Dan Coutu is a professional piano and guitar instructor with over 20 years teaching experience in the Needham area.  He graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music
    • Kevin Hiromoto is a jazz drummer who studied with Alan Dawson for many years and worked as a guest performer with Tiger Okoshi for Boston Higashi School for autism.
  • Mackenzie Clement - This 12 year old singer songwriter has performed in front of audiences of 20,000 people including singing the national anthem at Gillette Stadium and performing her own songs.​  Joining her will be her cousin Leah Dupperon.
  • Steven Snitzer – Mr. Snitzer is a piano teacher at the Suzuki School of Newton and at his home in Needham. Steve earned a Masters at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied piano. Steve also did Suzuki Teacher Training. He plays chamber music as well as solo repertoire in a variety of settings around New England.
  • Farkhad Abdikadirov & Hayley Raye Murks - Viola-duo
    • ​​Farkhad Abdikadirov is from Tashkent, Uzbekistan and is attending the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, as a viola performance major.
    • Hayley Raye Murks is a native of Gulfport, MS and is attending the Longy School of Music in Cambridge as a viola performance major. She is the 2013 recipient of the Edith Eisler scholarship award from the STRINGS Magazine.
  • Jam Sandwich – Jam Sandwich is a Needham-based soft rock cover band.  They have performed at New Year’s Needham, the Needham Farmer’s Market, and other local events.


  • Diana Dabby - Diana Dabby has taught at MIT, Tufts and Juilliard, and holds degrees in music and electrical engineering from Vassar, Mills, C.C.N.Y., and MIT. She is Music Program Director and Electrical Engineering faculty at Olin where she teaches orchestration, composition, and signal processing, as well as interdisciplinary courses connecting art and science.
  • Anne Munstedt -  Anne has been teaching piano in Needham for 22 years.  She has also taught vocal music at the elementary level and conducted choral groups both at the college level and as a full time minister of music. Anne received her Bachelors degree in Music Education for piano and voice and Masters of Music degree in piano performance.  She has judged competitions for the Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts music teachers associations.
  • Popular Vote - One of the judging votes is going to be based on voting from the audience.  The performers would appreciate it if you would stick around and cast your vote for your favorite group.

Sponsors:  We would like to thank this year’s sponsors.

  • Ad-Vantage – Promotional products and corporate apparel.
  • Capron Lighting & Sound - Capron is New England's largest full-service special events company providing production support for special events, including lighting, audio, video, LED displays, generators, heating, air conditioning, temporary electrical power, computer graphics, webcasting, and communications.
  • Condon Realty – An industry leader in Needham, Dover, Wellesley, Natick, Newton, Dedham, Medfield and surrounding towns.  Listing your property with Condon Realty gets results. We are proud of the quality, experience and professional education of our salespeople.
  • Copley Motor Cars – An independent automobile dealer that specializes in unique and hard-to-find classics and sports cars. We offer an exceptional product, price it correctly, and make the transaction as easy and enjoyable as possible.
  • Middlesex Savings Bank - Middlesex Savings Bank was founded in 1835 as a mutual, community bank. Almost 180 years later we remain dedicated to serving local Massachusetts customers and the local business community.
  • Needham Bank - Our reputation was built on personalized service and deep community involvement. Our commitment remains unchanged in stark contrast to the globalization and regionalization of the larger banks.
  • Needham Driving School – Classroom hours for every schedule.  Driving hours 7 days a week.  FREE pickup for driving hours.  Experienced and Dependable instructors.  Over 40 years of combined experience.
  • Needham Music & Dance – Since being founded in 1995, we have taught over 200,000 lessons at all levels of learning and all ages from toddlers to seniors. We have a retail location where we specialize in instrument sales, instrument rental, and repair.

Meal Deals:

10% off meal

Bertucci's Brick Oven Ristorante

Fixed Price menu

The Center Cafe

15% to Needham Rotary

Gari Japanese Fusion Bistro

15% off meal

New Garden Restaurant

15% off meal

Not Your Average Joes

$10 off meal

Petit Robert Bistro

What is Rotary?

The Rotary Club of Needham is a group of 40 men and women who meet on Tuesdays for lunch at the Needham Sheraton.  Our motto is Service Above Self.  We are one of 33,000 Rotary Clubs around the world comprising over 1.2 million members.  Some of our projects include Gift of Life, the Dictionary Project, the Reality Fair, NHS Scholarships, Flowers for the Elderly, Rotary Youth Exchange, ShelterBox, Memorial Garden, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and the Thanksgiving Dinner.  If you would like to consider joining us, feel free to drop in on us for lunch any Tuesday.