LONDONDERRY — Londonderry High School student Devereux Geiger has produced an album called "Thus Far" as his senior project.
"All the profits will be donated to the Becca Tenney All-State Scholarship Fund," Geiger said.
The fund was created by Nick Defrancesco, a 2011 graduate, as his senior project. The fund provides for students who want to be audition for the All-State music festival, but cannot afford private lessons. Tenney, who would have graduated from Londonderry High in June, died early in her junior year from complications of meningitis.
The senior project is an optional, year-long, open-ended project. It is a chance for seniors to get a hands-on learning experience that they would not experience in a classroom.
"It also gives them another way to end their high school career on a high note." Geiger said.
Each student who chooses to complete a senior project chooses a staff member who will be their mentor.
Geiger chose assistant music director Serge Beaulieu for his mentor.
"It's been a pleasure to work with Devereux for four years and see him grow as a musician," Beaulieu said. "This project is a great presentation of his skill and creativity."
Geiger is a well-rounded student in both music and sports. He has been playing piano for the past 11 years. He also plays French horn in the high school's symphonic band, piano in the school's jazz ensemble, and is one of the drum majors for the Lancer marching band. Geiger also runs on Londonderry cross-country and track teams.
"Thus Far" is Geiger's first album and features himself on piano, along with fellow high school musicians. Also starring on the album are Andreas Geiger, Adam Rhan, Josh Brennan and Nick Defrancesco.
Along with completing the project, the student must also write a research paper on a subject related to their project, as well as a midyear and end-of-year reflection papers.
At the end of the project, the student collects all of the documents, photos and news articles related to their project and puts it together into a portfolio. Students then showcase their work during an event that kicks off senior week in June.
A CD release party was held in the school's band room May 15. The album is now available for purchase for $10 at the school and can also be found on iTunes on the release date.
To make a donation without purchasing an album, a check can be sent to the Friends of Music/Geiger, c/o Londonderry High School, 295 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 03053, with "Lessons Scholarship" in the memo line.
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