Parents, students protest orchestra teacher’s reassignment

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A decision by Wellesley school district officials to reassign a popular high school orchestra conductor to the elementary level has struck a bad chord with local students and their parents.

Dozens of Wellesley’s student musicians and parents went to a School Committee meeting last week to protest the moving of Mary Alice McCann, who has headed up both the middle school’s and high school’s orchestra for the past few years.

McCann declined to comment, but an assistant superintendent said that she had expressed interest in teaching in the elementary schools, an idea which her supporters discounted.

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