Middle School Performing Arts Truly Puts on a Show!
Band, Chorus, and Dance pulled out all the stops this week
First Place for MS Chorus & Band Middle School band and chorus both won first place in the Six Flags Music In the Parks festival. Each received a high-scoring “Excellent” rating. This is the second year in a row that band and chorus have been honored in this way. Middle School Principal Debby Previna said, “If there was any doubt about our musical talents (ever!)—last week’s second win in a row at the Six Flags Music Festival competition should put those doubts to rest, indefinitely. We are kinda’ a big deal! Shoutout to Sasha, Keith and to our band and chorus team for being truly extraordinary artists!”
The festival provides a year-end assessment by an outside panel and reinforces music skills that have been presented here at school. Experienced instrumental and vocal master teachers provided feedback to our performers. This year, one of the judges said, "Wow, I have never heard [the song] 'Eternity,' LOVE it, and can hardly believe how beautifully Middle School students tackled such a difficult piece in eight parts effortlessly!"
Lower/Middle School arts chair Keith Hudspeth said, “I am thrilled we ended the year on, quite literally, a high note. "Singing, Singing, Singing, Singing, Singing, Singing Si-----------nging!"
MS Dance: Watch, Learn, Dance! “And, not to be outdone,” Debby said, “the performing and visual arts team put together a wonderful MS Arts & Dance Festival that featured an array of student workshops, performances, and the talent of community artists. Shoutout to Felipe Moltedo for his skillful coordination of events alongside the support of Susan Mols, Jenn Heffernan, and John Headley. We are incredibly fortunate to be at a school that cultivates our students’ artistic talents by exposing them to unique creative opportunities.”
In addition to the festival, MS students performed this week in a showcase for families and a “lunchbox” showcase of student-choreographed solo and collaborative dances.
Assistant Head of School for Curriculum and Instruction Laura Yee said, “Congratulations to all! I'm not a bit surprised given the exceptional heart and effort that have gone into this year's repertoire. Thank you, Middle School arts team, for all you do to inspire our students and develop their love for music and dance.”
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