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Students attended the 2021 Conservatory Kick-Off on Wednesday in the Patil Theater. Multiple teachers announced upcoming events such as the Fall Play and Dance Production and new classes.

Performing arts students attend the 2021 school year Conservatory Kick-Off

by Sally Zhu, A&E and Lifestyle Editor August 27, 2021

Students attended the Conservatory Kick-Off for the 2021-22 school year in the Patil Theater on Wednesday, a mandatory event for students interested or involved in any performing arts at Harker. The Kick-Off...

Members of the S@TC Intensive Cast rehearse the musical scene of their show Star Crossed Lovers. Unlike last summer, the upper school held in-person activities on campus for Conservatory Intensive and Summer Institute courses in the past couple of months.

A year later, Summer Institute and Conservatory reawaken on-campus life

by Aastha Mangla, Asst. A&E and Lifestyle Editor August 16, 2021

The Summer Institute and Summer @ the Conservatory ([email protected]) returned to the upper school in person with a variety of courses, including supplemental courses such as Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry, AP...

Austin Killam (12), who pursued the musical theater discipline, holds up a pair of boots in his Senior Showcase performance of Step One from the musical Kinky Boots. The Senior Showcase was live streamed on May 13.

Senior Showcase celebrates certificate program students, reveals future productions

by Aastha Mangla and Alysa Suleiman May 19, 2021

Twenty-two seniors marked the end of their tenure with the upper school conservatory’s certificate program during Senior Showcase on May 13, a livestreamed event that celebrated their dedication to and...

Downbeat senior Joel Morel solos during a performance of the song Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho at a performance on Dec. 6 in The Patil Theater. This performance was a part of Downbeats tour, which takes the choral group around the Bay Area every year.

Downbeat advances to Varsity Vocals a cappella semifinals

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief February 25, 2020

The upper school’s vocal ensemble, Downbeat, placed third in Varsity Vocals’ International Championship of High School Acapella (ICHSA) regional quarterfinals this weekend, earning the ensemble a spot...

Downbeat wraps up their tour last Friday with their final show of the day, at the upper schools Patil Theater. Their closing number, pictured here, was a dance number, Boogie Woogie Santa Claus, featuring soloist Henry Wiese (12).

Downbeat travels around the Bay Area during their annual Winter Tour

by Sriya Batchu , Reporter December 12, 2019

Last Friday, Downbeat went on their annual winter tour where they sang and spread cheer at six different stops. The group left the upper school around 9 a.m. and visited the preschool campus, where...

Jazz band performs Christmas songs outside the auxiliary gym today during lunch. Some of their songs included Christmas classics Winter Wonderland and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Jazz band performs Christmas renditions at lunch

by Lucy Ge, Asst. News Editor December 11, 2019

Members of jazz band performed renditions of Christmas songs during long lunch today outside the auxiliary gym. Songs they performed included Dizzy Gillespie’s “Manteca,” Michael Buble’s “Santa...

Juno Award winning jazz vocalist and pianist Laila Biali claps after performing one of her original works at the first Concert Series show last Friday night. In addition to her performance, Biali led workshops with jazz band, Downbeat and the upper school orchestra on Thursday and Friday.

“Got to Love” the music: Laila Biali jazzes up traditional styles in first performance of annual Concert Series

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief September 21, 2019

“One, two—one, two, three, four!” The deep notes of the bass and a catchy drum rhythm kick off an upbeat jazz song, led by a bright trumpet melody. After a few counts, jazz vocalist, pianist and...

The 2019-20 Student Directed Showcase (SDS) directors talk to audience members about their visions for the upcoming year. SDS is an opportunity for students to try directing other students.

Conservatory Kickoff marks official start of performing arts season

by Irene Yuan, Asst. Photo Editor August 28, 2019

Upper school students and parents attended the annual Conservatory Kickoff meeting hosted by the performing arts department in the Patil Theater today.  “This is our one time a year for parents and...

A senior practices her routine prior to Senior Showcase. The showcase features all members of the Conservatory who have completed the Certificate program, which culminates in this final performance.

Conservatory seniors honored at annual Senior Showcase

by Varsha Rammohan and Irene Yuan May 23, 2019

Senior members of the upper school conservatory certificate program performed at the annual senior showcase last Friday. This year marks the eighteenth anniversary of the showcase since the first one...

Members of both JV and Varsity dance stand in a line and execute a move from Olivia Esparzas (12) senior showcase dance.

Behind the Scenes: Students rehearse for annual Senior Showcase performance

by Esha Gohil and Gloria Zhang May 21, 2019

The annual Senior Showcase premiered the performances of graduating Certificate Program seniors and their accompaniments last Friday at 7 p.m. in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center’s Patil Theater...

All upper school choral performers finished last Fridays concert with a closing song, Carly Simons Let the River Run. The concert, which was the ensembles senior night, honored senior vocalists after this final performance.

Upper school vocal ensembles celebrate nature in eco-music choral concert

by Alysa Suleiman, Reporter May 2, 2019

Colorful lights illuminate the wide stage as a flood of students briskly step to their places on the multi-leveled risers. With a precise flick of her hand, Susan Nace, upper school vocal teacher and director...

Theater candidate Nicky Kriplani (10) performs a monologue from Eugene O’Neill’s play “Long Day’s Journey into Night” for his jury performance. Sophomore Certificate candidates are required to perform a two minute piece for a panel of Conservatory teachers.

Certificate candidates perform at sophomore juries

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor September 20, 2018

Certificate candidates performed at sophomore juries in the Patil Theater today at lunch and after school as a part of their Certificate requirements. Students were asked to prepare a short piece of under...

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