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Downbeat advances to Varsity Vocals a cappella semifinals

Downbeat senior Joel Morel solos during a performance of the song

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 in the semifinals for the first time in the Conservatory’s history After placing fourth in...

Downbeat travels around the Bay Area during their annual Winter Tour

Downbeat wraps up their tour last Friday with their final show of the day, at the upper school's Patil Theater. Their closing number, pictured here, was a dance number,

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 they sang carols to the young children. Their next stop took them all the way to perform and hand out...

Jazz band performs Christmas renditions at lunch

Jazz band performs Christmas songs outside the auxiliary gym today during lunch. Some of their songs included Christmas classics

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 Claus is Coming to Town and “Winter Wonderland” and Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.”...

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

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.

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 songwriter Laila Biali leans into the microphone and launches into the opening lyrics of her song...

Conservatory Kickoff marks official start of performing arts season

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.

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 students that we come together as a unit, as a group, as an entire conservatory to talk about who we ...

Conservatory seniors honored at annual Senior Showcase

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.

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 in 2002, where the inaugural certificate candidates graduated. Senior showcase honors the work and ...

Behind the Scenes: Students rehearse for annual Senior Showcase performance

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

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 (RPAC). The upper school’s conservatory Certificate Program includes a four-year study within a f...

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

All upper school choral performers finished last Friday's concert with a closing song, Carly Simon's

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 of Camerata, Cantilena and co-director of Bel Canto, begins to conduct “Turn the World Around”,...

Certificate candidates perform at sophomore juries

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.

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 two minutes for a panel of performing arts teachers, who evaluated the performances and will later...

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