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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Harshini Chaturvedula (12) waves her hand as she conducts a the string ensembles rendition of Adoration by Florence Price. I’m always in admiration of the talented, friendly musicians around me, Harshini said. Everyone contributes to this community and makes it the amazing group it is for all of us.

Orchestra members take charge in student-led Chamber Music Concert

by Kevin Zhang March 10, 2024

Harmonies greet guests entering Patil Theater, as the glint of instruments sparkle among student performers illuminated onstage. Intermittent notes echo throughout the venue while musicians tune their...

Organist Brian Ho responds to saxophonist Aaron Lingtons improvisation during a performance of Lingtons original tune Nostalgic. It really is like a musical conversation, Ho said. We feel each other out and take turns to listen to each other.

Aaron Lington organ quartet energizes stage with live jazz

by Jeremy Peng and Jessica Wang March 6, 2024

Before one note fades, the next bursts forth, each as unexpected as the last. The guitarist grins, his fingers dancing across the strings as the organist cushions their cutting richness with a flurry of...

Winter instrumental concert rings in seasonal spirit

Winter instrumental concert rings in seasonal spirit

by Alison Yang and Jessica Wang January 17, 2024

Discord fills the Rothschild Performing theater. Upstairs, the tuning of instruments battles with anticipatory chatter and last-minute pep talks. Downstairs, audience members rustle through programs...

Moni Simeonov on the violin and Jonah Kim on the cello play “Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 together in the Patil theater on Friday. Their performance was in “Songs that Make Us Dance, a Harker Concert Series production.

Dancer-cellist couple Jonah Kim and Julia Rowe grace Harker Concert Series

by Jeremy Peng and Tiffany Zhu November 16, 2023

The audience settles in hushed anticipation as cellist Jonah Kim draws his bow across the strings, conjuring the first note. Wearing a gray leotard and a wispy skirt, dancer Julia Rowe whirls onto the...

In honor of joining the Harker community, frosh sign the Harker Matriculation Book during the 2023-24 matriculation ceremony on Friday. “I feel that through matriculation and orientation, I was able to meet new people,” Varun Kaushik (9) said.

Matriculation welcomes community to new school year

by Ella Yee, Brandon Zau, and Aishani Singh August 22, 2023

Upper school students, faculty and administration honored the start of the 2023-24 school year through the annual matriculation ceremony featuring speeches, skits and music in the Zhang Gymnasium on Friday. After...

Harshini Chaturvedula (11) plays the viola with Orchestra during the Winter Instrumental Concert. Held on Jan. 13, the concert invited audiences to watch multiple upper school instrumental groups and soloists perform various musical styles, ranging from upbeat Latin jazz to slow ballads.

Annual Winter Instrumental Concert showcases diverse musical styles and performances

by Ariana Goetting and Young Min February 2, 2023

Warm orange lights illuminate the stage as Lab Band settles into their chairs, carefully preparing their instruments. With the flick of the conductor’s wrist, music flows and reverberates throughout...

Lunar New Year decorations spice up a local Gogo Pho restaurant. We celebrate happiness and success together and hope to have good luck for earning more money in the new year, Gogo Pho waiter Tung Nguyen, who identifies as Vietnam, said.

Lunar New Year welcomes in Year of the Rabbit

by Emma Gao, Ella Yee, and Sabrina Zhu January 27, 2023

“I miss my parents so much.” Eight years ago, Tung Nguyen, a waiter at local restaurant Gogo Pho and student at San Jose State University, left his family in Vietnam to study electrical engineering...

Instrumental music teacher and artistic director of the Harker Concert Series Jaco Wong speaks at Fridays performance. Jaco introduced his own piece the “Whampoa Overture, which was then performed by the orchestra.

San Jose Chamber Orchestra performs for Harker community

by Felix Chen, Reporter October 5, 2022

The musicians of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra took the stage in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Friday to perform in front of an audience consisting of students, parents and administration...

The Harker upper school welcomes new faculty members this year. Among them are the new head of school, the new Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, an athletics trainer and nine new teachers.

Upper school welcomes new faculty faces on campus

by Sabrina Zhu and Olivia Xu September 1, 2022

From bacon lovers to avid Beyoncé dancers, the new teachers and staff members joining the Harker Upper School for the 2022-2023 school year have so much to offer. With nine new teachers and a new athletics...

Harker Journalism strategic introduce themselves at Tuesdays school meeting. This years first school meeting included presentations by Model UN, Conservatory, HarkerDev, journalism and athletics.

School meeting recap 8/23/22: First week of school, performing arts and fall sports updates

by Shareen Chahal and Claire Zhao August 26, 2022

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Kris Estrada (12) began the first school meeting of the 2022-23 school year on Tuesday.  Model UN Secretary Generals Mir Bahri (12) and Krish Maniar (12) performed...

After Downbeats performance, the upper school Jazz Band & Lab Band directed by Dave Hart played Happy by Pharrell Williams and arranged by Mike Tomaro.

Conservatory wishes the community happy holidays

by Emily Tan, Features Editor December 13, 2020

On Friday Dec. 11, the upper school community watched Harker’s middle school and upper school performing arts groups during the assembly period. Orchestra members faded in and out of the screen, the...

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