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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Upper school mathematics teacher Caren Furtado observes several works of photography and art at the Artstravaganza exhibits. Campus art and writing exhibition Artstravaganza displayed student artwork and literature from the past year.

Artstravaganza arts and writing show exhibits student works and talent

by Alena Suleiman, Assistant A&E Editor May 7, 2022

A gingerly cut wooden butterfly perches on a black stand. A few feet away, crawling vines wrap around the neck of a glossy pine green vase. These are just some of the creations on display at Artstravaganza,...

Shiven Balaji (9) plays the saxophone with Lab Band during the Evening of Jazz performances on April 14. The Grade 7-8 Jazz Band and Upper School Jazz Band also participated in the concert, with the groups playing a combined total of 15 pieces.

Seniors round off last band performances at annual Evening of Jazz concert

by Sally Zhu, A&E and Lifestyle Editor April 24, 2022

A powerful jazz melody erupts from the stage, notes flowing out of trumpets, vibrating through the strings of electric guitars and bouncing off of swinging drumsticks and into the audience’s ears. The...

Upper school director of instrumental music Dr. David Hart conducts Jazz Band at the instrumental concert on Jan. 14. The winter vocal concert took place on Jan. 13, both in the Patil Theater of the Rothschild Performing Arts Center.

Choral and instrumental ensembles kick off the year with first concerts of 2022

by Ella Yee and Julie Shi January 25, 2022

Upper school choral and instrumental ensemble members performed in the annual winter choral concert and winter instrumental concert, which took place in the Patil Theater at 7:00 p.m. on Jan. 13 and Jan....

Orchestra member Alex Zhong (9) receives a COVID-19 test. The upper school COVID-19 policy currently requires unvaccinated students and those in the instrumental music or indoor athletic programs to undergo weekly testing after a sophomore and a freshman tested positive in October.

Upper school enforces frequent COVID-19 testing after two students test positive

by Desiree Luo and Kinnera Mulam November 19, 2021

harkeraquila · Aquila Audible of "Upper school enforces frequent COVID-19 testing after two students test positive" The upper school COVID-19 policy currently requires unvaccinated students...

American jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti speaks on the effects of the pandemic on musicians. “To really understand the production of what goes on to put a show on, it really is a deep dive, since we kind of have to do this stuff ourselves now,” Eigsti said. “We have to wear a lot of hats; we have to learn how to be a sound engineer [and] a lighting person.”

All jazzed up

by Emily Tan, Features Editor January 27, 2021

In a broadcast of his 2018 Harker Concert Series performance, jazz pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti slides his fingers into place on the piano on the Patil Theater stage after a brief pause. With an...

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...

The Conservatory program held its virtual kick-off on Aug. 26, introducing an unusual year for the arts. “When we had one day to turn around and teach online, it was such an unknown,” said Susan Nace, vocal music teacher and director of Camerata and Cantilena. “Where we are now, its not as scary, and were seeing a lot of possibilities because we dont have that fear holding us back.”

“Art has prevailed”: Performing arts prepare versions of shows depending on COVID-19

by Sara Yen, Winged Post Editor-in-Chief September 8, 2020

The end of last year was a devastating time for much of the upper school performing arts department. Both the orchestra trip to Carnegie Hall and the spring musical “Damn, Yankees” were canceled due...

Senior violin soloist Hanoom Lee leads the orchestra in Pablo de Sarasates “Zigeunerweisen during the annual winter concert last Friday. The upper school orchestra was joined by the upper school jazz and lab bands, with all three groups performing pieces from their repertoires.

Upper school music groups celebrate end of semester with annual winter concert

by Sarah Mohammed and Saurav Tewari January 22, 2020

The upper school orchestra, jazz band and lab band performed in their annual winter concert on Friday in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center, commemorating their work this semester. The orchestra...

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 10, 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...

Award-winning composer and musician David Amram answers questions from the audience at last Fridays Speaker Series performance. Amram shared wisdom from his lifes work as a jazz and classical musician, telling anecdotes along the way.

Award-winning composer David Amram imparts wisdom, music at Speaker Series performance

by Kathy Fang and Jin Tuan November 12, 2019

Award-winning composer David Amram wrapped up his week's visit at the upper school as this year's artist in residence with his performance at this year’s Speaker Series event in the Patil Theater last...

Kelsey Wu (12) sings with accompaniment from the upper schools Jazz Band. Kelsey was among the seniors honored at the end of her performance.

Blues and bass lines: Harker’s annual Evening of Jazz features student jazz groups from middle and upper school

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor April 25, 2019

Lights flooded the stage as a medley of saxophones embarked on a melody, softly accompanied by a piano riff which soon swelled in conjunction with the rest of the band. With a crash and a bang from the...

A saxophonist solos on top of the upper school Jazz Bands set during Evening of Jazz. Both upper schoolers and middle schoolers performed at the event, which featured an extensive set list as well as a ceremony honoring the graduating seniors.

Jazz groups perform in an Evening of Jazz, ending with a commemoration of graduating seniors

by Esha Gohil, Reporter April 21, 2019

Jazz groups from the Middle School and Upper School continued their annual tradition of performing in Evening of Jazz, held tonight in the Rothschild Performing Center. The show started at 6:30 p.m and...

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