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

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, it's not as scary, and we're seeing a lot of possibilities because we don't have that fear holding us back.”

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 to COVID-19’s seeming wrath.  Yet, performing arts quickly rebounded and held a video release ...

Going virtual: How teachers have adapted hands-on activities online

Students work on a watercolor project in Pilar Aguero-Esparza's Study of Visual Arts class. She made and mailed packages of art supplies to each student to help them continue their art at home.

by Brian Chen, Reporter

April 26, 2020

Virtual dance auditions. Online orchestra practice. Mailing art supplies and lab notebooks. Conducting experiments at home.  With the campus closed and a shelter-in-place order throughout California, teachers have adapted to online learning, inventing creative solutions to replace hands-on activities ...

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

Senior violin soloist Hanoom Lee leads the orchestra in Pablo de Sarasate's “Zigeunerweisen

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 played a variety of specially picked pieces, including George Gershwin's “American in Paris Suite,”...

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

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

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 Friday. Amram spoke about his life’s work, sharing stories and wisdom from his rich career of...

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 ...

Upper school orchestra celebrates seniors in annual spring concert

Conductor Dr. David Hart leads the upper school orchestra in a performance of Stravinsky's

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

May 3, 2019

Wrapping up a year of concerts and performances, the upper school orchestra played their final concert of the school year in the Patil Theater tonight, honoring senior musicians in an expansive collection of pieces that ranged from Harry Potter to Stravinsky. The show, which began at 8 p.m. following...

Annual winter concert unites Lab Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra

The Orchestra performs Andrew Greene's accompaniment to Buster Keaton's silent film

by Ryan Guan, Executive News Editor

January 20, 2019

The upper school’s Lab Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra, directed by music teachers Naoki Taniguchi and Dr. Dave Hart, performed their annual Winter Concert in the Patil Theater on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Lab Band performed "What Do You Say, Dr. J?" by James Williams, "Zigaboogaloo" by Nicholas Payto...

School meeting recap 1/14/19

Amy Pelman will join the program as a librarian next semester with the retirement of K-12 Library Director Sue Smith's this Friday.

by Ryan Guan, Executive News Editor

January 16, 2019

The second meeting of the year began with Eagle Update. Various spring sports interest meetings will be taking place this week. The History and Languages Departments announced a lecture by Celine Glon about the French Revolution in French teacher Agnes Pommier's room during lunch on Monday. Career...

Orchestra performs music to screening of “The Haunted House” in first open rehearsal

Orchestra conductor Dr. Dave Hart leads the upper school orchestra in an open rehearsal performance during lunch on Friday.

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

November 5, 2018

The orchestra, directed by Dr. Dave Hart, performed live music accompanying a screening of the movie "The Haunted House" in the auxiliary gym during lunch on Friday.

School meeting recap 11/2/18

Spirit club officers Arjun Kilaru (12) and Zachary Hoffman (12) announce the results of the costume contests from Wednesday. Each winner received prizes as well as spirit points for their class.

by Ryan Guan, Executive News Editor

November 2, 2018

Eagle Update presenters announced that the girls volleyball team made the CCS finals, and girls water polo won their league finals and will play their first CCS game tomorrow. Boys water polo and boys cross-country are state academic champions, while girls golf placed second in CCS. The cross-country...

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