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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

Certificate seniors Sujith Pakala, Irene Yuan, Teresa Cai, Malar Bala, Richie Amarillas and Ysabel Chen pose with their certificates after Senior Showcase. Friday’s Senior Showcase and Hammies Ceremony recognized this year’s 17 graduating Certificate students as well as other Conservatory members.

Senior performing arts students conclude year at upper school with final showcases and awards

by Aryana Bharali, Kevin Zhang, and Sally Zhu May 22, 2022

Dancers, actors, instrumentalists, vocalists, tech crew, students from all aspects of the performing arts line up on stage, their smiles bright and wide as the stage lights shine down on them. They hold...

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...

“Composition is a way of finding your artistic voice. For me, I would say, every day, when Im walking around, Im always hearing music in my head, I’m always hearing songs or melodies or something all the time, Dr. McCurdy said.

A musician’s message

by Sarah Mohammed and Alysa Suleiman March 15, 2021

At just five or six years old, a little boy would practice his harmonica, twirling around his mother’s tea party event to its lively tunes. In those moments, he knew he was destined to become someone...

Upper school history teacher Mark Janda speaks about African American history during an Introduction to Social Justice class on Feb. 2. I hope [students] take away agency [from this class], Janda said. I hope they take away a sense of how they can participate and change their world.

New semester electives offer unique opportunities for students in the 2020-21 academic year

by Isha Moorjani, Asst. News Editor February 10, 2021

The upper school offered eight new semester electives this year, providing students with the opportunity to further explore various interests and hobbies in an academic setting. These new courses include ...

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...

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...

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