On February 2, singer Henry Patton ’21 made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the High School Honors Concert Choir, following a nomination by CA choral director Tai Oney and a recorded audition. The tenor was then chosen as the concert’s male soloist by live audition after rehearsals began in January. The choir performed five contemporary choral pieces under the direction of Jeffery Redding, a Grammy award-winning educator of the year from Florida.
“My experience was thrilling,” says Henry, a member of Concord Academy’s chorus and CA Singers who also performs in Boston with the Handel and Haydn Society Chamber Choir. He was excited to have been accepted from an international pool of singers to join the choir at Carnegie Hall, but he says he was “stunned and humbled” to be selected as the principal, and only, male soloist for the concert.
“I learned a huge amount from Dr. Redding about singing with intelligence, engagement, and passion,” Henry says. “None of it would have been possible without the guidance, support, and kindness of Tai Oney.”
On June 3, Concord Academy honored the class of 2022 in the Academy Garden, celebrating the accomplishments and promise of the newest members of CA’s alumnae/i community. A damp morning didn’t subdue the spirits of the 102 members of CA’s 98th graduating class. And in her Commencement address, Trelane Clark ’92, P’22 advised them to embrace gratitude, grace, and greatness.
As the 2022 Centennial Hall Fellow, Rashaun Mitchell ’96, a dancer, choreographer, educator, and mentor, shared his artistry and life story at Concord Academy this spring. “I’m not
working with narrative; I’m not working with music,” he said at a dance demonstration at CA. “We’re really trying to understand what is happening in the body when we’re dancing and how we can expose the mechanics of the creation.”
Nick Hiebert, 2018–2021 Katherine Carton Hammer ’68 Chair, Presents on Connection, Collaboration, and Community
On May 5, CA English teacher Nick Hiebert shared how he had benefited from holding the Katherine Carton Hammer ’68 Endowed Faculty Chair over the past three years. The support, Hiebert said, gave him time and space “to realize how much I am made, sustained, and inspired by other people.”