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CA’s New Choral Director Tai Oney is a World-Class Musician Who’s Serious about Teaching

January 07, 2019

A charismatic opera singer and Boston University graduate student, Tai Oney became CA’s choral director in September 2018. It’s a role that represents a change for the award-winning countertenor, who has performed around the world and spent much of the last decade based in London. But it’s a role that allows him to combine his own artistic pursuits with his desire to give to others what a dynamic teacher once provided him.

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CA’s New Choral Director Tai Oney is a World-Class Musician Who’s Serious about Teaching

January 7, 2019

A charismatic opera singer and Boston University graduate student, Tai Oney became CA’s choral director in September 2018. It’s a role that represents a change for the award-winning countertenor, who has performed around the world and spent much of the last decade based in London. But it’s a role that allows him to combine his own artistic pursuits with his desire to give to others what a dynamic teacher once provided him.

CCO Workshop for Juniors and Junior Parents on January 12

January 2, 2019

We hope junior parents can join us on Saturday, January 12, at 9 a.m. in the P.A.C. for the formal beginning of the college planning process. Required for all juniors, this meeting serves as an introduction to the year ahead. The program will feature remarks from Rick Hardy as well as the college counseling staff, a presentation by a dean of admissions, and a Q&A panel with current CA seniors.

Kevin Jennings Speaks about Making History at Concord Academy

November 26, 2018

The Community and Equity assembly on November 15 was a high point in this year’s 30th-anniversary celebration of Concord Academy’s GSA. Formerly the Gay-Straight Alliance, now known as the Gender Sexuality Alliance, this revolutionary safe space for LGBTQ+ people and allies was the first high school organization of its kind. Three decades after Kevin Jennings, then a CA history teacher, catalyzed the GSA’s founding, Concord Academy warmly welcomed him back to campus to present an assembly, “500 Years of Queers: An Overview of America’s LGBTQ History.” Jennings employed an educator’s seasoned instincts for engaging with complex subject matter and knowing when to get personal. His talk was adapted from a presentation he used to deliver in schools around Boston for LGBTQ History Month (which Jennings helped create). At CA, he demonstrated why knowing this history matters.

2018–19 Davidson Lecturer Patsy Aldana ’64 Speaks about Migrant Children at Risk

November 13, 2018

On November 8, 2018–19 Davidson Lecturer Patsy Aldana ’64 spoke at CA about the plight of migrant children in crisis. Reviewing the history of U.S. involvement in Central America and the conditions in the Northern Triangle — El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — she argued that instead of being demonized as threats to the United States, migrants should be understood as people whose history is closely tied to Americans’. The present circumstances have made thousands of children extremely vulnerable, she said, and hence worthy of protection.

 

The GSA at 30

November 2, 2018

Now a presence in schools across North America and the world, the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) had no model when it began 30 years ago at Concord Academy. During a yearlong celebration of CA’s foundational role in LGBTQ history, we look back at the GSA’s genesis.

In 20th Anniversary Hammer Chair Celebration, Film Teacher Justin Bull’s Presentation Considers the “Why” of Teaching

October 31, 2018

On the evening of October 20, a group of Concord Academy faculty, alumnae/i, and community members gathered in the dance studio to celebrate two decades of endowed support for innovative teaching, and the work of an exceptional teacher. Film teacher Justin Bull was the fifth recipient of the Katherine Carton Hammer ’68 Endowed Faculty Chair, a three-year fellowship that was established by a collective gift in memory of Katie Hammer ’68 and in honor of her commitment to CA’s faculty.

Fay Lampert Shutzer ’65

October 29, 2018

When CA celebrates its centennial in a few short years, it will do so with a deeply dedicated and caring alumna at the helm of the Board of Trustees.

Fighting Against Hate With Love: Mark Berger ’06 on The Laramie Project

October 27, 2018

On October 2, Mark Berger ’06 gave a talk hours before CA’s opening night production of The Laramie Project, contextualizing the play as “about empathizing with people who are different.” A film, theater, and TV producer in New York and a former member of the touring cast of Tectonic Theater Project’s The Laramie Project and the world premiere of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, Berger share his firsthand knowledge of this influential work of theater. He spoke passionately about the dire implications of refusing to accept unwelcome narratives and instead substituting counterfactual ones — a message that resonates all the more deeply today. “We need to take big risks, ask uncomfortable questions, be fearless in our pursuit of truth,” he said. Click through to watch the video of his talk.

Matt McCahill ’95 and Claire Moriarty Schaeffer ’05: Giving Matters, Every Year

October 26, 2018

This pivotal time in Concord Academy’s history requires a rethinking of leadership roles. Who better to put the case for annual support to the alumnae/i community than Matt McCahill ’95 and Claire Moriarty Schaeffer ’05. Consistently generous, they have volunteered, in their new roles as Alumnae/i Annual Fund co-chairs, to act on the responsibility they feel as beneficiaries of CA to carry forward the work begun by previous generations.

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