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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.

Reminder: Order Spring Semester Books!

December 12, 2018

The online bookstore is now officially open! Please order your books as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.

Junior Class Ring Orders

December 11, 2018

The Herff Jones Company will be handling the Concord Academy ring order this year for the class of 2020. A reminder that their representative will be coming to Concord Academy on Wednesday, January 16, and Thursday, January 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to measure juniors who are interested in ordering a class ring. Should you have any questions, feel free to call Jackie Decareau at 978-402-2202, or email her at jackie_decareau@concordacademy.org. You may also contact the Herff Jones representative, Mike McCann, at 781-749-2426 or mamccann@herffjones.com.

Taking Aim at Gun Violence, CA’s Big Data Club Earns the People’s Choice Award in the Teradata University Network Analytics Challenge

November 30, 2018

In October, Haley Wixom ’20 and Lucas Ewing ’19, two of the co-heads of Concord Academy’s Big Data Club, competed in the 2018 Teradata University Network (TUN) Analytics Challenge. They were the first high school team to take part in this global, university-level competition. For their analysis that showed improving mental health support can reduce gun violence in schools, they took home the People’s Choice Award for best presentation. Now they’re working to help other high school students interested in pursuing data analytics.

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.

CA Singers Herald History at the Opening of the Concord Museum’s Rasmussen Education Center

November 9, 2018

On November 2, the CA Singers proudly represent Concord Academy and the school’s ties to the Concord Museum by performing at the grand opening of the museum’s new Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Cente

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.

Filmmaker Catherine Saalfield Gund ’83, Honored with the 2018 Joan Shaw Herman Award, Speaks at CA

October 19, 2018

The powerful independent documentary films that Catherine Saalfield Gund ’83 has created over her more than 20 years as a director and producer — films that partner with activists and support movements for social justice — have earned her critical acclaim and Emmy nominations. This spring, they also earned a distinction unique to Concord Academy graduates, the Joan Shaw Herman Award for Distinguished Service. Gund accepted the award in a recorded speech for fellow alumnae/i during her 30th reunion in June and returned to campus on October 18 to speak with CA students, faculty, and staff about her work, her personal journey, and the movements that matter immensely to her. Her talk left the CA community deeply moved and inspired.

Thank you for attending Family Weekend!

October 15, 2018

Whether from around the corner or from across the world, families traveled last week to Concord Academy to visit with their children, get to know fellow parents, and take part in the CA experience. They visited students’ classes and studios, cheered from the sidelines at athletic competitions, met with teachers and advisors, and viewed students’ artistic endeavors. Works in progress were presented by vocal and instrumental groups, CA Dance Project, and the performers in the fall mainstage production, The Laramie Project. Panel discussions addressed student trips, Global Online Academy, college counseling, and Community & Equity programming, among other topics. Several events for families, including parent class socials, a meeting of the parents’ book group, a gathering for families of students of color, and the annual community dinner hosted by CA Parents drew the community together. See photos from Family Weekend here.

Storytelling Assembly with S. Bear Bergman Kicks Off CA’s GSA-at-30 Celebration

September 18, 2018

S. Bear Bergman ’92 was welcomed back to campus to present the first Community and Equity assembly of the 2018–19 school year. An author, educator, and performer, Bergman speaks at colleges and universities about gender, sexuality, and culture and works with organizations and corporations to create queer and trans cultural competency; his press, Flamingo Rampant, publishes feminist, LGBTQ-positive, racially diverse children’s books. In his storytelling assembly at CA, Bergman commanded the stage, telling funny, heartbreaking, and illuminating tales from his own life. His visit kicked off Concord Academy’s yearlong celebration of the 30th anniversary of the GSA (now the Gender Sexuality Alliance), one of the first two Gay-Straight Alliances in existence. Throughout the year, visiting speakers and C&E programming will reflect on CA’s foundational role in the LGBTQ youth movement.

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