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

February 01, 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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On Following Your Passion: A 2018 Reunion CA Alumnae/i Panel

June 15, 2018

A panel discussion among CA alumnae/i with careers in the arts gave the Concord Academy community a chance to celebrate the creative work of its graduates during the 2018 reunion. Ben Stumpf ’88, who teaches computer science, film, and graphic design at CA, moderated the June 9 conversation with opera singer Colin Levin ’03, theater director Grady Gund ’08, architect Becky Seamans Egea ’93, and Meg Grasselli ’68, curator of old master drawings at the National Gallery in Washington.

CA Student Filmmakers Win Awards

May 22, 2018

Congratulations to three Concord Academy students — DJ Charles ’20, Hank Parker ’20, and Quinn Meyerson ’20 — whose short films won awards this month in New England student film competitions! DJ’s 30-second public service announcement took first prize in the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts “Get In the Game and Vote!” high school video contest, part of a statewide voter engagement initiative. His short film For Sale won best picture at this year’s Williston Northampton School Film Festival, which also honored Hank and Quinn’s short film, The Book, which they created this fall in Justin Bull’s Introduction to Film Production course, for best editing. Click through to watch these videos.

Spring Co-Lab, Membra, a Moving Performance

May 9, 2018

The Concord Academy Performing Arts Department presented Membra, a beautiful piece of music theater, in the dance studio on May 4 and 5. The cantata for singers and dancers, with the music of Dietrich Buxtehude, a Baroque Dutch-German organist and composer, was a collaboration between CA Singers and Dance Company. Membra was directed by dance teacher Richard Colton, with music direction by choral director Michael Bennett.

Directors’ Workshop Festival Delivers a Great Evening of Theater

April 20, 2018

On April 13 and 14, The Concord Academy Performing Arts Department presented two back-to-back plays in the Directors’ Workshop Festival 2018. The evening of theater directed, designed, and acted entirely by students provided both comedy and heartbreak. Sasha Rechler ’18 directed <em>Stop Kiss</em> by Diana Son, a tale of a furtive romance interrupted by violence. Jordie Hurley ’18 directed <em>Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche</em> by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood, a fast-paced farce set in the 1950s.

Music Cafe March 2018

March 3, 2018

Due to the potential for snow on Wednesday, Music Cafe will take place on Thursday at 8 p.m. — ONE SHOW ONLY — in the Performing Arts Center, not the Dance Studio.

Much Ado About Nothing Soundtrack

March 1, 2018

Much Ado About Nothing from CA Films, last year’s collaborative Feature Film course production and CA’s first movie musical, was recently submitted to festivals for consideration. Director and film teacher Justin Bull shared this soundtrack of covers of songs by The Magnetic Fields (a band that includes Claudia Gonson ’86 and Sam Davol ’88). The alum was produced by Nivedhan Singh and features the voices and musical talents of many students and faculty within the CA community. Click through to listen.

Photos from the CA Dance Company Performance: Body Language

February 2, 2018

View the photo gallery from Body Language, a CA Dance Company presentation.

Winter Mainstage: Scapin, February 23 and 24

February 1, 2018

The Winter Mainstage Performance, Scapin, will take place on Friday, February 23, and Saturday, February 24.Scapin is a wily servant play written by Jean-Baptiste Moliere in 1671. Contact jessica_cloutier-plass@concordacademy.org for tickets to this event.

Upcoming Performing Arts Events

January 21, 2018

Mark your calendars for the following events put on by the Performing Arts Department:

  • February 2: CA Dance Company presents Body Language
  • February 23 and 24: Winter Mainstage: Scapin
  • March 2: Choral/Chamber Music Concert
  • March 7: Music Cafe

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