Gonk.Arts

The Blog of the Algonquin Fine & Performing Arts Department


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MassACDA High School Collegiate Festival

Eight Algonquin choral students, representing Mixed Chorus, Chamber Choir and Camerata Singers, spent Saturday, Oct. 20 at UMass Amherst for the High School Collegiate Choral Festival sponsored by the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Joshua Chang, Soraya Hafiani, Julia Hayes, Nathan Jagh, Max Petrie, Sravya Tanikella, Matt Webster, and Alex Ziada worked on Mass in G by Franz Schubert and If Music be the Food of Love, by David C. Dickau, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Papago of UMass Amherst. Our students joined forces with 60 other high school students from around the state, as well as choral and orchestral students and faculty soloists from UMass. The day of preparation culminated in a concert that included selections by the university Chamber Singers and Chorale, attended by parents of the high school students and the parents of the university students who were there for parents weekend.


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ARHS Pep Band/8th Grade Exchange

On Friday, October 5, the ARHS Pep Band, under the direction of Mrs Amy Collins and Mr Eric Vincent, invited 8th grade musicians from both Trottier and Melican Middle Schools to sit in with the band and perform at the football game! The evening started with a pizza party in the school cafeteria, a quick rehearsal in the bandroom, and then a fun time by all performing in the stands at the game. This night was sponsored by the Northborough-Southborough Music Association- they provided the pizza and an Algonquin Music shirt for all participation 8th graders!


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Jazz Combo Performs At Golf Tournament

On Monday, October 1, members of the Algonquin Jazz I Band, under the direction of Mr. Eric Vincent, played at the St. Rose Golf Tournament at the Wachusett Country Club in West Boylston. The Algonquin band has been providing entertainment at the annual event for over a decade. The golf tournament raises money for youth services in the community.

Students involved were:

Scott Alberti- trombone

Ethan Cardillo- guitar

Jason Goguen- drums

Jared Lin- alto sax

Jason Michalik- tenor sax

Justin Moyer- trumpet

Mateo Oyola- bari sax