Gonk.Arts

The Blog of the Algonquin Fine & Performing Arts Department


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Spring Art Show

The annual Spring Art Show will open on Monday May 14th. The opening reception has been rescheduled to Monday, May 21 from 5-7pm. Come see the work made by our talented art students throughout the year and enjoy a light refreshment. The show will remain open throughout May 25th during the school day.


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Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Regional and National

We are pleased to announce that junior Elsa Ray has earned a National Silver Medal for her photograph, Refuge, in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This award is presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

This award is presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Elsa’s work was selected by creative professionals to be among the most accomplished in the nation. This year, nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Less than 1% were recognized at the national level.

The following students were recognized at the regional level in the Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards:

Lucie Bergsten, Gold Key, Disappear, Digital Art
Katherine Colglazier, Gold Key, Pictures, Poetry
Katherine Colglazier, Gold Key, The Obnoxious Mark, Poetry
Genevieve Cox, Honorable Mention, Showing, Painting
Nadine El  Nesr, Honorable Mention, Fabric of the Sea: Environment and Texture of Reality, Fashion
Matthew McAndless, Honorable Mention, A Change of Heart, Painting
Bridey McGlynn, Gold Key, Day at the Seaside, Painting
Bridey McGlynn, Silver Key, Chauncey Lake, Painting
Andrew Michalik, Silver Key, Climb Down, Digital Art
Taylor Murphy, Honorable Mention, Don’t Let Go, Mixed Media
Elsa Ray, Gold Key, Refuge, Photography
Elsa Ray, Honorable Mention, Beacon, Photography
Elsa Ray, Honorable Mention, Sunday, Photography
Elsa Ray, Honorable Mention, Red Line at Early Morning, Photography
Elsa Ray, Honorable Mention, Emptiness, Poetry
Grace Tang, Gold Key, Untitled (with Balloons), Photography
Nick Warren, Gold Key, Drowning, Photography

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Congrats & Bravo!

This past weekend, 7 curricular Music ensembles from Algonquin performed at the MICCA (Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association) Festival. The Choral ensembles performed at Westborough High School and the Instrumental groups performed at Hopkinton High School. All groups performed before a panel of adjudicators and received feedback and a clinic following the performance.

The groups impressed the adjudicators with their musicality and spirit! Congratulations for our ensembles, who proudly represented Algonquin:

Mixed Chorus- Bronze

Concert Choir- Silver

Camerata Singers- Silver

Concert Band- Gold

Symphonic Band- Gold

String Orchestra- Gold

Wind Ensemble- Gold

The groups receiving Gold medals will be invited to perform in the Gold Medal Showcase at either Symphony Hall or Mechanics Hall.


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MAJE Jazz Festival

The Algonquin music department hosted the Central District MAJE Jazz Festival on Monday, March 12. Eight bands performed for a panel of adjudicators, and received feedback and a clinic after their performances. Algonquin Jazz II, under the direction of Henry Morel received a silver medal and the Algonquin Jazz I, under the direction of Eric Vincent, received a silver medal. The Jazz I Band was invited to perform at the MAJE State Finals on Sunday March 18 at Norwood High School. The band received a bronze medal at States. Congrats to all involved!


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Fine Arts Expo

During all three lunches on March 19, 20, and 21, the Algonquin Fine & Performing Arts Department celebrated Youth Art Month and Music In The Schools Month by showcasing some serious student talent! All students were invited to view live art-making in action, zen doodles, get a temporary tattoo, and hear some live music through lunch. Students also received free “make room for the arts” stickers! Special thanks to the National Art Honors Society and Tri-M Music Honors Society for coordinating this special event.

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