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The Blog of the Algonquin Fine & Performing Arts Department


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Music Department Tours NYC

Recently, the music department participated in a 3-day tour of NYC with 67 of our music students. The choir, band and orchestra performed in NYC at two very impressive venues: St. John the Divine Cathedral and St. Paul the Apostle Church. The trips activities were socially and musically educational and our students represented our community well in NYC.

Some of the highlights of the trip included: our performances, attending School of Rock the Musical, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Times Square and Central Park and the 9/11 Memorial Museum.


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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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Algonquin Instrumental Groups to Perform at Mechanics Hall

All four of the Algonquin Instrumental groups: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and String Orchestra will be performing in the MICCA Gold Medal Showcase at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA. These groups were invited to attend this performance based on their superior ratings at the MICCA Festival on March 24.

Please join us on Sunday April 8 at Mechanics Hall to celebrate the accomplishments of our fine musicians. The Algonquin groups are scheduled to perform at 4pm. The organizers of the event noted the Showcase may run ahead of schedule and there is the potential for the Algonquin time slot to begin at 3:30pm- so get there early to grab a seat. Admission is free!!


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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!