Arts News

List of 6 news stories.

  • Five Newark Academy Musicians Make Region Jazz

    Five Newark Academy musicians earned top placements from the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE). Kayin Davis ’23 (drums) and Jacob Tolentino ’24 (trumpet) both came in first for the junior band, while Ethan Lee ’22 (tenor saxophone) came in first place for the high school band. Shivan Kundra ’23 and Ben Chaddha ’21 also made the high school band on trumpet.
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  • Chameleon and NA Big Band Advance to New Jersey Association for Jazz Education State Finals

    Newark Academy’s nationally renowned jazz band, Chameleon, will go for its 11th straight New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE) State Title on April 25 at 5:00 p.m. at J.P. Stevens High School. Chameleon qualified for the NJAJE State Finals by receiving a gold rating in the preliminaries. The band also received an outstanding saxophone and rhythm section award, as well as the top sight-reading award. Michael Wang ’20 and Luca Moretti ’20 received soloist awards, while Yasmeena Sharif ’23, Vikram Bala ’20 and Ben Chaddha ’21 received honorable mentions as soloist.
    The NA Big Band, the Academy's junior band, qualified for the NJAJE State Finals as well, receiving a silver rating in the preliminaries. NA Big Band also received a gold rating for sight-reading, which was the first for the ensemble. Last year, NA Big Band came in third place in the state finals, making it the first time that the group has gotten into a top-three position. The NA Big Band has received strong leadership from Noah Chirnomas ’22, Ryan Kim ’22, Eli Song ’20 and Akshay Bhandari, according to long-time, Newark Academy Jazz Director Julius Tolentino.
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  • Newark Academy Wins Two Soloist Awards at Mingus Festival and Competition

    Newark Academy seniors Vikram Bala and Teddy McGraw were awarded soloists awards at the Mingus Festival and Competition for playing bass and drums, respectively. The two are members of NA’s nationally renowned jazz band, Chameleon, which was able to work with several members of the Mingus Big Band and play with some of the top high school band programs in the country.
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  • Three Newark Academy Students Selected to North Jersey Region Band

    Maya Martos, 7th grade French Hornist; Jacob Tolentino, 8th grade trumpeter; and William Crall, a freshman tuba player were selected to perform with the North Jersey School Music Association North Jersey Region Bands on March 8 at Madison Jr. School. 7th grade French Hornist, Maya won first chair in the top group, auditioning against 21 other 7th, 8th, and 9th graders 8th grader, while Jacob, placed 4th out of 42 trumpeters and will also perform in the top ensemble. Freshman Tuba player, William, won first chair and will also perform with the top group.
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  • Newark Academy Arts Department to Perform Godspell

    Newark Academy students will perform Godspell on February 27, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Morris Museum Bickford Theatre. Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden) and it took the world by storm. 
    Godspell is a magical retelling of the Gospel according to Matthew, through the interpretation of the story of Jesus Christ and his disciples. NA’s ensemble retells parables by using a wide variety of storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. The score boasts an eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville. Led by the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side.” The musical’s message of kindness, tolerance, and love comes vibrantly to life. Godspell is a sensation that continues to touch audiences and leave us with the message of self-love, authenticity and celebrating difference.
    Tickets will be available for $12 in the NA Bookstore and at the door on the evening of the performances.
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  • Newark Academy Has Second Annual Theater Immersion Day

    Thirty-seven Newark Academy theatre students traveled to New York City on Sunday for the Second Annual Theater Immersion Day. Students met with talent agent Ashley Landay and casting director Victor Vasquez, CSA. They were treated to a performance and workshop featuring Chase Clark and Olu Somorin, who wowed with a performance of August Wilson’s "Fences." The day on Broadway ended with a matinee of "Grand Horizons" at the Helen Hayes, produced by Second Stage and a talkback with cast member Matthew Scott.
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