2019

  • July

    NA Alumnus Priyam Parikh ’12 Nominated for Emmy

    Newark Academy alumnus Priyam Parikh ’12 is part of a team nominated for an Emmy for their work on “Wolves in the Walls.” Priyam works at Fable Studio, the new ex-Oculus Story Studio team behind “Wolves in the Walls,” which was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media.
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  • June

    NA Jazz/Percussion Teacher Matt Slocum Releases Fifth Album

    Newark Academy’s part-time jazz/percussion teacher Matt Slocum released his fifth album, “Sanctuary,” on May 31, 2019. Mr. Slocum was featured in Montclair Local for his work. Read the full story here.
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  • May

    8th Grade Class Night Closes Rose Auditorium

    After 55 years, Rose Auditorium hosted its final event on May 29, 2019 as the class of 2023 took their final bows at 8th Grade Class Night. The Coraci Performance Hall will open for the 2020-21 school year with nearly 200 more seats, state of the art acoustics, lighting and a two-floor production booth, as well as a new, larger video screen. Construction is already underway!
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  • NA’s Classical Musicians Host Evening of Chamber Music

    Come celebrate great music with for an Evening of Chamber Music and hear Newark Academy’s classical musicians will play solos and chamber music on May 30 in the Middle School Common Room at 7:00 p.m. Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Saint-Saens, Borodin, Dont, Sarasate, Gliere, Ibert, and Hovhaness compositions will be featured in this final concert of the year. Admission is free.
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  • NA Concert Choir Preforms at NJPAC

    Newark Academy’s Concert Choir was be joined four local high school choirs, the Newark Boys Chorus, three professional soloists, and the New Jersey Youth Symphony 100-piece orchestra in the full performance of Carl Orff's, Carmina Burana on May 19 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The performance was conducted by Maestra Helen Cha-Pyo (mother of Michael Pyo '22 and Christopher Pyo '17). She is the Artistic Director of the NJ Youth Symphony.

    “Not only was this a shared experience for our NA singers, but for ALL of the students involved,” NA Choral Director Viraj Lal said. “It's not often that you get to be part of something greater and larger than yourself. That is the gift of Choral Singing.”
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  • Chameleon Garners Awards at Essentially Ellington

    Newark Academy’s renowned jazz band Chameleon was once again selected as one of the top 15 jazz bands in the nation to play at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 24th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band and Competition, which was May 9-11 in New York City. The band won a section award for outstanding rhythm section and honorable mention for piano. Vikram Bala ’20 won an award for Outstanding Bass and Michael Wang ’20 won for Outstanding Alto Sax, while Alan Lin ’19 received Honorable Mention on Clarinet and Samantha Powell ’19 received Honorable Mention for Vocals. 

    See Chameleon perform “Stablemates” at the 2019 competition here: https://youtu.be/bVsoEzEK7OU
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  • NA Concert Choir Preforming at NJPAC

    Newark Academy’s Concert Choir will be joining four other local high school choirs, the Newark Boys Chorus, 3 professional soloists, and the New Jersey Youth Symphony 100-piece orchestra in the full performance of Carl Orff's, Carmina Burana on May 19 at NJPAC at 3pm. This performance will be conducted by Maestra Helen Cha-Pyo (mother of Michael Pyo '22 and Christopher Pyo '17). She is the Artistic Director of the NJ Youth Symphony.
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  • NA Spring Dance Concert: “Feels Like Home”

    The Newark Academy Arts Departments invites you to join us on May 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Rose Auditorium for a joyous dance concert featuring all dance classes, as well as Advanced/IB student-choreographed pieces. The show is family friendly and features a variety of music and dance genres including classical ballet, contemporary, tap, and jazz. Admission is free. For more information, contact Yvette Luxenberg at yluxenberg@newarka.edu.
     
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  • Newark Academy’s Nominations for Paper Mill Playhouse 24th Rising Star Awards

    Newark Academy received two nominations for the Paper Mill Playhouse 24th Rising Star Awards, a prestigious competition for outstanding work in high school theatre in New Jersey. NA received a nomination for Orchestra, while Zach Kessel ’19 received one for outstanding performance by a leading actor in a musical.
     
    The 2019 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards will take place at Paper Mill Playhouse on Tuesday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m., featuring presenters from Broadway and beyond. The ceremony will be broadcast live on television and online through Paper Mill Playhouse video partner, Hometown Television (HTTV), of Summit, New Jersey.
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  • Middle School Play, Agatha Rex, May 9 and 10

    This year, the Newark Academy Middle School will be staging Agatha Rex, an adaptation of AntigoneAgatha is a girl who stands up for her beliefs, regardless of the consequences. As student council president at Thebes High, she vigorously defends a student who is unfairly punished. Based on her actions, she could be expelled and lose an important scholarship. Set in a modern-day high school, the play translates the original Greek chorus into a fantastic ensemble opportunity. Admission is free.
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  • April

    Michael Pyo ’22 and Jessica Zheng ’20 Accepted into All State-Mixed Chorus

    Newark Academy freshman Michael Pyo and junior Jessica Zheng were accepted into the prestigious All-State Mixed Chorus. They will begin rehearsals in the 2019-20 school year and perform at NJPAC in Newark in November 2019 with the All-State Orchestra.
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  • NA’s Chameleon Wins 10th Straight State Title, NA Big Band Places Third

    While the members of Chameleon have grown accustomed to preforming at the NJAJE State Finals, there was a bit more angst than the normal preshow butterflies at West Millford High School on April 27, 2019. After all, the group was defending it’s state title for a monumental 10th-straight year.
     
    The night ended in cheers and trophies, before posing for pictures with the life-size trophy and 10 fingers extended representing the 10-straight championships. Along with Chameleon, NA Big Band came in third place, making it the first time NA’s second band has gotten into the top three.
     
    “One of my favorite moments was the reaction when they announced the non-placing bands in alphabetical order. We knew if Overbrook High School was announced that we were in the top three,” NA Jazz Director Julius Tolentino said. “The excitement and joy the NA Big Band tried to contain knowing they were in the top three was priceless.”
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  • IB Theatre/Advanced Acting Class to Perform Work

    Upper School students in the IB Theatre/Advanced Acting class have been working hard preparing an original Verbatim Theatre Piece, based on the research question "How does the past yours, and others affect your life?" The class interviewed faculty, staff and students, transcribed the interviews, and conducted them into an orchestrated piece, which they will perform their work on April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Lautenberg Theater.
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  • NA’s 12th Annual Cabaret Set for May 4

     
    Newark Academy’s 12th Annual Cabaret is May 4 in the Dining Room. Featuring Newark Academy's Concert Choir, this wonderful event is a tribute to the music of Broadway and film. With a live pit band, costuming, staging, choreography, and lights, each performance is showcased with the highest level of artistry. In true Cabaret Theatre fashion, food and drink will be served as you are marveled by the student performances, as French teacher Debra Ronan emcee’s the show directed/conducted by Choral Director Viraj Lal.
     
    Doors open and dinner is served at 6:15 p.m. while the show begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for dinner and the show are $15, available for purchase online at na.booktix.com. Table seating is reserved and space is limited. It is encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, however, tickets will also be sold at the door, pending availability. 
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  • March

    NA’s Kristin Tsay ’21, Juliet Blue ’23 Accepted into All-State Orchestras

    Newark Academy’s sophomore violinist Kristin Tsay was accepted into the first violin section of the New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) All-State High School Orchestra, while eighth grade violinist Juliet Bu was accepted into the first violin section of the NJMEA All-State Intermediate Orchestra. Juliet placed second in a field of more than 70 seventh, eighth and ninth grade violinists. Kristen and Juliet will perform at the teacher's convention and at NJPAC in November 2019.
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  • NJTV Spoke with Members of Chameleon

    Our jazz band Chameleon had a special visitor at their rehearsal on March 27, 2019! Steve Fidyke, jazz drummer, composer and author, worked with the students and helped them prepare for the 24th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival in May. Last year, Chameleon placed second overall in Essentially Ellington. And, NJTV spoke the band members about being named one of the 15 finalist bands competing in this year's competition. Watch the piece from NJTV at https://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/newark-academy-strives-for-top-spot-in-national-jazz-competition/.
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  • The Evening of Jazz for Newtown Featuring Wayne Escoffery and Newark Academy Jazz

    The Evening of Jazz for Newtown Featuring Wayne Escoffery of the Mingus Band and Newark AcademyJazz is a chance for all of NA’s large jazz ensembles to perform with a Grammy Award winning tenor saxophonist, while raising money for the families affected by the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012. Newark Academy’s Jazz Band Director Julius Tolentino dear friends Jimmy and Nelba lost their daughter Ana Grace and like many of the families, they have gone on a mission to prevent gun violence and promote love and community. Tickets for the show are available for $10 and donations will also be taken. Proceeds go to the Ana Grace Project. The concert will take place on April 5 in Rose Auditorium at Newark Academy (91 South Orange Ave, Livingston, NJ) from 7:00-9:00pm.  
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  • Ceramic Artist Bruce Dehnert to Display Work at Newark Academy

    The pottery and sculpture of award-wining artist, Bruce Dehnert will be on display in The David Teiger ’47 Gallery for the Studio Arts at Newark Academy from April 3 – 29, 2019 with an opening reception will be held on Friday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m. Fragmented, architectural-like structures support allegorical figures that call to mind another time and place. The warm, red earthenware heightens the presence of these large pieces that are visually textured and complex. “In this exhibition, the architectural-like structures serve to both support the figures and represent narrative as a construct,” says Dehnert. “I believe that creativity and art making can be greatly enhanced by forming connections between the artist and pretty much everything and everyone else out there who happen to somehow wander into the artist’s orbit.”
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  • NA Big Band and Chameleon Qualify for State Finals

    While hosting the NJAJE Prelims at Newark Academy on March 8, Chameleon and NA Big Band both once again qualified for the State Finals at the end April.
     
    The NA Big Band scored a silver rating, falling half a point shy a gold rating and are slotted third in their division. “With the soloists and the attention to detail I believe this band has reached another level and I'm excited for their journey to the State Finals,” said Newark Academy Jazz Director Julius Tolentino.
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  • Four NA Students Make Region Jazz Band

    On March 11, Newark Academy had a record 10 students audition for Region Jazz Band. Jacob Tolentino ’24 and Skywalker Li ’22 were each named first chair and Ethan Lee ’22 was named alto saxophone second chair for the Junior Region Jazz Band. Pianist Luca Moretti ’20 for made first chair in the Senior Region Jazz Band. 
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  • February

    NA’s Kianni Keys ’19 wins Young Playwright Competition

    Newark Academy’s Kianni Keys won The Theater Project’s seventeenth annual Young Playwrights Competition Performance and will be honored at an Awards Ceremony on March 9 at the Cranford Community Center. Kianni will get to see her work performed by professional actors of The Theater Project. The event is free and open to the public and has been proudly supported by grants from New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Investors Foundation and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
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  • Five NA Students Win Scholastic Visual Arts Awards

    Five Newark Academy students were honored with Scholastic Visual Arts Awards, with Tess Kesler ’22 (Photography) and Gillian Cohen ’19 (Art Portfolio) receiving a Gold Key. The two will now be considered for National Honors and their works will be on display at the Montclair Art Museum through March 17 with a reception on Feb 28.
     
    Tess (Photography) also won a Silver Key as did Kellen Wang ’22 (Drawing and Mixed Media). Gillian (Photography), Jessie Luo ’22 (Painting), Justine Seo ’19 (Mixed media and Art Portfolio), Kellen Wang ’20 (Drawing) received Honorable Mention for their submissions.
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  • NA Chameleon to Compete in 24th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival

    Newark Academy’s Chameleon is among 15 finalists who will compete in the 24th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival – the nation’s premier jazz education event – in New York City in May, Jazz at Lincoln Center announced.

    Against a competitive pool of 112 jazz bands across the country, NA was selected after submitting recordings of three tunes performed from the Jazz at Lincoln Center library. 

    "I think it's a testament to the group that we made it back to Essentially Ellington after graduating 11 seniors last year.  It's amazing to see the level and the bar set so high by these students," Julius said. "There's nothing that even comes close to the Essentially Ellington experience in terms of the level of groups, the interaction with the world's greatest musicians, and playing the music of Duke Ellington."
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  • Newark Academy’s Theater Inaugural Immersion Trip a Success

    On Feb. 2, 24 NA students from our Theatre Program went to NYC and met with three industry professionals to learn what a theatre education affords you.

    The two dozen pupils met with leaders in film, television and theatre. Stage manager for Broadways King Kong, Talent Agent at iconic theatre agency, editor and producer for Viacom, Kate Baldwin, the cast of SuperHero a new musical by Tom Kitt, and the writers of Dear Evan Hansen spent time with our kids.
    Theater teacher Rachel Shapiro Cooper called it, “an experience student won’t soon forget that enriches their educational experience and empowers them with the universal message of tenacity and generosity. If you want something, go after it!”
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  • January

    Newark Academy Art Department Presents The Mystery of Edwin Drood

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood written by Rupert Holmes, is a hilarious, interactive whodunit mystery musical that allows the audience to enter the action and become the ultimate detectives. The show is based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name. In the small town of Cloisterham, England, the young and charming Edwin Drood has been mysteriously murdered. But by whom?
     
    The show dates are February 28, March 1 and 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Auditorium. General admission tickets are available at the NA Store for $12 each. We hope to see you there!
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  • LumeNAtaion Places Third at International Championship of High School Acapella

    Newark Academy’s LumeNAtion finished in third place at the International Championship of High School Acapella (ICHSA) Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal on January 25. “These 17 students poured their hearts out on the stage and I am beyond proud of each and everyone of them,” Choral Director Viraj Lal said.
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  • NA’s Leah Shiff '22 Makes All-State Symphonic Band and Orchestra

    This past Saturday, freshman French horn player Leah Shiff auditioned for and was accepted into the All-State Symphonic Band and Orchestra. In order to qualify for this audition, she successfully auditioned for the North Jersey Region Band and Orchestra and then competed against 9th through 12th grade horn players to play at the state level.
     
    The Band will perform this spring, while the Orchestra will perform next fall at the teacher's convention in Atlantic City and at NJPAC.
     
    To qualify, musicians must memorize all 12 major scales, a chromatic scale demonstrating the range of the instrument, and a difficult prepared solo. They must also sight-read a 16-measure computer generated piece of music which they have only seen for 30 seconds before playing.
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  • Cheer on NA’s LumeNAtion in the International Championship of High School Acappella

    LumeNAtion will be competing in the mid-Atlantic International Championship of High School Acapella (ICHSA) Quarterfinal hoping to secure a first or second place to advance to the semi-finals Jan. 25. The event takes place at Northern Highlands High School at 7 p.m., in Allendale, N.J. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased through www.varsityvocals.com. A direct link to the ticket page can be found here.  While tickets may be available at the door, it is recommended to purchase tickets early.
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