Arts News

List of 6 news stories.

  • 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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  • 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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2018-19 Arts Events

Evening of Jazz for Newtown
Friday, April 5, 7:00 p.m.
Upper School Spring Choral Concert
Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
IB/Advanced Acting Evening of Theater
Friday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.
Upper School Spring Instrumental Concert
Sunday, April 28, 3:00 p.m.
Middle School Evening of the Arts
Thursday, May 2,
Art Reception: 6:00 p.m. Concert: 7:00 p.m.
Upper School Choral Cabaret
Saturday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.
Middle School Play
Thursday, Friday, May 9 – 10, 7:00 p.m.
Spring Dance Concert
Thursday, May 23, 7:00 p.m.