• March

    Ceramic Artist Bruce Denhert 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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