• November

    NA Jazz Director Julius Tolentino receives The New Jersey Jazz Education Achievement Award

    Julius Tolentino is not only a talented Jazz musician who has been in the New York Jazz scene for more than 20 years, but a galvanizing educator. Working at Newark Academy since 2006, Julius has been recognized for his educational efforts as a recipient of the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE) Achievement Award.

    The NJAJE states that the award goes to "a New Jersey jazz educator who has demonstrated the highest standards of teaching excellence and dedication to the jazz education community."

    "I am honored and humbled to receive this year’s Jazz Education Achievement Award from the NJAJE," Julius said. "As a high school student I was fortunate to be involved in Jazz Regions and All-States, as well as the state festivals because I had an awesome middle school and high school band director. This award has been given to several heavyweight Jazz Educators in NJ, and I hope to do them and NJAJE proud with my continued efforts.”
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  • 16th Annual NA Community Art Exhibit Taking Submissions

    The Arts Department is accepting submissions for the 16th Annual NA Community Art Exhibit, entitled HOUSE & HOME. How do the habitats we build reflect our inner states?  What makes a house a home and what images or symbols relay that sentiment?  The notion of home can include dwellings of all kinds, such as habitats made by creatures in the natural world. You may work in any medium and there are no limitations in regard to size. We will be accepting works the weeks of December 17–20 and January 7–9. All submitted works must be exhibit ready. For questions, contact Elaine Brodie at ext. 222. 
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  • NA Set for Fall Dance Concert

    Please join us for the Fall Dance Concert on November 17 at 7 p.m. All Middle and Upper School dance classes will perform in a variety of styles. The Digital Photography Class and Film Class will show their photographs and videos of the Advanced/IB Dance Class to start the show. Come see what amazing work these 90 students have done throughout the fall! Contact Yvette Luxenberg at yluxenberg@newarka.edu or at 973-992-700 x291 for more information.
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  • October

    NA Presents The Laramie Project This Weekend

    Newark Academy’s Arts Department presents The Laramie Project as this year’s fall drama on November 1, 2 and 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Rose Auditorium.
    The Laramie Project is based on the true story of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student who, in October 1998, was beaten to death in Laramie, Wyoming. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws in various states, including Wyoming.

    “We first staged this challenging play back in 2002, and now we are bringing it back to the NA stage in honor of the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death,” Newark Academy Arts Department Chair Elaine Brodie says. 
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  • AIDS Memorial Quilt to be Displayed at Newark Academy

     When Sophie Licostie ’19 was 8 years old, she spent the summer in Washington D.C., while one of her moms, Nadine, was working on a documentary on the AIDS epidemic, The Last One. That summer, the AIDS Memorial Quilt was on display in the Capital City.
    “I was pretty young, but I got to meet a lot of interesting people and the entire event had a big impact on me,” Sophie recalled. “I remember in particular learning that each panel is the size of a human grave, and that was a fact that really resonated with me. I've been entertaining the idea of bringing the quilt to NA for a few years now, and as this is my senior year, I felt it is my last opportunity to bring it in for the school.”
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  • Newark Academy to Welcome Kenny Rampton

    NA’s Arts Department will welcome renowned trumpeter Kenny Rampton, who will be working with students through a combination of school day visits, a performance, and evening band rehearsals with NA Big Band and NA’s celebrated Jazz Band, Chameleon, from October 15 -18, 2018.
    Kenny joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2010, as well as performs with the Mingus Big Band, The Mingus Orchestra, The Mingus Dynasty, George Gruntz’ Concert Jazz Band, and The Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, and also leads his own sextet. His career highlights include touring around the world with The Ray Charles Orchestra in 1990, and Broadway credits from Chicago: The Musical and The Producers.
    Here’s the schedule of Kenny’s visit to NA:
    • October 15: Visiting classes
    • October 16: Working with NA Big Band
    • October 17: Kenny performs in Middle School Commons
    • October 18: Visiting classes and working with Chameleon
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    The David Teiger ’47 Gallery for the Studio Arts at Newark Academy will feature the work of Jordan Matter, portrait and dance photographer and author of New York Times bestseller Dancers Among Us. Jordan will share many of the pieces from this series in the form of large, luminous prints that capture professional dancers leaping, spinning, and kicking while in the midst of daily living. The exhibit also includes a number of pieces from Jordan’s new book, Born to Dance.
     “Dancers are storytellers.  They’re trained to capture passion with their bodies.  They bring to life what we feel, but what most of us, lacking their artistry and athleticism, are unable to express physically,” says Jordan.  Indeed, the viewer is confronted with dynamic images that amaze and delight, and while one might suspect manipulation of the photos, they are, in fact, unaltered by postproduction.  What is on view is exactly what Jordan snapped with his camera.  Jordan and his work have been featured in all media, including ABC World News, Nightline, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Today, the BBC, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, UK, NPR, and New York Magazine, and in newspapers, magazines and exhibitions all over the world. 
    In addition to sharing his work with the community, Jordan will conduct a workshop, sharing his approach with the dance and photography classes at Newark Academy.  The exhibit will be on display from October 13 – November 20, 2018 with an opening reception and book signing on October 15, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.
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  • September

    Music Faculty Benefit Concert

    A concert featuring the accomplished musicians who teach in NA’s after-school Music Lesson Program will be held at 7 p.m. in the Middle School Commons on Thursday, October 4, 2018.
    All proceeds from the benefit concert support student musicians in need of financial assistance for private music lessons.
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  • Academy Voices Enjoys Annual Fall Retreat

    NA’s select choral ensemble Academy Voices recently enjoyed their Annual Fall Retreat. The event is used for team building activities that were all planned by the section leaders of the group. The activities included Minute-to-Win-It, Lip-Sync Battle, Compliment Writing and a Scavenger Hunt. “The students worked well together and shared a lot of fun and laughs,” Choral Director Viraj Lal said. “The retreat was successful and enjoyable and I’m looking forward to a great year of making music!”
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  • August

    First Art Exhibit in the David Teiger ’47 Gallery for the Studio Arts is September 4 – October 8, 2018

    PAX Rwanda: Embroideries of the Women of Savane Rutongo-Kabuye, an exhibit of vibrant embroideries created by Rwandan artists will be featured in the David Teiger ’47 Gallery for the Studio Arts at Newark Academy from September 4 - October 8, 2018.  A reception will be held in the Teiger Gallery on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. The exhibit is comprised of elaborately rendered scenes of Rwanda’s culture, its people and the beautiful animals of West Africa. Bogota resident Juliana Meehan discovered the embroideries as a tourist to Rwanda in 2010 and curates the collection. In addition to showing the work, Meehan will share her stories of these artists and her experiences in Rwanda with Newark Academy students.  
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  • July

    Newark Academy Jazz Director Julius Tolentino Recipient of 2018 Jazz Education Achievement Award

    Congratulations Julius Tolentino on being selected as the recipient of the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE) 2018 Jazz Education Achievement Award! His work with our students and Chameleon, NA’s Jazz Band, service to NJAJE, involvements with the Jazz Education Network are among the few reasons for his selection. 
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  • June

    Newark Academy’s Jazz Band Chameleon Placed Second in 2018 Essentially Ellington

    Congratulations to Chameleon for placing second in the nation at the 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival! This is the fourth time Newark Academy has made it to the finals and the first time NA came in the top three. Taking the stage at Lincoln Center, Chameleon, led by NA's Jazz Director Julius Tolentino, brought the house down with their performances and our students captured the audience and wouldn't let go. The weekend's performances left us speechless and in awe of this inspiring group. 
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  • NA Choir Celebrates 14 Seniors

    Congratulations to the Class of 2018 and to the 14 choral seniors who have dedicated their high school careers to our choral program! 
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  • May

    Chamber Music Concert, May 20

    On May 20, the Arts Department will present its annual Chamber Music Concert at 3:00pm in the Choral Room. The concert is free and open to the public is a celebration of some of NA's finest musicians as they share works of the great composers of the past 400 years! The concert will be dedicated to the memory of Karen Pinoci, our beloved cello teacher, conductor, friend, and colleague.
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  • Spring Dance Concert, May 24

    Join us on May 24 at 7:30pm in Rose Auditorium for the Spring Dance Concert, "For the Love of Dance." The evening features 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 ballet, contemporary, tap, jazz, and street jazz. Admission is free. Contact Yvette Luxenberg for questions.
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  • Senior Rebecca Slater Earned Governor’s Award and More

    Violinist Rebecca Slater ’18 earned a 2018 Governor’s Award in Arts Education to be presented at an award ceremony and performance at the Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial in Trenton on May 22. Rebecca is being recognized for her violin performance in the NJ All-State Orchestra. Rebecca also won an audition to Concertmaster in the All Eastern Orchestra. With the highest score among musicians from 11 states, she was First Chair when performing with this elite Orchestra in April 2017 in Atlantic City. Previously she was accepted into the 2017 New Jersey All State High School Orchestra and served as Concertmaster. Rebecca was also one of three Upper School violinists accepted into the New Jersey Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra. To qualify for the All-State audition, she had to audition for, be accepted into, and perform with the North Jersey Regional Orchestra. Rebecca performed at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City during the NJEA Convention and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. This prestigious ensemble was comprised of New Jersey’s top high school musicians. Rebecca's award-winning performance was of Partita No. 2 Allemande by Bach.
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  • Chameleon Does it Again!

    Chameleon, just coming off their First Place performance at the NJAJE State Finals for the ninth year in a row, will be performing at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 11, for the prestigious Essentially Ellington Festival. Information and tickets for the live stream can be found on jazz.org.
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  • Middle School Play, May 10 and 11 at 7pm

    We are delighted to announce that this year we will be staging Romeo and Juliet, or the old you know I really love you, but my father really hates you blues on May 10 and 11 at 7pm in Lautenberg Black Box Theatre. This fast-paced adaptation of Shakespeare's play tracks the star-crossed lovers and their cross-purposed families through the tumbling courtship to its tragic conclusion. Contact Elaine Brodie to reserve seats at ebrodie@newarka.edu. Admission is free.
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  • Academy Voices Showcased Depth of Artistry in New York City

    Members of Academy Voices had a rich day of great singing in New York City as they participated in a series of masterclasses - a choral class with Dr. Brandon Williams of Rutgers University and a musical theatre class with Broadway actor Ben Fankhauser. They also witnessed theater magic at the matinee performance of “Once On This Island,” performed in large studios that famous and aspiring performers rehearse and audition in, had an enjoyable group dinner, and ended their night demonstrating their teamwork skills in the Escape Room. “The group sang beautifully, were open to suggestions and directions from clinicians, witnessed art performed at the highest level, built a stronger camaraderie with one another, and to top it off, they were all respectful, helpful and a whole lot of fun to be around,” said NA Choral Director Viraj Lal about the inspiring day. 

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  • April

    Cabaret, May 5

    The 11th Annual Cabaret is May 5 in the Dining Hall. Featuring Newark Academy's Concert Choir, this wonderful one-night-only event is a tribute to the world of Broadway and Film. With a live pit band, costuming, staging, choreography, and lights, each performance is taken entirely to a new level. In true Cabaret Theatre fashion, food and drink will be served as you are marveled by the student performances. This is a family-friendly production, so we hope that you bring your friends and family to experience the magic that is CABARET 2018! Debra Ronan is the emcee and the show is directed/conducted by Viraj Lal. Doors and dinner at 6:15pm. The show begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $14 (include dinner and show) and are available for purchase online at na.booktix.comTable 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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  • Spring Choral Concert, April 18

    The Upper School vocal ensembles will be presenting their Spring Choral Concert on April 18 at 7:30pm in the Dining Room. The groups have prepared a wonderful evening of music to share with you all. Admission is free.
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  • March

    Chameleon and NA Big Band Earned Gold Ratings at NJAJE State Preliminary Festival

    Both Chameleon and the NA Big Band performed in the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE) State Preliminary Festival before Spring Break. NA was one of five schools that hosted a preliminary event with 45 bands in total participating. Chameleon and the NA Big Band both received a gold rating -  the first gold rating for the NA Big Band, who also has the third seed going into the finals in late April. NA also received all four soloists’ awards: Samantha Powell ’18, Reid Christmann ’18, and Allen Zhu ’18 from Chameleon and Jacob Tolentino ’24 from the NA Big Band.  Chameleon also received the best sight-reading award and the outstanding rhythm section award. The finals will take place at Burlington High School on April 28 at 5:00 pm.
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  • Charles Mingus Festival and Competition, April 22

    On April 22, Chameleon and the Newark Academy Combo will perform as finalists in the Charles Mingus Festival and Competition. This is a national competition, which will have programs from Colorado, Oregon, Oklahoma, and New York. They will be performing on the Rutgers Newark Campus at the Great Hall. The combo performs at 9:00am and Chameleon at 1:45pm. The event is open to the public.
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  • LumeNAtion Shines at the ICHSA Semifinal!

    Newark Academy’s a capella group, LumeNAtion, recently competed in the International High School A Cappella, Mid-Atlantic Semifinal at Northern Highlands High School. This was their second time advancing to this round and out of nine groups at the regional semifinal, LumeNAtion came in fourth place behind two groups from Northern Highlands and one group from Appomattox HS, a Performing Arts Magnet in Petersburg, Virginia, who placed first. NA also received special recognition when Samantha Powell '19 received the Outstanding Soloist award. The Art Department extends our sincerest gratitude to the community for their support at this big event – and appreciated the cheering section, filled with members from the NA community.
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  • NA co-hosts the Annual Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival

    On April 14, in partnership with Lincoln Center, Newark Academy will be holding a non-competitive, education-focused festival designed to offer high school jazz bands of all levels the opportunity to perform the music of Duke Ellington and other seminal big band composers and arrangers. NA will be one of fifteen locations across the country hosting a festival and fifteen different groups will come from all over New Jersey and New York State. Chameleon will be closing the festival with special guests.  
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  • NA Instrumental Musicians Accomplishments

    Violinist Pravan Chakravarthy ’21, cellist Ivy Xie ’21, French hornist Leah Shiff ’22 and cellist Colin Tsay ’23 (who was also accepted into and will play in the New Jersey All State Intermediate Orchestra) played a concert of challenging repertoire with other top musicians from the area as part of the North Jersey Junior Region Orchestra at Northern Valley, Old Tappan High School. Additionally, clarinetists Andrew Zhang ’22 and Leah Shiff performed with the Junior Region Band and oboist Ruthie Gu performed with the All-State Band. 
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  • NA Jazz Stars To Play at Benefit for Newtown Families

    On April 13, from 7:30-9:30pm, NA’s jazz ensembles will perform in one concert in Rose Auditorium to raise money for families affected by the Sandy Hook Shootings five years ago. Several distinguished guests will perform as well, including saxophonist Jimmy Greene and guitarist Dave Stryker. Please see Mr. Tolentino for tickets, which are $10. All proceeds go to the Ana Grace Project. The concert is dedicated to Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, a first-grader who was a victim of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Ana’s parents are close friends of Julius Tolentino, Newark Academy's jazz director, and like many like many of the families, they have gone on a mission to prevent gun violence and to promote love and community.
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  • NA Student Musicians Will Perform in Region Jazz Band

    Michael Wang ’20 made second chair on the alto saxophone for the High School Region Jazz Band and Shivan Kundra ’23 made second chair trumpet for the Junior High Region Jazz Band. They will be performing at Sparta High School on April 22 at 3:00pm.
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  • NA Choir Students Made Music at Regional and Eastern Levels!

    Congratulations to choristers Claire Dempsey ’18, Christine Pan ’18, Melody Xiao ’18, Jessica Zheng ’20, Haniya Cheema ’21, Nikhil Kumra ’22, and Mason Kung ’22 for their acceptance and wonderful performance with the American Choral Directors Association All-Eastern Honor Choirs! Melody, Christine, and Jessica sang with the High School Honor Choir, Claire sang with the Women's Composer Repertoire Honor Choir, Haniya, and Nikhil and Mason sang with the Jr. High Honor Choir. All three performances were of the highest caliber.  Additionally, congratulations to Jessie Luo ’22 and Evan Bulan ’23 for their acceptance and performance with the North Jersey Region Mixed Honor Choir. All of these Honor Choir opportunities provide invaluable experiences for our students, which are brought back into our program at NA. 
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  • LumeNAtion featured on Acaville Radio tonight, March 12

    LumeNAtion will be featured on Acaville Radio’s talk show “Competition Countdown” tonight, March 12, at 8pm EST! Tune in at Acaville Radio or download the free Acaville Radio app in the App Store. The segment will re-air on March 17 at 9am and 9pm EST.

    On March 24, LumeNAtion will be performing in the International Championship of High School A cappella (ICHSA) Semifinals. Click here to purchase tickets.
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  • February

    NA Jazz Director will Conduct the New Jersey Youth Symphony Orchestra

    Through the New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) and Wharton Arts, NA’s Jazz Director Julius Tolentino will be the conductor for the NJYS Jazz Orchestra, which will be made up of some the most talented high school jazz musicians in New Jersey. They will perform in concerts, festivals and national competitions. Click here to learn more about this exciting opportunity.
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  • Chameleon Does it Again!

    Congratulations to Chameleon for being one of 15 finalists for the 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival! This is the fourth time Newark Academy has made it to the finals. Known as the "Super Bowl" of Jazz Band Competitions, the 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival will be held May 10-12, 2018.

    Click here to read more on WBGO.org. 
    Click here to learn more about Essentially Ellington. 
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  • Photography Class Creates Recipes

    As an introduction to narrative photography, our Upper School digital photography students were given the task of photographing a recipe of their choice. This experiential lesson challenged the students to illustrate their recipe from the ingredients to final product. Click here to see their amazing work.
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    Norbert Leo Butz, the original lead actor of the Broadway Musical Big Fish, attended the musical rehearsal on February 12 to meet our cast, observe some of their rehearsal, and talk about his experience in the show. Norbert is a two-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for the shows Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me If You Can. He also played leading roles in Rent, The Last Five Years, and Big Fish to name a few. He also is a major character in the TV series Bloodline.
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  • Chameleon and Jazz Combo Make it to Mingus Festival

    Newark Academy Combo and Jazz Band “Chameleon” have been selected as a Finalist in the 10th Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition. The judges were very impressed with the level of performance of our students and delighted by the integrity and heart they demonstrated. The Finals of the competition will be held in celebration of Mingus’s 96th birthday on April 22 in Newark. Click here to read more. 
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  • Special Guest Joining Big Fish Rehearsal

    Norbert Leo Butz, the original lead actor of the Broadway Musical Big Fish, will attend the musical rehearsal on February 12 to meet our cast, observe some of their rehearsal, and talk about his experience in the show. Norbert is a two-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for the shows Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me If You Can. He also played leading roles in Rent, The Last Five Years, and Big Fish to name a few. He also is a major character in the TV series Bloodline.
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  • Five days, 16 Causes, 17 Clubs, One Revolution

    NA empowers students to use their imaginations, explore possibilities, discover new passions and become contributing members of society. Every day, they find new ways to raise awareness about issues they care about and from February 5-9, the NA community will celebrate these revolutionary ways to inspire others to speak up and speak out during Revolution Week. Students will address an array of causes including modern-day slave labor, sexual assault, the role of art in social change, climate change, anti-Semitism and inaccuracies in the media, politics and LGBT issues, protecting national parks, and more. Events will include fundraisers, discussion groups, and movie screenings and will allow students to demonstrate the power they have as change makers. Click here for the full schedule. 
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  • The Winter Musical Big Fish, March 3 - 2pm, 7:30pm

    Because of the weather, the performance on March 2 is canceled. There will be two performances on March 3 - at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets from March 2 will be honored on March 3. 

    The NA Arts Department is excited to present the Winter Musical, Big Fish, based on the classic Tim Burton movie of the same name. This larger-than-life musical tells the tale of Edward Bloom, a man who leads an extraordinary life - according to the stories he has told his son, Will. When Edward’s health begins to decline, Will visits his father and embarks on his own journey to find out who he really is, revealing the man behind the myth and discovering the truth from the tall tales. 
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  • January

    LumeNAtion advances to ICHSA Mid-Atlantic Semifinals

    Congratulations to LumeNAtion for their first place win at the ICHSA Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinals on January 27! The group competed against seven high schools’ a cappella groups and advanced to the Semifinals, which will take place on March 24 at Northern Highland High School, to compete for the title of Mid-Atlantic Champions with the hope to advance to the Finals. Additionally, Sammi Powell ’19 won the Outstanding Soloist Award and LumeNAtion will be featured on Aca-ville Radio in the next few weeks. More details to come on this radio feature.
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  • Instrumentalist’s Triumph

    Freshman oboist Ruthie Gu was accepted into the New Jersey All-State Band. She competed against sophomores, juniors and seniors and NA is so proud of her for this accomplishment. 
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  • Cheer on LumeNAtion in the International Championship of High School Acappella (ICHSA

    On January 27, LumeNAtion is competing in the Mid-Atlantic ICHSA Quarterfinal to compete for a chance to advance to the semi-finals. The event takes place at the Grunin Center for the Arts at 7:00pm. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for Students. Click here to purchase tickets and to learn more about the event. 
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    The David Teiger '47 Gallery for Studio Arts features the artwork of professionals and students in exhibits that change each month, but in the month of January we come together as a community and create works of art based on a common theme. Students, teachers, staff, alumni and parents submitted work, made in various mediums, which are on display in the Teiger Gallery until February 9. An art reception is on January 17 at 3pm. 
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  • Freshmen Placed in North Jersey Region Band and Orchestra

    Oboist Ruthie Gu ’21 placed second in the region at the North Jersey Region Band and Orchestra auditions and will play in the orchestra. Violinist Kristin Tsay ’21 will lead the second violin section the same group. 
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  • All that Jazz!

    Trombonist Reid Christmann ’18 has made the GRAMMY Big Band for the second consecutive year and will be part of an 18-piece big band comprised of some of the most talented high school jazz musicians in the country. Allen Zhu ’18 and Teddy McGraw ’20 made it to the finals of the audition process, out of hundreds of student musicians across the country.  
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