BY Announcement | Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 4:00pm |
2014 Jazz House Big Band
Jazz House Kids, a nationally acclaimed, community-based arts organization in Montclair, that has brought innovative jazz education, music instruction and performance to more than 35,000 students, took top honors at the prestigious Charles Mingus High School Competition & Festival at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City this weekend.
The Jazz House Big Band won first place in the Big Band-Specialized Schools and Programs category, and the Jazz House Messengers, which competed in the Combo category for Specialized Schools and Programs, received the Spirit Award for its passionate performance that got right to the true essence of Charles Mingus’ music.
Additionally, Outstanding Soloist Awards were presented to six Jazz House Kids students: trombonist Coleman Hughes, drummer Cameron MacIntosh, saxophonist Zoe Obadia, guitarist Rahsaan Pickett, pianist Isaiah Thompson and trumpeter Liam Werner.
BY Announcement | Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 9:00am |
By day it is a school for kids with disabilities, but for the last five years, The Jardine Academy has shared their auditorium so that Theater Project Junior could run its annual musical theater workshop there. Since the theater workshop is at night and the special needs academy runs by day, the kids from the two programs have never met – until now.
Having performed their shows at The Jardine Academy for the past three summers, members of Theater Project Jr (TPJ) will be returning on Tuesday, February 25 to help the students at The Jardine celebrate the birthday of Dr Seuss by performing songs from this past summer’s production of Seussical!
BY Announcement | Monday, Feb 17, 2014 2:00pm |
Lacordaire Academy, the North Jersey Forensics League champion of 2012-13, hosted and won first place in the drama meet, which is the third public speaking competition of 2013-14.
During the meet, students memorize and perform three to five minutes pieces and are judged on their eye contact, interpretation, voice, poise and memorization. Lacordaire captains Iris Knowles and Nicole Galioto made the finals and Jill Canavari won third place. Montclair residents, Maria Bambrick-Santoyo and John Colie won second fourth place respectively, and fifth grader Kathryn Morrow followed close behind her veteran teammates in her debut meet. The team remains undefeated this year and will host its final league meet on April first.
BY Announcement | Monday, Feb 17, 2014 12:00pm |
The Bloomfield High School Winter Musical production of Once Upon a Mattress will warm hearts at the end of this cold winter when the curtain rises beginning with a special preview performance for senior citizens on February 26 and through March 2 for general audiences.
A musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer, “Once Upon a Mattress” is an adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. Mattress opened Off-Broadway in May of 1959, moved to Broadway the following year, and ran for 244 performances. The production was nominated for a Tony award for Best Musical of 1960, and launched the career of the comedian Carol Burnett, who played the lead on Broadway and in a subsequent live television production in 1964.
BY Announcement | Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 9:00am |
In a long-standing tradition, Montclair High School (MHS) seniors will have an opportunity to participate in the school’s Career Internship Program (CIP) during their final four weeks of high school.
The CIP allows students in good academic and disciplinary standing to explore areas of interest at a career-focused placement in a business or through community-service, completion of a technical or college course outside of school, or a mentoring arrangement with a former teacher.
BY Announcement | Saturday, Feb 08, 2014 1:00pm |
Join Trumpets Cabaret Night on Wednesday, February 12 to enjoy an evening of a variety of musical styles performed by local students, parents and faculty. Proceeds from the evening will support the award winning Glen Ridge High School music program.
Trumpets Cabaret Night gives Glen Ridge High School music students an opportunity to perform in a professional venue while raising money for the High School music programs. Among the acts scheduled to perform are student-organized bands and small ensembles, the high school Madrigal Choir, and, after much acclaim last year and the return of the faculty member Kevin Lagos. Several parents join the act with heartwarming parent/student duos. Pat DeCelie will be the master of ceremonies.
BY Announcement | Friday, Feb 07, 2014 10:00am |
Did you know that winter is when fruits are at their juiciest? Thank goodness there’s still time to order fruit from the Glen Ridge Music Parents delicious Citrus Sale: 20 lb. bags of oranges, grapefruit, or mixed oranges and grapefruit for only $22.00 per bag. All proceeds go toward purchasing and maintaining instruments, uniforms, and other GR Music Program needs.
Share the warmth! You can also order fruit as a gift or donation – so far, GRMPA has received orders for 700 lbs. of oranges and grapefruits to be donated to Toni’s Soup Kitchen, Human Needs Food Pantry, The Salvation Army, The Montclair Fire Department, and The Glen Ridge Police Department.
Citrus orders can be placed online at www.grmpa.org by February 14 for delivery March 1.
BY Announcement | Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 12:00pm |
Brookdale School in Bloomfield is currently in 7th place nationally—it’s the only school in NJ—to win a free author visit from Jan Brett (known for her wonderful children’s books “The Hat” and “The Mitten,” among others).
Brookdale School is asking for help from members of the community. All you have to do is “Like” Jan Brett’s Facebook page and enter the school info. where indicated:
Brookdale School, Bloomfield, zip: 07003
BY Announcement | Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 2:00pm |
Two well-known Montclair establishments are celebrating their anniversaries this year. The Montclair Cooperative School (“Montclair Co-Op”), noted for its mission to foster a lifelong enthusiasm for learning, is celebrating its Golden Jubilee or 50 years in education. And the Montclair Art Museum (“MAM”) is celebrating their Platinum Jubilee or 100 years in the art community. These Montclair “residents” share more than just an anniversary. They share a unique association anchored in art and education that continues with the support of Montclair Co-Op’s Art teacher, Debbie Harner, and the Museum’s Director of Education, Gary Schneider, and that culminates on the Museum’s February 1 Family Day.
BY Announcement | Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 12:00pm |
Teens and young adults are invited to enjoy an evening of Israeli music and food with Anais Liebermann on February 1, 5:30 – 7 pm at Bnai Keshet in Montclair.
Liebermann, a recent graduate of a performing arts and graphics design high school in Rishon Le Zion, Israel, is one of four young Israeli volunteers to participate in NJ Metrowest’s Rishonim program, which aims expose area teens and young adults to their Israeli peers’ experiences, music, culture and food. In addition to Bnai Keshet, Lieberman is currently volunteering at Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, Hebrew Academy in Randolph, Adath Shalom, Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael and Temple Har-Shalom. As a high school student, she previously visited NJ Metrowest as a Diller Teen Fellow.