In this month's Music Makes Us newsletter, read how the December performances went, learn more about the Board's resolution committing to music education and see a musical calendar of events.
The chorus program at Oliver Middle School is in the running for a $15,000 music grant courtesy of Rack Room Shoes! From Dec. 28 - Jan. 13, 2013, vote for Oliver’s video here at Rack Room Shoes website and click on the Gift of Music icon. The top four vote recipients will win $15,000 to support the music program. So log on and vote for Oliver!
With his first semester in Nashville almost under his belt, Wright Middle and Glencliff High Mariachi instructor Alan Lambert is leading the students in their inaugural holiday concert and fundraiser. From 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, the Nashville community is invited to join the young Mariachi performers and special guests Sheyla Paz Hicks and Los Delgados! Check out the flyer for more details.
We want to give a big shout out to Lakeview Elementary Design Center and W.H. Oliver Middle School, both of which were awarded Music Makes Us education grants from the Nashville Singers. Check out the news release below.
Lakeview Design Center & Oliver Middle School Receive Music Education Grants from The Nashville Singers, Inc.
Nashville, TN - Lakeview Design Center and W.H. Oliver Middle School were each announced as recipients of a $500.00 Music Makes a Difference music education grant from Nashville Singers in May of this year. The formal presentation took place at the Nashville Singers annual Season of Harmony concert on November 17 at Hillsboro High School.
Since being founded in November of 2008, the philanthropic mission of Nashville Singers has been to enrich lives through support of music education in our schools and the community. To support this mission, the chorus funds several programs, including a free singing lessons program entitled Acappella Academy, music education grants, middle and high school master classes, and the Educator of the Future college scholarship created for students pursuing a music education degree.
Upon hearing the announcement, Carol Crittenden, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) remarked, "The Nashville Singers have not only been an incredible financial support for grant recipients in Metro Schools, but the members have also given of their time and talents to support our music students. This is the type of commitment and partnership we greatly value."
Jay Steele, Associate Superintendent for MNPS High Schools added, "A rich curriculum that includes the arts is very important for all students in Nashville and MNPS is very fortunate to have such supportive partners like the Nashville Singers."
Kim Marie Folsom of Lakeview Design Center stated, "I am so thankful for the Nashville Singers, who provide help for students in need, through music education. They realize that music teaches math, language, history, reading and science in a fun environment. I am so grateful for their support."
Franklin J. Willis of Oliver Middle School added, "The Oliver Middle School community advocates in the importance of music education in students' lives. Receiving this award not only serves as monetary gain to fund the new chorus program, but motivation to meet the challenge of engaging students in finding their own voice through music. It is truly an honor to be a recipient of the Nashville Singer's Music Makes a Difference Grant. I look forward to future collaborations with Nashville Singers and the Oliver Middle School Chorus."
Other dignitaries on hand for the presentation and concert included Laurie Schell, Director of the Music Makes Us education project, Margaret Campbelle-Holman, Executive Director of Choral Arts Link, and Peter Bird, President and CEO of the Frist Foundation.
About Nashville Singers
In their first four years, this volunteer group has grown from four to 15 singers, learned 42 songs, released their first CD, racked up 50 performances for 32 organizations in seven counties across Tennessee, and produced a successful concert series which attracted attendees from 36 cities in eight states across the USA. Their concert audiences have ranged in size from a few hundred to 4000 people. Their diverse repertoire spans many genres. Their philanthropic mission is to enrich lives through support of music education in our schools and the community. This support comes in the form of music education grants, college scholarships, master classes in area schools, and an annual free singing lessons program called Acappella Academy. Nashville Singers has awarded $2500 in music education grants and scholarships in the last two years. The Nashville Singers, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For more information about Nashville Singers, visit them online at www.nashvillesingers.org.
The award-winning Band program at Oliver Middle School recently performed at a Veteran’s Celebration Nov. 5. Not only did they entertain the crowd with music, the students also shared artwork and essays they wrote about freedom and patriotism, as well as hand-written thank you notes to veterans.
The bands’ musical tributes were powerful and moving and included a student-created slideshow that accompanied all of the musical selections. The concert concluded with a tribute to all of the branches of the armed forces followed by an encore of “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
Although still relatively young, the Oliver Middle School band has received numerous accolades including recognition as a National Commended Winner and State Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project in 2009 and 2010. The band consistently receives Superior ratings at MTSBOA adjudications and are seven-time recipients of the Tennessee Bandmasters Association Sweekstakes Award.
The Wright/Glencliff Mariachi classes made their debut performance during a special field trip to Cheekwood Saturday, Oct. 27. According to leader Alan Lambert, “Not only were the students enthusiastic, but they did a great job performing for the first time in front of their friends and family on the steps of Glencliff High School!” Lambert said after the performance, the group visited Cheekwood Gardens for the Dia de los Muertos event. There students interacted with local mariachis, decorated sugar skulls, and took in the sights, sounds and smells of the beautiful gardens and special exhibits. “For most students and parents, this was their first time at Cheekwood, but it won’t be their last,” said Lambert.
Oliver Middle School’s chorus recently performed at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for the Regions Free Day of Music, an event created to showcase talent in the Nashville community. Oliver was the only middle school group selected to perform!
According to choral teacher Franklin Willis, “our students have risen to a new level of artistry. I am extremely proud of the quality performances the students had yesterday. Each concert we continue to display great vocal technique, expressive singing, stage presence, and focused energy on the stage. With each performance, the students are taking ownership/pride in their accomplishments, thus making them true musicians in their own right.”
Earlier this month, a group of male singers from Overton High School participated in Lipscomb University's Men's Choir Festival. The festival featured Cantus, a famous group of male singers from Minneapolis, along with 250 High School students from 18 different high schools across the state of Tennessee.
Dr. Gary P. Wilson from Lipscomb University led the festival and rehearsed the combined student festival choir with the young men during the day. In the afternoon, the professional men's choir Cantus provided a master class clinic for local high school men's choirs. In the evening, the festival choir presented a concert prior to the performance by Cantus then joined with the men of Cantus for a grand finale number.
Tuesday, Sept. 25, the chorus departments of W.H. Oliver Middle School, I.T. Creswell Magnet Middle School, and K.I.P.P. Academy took learning outside of the classroom! The student vocal groups participated in Middle School Mass Choir Festival, held at Christ Church. The young vocalists spent the day working with guest conductors and put on a public performance that evening. More than 900 students from public and private schools across middle Tennessee attended.
Congratulations to the outstanding Croft Orchestra and director Anna Maria Miller on being selected to perform at the 2013 Tennessee Music Educators Association State Conference in Chattanooga. Many superior ensembles applied, and Croft was chosen to perform at the April 2013 conference.
Looking for something fun, and free, to do tonight? It's Nashville School of the Arts Night at Shakespeare in the Park. Load up the family, picnic baskets, blankets, and/or lawn chairs and enjoy the high school theatre department's performances. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., at the Centennial Park Bandshell.
The Maplewood Showstoppers performed at the grand opening of a Fifth Third Bank last Saturday, July 14.
The Maplewood Showstoppers' "Black Cat Band" performed outside the new Madison bank branch, and were even joined by a famous sabre-toothed mascot - Gnash from the Nashville Predators!
The Cole Elementary 4th Grade Chorus received Superior ratings and the Highest overall score in the Elementary Division at the 3rd Annual Beech Bend Band and Choral Festival held in Bowling Green, KY.
The 25 member chorus, chaperones, and director Bill Laarz enjoyed many hours playing in the park together, traveling and finally bringing home 2 trophies to celebrate with the entire school. Principal Chad High and Vice Principal Dr. Natalyn Gibbs were both excited with how well the Chorus represented the school, the community and MNPS.
Public-private partnership will make the Metro Schools program the nation’s best
Three Hume-Fogg students are organizing a great benefit concert with all proceeds being donated to UNICEF.
There will be a wide range of performers including bands such as Peter and the Tinseys, Joey and the Indian Wonders, and HFA's Silver Jazz sax quartet; dancing, from traditional Indian dance to hip-hop dance; and covers like Celine Dion's Aun Existe Amor, Beatles songs, and Edward Sharpe's Home by extremely talented singers!
Come support these great artists and also donate to a great cause.
Friday, May 25th
1556 Bell Rd, Nashville, TN 37211
Dinner starts at 6:30 pm.
Performance starts at 7:30.
Tickets are $3; dinner not included.
Music education is getting a big bookst at Lakeview & Oliver thanks to an influx of cash from the Nashville Singers.
These schools have been awarded the Music Makes a Difference Education Grant. It will fund a new chorus program at Oliver and help fund music classes at Lakeview.
From Oliver's Choral Music Teacher Franklin Willis:
The Oliver Middle School community advocates in the importance of music education in students' lives. Receiving this award not only serves as monetary gain to fund the new chorus program, but motivation to meet the challenge of engaging students in finding their own voice through music. It is truly an honor to be a recipient of the Nashville Singer's Music Makes a Difference Grant. I look forward to future collaborations with the Nashville Singers and the Oliver Middle School Chorus.
After more than 15 weeks of rehearsals and performances at their own schools, Metro students took the stage at TPAC's Andrew Jackson Hall to showcase their adaptations of three classic Disney musicals.
Before an audience of parents, teachers, administrators, and folks from the community, students performed excerpts from The Jungle Book, Aladdin, and 101 Dalmations.
Proving that whole 'entertainment' part of Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, students showcased their musical chops at Puckett's Grocery on 5th and Church Street downtown Monday.
In a night described as a "momentous occasion," several singers and a backing band performed a diverse musical set for the restaurant's Up 'n Comer's Night. Everyone agreed that the show was a raging success, including the folks at Puckett's.
Management at the restaurant said the show was "amazing" and called the student performers "stars in the making." They were so impressed they plan to bring students back for more live events like this one!
Thank you to Puckett's Grocery and the hard working folks at Pearl-Cohn and in the high schools office for making this night such a success. And congratulations, students! You've earned the accolades!
PICTURES COURTESY OF PUCKETT'S GROCERY
The Hillsboro Fine Arts Department will be holding its 8th Annual Festival of the Arts, Thursday, April 19, from 6 - 8 p.m., in the auxiliary gymnasium and auditorium.
Come explore an exhibit with hundreds of works of art from Hillsboro students, courtesy of all the visual arts classes at Hillsboro! There will also be musical entertainment and refreshments.
A full slate of band, orchestra, choral, theatre and film performances will be on display in the auditorium, courtesy of the performing arts departments of Hillsboro. Guests can come and go from the exhibit to the live performances for an evening of artistic excellence.
Tickets are only $7 for adults and $5 for students. All admissions go towards strengthening the arts programs at Hillsboro.
The band program at McKissack Middle School will host its inaugural Jazz Festival this Thursday, April 12, at 6 p.m., in the school auditorium.
Spring has sprung, and so have the arts! March 23-26, Hillsboro High will present Little Shop of Horrors. Tuesday, March 27, Glencliff High will follow up with Our Greatest Need is to be Needed, a special production in which students with disabilities will present leading roles in life and show the challenges they face. More details on both below.
Saturday, March 24, Nashville School of Arts will be hosting its annual Celebration of the Arts event.
This event introduces the community to everything that takes place at Nashville School of the Arts and is the biggest fundraiser for Friends of Nashville School of Arts (FNSA), the school’s parent/teacher organization.
Celebration of the Arts will feature art exhibits, demonstrations in dance, theater, broadcast, musical performance, and an adult/student blues jam. Guests can also shop at a special consignment store and auction. FNSA will also release the "first-ever" NSA. The CD will showcase the depth and variety of talent of the students at NSA. Including sounds from Renaissance to Rock n' Roll, the disc will feature the amazing Jazz Band, Madrigals, Swing Band, Orchestra, Early Music Consort, Pop Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Theater (Xanadu), Guitar Quartet, solo guitar, and solo piano. All components celebrate NSA student work.
The Celebration will take place at the Nashville School of Arts campus, 1250 Foster Ave., Nashville, TN 37210. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., for ticket sales. Tickets are $5. For more information, contact the school office at (615) 291-6600.
Tylar Smith, a junior at Nashville School of the Arts, has been accepted to the highly acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Summer Intensive Program. She will spend six weeks in New York, training with the Professional Dance Division. While in New York, Tylar will have the opportunity to study under world-renowned choreographers and instructors. She will be staying at Fordham University's McMahon Hall. Coincidentally, Fordham is one of Tylar’s top choices for universities, in which she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in dance. According to those close to Tylar, the acceptance into the program is a dream come true. She has long been inspired by Alvin Ailey and is excited about this opportunity! Tylar is also very appreciative to the dance instructors at NSA.
The Alvin Ailey summer program is designed for students ages 16 - 25 who have had a minimum of three years of consistent training and is structured to advance the technical skills of dancers in a wide variety of techniques.
The Oliver Middle School Wind Ensemble has been chosen to represent Tennessee in a performance at the College Band Directors National Association/National Band Association Southern Division Conference. This Conference is happening this weekend, Feb. 23-25, at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. The selection process was via CD recording and resume submission. Oliver was selected over dozens of other ensembles from around the country. The ensemble will perform Saturday morning, Feb. 25, for hundreds of Band Directors from Louisiana, West Virginia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Congratulations, Oliver!
Ten Metro Nashville Public Schools’ students are preparing for the trip of a lifetime. The group has been invited to participate in an annual program, “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues,” that will include music greats Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Gary Clarke Jr., and Trombone Shorty. The event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 2:30 p.m. CST, in the East Room at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama will be in attendance.
MNPS students selected to attend include:
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School
These students, along with peers from around the country, will participate in an educational session focusing on Blues in America. The session, “At the Crossroads: A History of the Blues in America,” will be taught by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. Students will first hear about the history of the Blues and then participate in a panel discussion with the featured artists.
During the trip, the students will interview the event production team, meet with Congressional leaders, and tour the Museum of American History, the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Michelle Wilcox, Lead Principal, MNPS District Office, Robert “Principal Bob” Wilson, from Nashville School of the Arts and Kim Johnson, Director of General Administration with NMAAM, will chaperone.
The educational session and performances will be streamed live on the White House website for schools around the country to observe. It will also air on Nashville Public Television Monday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. CST.
Tuesday, Feb 7, Rocky, a student at Hillsboro High, took the stage for the first time as a solo artist! Rocky performed at the 16-year anniversary celebration of the Billy Block Show. He was backed up by his brother Grady, on drums and keys; Jamie M., son of hit singer/songwriter Pat McLaughlin; and Anthony R.
Rocky was born "live on the air" 15 years ago when the Billy Block show aired on Lightening 100.
Talk about a staunch supporter of Metro Schools and music education! At the 2012 Keep the Music Playing Concert held Jan. 31, CMA executives presented a check for $1.4 million to Metro Schools to help support music education. Since 2006, the association has donation $6.1 million in funds and music equipment to our schools.
To read the full release, click here.
Oliver Middle School has "smashed" its competition and earned one of 20 spots nationwide in the NBC and iTheatrics Smash: Making a Musical program. The network and theatre education company teamed up to create sustainable music theatre programs in public schools. Participating schools will receive training from Broadway master professionals and materials for the schools.
NSA senior Maya A. has spent the past two weeks sharing the stage with no other than Eddie George! Maya is wrapping up her role of conspirator, citizen, soldier and Octavius' servant in the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's production of Julius Ceasar. And this isn't her first run with the production company. This past summer, Maya served as stage manager's intern for the production of Romeo & Juliet.
Maya and her cast mates will make their final curtain call this weekend. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays - Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. on Sundays; and a special encore performance has been added for Sunday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more details.
Dozens of young musicians will light up the stage at the 2012 Keep the Music Playing All-Star Concert. Hosted by CMA and organized by the Nashville Public Education Foundation and Metro Schools, the concert will feature some of the district's finest young musicians. Recording artist Chris Young will host the concert and special guest Suzy Bogguss will be on hand to help celebrate. CMA will also announce the 2011 CMA Music Festival donation to music education through the CMA Foundation and the Keep the Music Playing initiative. Since 2006, CMA has donated $4.7 million in funds and musical equipment to Metro Schools through Keep the Music Playing.
The Hume-Fogg Silver Jazz band has been selected to perform and compete in the Savannah Music Festival’s Swing Central Jazz Competition and Workshop at the end of March. This is an elite competition for which only the top 12 high school jazz bands in the USA are selected! Congrats HFA!
In less than a month, they've performed live with Brad Paisley on Good Morning America, walked the red carpet at the CMA Awards, and performed again during the CMA's with Paisley. As if that isn't enough to make Charley Woods and Mignon Grabois' senior years spectacular, the pair are now featured inside this week's issue of Country Weekly! Way to go, girls!
December is here and you can't escape those familiar holiday tunes playing in malls, on the radio and TV.Shake it up this year and escape the old standards by taking in one of the many fine performances by Metro students! Below is a listing of some of the performing arts events happening in Metro Schools in December. If you're looking for the holiday spirit or something a little outside the norm, take your pick and support our young artists!
A pair of seniors at Overton High School will join the nation’s best marching band students in the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game. In a special ceremony held Tuesday, Nov. 15, Rachel Clark and Mary Morrow were invited to participate in the nationally televised bowl game alongside 123 other marching band students from across the country. Clark will represent the school in the Color Guard while Morrow will represent on the trumpet.
On hand to celebrate and present the girls with their All-American hats and jackets were Staff Sgt Steve Toler, 1st Sgt Juan Canalda, Maj Elaine Johnson, Ltc Adolphus Weems, Cpt. Earl Roloff and SSG Robert Tunnell. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game will be held in San Antonio, Texas. It will be broadcast live Saturday, Jan. 7, on NBC.
Both girls hope to continue their marching band participation after graduation. Clark is planning to attend the University of Alabama where she will participate in the university’s Color Guard. Morrow hopes to attend either Florida State University or Middle Tennessee State University and continue playing the trumpet.
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The Nashville Symphony is inviting all Davidson County families to enjoy a special family concert event! The afternoon show will feature a performance of the Composer is Dead, in English and in Spanish. Check out the flyers for more details.
Nashville School of the Arts’ alum William Wingfield will be teaching dance master classes Tuesday, Oct. 11, at NSA. William was a finalist and fan favorite on Season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance. He has also performed on Broadway, he danced with Celine Dion for three years, taught Alvin Ailey classes, danced on the Academy Awards, and, literally, danced around the world.
Hillsboro High School Marching Band recently competed in the Trousdale County Yellow Jacket Invitational. There, the band won Best in Class for Field Commander and Percussion, 2nd in Class for Color Guard, and 3rd in Class, Overall.
This past weekend, the band traveled to the Lebanon Blue Devil Marching Invitational, where they claimed Best in Class, Overall! They also placed for Field Commander and Percussion.
Way to go!
Overton High School was the recipient of the first Nashville Singers Music Makes a Difference music education grant. The school was presented a $500 check at the Nashville Singers concert held Sept. 10.
Nashville Singers is a non-profit performing arts organization supporting music education in schools and the community. The chorus offers several programs, including free singing lessons, music education grants, middle and high school master classes, and college scholarships for students pursuing a music education degree.
Brian McLaughlin-Williams, a Student Ambassador for Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School’s Academy of Entertainment Communication, has earned a spot in the Guitar Center’s 2011 Drum-Off. This exciting event will take place in 100 Oaks Mall, Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. The winner of the Drum-Off will travel to California to compete in the finals. That winner will receive a $40,000 Grand Prize and sponsorship in drum magazines. Good luck, Brian!
The Cambridge University American Studio Tour (CAST) is preparing to make its third visit to Nashville School of the Arts. The troupe will visit Friday, Sept. 23, with a special performance that evening at 7:30 p.m. While visiting, CAST will conduct workshops for students in Acting and Advanced Acting classes.
CAST’s version of the bard's tragedy about the Scottish king is inspired by modern dystopian fiction and is set in a barren futuristic landscape, complete with broken dreams and bloody ambitions.
Tickets for the evening performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Inglewood Elementary school received a grant from INA (Inglewood Neighborhood Association) to offer afterschool piano lessons for our students. Thanks to the generosity of the community, the school will now be able to purchase 10 keyboards, headphones, music manuals, and cover the cost for the instructor. Thank you, INA!
The National Folk Festival is coming to Nashville and several artists will be visiting Metro Schools! Friday, Sept. 2, Ozden Oztopak, Eddie Pennington, Dale Ann Bradley, and Oyama and Nitta will visit students at I.T. Creswell, Pearl-Cohn, Dan Mills, and Buena Vista, respectively.
Over the Thanksgiving Holiday, Overton High School's multi-award winning marching band made its third appearance in Waikiki's Holiday Parade. The parade serves as a fundraiser for the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial on the island. Students also toured Pearl-Harbor, the island of Oahu and Dole's Pineapple Plantation. Overton
NSA Sophomore Emily Allison won the Nashville Public Library Foundation's Teen Poetry contest for the 13-15 age group. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins was presented with the Foundation's Literary Award and chose the poetry contest winners.
Friday, Dec. 3, hundreds of MNPS middle and high school students will take part in the 58th Annual Piedmont Natural Gas Christmas Parade. Marching bands, JROTC units, cheerleaders and dance teams will help spread some holiday cheer. And our very own Hillsboro High School Marching Band will help lead in good ole Saint Nick. The parade starts at 7 p.m. The official start will be at the Public Square.