Despite below freezing temperatures, the audience in the CAC may have been tempted to pull out their grass skirts this morning. In keeping with tradition of presenting different themed holiday programs, Lower School Music Director Richard Rudolph worked with the Lower School students to arrange an amazing assortment of instruments (ukuleles to marimbas) and voices to create an Island Christmas performance. Songs from the Caribbean and Hawaii rung through the air of the CAC accompanied by the Bahama Mamas, a local steel drum band. Thank you for all who attended: grandparents, special friends and families. Enjoy this photo slideshow and check out the video on our YouTube channel. Happy Holidays from all of us at North Cross. We'll see you after the break!
Here are the results from the High School All District Band auditions that were held last Satruday, December 10 at Franklin County High School. We had 10 NCS band students audition and 5 were placed. Congratulations! The following students will be representing North Cross School at the All District Weekend, February 3-4, at Cave Spring High School:
Helen Schmedtje - (flute) 5th chair All District Symphonic Band
Kevin Bao (contra - alto clarinet) 2nd chair All District Symphonic Band
Caroline McGimsey - (clarinet) 10th chair All District Concert Band
Brian Bao - (clarinet) 2nd chair All District Concert Band
Lauren Daniel - (clarinet) 18th chair All District Band
Fine Arts Chair and Director of Bands Jimmie Doninni said of the experience: "The high school auditions involve a great amount of preparation (major scales, chromatic scale, prepared piece, and sight-reading) and are extremely competitive! I judged flutes/piccolos and was blown away by many of the scales and prepared pieces that I listened to." Middle School All District Band Auditions are Saturday, January 14, at Glenvar High School and 14 North Cross students will be auditioning. We wish them the best of luck.
Students in the Upper School now have access to a 3-D printer, thanks to the generosity of the Winn family. Dean of Student Life and Mathematics Chair Stephen Belderes says the machine will be available for use in classes as part of a STEM curriculum. In the past, students had access to a 3-D printer, though it was fussy and wouldn't consistently work. With the purchase of another, currently under repair, the School will soon have access to two machines for three-dimensional design. Our sincerest appreciation to the Winns for their generosity. We can't wait to see what our students come up with.
Students in Upper School art are required to do weekly assignments outside of class. They choose from a variety of options, such as drawing in their sketchbook or visiting a gallery. Another option is to enter an art show. One show promoted through class in the fall was Carilion Clinic’s first patient art show. The juried show is an initiative of the Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program, conducted in partnership with the National Arts Program®, and includes artwork from all ages and abilities with classifications of Youth, Teen, Adult Amateur, Adult Intermediate and Adult Professional. Freshman Midora Firebaugh entered a watercolor painting entitled Why Can’t I Have That? She is a student in Introductory Art at NCS and takes private lessons with Whitney Brock. At last week’s reception to announce winners, Midora not only won first place in the Teen Category, but she also won the LinDor Arts People’s Choice award out of all the pieces in the show!
The Lower School Chorus, the Middle School's Concert Choir and the Upper School Chorale performed last night to a packed house of parents, friends and members of the North Cross Community to hear songs of the season. Albert Newberry ’17 accompanied most performances on the newly installed Yamaha Baby Grand piano (literally, it was delivered that afternoon) which was purchased with donations to the Piano Fund, part of FOTA's fundraising efforts. Ocean Ding ’18 accompanied on violin as well during the Concert Choir's performance and Victoria Riego de Dios ’19 performed a solo, with Albert Newberry on piano, between the Choir and Chorale's programs. A video with highlights from the Concert Choir and Chorale's performances is available here. Unfortunately, we were unable to record a piece from the Lower School's program, but can safely say, they started the show off wonderfully (jazz hands were involved). For a look at the selections from that evening, download the program.
Come to Fishburn Auditorium! Tonight we celebrate the premier of this year's Lower School Musical production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr. at 7:00 pm in Fishburn Auditorium with another showing at the same time on Saturday. Director Anna McLaughlin and Musical Director and Producer Andrew Miller worked with our third-, fourth- and fifth-grade singers and actors to make Wonderland come to life in all its whimsical glory. The costumes and props, conceived and created by Novie Bateman, guardian of McKayla Hartman ’24 (the Queen of Hearts), are truly outstanding and full of creative innovation (you'll never see oven mitts the same way again!).
Parent volunteers, led by Kimberly Eakin, parent of Nathan Eakin ’25 (the doorknob), have done a fantastic job with hair and makeup, and Clinton McLaughlin amazed us all by building a playground on the set—truly captures the imagination of the script. Students from the Middle and Upper Schools served as the technical crew and choreographers, not to mention our poster designer. We even have an alumnus on piano (Ryan Hunt ’14).
Last Saturday, November 5, at Lord Botetourt High School, students of the Middle and Upper School auditioned for the Virginia Choral Director Association's (VCDA) All District Choir. Out of the 22 North Cross students who auditioned, 17 made it into either the treble chorus (for high voices) or the mixed chorus (for high and low voices). Each student prepared a song that was given to them by the VCDA and also performed a sight-read piece.
The All District Choral Events will take place on February 10-11 at George Washington High School in Danville, VA (High School All District Choir) and March 4 at Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg, VA (Middle School All District Choir). The audition results are below:
Middle School Audition Results
Soprano - Lea Almahameed (Treble Chorus), Adoria Sanders (Treble Chorus), Mariah Eakin (Mixed Chorus), Amaria Ford (Treble Chorus)
Alto - Meredith Winn (Treble Chorus), Alexis Hash (Mixed Chorus), Dayanna Anderson-Pryce (Treble Chorus), Ivy Mitchell (Treble Chorus)
Tenor- Ryan Huddleston (Mixed Chorus)
Bass- Will Hoff (Mixed Chorus)
High School Audition Results
Soprano 1- Victoria Riego de Dios (Treble Chorus), Olivia Bloch (Treble Chorus)
Alto 1- Lucy Yi (Mixed Chorus)
Alto 2- Claudia Morgan (Mixed Chorus), MaKayla Bibby (Mixed Chorus), Isa Kevorkian (Treble Chorus)
Bass 2- Jacob Wadstrom (Mixed Chorus)
Congratulations to all our wonderful singers!
This past Friday, the North Cross Community gathered in support of our student artists within an amazingly decorated dining hall and delicious desserts. The night began with a gallery of artwork submitted by students among which attendees could wander before entertainment began on the main stage. Assistant to the Head of School and Registrar Susan Baker emceed the event and the entire evening was put together and hosted by Friends of the Arts. The program raised over $5,800 as well as the additional $630 needed to complete the sale of the Yamaha Baby Grand piano FOTA has worked to secure. There is still time to get us over that $6,000 mark. Visit the Coffeehouse website to make your donation today. And if you missed it, you can watch a 7-minute video on YouTube that gives you just a taste of what we enjoyed that night. Thank you to all who supported FOTA and came out to watch our stars shine.
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