Students Spring to Life with Art, Music and Performance | Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School


Students Spring to Life with Art, Music and Performance

Spring is a busy and exciting time for the Visual and Performing Arts department (VAPA) at SJND. Student trumpet player debut with Oakland East Bay Symphony, Blue Dot Café features a juried showcase of student art, band wins a rating of “Excellent” at prestigious competition, and student performers reach new heights with their Spring production of the Broadway musical In The Heights

Reaching New Heights

In March, Ms. Lauren Rosi and her cast and crew of 60 students staged this year’s musical production of In the Heights. This upbeat and lively show was performed at the historic, art deco style Michaan’s Theater on Alameda Point. Our student performers did an amazing job of adapting this challenging and fast paced musical. There were numerous songs and dance numbers to learn, not to mention the cast had to portray the culture and accents of the largely Dominican-American Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. Cast and crew worked tirelessly with parent volunteers to construct and set up an elaborate set. Ms. Rosi’s stellar direction and the team effort of students and volunteers resulted in a heart felt, quality and energy packed production that showcased the many talents of our students.

Blue Dot Café Showcases Student Art
For the third consecutive year, Blue Dot Café owners Megan and James Hume invited SJND visual art students to display their artwork as a part of a six week exhibition. The advanced art students and the SJND chapter of the National Art Honors Society completed their café exhibition on April 15th. A juried selection of the top works from our talented SJND student artists filled the walls of the popular neighborhood gathering place. “We are constantly receiving positive feedback from the staff and patrons of the café. Some have inquired about purchasing selected student works from the show.  We feel very blessed and grateful to have such wonderful support from the entire SJND community and a local business like the Blue Dot Café,” says Mr. Ritter.

SJND Band Rates “Excellent” at Music in the Parks
On Saturday April 12th, 51 students, grades 9-12 from SJND’s advanced concert ensemble performed as a part of Music in the Parks, an adjudicated music competition at Milipitas High School. Led by Mrs. Cekola, the ensemble played two selections for the judges and were thrilled to have received a rating of “Excellent”. Following the competition the students joined thousands of other middle and high school ensembles, choirs and concert bands from throughout California and other states at Great America theme park for a day of performance and celebration. In addition to the musicians, seven parent volunteers and 21 students served as roadies, setting up the stage and sound equipment. It was a proud and memorable music experience for all.

Student plays Trumpet for Oakland East Bay Symphony’s 25th Anniversary
Junior Matthew Porter has been invited to perform as a part of the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s 25th Anniversary performances at the Paramount Theater in Oakland. Porter will play trumpet as a guest artist of the Oakland Youth Orchestra in an epic performance of Berlioz’ Requiem that is a enormous collaboration between the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Youth Orchestra and the Oakland Symphony Chorus.

Upon entering SJND, Porter took up the drums and has slowly transitioned to his true niche and talent as a trumpet player. Mrs. Cekola says “Matthew shows real ambition as well as talent.” His dedication to his craft is evident in his outside school pursuits of playing at his local Church as well as taking lessons at Chabot College and playing as a part of the Chabot College band. Come out and support Matthew in his professional trumpet playing debut.

Fri, May 16th at 8 p.m.
Oakland East Bay Symphony
Anniversary Season Finale: Berlioz Requiem
Michael Morgan, conductor

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