Fine, Performing, Practical Arts

A Yearly Summary - 2018-2019

New Providence, a "Best Community For Music Education", seven years in a row.

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CONGRATULATIONS - staff, students and community

PERFORMING ARTS

One of the cornerstones of the Performing Arts program is the number and variety of performances throughout the year. This year was no different with performances ranging from


- beginner band concerts to high school marching band shows,

- elementary orchestra concerts to high school Swinging Strings events,

- Kindergarten music assemblies to a high school choral collaboration with NJPAC.

In addition, the high school select choirs joined groups from five other schools and the NJ Youth Symphony to perform “Carmina Burana” at NJPAC.


In March, many different areas of the performing arts department came together in our spring musical theater production, “Chicago: High School Edition.” The cast, pit, and crew put on an amazing show!

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HIGH SCHOOL BAND - NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

The Marching Band won the state and national championship in its division of the US Band Association and earned awards for best color guard, best visual, and best overall effect.


As shown in the photo below, they followed up their success by marching through Main Street at Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom.

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HONORS AND COMPETITIONS

Art

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Students entered and won awards in numerous competitions. Highlights include:


  • Two gold keys, two silver keys and nine honorable mentions in the Scholastic Art awards

  • One artist accepted into the Morris Museum Fresh Perspectives exhibit

  • Four works selected for the Union County Teen Arts 2018 touring show

  • One work accepted to State Teen Arts

  • Nine students entered the Congressional Art Competition, hosted by Congressman Tom Malinowski.

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Music

Students auditioned and were accepted to the following:


  • Thirteen students into the NJ Elementary All-State honor choir

  • One student into the NAfME High School All-Eastern honor choir

  • Seven students into regional CJMEA honor choirs, bands, and orchestra

  • Three students into the NJMEA High School All-State Choirs

  • Five students into the NJ Junior High All-State honor choir


In addition, the middle school music department earned one Excellent and three Superior ratings at the "Trills and Thrills" competition in May.

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ELEMENTARY ART

Elementary students take a variety of music, chorus, band, and orchestra classes over their K-6 years, leading to the development of their singing voices, music listening skills, note reading, and instrument playing skills.
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In addition, as young, inspiring artists they worked with pencil, paint, chalk, clay, and fabrics to develop an understanding of the elements of art and the principles of design.


Highlights this year included the Salt Brook Art Show, third grade instrumental sampling days, and the numerous concerts mentioned earlier. These early experiences and exposure to the arts program help provide a strong framework for personal growth through the higher grades.

THE ARTS FESTIVAL

All art students in grades seven through twelve had original work in visual arts, fabric arts, woodworking, and architecture, featured in “Art Night Out”, the fourth annual middle and high school arts festival.


The festival expanded this year to an open gallery format encompassing the front lobby, hallways, and media center, with high school musicians providing chamber music.


The festival was held in conjunction with the Literary Magazine and Tri-M Music Society. Thank you to the middle school and high school PTAs for supporting this wonderful student endeavor!

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HIGH SCHOOL VISUAL ART

An additional cornerstone of the Fine, Performing and Practical Arts program is providing community service throughout the school year:


Artwork from the drawing, painting, sculpture, woodworking and photography classes is frequently displayed at the New Providence Memorial Library.


Once again, the Painting classes partnered with "The Memory Project" charity to paint portraits of refugee children from Myanmar, which were sent to the children as keepsakes.


In addition, members of the National Art Honor Society created murals this year to grace the walls and hallways of our schools.

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