No instruments will be needed when members of Phoenix and Vega perform at the CJ "A Cappella Concert" on Sunday, January 31 at 2 p.m. in the CJ auditorium.
"The great thing about A Cappella groups is that each one is very different in how they perform and the songs they select," said Vega director, Bryan Sharpe. "Each group represented on Sunday will be performing in a style that is unique to them. The audience can expect to hear and see very different takes on a really wide variety of music."
More than 20 performing arts students will be playing their instruments or singing for a judge in the Ohio Music Education Association's adjudicated event at Stebbins High School on Saturday, January 23.
"It's giving everyone new opportunities and it's something exciting for everyone to do," shared vocalist Ashley Gerhard '18.
16 solo vocalists, four solo instrumentalists and two instrument ensembles will represent CJ at the event. Seniors , Jazmin Harris, Tabitha Jordan-Nickels, and Asha Talib will be performing a flute trio.
This year, the men's and women's Eagle basketball games not only have great athletes on the court, but student singers are getting a moment to shine while performing the National Anthem.
Previously, an instrumental recording of the "Star Spangled Banner" played before each game.
"A student asked me if they could sing for a basketball game," drama and choir teacher Caitlin Bennett explained. "I spoke with Acting Athletic Director, Jason Unger, and he agreed that this was a good opportunity."
"When stories meet music, it's magical."
Those words, spoken by performers with the Dayton Opera, perfectly described the show Shakespeare Sings. The performance tour started on Monday, January 11 and included a stop at CJ. Shakespeare Sings was presented by the Dayton Opera through Muse Machine.
Chaminade Julienne Performing Arts presents Sounds of the Season on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the CJ Auditorium.
"For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."
Those are the last words of the play, Romeo and Juliet. However, there is more to the story.
On Friday, November 6, Saturday, November 7, and Sunday, November 8, CJ performing arts presents After Juliet. The production explores the lives of Juliet's cousin and Romeo's ex-flame, Rosaline, Mercutio's twin brother, Valentine, and Romeo's best friend, Benvolio and the fates of the Apothecary, Nurse, servant Peter and Friar Lawrence after the original play.
The performing arts department's first concert of the 2015-2016 school year will be on Wednesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. in the CJ Auditorium.
The whole family is invited to attend this free event featuring the Concert Choir, Concert Band, Eagle Pride, Hands in Harmony, String Ensemble and Pop A Cappella Choirs Age V and Vega.
All concert-goers are invited to stay for a reception following the evening's final performance. Refreshments will be provided.
The possibility for sound is everywhere.
On Tuesday, September 22, musician Michael Kelsey helped students realize that during an in-school performance.
"Music is accessible to everyone," Kelsey said. "I bring electronic toys with me, but if I didn't have anything, I would be using kitchen utensils or something similar."
During his performance, Kelsey used on-the-spot recording equipment and showed students how he was able to create a band-like sound, with only his guitar and imagination.
That was the overall tone of Eagle Pride members during a week-long rehearsal camp at CJ.
Eagle Pride consists of students who play traditional marching and percussion instruments, as well as a color guard. Some CJ students who are in Eagle Pride now also participated in the group during their 7th and/or 8th grade year, including Emily Thie ‘16.