Arts News

Middle School students learn to play multiple instruments in King string ensemble program

Elizabeth Abbott '26 enthusiastically describes the joy of playing violin, sharing, "I love that we get to play during COVID times, and that I get to play an instrument I love, and have a passion for. Playing the violin is meaningful to me. The most challenging thing that I have learned when playing my violin is The Pirates of the Caribbean. It was both challenging and rewarding when it came together.  What I look forward to learning in this program is how to play harder songs where we have to change strings faster, and especially for 8th and 16th notes." 

Elizabeth is one of the Middle School musicians in the strings ensemble program. Colin Benn, Middle School Strings Faculty, "loves the process of taking something that is complex and breaking it down into manageable steps that, if practiced consistently, will yield positive results. This is my favorite element of teaching students how to learn a new instrument or piece."  Mr. Benn began co-teaching with Performing Arts Faculty Garrett Mendez during the 2019-2020 school year. This fall, Mr. Benn is sharing his musical expertise in string ensemble with Grade 6 and Grade 7 students and is excited that King has expanded the string ensemble program to include Grade 6 students.  

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Greta Hoffmeister '21 learns to design and weld in AP 3D Design

Greta Hoffmeister '21, as part of her studies this fall in AP 3D Design, wanted to expand her skills as an artist by learning to weld.  Art and Design Faculty David Hughes enthusiastically shared his expertise with Greta, encouraging and enabling her to design and weld a sheet metal sculpture from steel plates. Describing her artistic journey, Greta explains that "The piece is a continuation into my exploration of the human experience and the human identity as it serves to explore the dynamic of one's family." 

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The Upper School Band 2020 Fall Album rocks!  Enjoy The Penguin's Earth Angel, Presley's Hound Dog, plus more.

John Russell '22 reflects on the Upper School Band Rock & Roll unit, sharing, "Our focus in Band this quarter was 1950's rock and roll. We analyzed the music's form and composition; we also studied the history behind the music. This dual approach gave us a rich understanding of and appreciation for the artists of the time." Read the full story and enjoy listening to the students' album!

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Middle and Upper School thespians explore connection, communication and identity in Bridges, a series of play readings

Middle and Upper School's talented artists are collaborating this Fall to perform Bridges, a collection of powerful Readings centered on communication, connection, and identity.  These themes are highly relevant to adolescents and young adults and certainly resonate during this pandemic as we all try to understand how meaningfully to communicate and connect. 

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