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Arts Ed in Lake Region

April 6, 2016

What’s been happening in the Lake Region Schools

Combined BandMSAD 61 or Lake Region School District as they are commonly referred to is made up of students from Naples, Bridgton, Casco, and Sebago. They had a fabulous Youth Art Month and Music-in-Our-Schools Month!  Gallery 302 in Bridgton displayed high school art for the month, including 3-dimensional, photography, paintings, prints, and a diverse array of work.

The district held three big concerts.  The slogan for Music In Our Schools Month was, “Music Inspires.”  Fine Arts Director Jenni Null said: “I truly was inspired on many different levels”.  March 10 was the Combined Middle/High School Instrumental Concert. Zack Gray, a senior trumpet player and rated number one in the State this year, was featured in one of the piece.  Jenni started with Zack in grade 4, and she had  tears listening to him at this recent event. The last few pieces also involved the Bridgton Community Band playing along side our kids. “It was so heartwarming to see this Band ranging from ages 11 – 80 playing as one unit”, Jenni said.

On March 14, they held the Combined Middle/High School Choral Concert. There was every style of music represented: early renaissance, jazz, gospel, pop, and contemporary. A great educational experience for their students.

Dan Neault, Emily St. John, Carmel Collins, and Cody Bean

Dan Neault, Emily St. John, Carmel Collins, and Cody Bean

Three high school students traveled to Augusta with dance/visual arts teacher and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader Carmel Collins to speak with their representatives as part of the Arts Education Advocacy day at the State House on March 24.

The final concert was the Combined Elementary Chorus/Band on March 29. Over 100 students from our three elementary schools combined to perform an array of music.  Highlights were the Second year instrumentalists performing the Raider’s March (Indiana Jones Theme) and the chorus rendition of the Theme from Spiderman.  It was an uplifting evening of music.

IMG_1873Two Lake Region Middle School students have had their artwork selected (among 20 state wide) for the 2016/17 MLTI screensaver challenge.

One Lake Region High School senior will have her artwork on display in a Gallery on Commercial Street in Portland as a part of the Casco Bay Artisans First Annual Regional High School (LRHS) Student Art Show. The event will take place on First Friday, May 6, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. This show will run through Wednesday, May 11.

A Junior Dance major auditioned and was offered a place in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!  She has been accepted into the American Academy of Ballet summer intensive program. Another Junior and serious dance student, has been offered places in the Joffrey summer dance intensive (NYC and Miami) as well as the North Carolina School of the Arts summer intensive. She also received a $300 scholarship to Dean Summer dance intensive.

Ian Smith between Bridgton Low BrassLRHS Musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum runs April 7-10.

Karen Montanaro will do 3 week long residencies in our elementary schools, working with fifth graders.  The first will be after April vacation.  Everyone is  looking forward to having her residencies.

Thanks to Jenni Null, Lake Region Fine Arts Director and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader, for sharing the recent MSAD#61 Arts education happenings.

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