FA Wins Gold at Maine Music Educators Association Vocal Jazz & Show Choir Festival

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, members of the Fryeburg Academy Vocal Jazz Ensemble performed at the Maine Music Educators Association Vocal Jazz and Show Choir Festival, where they earned the coveted Gold rating, averaging a score of 97 out of 100 points possible.  And, since they secured one of the top two spots in their division, FA’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble was invited to compete for first place in the “Night Finals.”

The ensemble routinely performs professional and college-level arrangements, and this year they included two charts by Darmon Meader of New York Voices, which the group had learned to perform with Kim Nazarian—the Grammy-nominated soprano from New York Voices at their annual jazz residency.  The set opened with a special two-choir arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Bli Blip,” featuring senior vocalists David Marshall, McKenna McGrath, Sam Paulding, and Georgia Stafford in a vocal quartet, and freshman Willow Carter, sophomores Arlo Stephenson and Bailey Richardson, juniors Tianyi Ma, Alanceiah Waiters, and Ethan Reinbach, and seniors Jessica Frum and Gracie Vaughan composing the second choir.  That tune also highlighted vintage swing style by senior Yukon King on guitar and sophomore Jaden Fierman on upright bass.  The group slowed down with Gene Puerling’s six-part a cappella arrangement of “Over the Rainbow,” which featured Arvin, David, and Georgia on solos, and included pianist Silvia Sanchez-Serra and drummer Matthew Gunther in the choir. The group was then joined by sophomore Brendan Simkins on trumpet, soloist Simon St. Pierre on alto sax, and junior Patrick Malia on trombone, as Jaden switched to electric bass, and Matt showed off his creativity on cymbals to close with an up-tempo samba version of Paul Simon’s “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard,” featuring Alanceiah, Arvin, Willow, Georgia, and McKenna.
 
The students’ dedication and many evening practices paid off for them, earning the group their 14th consecutive Division I State Championship and their fifth under the direction of Mimi Rohlfing.  Georgia Stafford, who won the Berklee High School Jazz Festival Solo Singing Competition last year, was named one of four Outstanding Musicians for her solos and her sophisticated vocal improvisation on “Bli Blip.”  All FA soloists were given the highest ratings possible, and the group was praised for their engaging stage presence, focus, and versatility. 
 
The Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform at Fryeburg Academy’s Spring Concert on Thursday, May 9th, and the competitive set have its final showing at All-town Chorus Night on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019.  Those performances will be free of charge and will take place at 7 p.m. in the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy.  
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  • FA Wins Gold at Maine Music Educators Association Vocal Jazz & Show Choir Festival

    On Saturday, March 30, 2019, members of the Fryeburg Academy Vocal Jazz Ensemble performed at the Maine Music Educators Association Vocal Jazz and Show Choir Festival, where they earned the coveted Gold rating, averaging a score of 97 out of 100 points possible.  And, since they secured one of the top two spots in their division, FA’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble was invited to compete for first place in the “Night Finals.”
  • Fryeburg Academy Students Win 2nd Place at the 73rd Maine State Science Fair

    On Saturday, March 23, senior Antonina "Tonia"  Zakorchemna and junior Artem Laptiev — both international resident students from Ukraine — participated in the 73rd Maine State Science Fair at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. The annual fair is organized by the Jackson Laboratory and the Reach Program—a program of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance.
     
  • FA Attends the National High School Model United Nations in NYC

    This year, 22 students traveled to New York City to attend the four-day National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) Conference on March 1-4.  Now in its 45th year, the NHSMUN is the largest and most prestigious conference, hosting over 5000 participants from more than 75 countries and 300 schools. The New York-based conference-- surrounded by offices of Permanent Missions to the United Nations as well as the United Nations Headquarters itself--provides the perfect backdrop for a robust international affairs experience and a broadening of global issues awareness. Students are provided with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the theory and practice of international relations firsthand and have the opportunity to attend the opening or closing ceremonies in the UN General Assembly chamber, where actual diplomats convene every year.
     
  • FA Wins Silver and Bronze at the Maine State Instrumental Jazz Festival

    On March 15 and 16, FA's Jazz bands traveled to South Portland High School to attend the Maine State Instrumental Jazz Festival. The New Standard Combo and FA Big Band both performed very well, earning silver while the Yukon King Combo and Fryeburg Academy Jazz Orchestra won bronze. It is noteworthy that FA's New Standard Combo earned 74 out of 75 points for their performances--one point shy of claiming the gold standard and was one of the highest scoring combo performances of the event.

    At the festival, Georgia Stafford '19 won the Dale Huff Outstanding Musicianship Award--awarded to the top-rated musician in the combo division. Other outstanding performances recognized at the jazz festival were as follows:



  • FA's Math Team Captures the Regional Title

    The Fryeburg Academy Math Team finished the season by defending their Pi-Cone League Championship title at Leavitt High School on March 6th. The Pi-Cone League consists of 14 teams from 11 regional high schools throughout Central Maine. Five meets were held this year from October through March.  50 Fryeburg Academy students competed on the math team, the highest number of participants on record. Senior team captains Antonina Zackorchemna '19 and Celine Lyu '19 did an outstanding job of leading the team this year.  Weekly practices were held at the LaCasse Dining Hall.

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