5th Annual Fryeburg Academy Capstone Concert Presents Jazz Residency Vocalist Kim Nazaria

Over the last several years it has become a tradition at Fryeburg Academy to bring an internationally recognized jazz artist to campus for three days to work with Fryeburg Academy’s music students.  In past years Grammy-award winning artists such as Darmon Meader, Karrin Allyson, Laurence Hobgood, and Dave Pietro have coached and performed with Fryeburg Academy students. 
These residencies have become an important source of inspiration and guidance for young musicians in the community.  Fryeburg Academy’s jazz residencies would not be possible without the support of the Jazz Residency Initiative (JRI), a non-profit organization founded by FA music parent, Christopher Burk.

This year the music program anxiously anticipated the arrival of Grammy Award-winning vocalist Kim Nazarian.  Kim is one of the founding members of the world famous vocal jazz quartet,
The New York Voices, and has a long list of performing and recording credits that include many of the jazz luminaries of our time.  Kim Nazarian began her residency on Monday, November 5th with a ‘’meet the artist” session in the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center.   Following this session, she worked with Fryeburg Academy music students in masterclasses and rehearsals through Wednesday afternoon.  On Wednesday evening, November 7th, Kim Nazarian performed on the PAC stage at 7:00 p.m. with Fryeburg Academy’s chorus, vocal jazz ensembles, and jazz band.  She also performed with an all-star rhythm section that included Boston-based musicians Les Harris Jr., drums, Mark Shilansky, piano, and John Hunter, bass.  To learn more about Kim Nazarian, please visit her website: www.kimnazarian.com.

List of 5 news stories.

  • 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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