Visual and performing arts

Dear Gordon Families:

As we look forward to the school year, Gordon’s visual and performing arts faculty have been hard at work
re-imagining beloved programs for unprecedented times. This note summarizes all the new opportunities open to Gordon students for music ensembles, after school theater, and the public sharing of visual art. 

Music Ensembles

While choruses and in-person concerts are suspended, for now, in Lower School, several Middle School ensembles have been redefined as part of a voluntary, after-school music program taught by Ms. Hodgin and Mr. Beaudoin. Studies suggest that it will be extremely difficult to bring together students from different houses and neighborhoods for in-person music, especially group singing, this fall, so these rehearsals will take place virtually to begin the school year. 

Ensembles are open to every student in sixth to eighth grade. Students and instructors will Zoom safely from home, and the goals will include creating virtual ensemble recordings to share with the community.

Families of students in grades six through eight will receive information on registering for these ensembles during the first week of school. These offerings will be:

Monday and Thursday
Seventh and eighth grade band
Traditional rock and jazz band instruments come together to play pop and rock songs; some instrumental experience needed
Select instruments are available to borrow from the school

Tuesday
Sixth grade percussion ensemble
No experience required
Some instruments are available to borrow from the school

Monday and Wednesday
Sixth, seventh and eighth grade choir
Students sing selections from a broad variety of traditions
No experience required

Wednesday and Friday
Seventh grade percussion ensemble
No experience required
Some instruments are available to borrow from the school 

The opportunity for seventh and eighth grade students to audition for All State Music ensembles is contingent upon their participation in at least one Gordon music ensemble, whether it is band, percussion, choir, or G-Notes. 

After School Music Lessons

Private instrumental lessons are offered again via Zoom. Please see the separate information and scheduling information for that program at www.gordonschool.org/musiclessons

No Fear Friday

The Eighth Grade Arts Council will again run four “No Fear Friday” Open Mic nights. These will feature filmed performances shared via a Zoom watch party; all of Middle School is invited to sign up to share any style of performance. As the dates approach, we will share specifics on performing and watching. 

G-Notes

G-Notes is the Gordon School a cappella group, and is an auditioned, small ensemble, showcase activity.

G-Notes will continue this year under Ms Hodgin’s leadership, and will be open to seventh and eighth grade. Goals include creating virtual ensemble recordings. 

Anyone entering seventh and eighth grade willing to commit the extra time to meet the challenges of this style of singing is welcome to audition; the audition process itself is a great learning experience! 

Students who have been part of the group do not need to re-audition.

G Notes will meet twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 so that students can Zoom safely from home. There may be additional rehearsal time as needed and as the schedule evolves

If your student is interested, please see the information on the audition process at www.gordonschool.org/gnotes

Theater

The show must go on! After school theater will continue in a safe, socially-distanced form. As always, all are welcome to audition, and all will be cast. The work will be creative, child-centered, and celebrated. 

Highlights include:

The Fall Play
Open to fifth to eighth grade
Rehearsals will be on campus from dismissal to 5:00 PM beginning September 10th and a filmed performance will be available November 19th 
Individual grades will meet on a specific day each week, as follows:

Eighth grade: Mondays and Friday
Seventh grade: Tuesdays
Sixth grade: Wednesdays
Fifth grade: Thursdays

Students can participate in a sport and the play – as long as the days are not in direct conflict

Winter Fourth Grade Musical
Open to fourth grade
Rehearsals will be via Zoom, and the play chosen will be written specifically for that format
Rehearsals will begin after winter break

Spring Middle School Musical
Open to all Middle School
Format and play chosen will be announced

The Virtual Art Show and the Britt Nelson Visiting Artist

One of Gordon’s most beloved traditions will continue in the virtual space, with student work featured on Gordon’s media sites throughout the year. Ms. Cohen and Ms. Tonsgard will curate examples of student art, to share the power of self-expression and the joy of creating. Work with the Britt Nelson Visiting Artist remains scheduled for the spring.

The arts at Gordon School continue with vibrant, vital, and visible programming that seeks to engage every student and ignite passion for exploration in each. Please reach out to any of the arts faculty with questions, concerns, or just to chat. We can’t wait to welcome your children back to school!
 

Regards,

Milly Massey