The Sounds of Halloween

Under oftentimes eerie lighting, the musicians of GCAA entertained a packed house at the Sun Theater on Friday, October 28.    The program lists the many participants.   The music ranged from classical to jazz, from beginner students to more advanced. gn6a3374-gcca-halloween-music gn6a3360-gcca-halloween-music gn6a3370-gcca-halloween-music gn6a3393-gcca-halloween-music  

GCAA Students to Perform with Beatles Tribute at The Sheldon

Beatles image You already know and love the songs, but "In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles" gives you a chance to get a fresh perspective on the story of the band that made them.

See the promo for the show.

More than just a live musical tribute show, In My Life tells the Fab Four's tale through the eyes of their late manager, Brian Epstein, who acts as narrator to renowned tribute band Abbey Road's live performance of some 33 Beatles classics. Beatles - 4-21 newest Grand Central Arts Academy students Nicholas Baggett, Tessa Wild, Kareenah Thomas and Joerdan Carney will join the band for the songs "Eleanor Rigby," "Yesterday," "A Day in the Life," "Hello Goodbye," and "Hey Jude." Performance Venue:  The Sheldon Wednesday, May 18, 7:30

Tickets Here. 

Instrumental Music Spring Concert

GN6A0073 GCAA Music On April 14, 2016, the GCAA Instrumental Music Department literally put on quite a show. The performance included eight groups of musicians ranging from beginners to advanced, from "When the Saints Go Marching In" to Mussorgksky's "Pictures from an Exhibition. Here is the program.   GN6A0157 GCAA Music I'm posting several photos here, with a thumbnail gallery below. Don't forget, though that there are many more (about 50 total) photos at the GCAA Flickr page (which consists of more than 5,000 photos spanning from the beginning of the school to the present time). The Flickr site is divided into albums, including an instrumental music album. GN6A0126 GCAA Music Enjoy!

Head of School Matt Frederickson discusses GCAA (Video)

A couple weeks ago, GCAA Head of School Matt Frederickson agreed to allow me to record an interview where he discusses many aspects of GCAA. It's a 25 minute interview filled with colorful images of GCAA students making art. Enjoy!

Happy Hoedown and other moments from a GCAA violin class

What is it like be a 6th, 7th or 8th grader starting out playing the violin at GCAA? Here are some images of some of GCAA violin students learning to play a hoedown, taught by Mr. Damen Martin.   GN6A8995 GCAA violins art lo res GN6A8987 GCAA violins art lo res GN6A8976 GCAA violins art lo res GN6A8974 GCAA violins art lo res GN6A8997 GCAA violins art lo resCheck out this video, taken on March 10, 2016.  This little tune is called "Happy Hoedown, and it only lasts one minute: Lots of other fun images from today's class too:

Gas Light Play to Benefit GCAA – March 5 and 6 at Third Baptist Church

gls Please see the above flyer for the Gas Light play that parent Lydia Garret (mother of David Hayward) has produced. Several of GCAA's music students are in this production (David Hayward, Rachelle Martin, Royce Martin, Devin Evans, Mathis Henning, Jeanna Peterson). Third Baptist Church is hosting the production all to benefit the Instrumental music department! Many Thanks, Damen Martin ps.  Evan Smith sent the photo below, writing "this photo shows the beginnings of a legacy, a tradition of excellence, passed from upper academy students to those of the lower academy. And Royce is just such a cool kid!" IMG_0440  

Instrumental Concert, including “Idylls of Pegasus” performed by GCAA Orchestra (Video)

On the evening of April 24, 2015, various GCAA instrumental musicians performed in the South Cafeteria.  The program for all performances on April 24 is linked here. GN6A7063 Instrumental concert GCAA parent Dave Heagle uploaded the following video of the GCAA Orchestra Performing "The Idylls of Pegasus."   Members of the Orchestra:  Maya Casaregola, Jaylah Davis, Emma Iffrig, Terrence Harper, Abigail Jordan, Evie Boyer-Heagle, Joerdan Carney, Madeline Kaempfe, and America Valdiva. . . "Idylls of Pegasus" by Richard Meyer performed by... Grand Center Arts Academy GCAA, High School Orchestra Ensemble from Dave Heagle on Vimeo. . GN6A7074 Instrumental concert GN6A7062 Instrumental concert GN6A7075 Instrumental concert

Come to the GCAA Cabaret – “Music Through the Ages (Two Shows)

There will be TWO shows for this year's GCAA Cabaret.  First one begins at 1pm and the second show begins at 7 pm. You can purchase tickets here: Location:  The Franklin Room - Soulard Note from GCAA parent Angie Freesmeier:

Grand Center Arts Academy Vocal Department presents CABARET  2015 - MUSIC THROUGH THE AGES. Presented each SPRING now in our 3rd year CABARET is the biggest fundraiser for GCAA Vocal Department. It is a memorable event with dinner, dessert, cash bar, raffles, silent auction and of course MUSIC by our talented students! This year there will be a matinee and an evening show so feel free to double your pleasure! Our choirs and a cappella groups will all perform along with select solos and duets. It is music through the years so there is some ear candy for everyone's taste. All proceeds go directly to our music department for items such as competitions, field trips, sheet music, sound system and an immediate need of risers. It is great fun for an awesome cause. So in the famous Kander and Ebb words sung by infamous Sally Bowles~ Life is a Cabaret old chum, COME TO THE CABARET!!!

See the attached Flyer. 

One Hour at GCAA

One can see a lot of art and a lot of creativity in one hour at GCAA. Today I took my camera with me and poked my head into several classrooms, including choral classes, dance, guitar, painting and a quick shot of an ebullient sixth grade comm arts teacher (Denise Farnworth). GN6A0181 GCAA GN6A0444 GCAA GN6A0395 GCAA It's a happy thought that all of this was happening in one hour of one day, and that this was merely a random hour of a random day. In other words, these photos are representative of the creative art education that occurs every day at GCAA. GN6A0295 GCAA GN6A0262 GCAA