A local high school vocalist has been named a national finalist for the American Songbook Academy®. Viktor Freesmeier, of St. Louis, MO (Grand Center Arts Academy), will join vocalists from across the country for a seven-day Academy on interpreting and performing the music of the Great American Songbook.
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.
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.
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!
On February 12 and 13, the Upper and Lower Academies performed at the 2016 Cabaret, to full houses. Here is the program for both performances.
Many photos from the event are featured below (including the thumbnails in the gallery below) as well as at the GCAA Flickr Page.
The Upper Academy evening included this performance of "Glory" from the movie "Selma."
Come celebrate the Vocal Music Department’s biggest event of the year! Cabaret is a two-night fundraiser event to raise funds for the choirs. Middle School will perform on Friday, February 12th at 7pm and High School will perform on Saturday the 13th in Soulard’s beautiful, historic Franklin Room. The theme is “Roll Out the Red Carpet” so come dressed in your Hollywood best and prepare yourselves to hear songs from some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster hits by the choirs and auditioned solo acts. The evening will also include an auction, a 50/50 raffle, best-dressed contests and more! Tickets are available here.
On a related note, we are still gladly accepting auction item donations! Tax exempt letters are available upon request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to donate an item (or two)!”
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On March 28, GCAA's singers presented both matinee and evening performances of the 2015 Cabaret at the Franklin Room in Soulard. Here is a copy of the program.
What follows are photos and video from the matinee performance. (I would invite submissions of high quality photos from the evening performance to supplement this post). The video includes comments by GCAA teachers Wes Smith and Kristine Gage.
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: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1356323
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!!!
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).
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.
On December 9 and 10, the GCAA Middle School and High School orchestras, bands and choirs performed the annual "Hanging of the Green" concert at the Sun Theater. Here is the Middle School Program. Here is the High School Program. The orchestra was under the direction of Damen Martin. The Choirs were directed by Kristine Gage and Wesley Smith. The band was directed by Timothy Kloeppel. More than 100 photos from these two events (combined in this post) can be found at the GCAA Flickr website. Just go the Album titled "Music (Combined)." [Notes: All photos by Erich Vieth. Also, be aware that notably dim temporary lighting was being used during these events, making clear photos difficult to obtain.]