Opening Day 2016!

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by kvella

The 2016-2017 school year is off to a great start! Students and faculty enthusiastically returned for the new school year, and were welcomed by the Class of 2017 who cheered for everyone coming to campus on the first day of school. Check out these photos from the first day of AC’s 126th year!

Posted in: Eighth Grade, Eleventh Grade, Fifth Grade, First Grade, Fourth Grade, Highlights, Kindergarten, Lower School, Middle School, Ninth Grade, Nursery, Pre-Primary School, PreKindergarten, Second Grade, Seventh Grade, Sixth Grade, Tenth Grade, Third Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School

Global Perspectives – A Traveling Photo Exhibit

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by kvella

AC students are traveling the world – and so are their photos! Last school year, AC Middle and Upper School students traveled to places like Madagascar and Senegal. The photos they took during those trips are now part of a traveling photo exhibit – check out the photos in this album to get an idea of the sights they saw during their travels!




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Congratulations, Seniors! Sharing the Class of 2016’s After AC Plans

Posted on June 10th, 2016 by klapa

With the end of the school year upon us, it is time to wish our seniors well as they prepare to take what they learned at AC out into the world!

Thirty-six members of Allendale Columbia’s Class of 2016 will attend 24 different colleges, universities and trade schools in 12 different states and two countries, and one member of the senior class will pursue a Gap Year. Click here to see their plans and click here here to see the full list of their college acceptances.

The Class of 2016 was awarded $4,426,248 in four-year academic and talent scholarships. Please join us in congratulating the Class of 2016 and wishing them well in their future endeavors!

Posted in: Alumni News, College Advising News, Highlights, Twelfth Grade, Upper School

AC’s Production of “Little Shop of Horrors” Recognized by Stars of Tomorrow

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by klapa

Allendale Columbia School’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” was recognized at the Stars of Tomorrow Gala for Outstanding Acting Ensemble, Outstanding Pit Orchestra, and Alex Carioty was recognized as Outstanding Supporting Actor for his portrayal of “Orin.” In addition, Conner Shumway was recognized for his set design, and Phelan Conheady and Fateemah Saleem were recognized for incorporating sign into the show.

More than 30 schools from the Greater Rochester Area performed musical numbers throughout the event, including our students who reprised “Skid Row” and nailed it. Shout out to Alyssa Lewis who brought the house down with her opening solo!

It was so much fun to watch our students filled with pride while they cheered on their peers from all over the area and we’d like to thank everyone who has supported theatre at AC in any way shape or form. It is truly a collaborative effort, and every bit of it is impacting our students.

Posted in: Eleventh Grade, Highlights, Kid Kudos, Ninth Grade, Tenth Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School

Student Creativity Thrives in Wind Ensemble

Posted on March 25th, 2016 by klapa

Musical ScoreUnlike many traditional school bands, in which the director programs the concert, chooses the repertoire, and hands out the music, AC’s Wind Ensemble welcomes student input and creativity.  This semester, with only one piece of the repertoire chosen by the conductor and another (music from the Star Wars saga) suggested by students, there is a buzz of student creativity.  Three ensemble members are working on their own arrangements for our instrumentation, and one is composing her own original piece.  Some of the students’ works may be recorded, and some will be performed at this year’s Upper School Spring Concert (Thursday, May 19th).

Noah Meyers started his medley of music by the 90s grunge band Nirvana last summer.  He emailed me music files, and I would give feedback, until he got pretty close to the finished product, at which point I entered the whole score into the program Finale so that we could get a really nice looking layout and parts.  We have been rehearsing Noah’s Nirvana medley and plan to perform this piece in the Upper School Spring Concert.

Danielle Fuller now has sketches in the works for a band version of music from the show Legend of Korra.  Danielle’s interest in arranging this music has led her to the study of orchestration, with a focus on instrument techniques and ranges, timbre or tone color, and texture.  The piece is not yet complete, but we hope to schedule a performance of it once it is.

Phelan Conheady came to me early in the fall with a unique request: Would I help him arrange a medley of national anthems? Who could say no to that? I had him start by writing out the music for the anthems and putting them in an order that made sense to him.  Wisely, he chose to keep the medley at a reasonable length by including only sections of each anthem, and he combined them in ways that fostered variety while maintaining a nice flow from piece to piece.  Nations represented include Madagascar, Costa Rica, South Korea, Japan, the United States, China, Philippines, and Senegal.  We plan to record this piece, titled Global Citizens, as part of an ongoing recording project, and it will be performed in the Upper School Spring Concert.

A diverse musical performer and actor, Cecilia Esterman took the initiative to compose an original piece of music for the Wind Ensemble.  Titled “1 2 5,” it is based on chords and melodies derived from the first, second, and fifth notes of a major scale, and it is Cecilia’s contribution to the celebration of our school’s 125-year history and celebration.  The ensemble did a reading of the work last week, and individual members gave the composer feedback for the purpose of revisions.  We will resume rehearsal of the revised edition throughout April, with the goal of performing it in the Spring Concert and including it in the recording project.

The work of Noah, Danielle, Phelan, and Cecilia represents advanced musical thought and creativity. Congratulations to all four on their efforts and accomplishments!

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Two AC Students Receive National Keys from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Posted on March 16th, 2016 by klapa
Laurie King's "Turnips"

Laurie King’s “Turnips”

Congratulations to Rebecca DeCarlo and Laurie King, both Class of 2016! Both students were awarded National Keys for their artwork in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program this year. Rebecca was awarded a Silver Key for Digital Art for her illustration “Gabby” and Laurie was awarded a Gold Key for Photography for her image, “Turnips.” Gold Key recipients are invited to the national awards ceremony in New York City at Carnegie Hall June 1 – 3, 2016. Kudos to these students!

Rebecca DeCarlo was awarded a Silver Key for Digital Art for her illustration "Gabby"

Rebecca DeCarlo’s “Gabby”

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