Appreciate your full backpack

A few days ago, I emptied my backpack for the first time in three years. A bit too excited I completed my academic obligations, I opened the zipper and allowed everything to crash down from four feet above the ground. Unfortunately, my Spanish book landed on my stubby toe. But once my pain subsided, I […]

Playwrights Festival

All of Me at Once by Jensen McRae ’15 “The basic premise is that it is set in the mind of a 16-year-old girl named Faith; most of the characters are physical manifestations of thought, be it Emotion, Sense of Humor or any other part of the mind. The plot revolves around how these parts […]

Winter Concert to feature small groups

Small groups of two to four students from Symphony, Wind Ensemble and Concert Strings will perform in the Winter Concert Feb. 23 at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica. Unlike most other concerts, this year’s Winter Concert will heavily feature smaller instrumental groups as opposed to larger ones. They will perform 19 pieces written […]

Obscure places on campus

Most students probably know the school’s campus like the backs of their hands. They know the shorter alternative routes  to get to class as well as which stairs are less arduous to climb. Yet, there are still some nooks and crannies of campus that remain less known. While many faculty members regularly climb the stairs […]

Mark your calendars

Although auditions begin this week for the fall musical, “Hairspray,” upper school performing arts productions do not begin until November.  This year’s productions include choral, jazz and orchestra concerts, as well as dance shows and plays.

Concert features two commissioned pieces

In the final orchestra concert of the year, a combined wind ensemble played an original piece by Anderson Alden ’09 at the First Presbyterian Church on May 3. “It was exciting to write for the ensemble since I owe a lot of my knowledge to Harvard-Westlake,” Alden said. The event opened with Concert String’s performance […]

Orchestra plays original pieces in last concert of year

In the final orchestra concert of the year May 3 at the First Presbyterian Church, a combined wind ensemble played an original piece written by Anderson Alden ’09. “It was exciting to write for the ensemble since I owe a lot of my knowledge to Harvard-Westlake,” Alden said. The event opened with Concert String’s performance […]

Orchestra to play in May performance

The upper school orchestra will perform a piece by Anderson Alden ’09 for its concert on Friday, May 3 at the First Presbyterian Church, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1,” Ernest Bloch’s “Concerto Grosso No. 1,” and Joan Huang’s “Lunar Jamboree,” a piece commissioned by conductor […]

String quartet records film score

Four students recorded the instrumental soundtrack to “Tutor,” a short film. Paul Suh ’14, Heather Wattles ’15, Enya Huang ’15 and Matthew Lucas ’14 were asked to play an original score by Oliver Lewin for the film. “The recording session was cool because we had to precisely play so that the music matched the scenes […]

Sophomore performs with out of school orchestra

Enya Huang ’15 will perform in the Claremont Young Musician Orchestra’s concert next sunday Jan. 20. The concert, which will be held at the Bridges Hall of Music, will begin at 7 PM. Huang, who auditioned for this orchestra three years ago, is the principal chair for the viola section in the Claremont Young Musician […]