Composer speaks at annual Brown Family Assembly

Composer speaks at annual Brown Family Assembly

World-renowned composer, pianist and conductor Thomas Adès performed pieces from his opera, “The Tempest,” and shared his experiences with international composition today at an upper school assembly as the annual Brown Family Speaker. Adès began composing at 19 years old after winning second place at a national piano competition, in England. In 1995, his opera, […]

Will listening to Mozart while studying get me a 4.0?

Will listening to Mozart while studying get me a 4.0?

Every day Max Robertson ’17 goes home and turns on some smooth jazz as he pulls out his homework assigned that day. After a stressful day Robertson looks forward to listening to music that calms him down and lets him enjoy working on homework and studying just a little bit more. “When I do homework, […]

Music was medicine for former Khmer Rouge child soldier

Music was medicine for former Khmer Rouge child soldier

In 1975, Cambodia faced a genocide that killed more than 20 percent of its population. Headed by Pol Pot, the Khmer regime murdered, brutalized and dehumanized its own people. Schools were turned into prisons and torture centers that held the elite members of Cambodian society. Just 30 years later, I was given the opportunity to […]

Junior attends Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado

Sacha Lin ’16 spent eight weeks improving her musical abilities through one-on-one violin classes and orchestra performances at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen, Colorado this summer. The school offers courses and activities in a wide range of musical subsets, attracting students from around the world. Programs include opera, composition and a conducting […]

Nordstrom, McRae attend Grammy Camp

Claire Nordstrom ’15 and Jensen McRae ’15 attended Grammy Camp, a 10-day music intensive camp for a variety of musical studies, at USC this summer. Both girls focused on songwriting at the program, which also offered courses in singing, music journalism and video production. Both Nordstrom and McRae have been interested in music since a […]

Performing arts teacher hires aide

Performing arts teacher Shawn Costantino hired new assistant Matt Yeakley to teach his sixth period Jazz Rhythm Section class this year. After performing arts  teacher Mark Hilt created a second music theory section, he turned his Wind Ensemble class over to Costantino. Costantino said he wanted to streamline all the classes involving wind, brass, and […]

20 acts perform in first Coffee House of the year

Musical acts ranging from pop medleys to originally written songs dominated Prefect Council’s Coffee House on Monday, Nov. 12. Students gathered in the lounge to enjoy ice-blended coffees, cookies and their peers’ performances for the first Coffee House of the year. Prefect Council is planning at least three other shows, Head Prefect Michael Wagmeister ’13 […]

Candidate Statement: Max Rothman '14

1. For what position are you running? I am running for Junior Prefect. 2. What makes you feel that you are qualified for the position? Please describe any leadership experiences you’ve had, if applicable. I feel that I am qualified for Junior prefect simply because I believe I am out-going. I am very easy to […]

Iñárritu tells students nt to plan their lives

By Hank Gerba Best known for his films “Amores Perros” and, more recently, “Biutiful”, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu (Maria Gonzalez ’13) spoke to three sections of Cinema Studies students on Nov. 30. “My story is simple,” Iñárritu said. “I’m not the 8-year-old boy who went to the cinema with his father and dreamed of one day […]

Driving on with a goal in sight

By Emily Khaykin No matter what the band Rascal Flatts says, life is most definitely not a highway. There is no straight path that leads to success, no formula which yields a correct answer. And there is no better place that exemplifies this better than Harvard-Westlake. This year, especially, I have seen so many of […]