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Fine Arts Newsletter

Holiday Edition 2013

FACULTY FEATURE: Taylor Dabney: Upper School Photography Teacher

Taylor joined Collegiate in 2004. His early years focused on teaching the skills necessary for black and white film photography, including developing and printing in the Hershey Center’s darkroom That has grown and shifted as he continues teaching photography as a form of visual literacy in his classes of Digital Photography. He is one of several teachers using the new Digital Media Lab in the Hershey Center which was created after the H2L2 addition. He also stays busy donating his time photographing many school events such as Convocation, plays, Brunch, Pageant, Lessons & Carols, and Graduation. Find his photographs archiving these and other events in the Photo Gallery on the Collegiate Website. Taylor also continues his life as a professional photographer. His photos have been published in books, including Virginia Country: Inside the Private Historic Homes of the Old Dominion by Betsy Wells Edwards. He received the Virginia Commission for the Arts (Photography) Fellowship in 1986. He has photographed archaeological artifacts for digs in Greece and Jordan. He and his wife, Julia E. Pfaff, met on one of those excavations, and continued to spend summers on such projects for many years. His son, William (Class of ‘15), has joined them occasionally on their journeys. Ongoing projects for Taylor include a collection of portraits of teenage mothers across Virginia and North Carolina, and a series of portraits of Civil Rights leaders and educators in conjunction with the Moton Museum in Farmville. He is passionate about photography as a means to preserve history and tell a story. Taylor is passing that passion on to his students ... as is obvious in some of his students’ work shown here where they capture abstract objects, landscapes and portraits.

See more at the Collegiate Photography blog ...

Lessons and Carols, the annual holiday tradition for boys in grades 5 - 12, was held on Friday, December 6th at Second Baptist Church. The Fifth Grade Boys Choir led the service and were joined by the boys of the Sixth Grade Chorus, Select Chorus and the Collegiate Chorus for several carols. Instrumental selections and accompaniments were provided by the Sixth Grade Handbell choir, the Upper School Winds and Percussion, and organist Mrs. Suzanne Riehl.

The Fourth Grade Cantorion performed seasonal songs for families and friends during the “Jingle Mingle� on Saturday, December 7th at the Lower School.

Congratulations to Matthew Barbieri, who played the title role of Amahl in the annual performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Landmark Theater in December.

Pageant was held at All Saints Episcopal Church on December 9th, and December 10th. It is one of the oldest traditions of Collegiate, being performed annually since 1915. The Upper School Glee Club and the 7th and 8th Balcony Choir join together for the singing of the Christmas story. Senior girls portray the Madonna, Joseph, Angels, and Kings. They are joined by girls in grades 5-11 who participate as shepherds, villagers, hand bell ringers and lighting crew. To view more of Taylor Dabney’s photos, check out the Media Gallery on the Collegiate website!

Below: Members of the Con Brio music club entertained fellow Upper School students and faculty during Clubs period on Thursday, December 12th in the cafĂŠ area of Sharp Academic Commons.

The Third Grade Concert of Carols was performed for families and friends at River Road Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 13th. Third Grade students sang contemporary songs and carols and portrayed the characters in the Christmas story by acting as Angels, the Star, Camels, a Donkey, Kings, Shepherds, Mary, Joseph, and the Innkeeper. Students also played handbells and percussion instruments, and were directed and accompanied by Mrs. Beth Tracy. .

The Kindergarten Chapel was held December 19th at River Road Presbyterian Church. Under the direction of Mrs. Christine Hoffman and accompanied by pianist Mr. Markus Compton, Kindergarteners told the Christmas story through song and recitation.

Upcoming Events: January 14th - Fifth-Sixth Winter Music Concert in Oates Theater at 7:00pm January 15th and January 16th - Upper School Winter Play in Oates Theater at 7:30pm January 21st - Fifth-Sixth Grade Strings at Spring Arbor Assisted Living Center at 2:00pm January 29th - Upper School Music Recital in HCA 126, the Recital Room, at 7:30pm February 3rd - Winter Jazz Jam in Oates Theater at 7:30pm February 7th - Second Grade States Fair in Oates Theater at 9:30am February 9th - Honors Piano Recital in HCA 126, the Recital Room, at 3:00pm February 11th - Lower School Piano Recitals in HCA 126, the Recital Room, at 4:00pm and 5:15pm February 21st - Eighth Grade Play - Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” in Oates Theater at 10:00 am & 7:00pm February 22nd - Eighth Grade Play - Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” in Oates Theater at 2:00pm March 2nd - Middle and Upper School Strings Recitals in HCA 126, the Recital Room, at 2:00pm and 3:30pm March 4th - Lower School Strings Recitals in HCA 126, the Recital Room, at 4:00pm and 5:15pm

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