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November 2018 | Inspiring Creativity Through the Arts

Let’s celebrate music together! Kwanzaa is a celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the African diaspora in the Americas and lasts a week. The celebration honors African heritage in AfricanAmerican culture and is observed from December 26 to January 1.


Some traditional Kwanzaa songs are : Ndamutswa Nengoma . Capitao do Asfalto . Coconut Milk . Tio Goyo Ko Sira . Thokozile . Bon Ton Roulet . Tarig Ash-Shoag . Madina

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25th as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians. Some traditional Christmas songs are : Oh Holy Night . Holly Jolly Christmas . It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year . Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire . White Christmas

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Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication. Some traditional Hanukkah songs are: Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah . Ma’Oz Tzur (Rock of Ages) . I Have a Little Dreidel . Sivivon, Sov, Sov, Sov . Ocho Kandelikas . Ner Li

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Harris Academy of the Arts Newsletter • November 2018

November Student Anniversaries -------------------Dottie Shapiro - 5 yrs Thomas Davis - 5 yrs Jordan Zhang - 5 yrs Seth Thoene - 3 yrs Eduardo Perez - 3 yrs Erika Perez - 3 yrs Griselda Perez - 3 yrs Amiyah Bowers - 3 yrs Alex Delgado - 3 yrs Grace Kang - 2 yrs

Cadence Romano - 2 yrs


Cranberry Apple Pie Filling ingredients: • 1 refrigerated pie crust • 2 cups peeled apples • 2 cups fresh cranberries • 2/3 cup sugar • 1 tablespoon lemon juice • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour

Method: • Preheat oven to 400 degrees • Line a 9-inch pie plate with pie crust • Thinly slice the apples and combine them with cranberries • Add sugar, lemon juice, and flour - mix well • Meanwhile, mix the flour, sugar, and cinnamon for the topping. Add the butter, rubbing it into the dry ingredientsuntil the mixture resembles course crumbs • After 30 minutes, remove pie from oven and reduce temp to 375 degrees. • Spread the topping over the pie, bake for another 25-30 minutes, until the top is golden brown

Crumb topping ingredients: • 1/2 cup flour • 1/2 cup sugar • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon • 4 tablespoons cold butter

Welcome New Students -------------------Katie Peer Camden McMillan Jackson McCord Brennen Durrah William Glathar Lucy Glathar Maria Tercero Cleo Kalkwarf Thank you for being part of Harris Academy of the Arts. We love having you in

our musical family!

• Allow the pie to cool 2 hours before serving - ENJOY!


Meet Ripley! He is the brand new puppy belonging to HAA student Katelyn H. Ripley is a toy poodle puppy. He is very soft and sweet. He loves the fall leaves, he pounces on them like a cat and bites them. Ripley also gets along well with our Bernese Mountain dog Piper.


Harris Academy of the Arts Newsletter • November 2018

November Spotlight STUDENT OF THE MONTH

We are proud to announce our November student of the month, Elizeh! She

Elizeh Tarkian

started at Harris Academy of the Arts in our Children’s Music Academy, and has been with us for the 7 years since! Elizeh has been taking private piano lessons with Ms. Heera for 6 of those years. Elizeh has participated in numerous district and state festivals with the Nebraska Music Teachers Association. We are all so proud to have her as part of HAA. Ms. Heera had this to say about her long time student: “Elizeh is a brilliant, hard-working, and self-motivated student. With her natural talent of music, she has developed a good combination of artistry and technique as a young pianist. It is such a joy to see her grow into such a good person and a wonderful musician.” Enjoy this video of Elizeh in action!


Spencer Perkins

Spencer Perkins earned his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Texas State University. He moved on to obtain a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Kent State University. Spencer just recently completed a Master of Music in music composition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Spencer began teaching piano privately while studying at Texas State University. He believes that it is important to provide an open-minded environment when teaching, allowing each individual student to develop a personal connection with their music.


Lauren Udell

16th: Griselda Perez

20th: Brayden Luu

2nd: Evan Marshall

3rd: Truman Jackson

17th: Ella Ariunsaikhan

Giselle Alvarez

Emma Olson

21st: Hadley Bakan

4th: Massimo Fitzekam

Marcie Foster

22nd: Jeff Kuhl


Logan Lambrecht

27th: Kaitlin Sidders

11th: Janet Gasper

Isabel Loriaux

28th: John Fucinaro

13th: Keira Findley

18th: Shari Hansen

Destiny Brandl


Harris Academy of the Arts Newsletter • November 2018

FEATURED ART Ellie Nelson, violin student with Harris Academy of the Arts has MANY artistic skills. We were thrilled that she shared her artwork with HAA for this month’s art feature. “The reason that I do art is because I enjoy expressing myself in drawings. When I do art projects in school I try to show something in them like a feeling or to depict a person.”

In the still-life of the wand, quill, books, and paper with the dealthy hollows symbol, Ellie wanted the viewer to feel like they are sitting at a table at Hogwarts, in one of the four house’s common rooms studying for the O.W.L.S or studying up on the world of wizarding.

In the silhouette, Ellie wanted to show the feeling of anxiety or any other mental situation. Her artwork demonstrates that the feeling of being alone, with the darkness moving in, can be scary for a lot of people. For those who feel like this, it’s important to know that there are people out there (e.g., family, friends, trusted adults, etc.) who can help you!

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS! If you are looking for Holiday gift ideas, look no further! At HAA, we have plenty of gifts that are suitable for all ages! We have everything from decorations to toys to gift certificates. We also have a great variety of Holiday music books! Come and take a look at our retail section, or visit our website, for that special musical person in your life.


Harris Academy of the Arts Newsletter • November 2018

FREE GROUP CLASS - November RSVP today!

Ear Training with Heera Jang Saturday, Nov. 17th @ 1:00pm - 1:50pm Instrument: Any Ages: 10+

For students who are wanting to get better at recognizing intervals, major/minor, higher/lower, loud/soft If you are interested in attending a free class, please RSVP by clicking HERE, calling 402-423-7121, or emailing to sign up. Classes with no enrollment CLOSE 48 hours before class date.

Instructor Availability Have a friend or family member who wants to take music lessons? Instructor openings at HAA don’t stay available for long. Check out their availability below and sign up today!

Mai Butler piano

Lincoln Havranek saxophone, beginning woodwinds

Heera Jang piano

Monday CLOSED Tuesday 1 opening Wednesday 1 opening Thursday 1 opening Friday CLOSED

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Monday CLOSED Tuesday CLOSED Wednesday CLOSED Thursday CLOSED Friday CLOSED Saturday CLOSED

Kara Eddy piano, cello, beginning strings Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday


John Fucinaro guitar, bass, ukulele, trumpet, trombone Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

1 opening 4 openings 3 openings 1 opening

5 openings 2 openings 7 openings 5 openings 6 openings 8 openings

Joy Holz violin, viola Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Jeff Kuhl voice, acting, trumpet, piano 3 openings 2 openings 4 openings 4 openings 3 openings 1 opening

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Saturday

CLOSED 1 opening CLOSED 1 opening CLOSED

Spencer Perkins piano, composition Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Saturday

3 openings 2 openings 5 openings 2 openings 3 openings

*Weekday availability is shown for after school hours, from 3-9 pm ONLY. If you’re looking for daytime availability, please contact the front desk at or 402.423.7121.


Harris Academy of the Arts Newsletter • November 2018

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS Participating Students of Teachers: Mai Butler; Heera Jang; Kara Eddy; Vicki Harris Total Students who had prepared to participate in NMTA State Festival in Kearney: 21 Total Students who were actually able to attend (snow storm/ice prevented travel): 16 Total Superior Ratings (Score of I, that earned a Trophy): 15 Total Superior Ratings (Score of I+, perfect score): 2 Congratulations to Nate Pribil and Jordan Zhang (both students of Mai Butler) Total Students who earned at least 90% on Theory Tests: 13 Total Students who earned a 100% on Theory Tests: 2 Congratulations to David Ruwe and Samantha Steckelberg (both students of Mai Butler) Total Students who competed in the NMTA Junior Performance Competition: 2 Congratulations to Jordan Zhang and Amelia Burba for exceptional (both students of Mai Butler) NMTA sponsors a non-competitive State Festival in the fall of each year. In order to qualify for the NMTA precollege performance festival, a student must meet the following requirements: *Receive a Superior or Excellent rating in a Nebraska District Festival *Complete the sight reading requirements at a District Festival *Receive a passing score on theory (60% & above) and musicianship (performance rating of II or above) at a District Festival *Observe suggested repertoire requirements *Study with a teacher who is an active member of MTNA *Participate at the proper level in the District Festival to qualify for State Festival This is a non-competitive performance opportunity. Students receive ratings on their performances, general evaluations of their scales, and scores on the test on theory and musicianship.


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World Choral Day



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