Tag: Allen Leung

Centennial Student Performs in All National Honor Ensemble Symphonic Orchestra

Words: Caroline Chu

The weekend of November 12, Centennial junior Jisoo Choi participated in the All National Honor Ensemble Symphonic Orchestra in Grapevine, Texas.

Choi played viola and performed works by Hector Berlioz and Arturo Marquez.

She was selected from a national group for acceptance after submitting a video audition and a recommendation from Allen Leung, Centennial’s orchestra teacher.

Choi credits her interest in the All-National Honor Ensembles to the Centennial Music Department. She describes the program as having given her “a diverse repertoire and an interest in all aspects of music theory and performance.”

At the event, she enjoyed seeing “how unifying the shared love for music was.”

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Maryland All State Orchestra

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Contributions: Allen Leung

Congratulations to the Centennial students who were accepted into Maryland’s All State Orchestra:

Junior All State:
Vicki Li, Violin
Allen Wang, Violin
Ethan Lin, Viola
Juliana Torres, Bass
Tyler Hart, Bass (alt)
Senior All State:
Alice Lin, Violin
Nicole Meister, Violin
Nicole Lee, Violin
Angela Kou, Violin
Courtney Tse, Violin
Daniel Zheng, Violin (alt)
Jisoo Choi, Viola
Siri Neerchal, Viola
Alice Kuan, Cello
Justin Lidard, Bass
Michael Martinaitis
Sean Cooley, Bass
Sahil Saini, Bass

 

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Music Arts Take a Trip to Virginia Beach

Words: Nicholas Klein

During the weekend of April 10 through April 12, the orchestra, band and choral groups at Centennial High School took a weekend trip to Virginia Beach to participate in a spring music festival. Almost every student in an orchestra, band or choir took the long coach bus journey to the beach.

Jessica Cummings, the choral director, Allen Leung, the orchestral director, and David Matchim, the band director, all supervised the trip to Virginia. All music groups from Centennial High School competed and performed at the spring festival. For the duration of the trip, the students and staff stayed in a hotel.

The various music groups from CHS won first place Orchestra, first place Concert Band, first place Concert Choir, overall concert band, and overall orchestra. In addition to these prestigious awards, Jesse Kinstler won the award of best vocal soloist.

“Camaraderie was very high on the trip,” said Allen Leung. “The trip wasn’t about the things we do or the awards we win, but about the friends that we are with. The students had a lot of fun on the bus rides because they were with their friends playing games and talking with each other.”

Congratulations to all members of the Orchestra, Band, and Choir!

The Spectacular Winter Spectacular

Article: Paul Didwall

Photos: Caitlin Martin

Ellicott City, MD – If The Winter Spectacular were a movie, and you were to watch a trailer for it, quotes would sequentially appear on the screen with sayings such as, “10 out of 10,” “Five Stars,” “Centennial Amazes Again,” “There is a reason it is called The Winter SPECTACULAR.” The annual Centennial High School event was held on November 29 and 30 this year, at 7:00 PM in the CHS auditorium. Tickets were $10 a piece and could be purchased at the door or in advance.

Prior to the 7:00 start time, the Madrigals sang the audience in to the room with songs from their repertoire. The show then started off with Santa’s journey to CHS, featuring a comical video of him driving in to the Centennial parking lot blaring holiday music, and then running in to the school getting each performing group ready for the show. Santa, played by Benjamin Evans, and two of his reindeer, Jillian Loeffler and Sarika Reddy, got the performances stared by welcoming the entire cast on stage to perform There’s No Business Like SNOW Business! Santa and his reindeer continued to keep the audience entertained throughout the night with the story of their trip around the globe.

Madrigals then took to the stage to perform Deck the Halls!, and returned at various intervals to wow the audience with more holiday tunes. The Centennial Dance Academy – an after school program for younger dances that was introduced last year – was the second group to take the stage and had a considerable number of performances throughout the night. Each Musical Theater performance was very enthusiastic and well put-together, making it easy to enjoy.

Junior and Senior Dance companies wowed the audience on many occasions including a detailed group performance of The Nutcracker Suite, featuring a solo by senior Madison Croxson. After a few more dances, a phenomenal iteration of Sleigh Ride was performed by the Strings. The show continued on with more dances, musical theater performances, and singing from the Madrigals, as well as more details of the story being told by Santa and the Reindeer.

By this point of The Winter Spectacular, it was time for Jazz Band to take the stage. The Jazz band performed Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, with flawless vocal accompaniment by Anne Marie Demme. Strings played another great song between the execution of the two Jazz band songs. After the various performances by the various performing arts groups, the entire cast was again brought back in to the auditorium to collectively perform Feliz Navidad. The Band provided the instrumental music, Madrigals and Music Theater sang the lyrics, and dancers filled the auditorium aisles to dance and pass out festive candy canes. The Jazz Band then returned to play the crowd out of the auditorium, with a drum solo from Kevin Lehr.

The night should be considered a success by all involved. Congratulations to the cast and crew of The 2012 Winter Spectacular on a fantastic job.

If you missed the chance to visit this event on Thursday, I would urge you to attend tonight’s (11/30/12) performance at 7:00 PM in the CHS auditorium.