New Trier: Spring Jazz Ensemble
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 7 Apr 2011, p. 48, 51, 52

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New Trier High School's Spring Jazz Ensembles Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Gaffney Auditorium on the Winnetka Campus. Tickets will be available at the door.

High school students can learn dance moves from top choreographers and dancers while helping a great cause during New Trier's Spring Fling/Dance for Life 2011 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 16 in dance studios G12 and G14 on the Winnetka Campus of New Trier High School.

The Spring Fling is a full day of dance workshops and master classes in hip hop, jazz, modern, ballet, musical theatre, yoga, Pilates, audition tips, lyrical, ethnic, contact improvisation, and nutrition.

Instructors include world renowned choreographer Harrison McEldowney, former Hubbard Street Dance Chicago member Cheryl Mann, Erica Edwards from the Joffrey Ballet, Brian Hare from Thodos Dance Chicago, and many more. The cost to participate is $30, and all proceeds raised through registration and donations will go to Dance for Life, a non-profit organization created to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS care, prevention, and education. The organization also promotes the art of dance in Chicago.

For a class schedule and to register visit (click on events) or call (312) 922-5812. The student-organized Spring Fling is sponsored by the New Trier Dance Division in collaboration with the New Trier Fine Arts Association.

New Trier will hold a Haiti Benefit Concertfrom 7:30-10:30 p.m. April 16 in the Gaffney Auditorium on the Winnetka Campus. The concert includes performances by the New Trier Pep Band, New Trier Concert Choir, and Carlo and The Crazy Bunch, a band led by New Trier staff member Carlo Felix that performs classical, jazz, and ballads from around the globe. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For further information, contact Jim Foster at or call at (847) 784-2329.

The New Trier Parents' Association Class of 2013 invites parents of rising sophomores to "Movin' on Up! What Parents Need to Know about the Transition to Sophomore Year," from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Gaffney Auditorium on the Winnetka Campus. Parents will hear from Winnetka Principal Tim Dohrer, Sharon Weiner, one of the sophomore adviser chairs, and a panel of current sophomore students to find out what parents need to know about the transition process. Student-guided tours of the Winnetka Campus follow. This program is for parents only. New Trier High School has separate orientation and transition events for rising sophomores.

The New Trier Parents' Association Class of 2013 and the Family Awareness Network will present "Substance Use in Adolescence: The Mechanisms of Motivation and Change," from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Gaffney Auditorium on the Winnetka Campus. Petros Levounis, director of The Addiction Institute of New York and Chief of Addiction Psychiatry at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals in New York City, will discuss prevention strategies, how to identify substance use in adolescence (from gateway drugs to alcohol to prescription pills and more), and the complex mix of biology, psychology and social relationships that affect a teen's decision to use substances. He will be joined later on a panel that will take questions from the audience. For more information, visit

New Trier senior artists received several awards during the opening reception and awards presentation for the 37th Nancy Joyce Murray Memorial Scholarship Exhibition on March 10 in the Ann Brierly Gallery on the Winnetka Campus. Seniors exhibit six art works in the medium of their choice. Forty-three seniors participated in this year's exhibit, which the students plan and hang along with their teachers.

The 2010 Nancy Joyce Murray Scholarship winner was Maxwell Perkins for his work in video. The outside judges commented on his "very strong work [that] was gorgeous and psychologically fraught with haunting tension...moody, beautiful and conceptually tight." Perkins is in Video Art II and is the student of art teacher Susan Kwon. Along with being identified as this year's scholarship winner for his work as a video artist, Perkins is also an accomplished dancer.

The $600 scholarship may be used at any college or university of the winner's choice. Winners are requested to gift New Trier with one artwork for permanent display in the school. A nearby plaque lists the names of all the previous winners through the decades. The award is funded by the Constance and Robert Murray family in memory of their daughter, a passionate New Trier art student whose dreams of continuing her art studies after high school were ended by a drunk driver in her senior year.

On hand for the awards were Nancy's sister, Cindy Evangelista, and her brother and sister-in-law, the Robert Murrays. Amy Brierly, sister of Ann Brierly, in whose name the gallery is dedicated, was also present for the celebration of the young artists.

Two artists not affiliated with New Trier who live and work in Chicago were invited to jury the work. Pamela Bannos' photographic and web-based work has been shown throughout the United States and Europe since the late 1980s. Bannos' most recent endeavor, Hidden Truths, is a site-specific and web-based project about the changing histories of Chicago's Lincoln Park. Bannos is a senior lecturer in the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.

The other juror this year was Jessie Mott. Her practice encompasses painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, video and installation. Her recent collaborations with Steve Reinke on the animations Everybody and Blood and Cinnamon have been acquired by the Video Data Bank and have screened widely in both national and international venues. She earned a bachelors in fine arts from New York University and an masters in fine arts from Northwestern University.

A Juror's Choice Award went to Lindsey Law for her body of work in photography. Six additional students were Singled Out for Distinction: Chloe Bacon and Claire Bartlett for photography, Annie Irwin and Grace Kim for painting, Charlie Shoup for animation, and Julia Stoller for drawing.

Other participating seniors in the exhibition were Hanna Block, Kate Bonds, Emmy Brown, Lucas Carpenter, Dylan Cooper, Jesse Conterato, Mark Dunning, Jamie Edelstein, Adam Eisenstein, Kathleen Fahy, Ali Gavillet, Ben Grill, Jamie Gross, Lauren Kay Janowiak, William Kamin, Ryan Kiesler, Kristine Kim, Sarah Kokes, Kendall Mancillas, Michelle Marinello, Ruchi Mehta, Corey Mercer, Lucy Myers, Tyler Oberlin, Tanuka Raj, Alice Robinson, Kaitlin Schaer, Becky Schweig, Cathryn Shiel, Anna Sido, Sam Simcox, Annie Soler, Charles Steinken, Emily Turner, and Becca White.

The Juror's Choice and Singled Out for Distinction Awards are generously supported by gift cards and a bag of art supplies courtesy of Dick Blick Art Materials, The Art Store, Evanston.

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New Trier: Spring Jazz Ensemble