Bosque Senior Miranda, brought smiles to our faces at Musical Monday this week when she performed "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie. Singing and playing her ukulele, she is known on campus as a talented musician for her amazing vocal, piano and ukulele skills.
Monday’s upper school morning meeting began with the sounds of a beautiful piece, “Sicilienne” by Frank Kreisler.
Bosque sophomore, Shelby, set a peaceful tone to the morning while playing her violin. Having been playing for ten years, she finds music relaxing and sometimes a nice challenge. “I find that when I learn a hard piece I feel very accomplished.” In the past she has participated in the Albuquerque Youth Symphony and currently is in Bosque’s strings program. When asked if she will study music in college, Shelby replied, “ I don’t think I want to go into music studies in college, but I definitely want to keep playing on the side with whatever I end up doing.”
On Monday, December 16, Hannah ‘15 sent students off to their first winter final exam with her breathtaking rendition of “Santa Baby.”
Seniors Derrick and Maddy performed “Falling,” a love song by the Lumineers, on Tuesday morning. Derrick, well known on campus for his outstanding musical abilities, played guitar and sang alongside Maddy, who pleasantly surprised students and faculty with her amazing vocal skills.
Switching it up a bit, Jack '15, Gabe '15, Morgan '15, Jesse '15, and Phil '16 sang the "Song of the Lonely Mountain" off the soundtrack album for An Unexpected Journey from The Hobbit.
Wrapping up finals week with a wonderful holiday treat, we had a visit from Santa himself (or was it Mr. Cummins?). Bosque's Cantate performed "I Believe" by Schermerhorn/Whatley, and "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," by Tchaikovsky/Funk conducted by our choir director Joanna Hart and accompanied Zack Kear on piano.
Miranda ‘14 and Mr. VeSeart, technical theater teacher, brought a 1934 tune to Musical Monday. With Miranda’s beautiful voice and Mr. VeSeart’s ukulele skills, the two received a grand applause. The song, “Moonglow,” was written by Eddie DeLange, Will Hudson, and Irving Mills.
There were four different hit versions of “Moonglow” in 1934: big band leader Benny Goodman's, which went to No. 1; jazz great Duke Ellington's, which climbed to No. 2; singer Cab Calloway's, which peaked at No. 7; and saxophonist Glen Gray's, which reached No. 8. After Monday’s performance, we think the number of “Moonglow” hits rises to five!
Katie ‘14 and Joseph ‘14 performed “The Swan” composed in 1886 by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), a French composer, at Musical Monday, December 2.
Katie on violin, has been playing since she was six years old and currently plays with the Albuquerque Youth Symphony and Bosque’s Serenata. Joseph on piano, began playing in 7th grade as part of the school’s performing arts curriculum. In addition to playing the piano, he participates in Bosque’s Choir and performs in the school’s musicals.
Allison ‘17 performed “Water is Wide” an English folk song whose lyrics partly date back to the 1600’s on Monday, November 18. Singing at the early age of five, and taking voice lessons at ten, Allison ‘17 has always enjoyed folk music and this song in particular.
In addition to her love of singing, Allison just started teaching herself how to play the guitar. She hopes to study music in college and possibly major in it.
Taryn Lester singing “Princess” by Stephen Flaherty. Taryn was accompanied by Zach Kear on piano this past Monday.
The past few weeks, Taryn could be found working as an Assistant Stage Manager for The PLAY Conservatory’s production of Captain Louie, Jr.
Disguised as phantoms, Miranda ‘14, Jesse ‘15, Luke ‘14, and Davis ‘14 performed “Phantom of the Opera” arranged by Lindsey Stirling at Musical Monday, October 28.
After realizing that this particular arrangement did not have written music for the base and guitar, Davis took the recorded piece to his base and guitar teacher of five years, Jason Forsythe, who helped them put the sheet music together. “I worked with Jason on how best to write the music for those two instruments, then Luke and I worked together to finalize it so we could incorporate the base and guitar,” explained Davis.
With Miranda on piano, Jesse on base, Luke on violin and Davis on guitar, the performance was a stunning way to begin the morning!.
English teacher and songwriter Kevin Cummins performed his song “Amelia Earhart” at upper school morning meeting on October 21. When he was in 5th grade, Mr. Cummins was assigned to write a one-page report on Amelia Earhart. The 10-year-old Mr. Cummins handed in a few sentences paraphrased from an encyclopedia article, and his teacher chided him, calling the short paragraph a “lackluster effort”. Decades later, while working as an English teacher, a shepherd of student writers, Mr. Cummins read a biography of Amelia Earhart and composed a song to honor her. Listen to Mr. Cummins introduce the song by relating Amelia Earhart to his teaching of Homer’s The Odyssey in ninth grade English.
Mackenzie '15 had a head start on All-State auditions this week as she performed her audition piece for the entire upper school. She played "Sarabande" from Partita in A Minor for solo flute. Mackenzie's interest in the flute began six years ago, and she has been playing ever since. She plays with the Bosque School band and takes private lessons from Lee Taylor.The flute dates back to the 9th century B.C. and is considered the oldest wind instrument.
Laura ‘14 performed “Ouvre ton coeur,” by Georges Bizet. Bizet is best known for his opera Carmen; this piece is similar in that, although it is sung in French, it is in a Spanish style.
Laura has been a prominent performer in Bosque's community for quite some time. She has had lead roles in musicals, wowed us at morning meetings, performed in Spaghetti and Serenades, and has been a member of Bosque's choirs since the 6th grade.
An avid music student, Laura attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester over the summer. The program, Music Horizons, is for high school students of all musical abilities including composers. There was a competitive application process and only 40 talented students across the country were invited to participate. Laura was one of only 10 vocal performers to be accepted. The students took classes that they will be expected to take in college such as music theory, music history, aural skills, and composition/improvisation. In addition to these courses, they had master classes with their fellow majors (Laura was a voice major) where they each performed for one another and offered critiques. Everyone also had two hour-long private lessons a week, and they participated in career-oriented seminars. Laura recommends this opportunity to her fellow musicians: “It was an amazing experience. I especially loved working with non-singers. For instance, one of the composition majors wrote this incredible three- movement piece. I was lucky enough to work with him and perform in it at the end of the three weeks. I would highly recommend this program to any classical musicians, especially the summer before their senior year of high school.”
Laura is currently applying to colleges with music schools/conservatories that are associated with major colleges or universities. “I'm planning on double majoring in vocal performance and something in the humanities like creative writing or languages.”
As the choir was wrapping up on Friday, September 27, the senior choir members suggested that they should sing at Musical Monday to allow all the upperclassmen to begin their week with the spirit of music. With one quick rehearsal, the singers of the Class of 2014--18 of whom are participating in Cantate this year, which is the most of any class in Bosque history--decided to have a sing-along to “Ho Hey,” by the Lumineers. With Derrick ‘15 on guitar, it was an upbeat way to start the week. Thank you, Class of 2014!
For nearly 20 years, Mr. VeSeart, Technical Theatre teacher, has been playing the ukulele. Currently a member of the Kahuna Grande of the High Desert Sand Fleas Ukulele Club here in Albuquerque, Mr. V played “Samba de Orfeu” by Luiz Bonfa' from the 1959 film Black Orpheus at Musical Monday.
In addition to playing the ukulele, he plays dozens of other musical instruments, but is most proficient with the guitar and ukulele. In addition to his technical theatre role, he also leads the Bosque Ukulele Club, an x-block, that has 15 or so upper school students and a couple of Bosque teachers participating.
In only her second week of upper school, Ruth ‘17 bravely took the stage for Musical Monday. In front of more than 300 upper school students, Ruth performed Sonatina by Carl Maria von Weber on the clarinet. Ruth only began playing the clarinet when she entered 6th grade at Bosque. Prior to that, she had studied a little on piano. Ruth’s stunning rendition of Sonatina was accompanied on piano by Zach, Bosque’s accompanist.
Derrick ‘14 performed “Tighten Up” by the Black Keys for the first Musical Monday of the year. Derrick has used this piece, performed with his guitar, for several auditions. The song is well known as it has been used for video games, TV shows, movies, and commercials. Derrick has been singing, playing guitar, piano, and the violin for all of his years at Bosque. He has had major roles in Bosque musicals and also is on the soccer and lacrosse teams. Derrick has also performed in many musicals for PLAY Conservatory and just recently landed the role of Tobias in Musical Theatre Southwest's production of Sweeney Todd.
Bosque’s Luke ’14, a skilled composer in his own right, arranged and performed his “Star Trek Medley” for Musical Monday on May 13. Inspired by Calvin Custer’s “Star Trek Through the Years” medley, Luke incorporated classical elements of the violin, having been classically trained; he then added Mozart-like trills and runs along with a few spiccato elements to spice it up. Pulling together various themes from Star Trek series like “Deep Space Nine,” “First Contact,” “Voyager,” “Fanfare,” and “Next Generation,” and working them all out by ear, Luke’s completed arrangement was impressive and beautifully executed!
Laura ‘14 sang “Amor” by William Bolcom, written in 1978 as part of his first volume of Cabaret Songs. The lyrics are by Arnold Weinstein, who often collaborated with Balcom.
“That Lonesome Road” by James Taylor and “Somebody to Love” by Freddie Mercury
Is there a resurgence of the ukulele? Perhaps there is, especially here at Bosque School. The ukulele became popular when Portuguese immigrants started going to Hawaii in 1878 to work the sugar cane fields and brought the modern-day ukulele with them. Demand slowed for the instrument during the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, but with the advent of YouTube, the ukulele has made a comeback.
Bosque tech teacher Michael VeSeart has enjoyed playing the ukulele for some time now. The ukulele X-block is for students interested in learning to play the instrument and carry on its traditional sound. This year’s ukulele X-block performed two pieces for Musical Monday. The large group, consisting of Claire ‘13, Nina ‘15, Adrian ‘15, Lexie ‘15, Simon ’15, and Zoe ‘15, performed “Egyptian Reggae” by Jonathan Richman; Claire and Nina performed “Family” by Catey Shaw.
On Monday, March 25, The BOPP Band (Bosque Outreach Performing Program) kick-started the week with the upbeat song "You Belong to Me," by Patti Page.
After a short hiatus, Musical Monday returned this week with the sounds of jazz. “Bag’s Groove” is a composition by the famous American jazz vibraphonist Milton “Bags” Jackson and was first recorded by Miles Davis’s quintet in 1954. It was performed by Nate ’13 on marimba, Tim ’13 on bass, and Mr. Fessinger on drums.
Nate and Tim chose this particular song because “it is a fun piece to play based on the chord changes to twelve-bar blues. Twelve-bar blues is a common chord progression found in blues, jazz, and rock music,” explained Tim.
Luke ’14 performed Lindsey Stirling’s medley arrangement from Lord of the Rings soundtrack, originally composed by Howard Shore, at Musical Monday on December 10. Luke learned this piece by ear, since there was no sheet music available for that specific medley.
“I chose to perform this piece because The Hobbit film comes out this Friday, and I thought it would be a good celebratory song to play right before its release,” explained Luke. The Hobbit, the upcoming epic fantasy-adventure film trilogy, directed, co-written and produced by Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings) and based on J. R. R. Tolkien's 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit will debut in theaters December 14.
Luke has been playing the violin since he was three and feels that the most enjoyable part of music is the self-expression it’s able to grant people who play an instrument or appreciate listening to it.
Kayla ’13, along with Brian, a senior at Southwest Secondary School, performed Passacaglia for Violin and Cello by Handel/Halvorsen at upper school Musical Monday, December 3. “This piece is great because I can really just have fun with it and be a soloist while also playing chamber music,” explained Kayla.
Brian is a violinist in the Albuquerque Youth Symphony and has been studying violin for 12 years. He was one of the Youth Symphony concerto winners for this year. Kayla and Brian performed this piece for the very first time at the Chamber of Commerce meeting in October. The Albuquerque Youth Symphony was invited to the event, and Kayla and Brian were asked to be representative performers for the program.
The musical performance at upper school morning meeting on November 12 featured some well-known artists of the past, as well as a new “up-and-comer.” Nate ’13, who has been in the band program at Bosque for seven years and has played for school musicals, as well as being the star goalkeeper for Bosque's soccer team, showcased his fabulous percussion skills. Nicolle Maniaci, formerly the lead singer for KISS for a year, accompanied him on the cello. Joanna Hart, back-up singer for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in her past life, jumped in on the piano. While Stuart Fessinger, previous cowbell player for the long-running show in Las Vegas, The Harmonicats, was the soloist on the cowbell.
After the performance, two students were overheard saying, “This is why I love Bosque.” On a Monday morning at 8:00 a.m., it is not always easy to make teenagers smile and laugh, but the performance this week easily woke them up and gave them something to smile about.
Kalin '14 performed "O del mio dolce ardor" (Oh my sweet ardor), composed by Christoph Willibald von Gluck. Kalin explains,"I chose this song because I love the poem. The song over all is beautiful, and it allowed me to challenge certain aspects of my voice." Kalin studies privately with Jacqueline Zander-Wall, has been in choir at Bosque since the seventh grade, and is now in Cantate. She has also performed in many of Bosque's musicals. Kalin has competed in state voice competitions and recently received second place in the Honors competition. Kalin stated "I would love to continue studying and just enjoy the experience of music." Kalin has always loved to sing and has taken lessons off and on since she was 6, as well as some piano lessons. She plans to continue exploring music and to pursue a minor in music in college.
Miranda ’14 performed “Feeling Good” a version by MUSE, one of her favorite alternative rock bands. She has been playing the flute for 7 years, and the ukulele for about 5. Miranda doesn’t play piano regularly, but learned this piece specifically for Musical Monday.
Derrick '14 on vocals, Nate '13 on drums, and Tim '13 on bass guitar energized the room with their rendition of "Hang Me Up to Dry" from The Cold War Kids album Robbers and Cowards . The Cold War Kids, who formed in 2006, are a quartet from Long Beach, CA who consider themselves a soul-punk band.
Kayla ’13 presented “Sarabande” by J.S. Bach, arranged for a solo cello, during Musical Monday.
Kayla, a member of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony (AYS), has been traveling around the country to various colleges taking lessons with cello faculty to help in her college decision-making process. Kayla is one of the winners of the AYS Concerto Competition and will be performing the “Fourth Movement of the Elgar Cello Concerto” with the Albuquerque Youth Symphony on Sunday, February 3 at 3:00 p.m. in Popejoy Hall.
With her bagpipes, kilts, and Scottish history, Claire ’13, continues to amaze us. Last week she dressed in a traditional Scottish kilt in honor of Homecoming’s theme of “Dressing for the 70’s.” She said it was not specified which century of the 70’s was meant for the day. This week, Claire dazzled us with her impressive bagpipe talents. This is almost a lost art, but Claire has managed to keep it alive in the Southwest. The first piece she played was a hornpipe dance piece called From Maui to Kona by Robert Worrall. She learned this from her teacher Robert Watt this summer at the U.S. School of Piping in Flagstaff. The second piece was a jig called Glasgow Police Pipers, as arranged by a Los Alamos piper, Paul Langan. The original tune was by Donald McLeod. Claire took up piping five years ago.
Laura'14 performed "Vaga luna, che inargenti" (Beautiful moon, dappling with silver), composed by Vincenzo Bellini to an anonymous Italian text. It was published in 1838.
Laura studies voice privately with Jacqueline Zander-Wall, and this past summer was accepted into the prestigious Bel Canto vocal program in Florence, Italy. Laura has been in choir at Bosque since the sixth grade, has performed in many musicals, and was Mother Superior in Bosque’s production of The Sound of Music. She was also a winner in the Santa Fe Opera’s Young Artists program and receives voice coaching with the talented staff of the Santa Fe Opera as part of the program.
Derrick ’14 performed “Beautiful City” from the musical Godspell, by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak. This song was written for the movie and is often included in revivals of the musical. It is sung by the character, Jesus, in the musical. A few years ago, Derrick starred as Jesus in a junior version of Godspell for Play Conservatory here in Albuquerque.
Hannah '15 and Tim '13 perform Fever on 8-23-12
The after school guitar members perform "Soul Sister" by Train. Colin '16, Henry '16, and Catherine '17 (singing).