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Performing Arts Students Participating in OMEA Competition

More than 20 performing arts students will be playing their instruments or singing for a judge in the Ohio Music Education Association's adjudicated event at Stebbins High School on Saturday, January 23.

"It's giving everyone new opportunities and it's something exciting for everyone to do," shared vocalist Ashley Gerhard '18.

16 solo vocalists, four solo instrumentalists and two instrument ensembles will represent CJ at the event.  Seniors , Jazmin Harris, Tabitha Jordan-Nickels, and Asha Talib will be performing a flute trio.

Students Perform the National Anthem Before Home Basketball Games

This year, the men's and women's Eagle basketball games not only have great athletes on the court, but student singers are getting a moment to shine while performing the National Anthem.

Previously, an instrumental recording of the "Star Spangled Banner" played before each game.

"A student asked me if they could sing for a basketball game," drama and choir teacher Caitlin Bennett explained. "I spoke with Acting Athletic Director, Jason Unger, and he agreed that this was a good opportunity."

CJ Performing Arts Presents: After Juliet

"For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."

Those are the last words of the play, Romeo and Juliet. However, there is more to the story.

On Friday, November 6, Saturday, November 7, and Sunday, November 8, CJ performing arts presents After Juliet. The production explores the lives of Juliet's cousin and Romeo's ex-flame, Rosaline, Mercutio's twin brother, Valentine, and Romeo's best friend, Benvolio and the fates of the Apothecary, Nurse, servant Peter and Friar Lawrence after the original play.

Performing Arts Presents Fall Concert

The performing arts department's first concert of the 2015-2016 school year will be on Wednesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. in the CJ Auditorium.
The whole family is invited to attend this free event featuring the Concert Choir, Concert Band, Eagle Pride, Hands in Harmony, String Ensemble and Pop A Cappella Choirs Age V and Vega.
All concert-goers are invited to stay for a reception following the evening's final performance. Refreshments will be provided.

Muse Machine Musician Alters Sounds

The possibility for sound is everywhere.

On Tuesday, September 22, musician Michael Kelsey helped students realize that during an in-school performance.

"Music is accessible to everyone," Kelsey said. "I bring electronic toys with me, but if I didn't have anything, I would be using kitchen utensils or something similar."

During his performance, Kelsey used on-the-spot recording equipment and showed students how he was able to create a band-like sound, with only his guitar and imagination.

CJ Takes Home 8 DayTony Awards

CJ's performing arts program was awarded eight High School DayTony awards during the annual ceremony on June 13.

The awards were in conjunction with the DayTonys, which are presented by the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame. The awards recognized high schools for their excellence in performance, design, and direction in local productions. The High School DayTonys were voted on by other students in the Dayton-area who rate the productions in both acting and technical aspects.

The CJ performing arts student and adult members who were recognized with an Award of Merit were:

Picnic With the Pops

CJ students took to the big stage when they performed in front of family and friends during the annual Picnic with the Pops concert.

The evening kicked off with entertainment from the comedy improv team, Busted Box, and cover band, Monday Night Project. Local food truck vendors C'est Cheese, Rib-N-IT BBQ, and Zombie Dogz provided dinner options for the crowd.

"I was really excited about the food trucks because that's part of our city too. CJ is a big part of this community, so it's great to have an event like this for all the families," said parent, Carrie Hartley.

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