ROCKPORT — Camden Hills Regional High School will be hosting a Virtual Fine Arts Night on Thursday, June 4. All three art disciplines (music, art and drama) will be represented and may be accessed publicly by a link on the school website which will “go live” at 5 p.m.
The visual arts department will be providing a virtual gallery tour of this year's outstanding student artwork. The online showcase includes 2D work in drawing, painting, photography, visual journaling, printmaking, and 3D work from Big Art, Metals, and Clay classes. Special presentations from Advanced Art Portfolio class will focus on each student's personal portfolio, developed over the course of the school year.
The theatre department will be showcasing the work of actors and “techies” in curricular theater classes. The work of students in extra-curricular courses will also be presented including a Zoom performance of Arsenic and Old Lace.
Students in vocal music have been working on Virtual Fine Arts night songs, by learning and performing songs in their homes. Those songs have been shared with classmates on local platforms where students listened to each other's performances and gave comments. A selection of vocal pieces will be chosen from this class project and shared during the Virtual Fine Arts Night. In addition, some students were able to collaborate on duets and trios compiling a final piece using Garage Band. The vocal styles in all the repertoire range represent a wide range of musical genres.
Students in instrumental music have been working on several “virtual” videos in which students have worked individually with a “guide track” to be presented as one ensemble. The Concert and Jazz Bands will also be joined by selections presented by the CHRHS Brass Ensemble.
Senior keyboardist, Myles Kelley, will be sharing an audio premier of his original composition entitled “Pulp”. In addition to composing the piece, Myles arranged the work for jazz band and produced/mixed the entire piece.
Earlier in the year the CHRHS Band commissioned a piece, entitled “Hard-a-Lee”, written by 2011 Camden Hills alumna Sarah Palermo. Palermo is a composer based in the greater NYC area. She holds a Master’s in Music Composition from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s in Music Theory and Composition from Westminster Choir College. Palermo specializes in vocal, choral, and electronic art music and has also written several compositions and arrangements for orchestra, band, and hand bells. Outside of composing, she works at the New York Philharmonic where she is Assistant Archivist.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, “Hard-a-Lee” was never performed. An interview with the composer, as well as an electronic version of the piece, will be posted on the link for the Virtual Fine Arts Night.