The Circle Voice

Artist of the Issue: Jane Park 

Jane Park '21 performing. Courtesy of Jane Park '21.

Allison Jiang ’22, Arts Editor

September 13, 2020

You can catch her performing in dance recitals, singing postludes with the choir, and even composing original music– Jane Park ’21 is a multifaceted artist who is an active member of the music, dance, and theatre department at Groton.  A lead music prefect, open mic head,  a capella group leader,...

Artist of the Issue: Jed Rainey

Artist of the Issue: Jed Rainey

Allison Jiang '22, Assistant Arts Editor

April 28, 2020

It's Saturday night, and the dance floor under the Dining Hall is lively and crowded, the space covered in graffiti and strobe lights.  Tracks blast from the DJ booth. There, you will find DJ Rainfall, more commonly known as Jed Rainey ’20. Jed is a familiar face behind the turntables of Groton dances...

Artist of The Issue: Chioma Ilozor

Chioma at her craft.

Amelia Lee '22

March 7, 2020

You’ve listened to her songs on Spotify. Under the name Ai Bendr –– inspired by her middle name, Ai Bendors –– Chioma Ilozor '20 has dropped many catchy singles, such as “Stay With Me,” “blue skies,” and “Boy.” In addition, Chioma sings at many Open Mics and for many postludes. Wh...

Artist of the Issue: Teddy Deng

Teddy Deng '20 crouching in the snow to get the perfect shot.

Allison Jiang '22, Assistant Arts Editor

February 11, 2020

Teddy Deng ’20 felt an artistic spark during the summer of 2018 as he gazed at the night sky. Inspired by that beauty, Teddy grew into a passionate photographer, enjoying capturing the “natural world’s beauty.” With his beautiful star trail creations (a merging of images capturing the movemen...

Artist of the Issue: John Donovan

Michelle Kim '23

December 20, 2019

John Donovan ’20 is a talented, comprehensive artist who loves stagecraft, drawing, and painting. His recent works include the set creation of Groton theater’s fall play, Antigone, which featured a towering ladder of chairs, a beautifully painted floor, and a huge set of walls.  What is your ...

Artist of the Issue: Andrew Lei

Andrew Practicing

Claire Lee '20, Assistant Arts Editor

February 5, 2019

Who was the man behind the electric bass during the performance of “The Man in the Mirror” on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Groton’s exceptionally talented bass player: Andrew Lei ’19.  He frequents the stage with gigs ranging from band performances at Hard Rock Cafe to accompanying talented Gr...

Artist of the Issue: Julien Alam

Artist of the Issue: Julien Alam

Eliza Powers '20, Assistant Arts Editor

November 10, 2018

“Most of my characters have really just been different parts of me,” said Julien Alam ’19. But they are also all different—ranging from a middle-aged grieving father in Scotland to a club owner in World War II Berlin. Julien somehow tackles all of these different characters with equal emotion...

Artist of the Issue: Charlotte “Chip” Pontifell

Chip practicing organ in the chapel.

Claire Lee '20, Assistant Arts Editor

October 19, 2018

A music prefect and dance captain, Chip Pontifell ’19 has fully immersed herself in the arts at Groton. Not only does she play the organ and the harpsichord––instruments that are not seen often on the Circle––Chip is also a graceful ballerina who has performed with the New York City Ballet...

Artist of the Issue: GloMonCho

Artist of the Issue: GloMonCho

Claire Lee '20, Assistant Arts Editor

September 13, 2018

Before Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD entered the music scene, there was GloMonCho’s OffWhite. The album is a product of a Faculty Sponsored Activity (FSA) completed by Gloria Hui, Cho Nikoi, and Montanna Riggs ’19 last winter. Instantly a success, it is currently available on the music platforms Spotify,...

Artist of the Issue: Ben Calmas

Ben poses with his camera.

Eliza Powers '20

June 2, 2018

According to Ben Calmas ’18, “something clicked” the first time he looked through a camera lens. At Groton, he has most recently contributed his artwork as Photography Editor for The Circle Voice  (CV) and through his work on senior portraits this spring. Ben took photo classes for all three terms o...

Artist of the Issue: Josie Fulton

Artist of the Issue: Josie Fulton

Katie Reveno ‘20

May 30, 2018

If you’ve ever been to a Groton theater production, there is a good chance that you have seen Josie Fulton ‘18 doing one of the things she loves most: acting. Whether as a leading role  in Twelfth Night, a dancer in Cabaret or a grieving mother in “The Women of Lockerbie,” Josie has been a strong and consis...

Artist of the Issue: Michael Senko

Katie Reveno '20

May 30, 2018

Five. That’s the number of singing groups Michael Senko ‘18 has been a member of during his four years at Groton. And if you have ever sat down in the Performing Arts Center to watch a show, there’s a good chance that you have seen Michael, whether in his role as Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night th...

Artist of the Issue: James Hovet

Photo: S. Conroy '19

Eliza Powers '20

March 2, 2018

James Hovet ’18 has spent time in the CPAC ever since his arrival on the circle five years ago. Taking a bow after directing his first one-act play has been James’ most memorable Groton theater moment. He has also acted in the productions of “Equus,” “The Laramie Project,” “Twelve Angry Jur...

Artist of the Issue: Max Klein

Artist of the Issue: Max Klein

Claire Lee '20

January 19, 2018

Leaving the audience in awe, Max Klein ‘18 graces concerts with his musical talents. From being a music prefect to composing pieces for theater productions such as Equus and Twelfth Night, he’s grown into a formidable presence in the Groton art scene.   Max says piano was the first instrument...

Artist of the Issue: Daisy Fey

Artist of the Issue: Daisy Fey

Cara Chang '20

October 26, 2017

Some artists only master one art form and boast perfect control over their execution and inspiration. Daisy Fey ‘18 is the exact opposite: a Renaissance girl. Daisy paints, draws, sings, tattoos, and writes. Rather than looking for inspiration, Daisy lets it find her, aiming only to “draw the ener...

Artist of the Issue: Malik Gaye

Artist of the Issue: Malik Gaye

By Lilias Kim ‘19

October 3, 2017

While others chose baseball bats and paintbrushes, Malik Gaye ‘18 chose masks and microphones. He has a pronounced gift for theater—especially comedy—and enjoys making people laugh, especially his peers and younger Grotonians. The way he presents himself not only on stage as an actor, but also ...

Artist of the Issue: Candilla Park

Fran Saldivar '19

September 11, 2017

Candilla “Candy” Park ‘18 is what some might call a Renaissance girl. From writing and debating to playing instruments, dancing, and painting, Candy has explored many mediums of art.She has dipped her toes in some areas while taking a full dive into others. In her opinion, however, “the best t...

Artist of the Issue: Michael Aduboffour ’17

Artist of the Issue: Michael Aduboffour '17

Karla Sanford '19

June 2, 2017

While some Groton students blow the community away with their visual art, theatrical pursuits, or dance, Mike inspires with his words. He is an artistic force to be reckoned with in his own right. This year, Mike has truly blossomed as an artist, releasing his first professional single "Vapor" this winter and ...

Artist of the Issue: Piper Higgins ’17

Athlete of the Issue: Piper Higgins

Becky Zhang '18

May 11, 2017

An Open Mic head, Choir Prefect, and Music Prefect, Piper Higgins does it all. And yet, she has never taken a music lesson in her life. In her five years at Groton, Piper has continually inspired others with her beautiful voice and guitar playing. You simply can’t miss her filling the Chapel and...

Artist of the Issue

Artist of the Issue

Ben Calmas '18

January 27, 2017

She does it all: singing, songwriting, guitar, and theater. At Groton, one would be hard-pressed to find a musical aspect of the school that Phoebe isn’t involved in. From two years of a songwriting FSA to co-leading Open Mic to her various other endeavors, Phoebe embodies music at Groton School. Whil...

Artist of the Issue: Matthew Higgins Iati

Artist of the Issue: Matthew Higgins Iati

Michael Senko '18, Assistant Arts Editor

December 15, 2016

One February day in 2012, the Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany, was harboring three magnificent musical ensembles: The Staatskapelle Orchestra, the choir of St. Paul’s London, and the trebles of St. Thomas’ Choir School. The cathedral, rebuilt in 1994 after destruction during the 2nd World War, is...

Artist of the Issue: Anson Jones

Artist of the Issue: Anson Jones

Becky Zhang '18

October 20, 2016

One of the most most angelic voices on campus belongs to the unforgettable Anson Jones ’17. There’s no doubt you’ve seen her perform, whether in chapel, on stage, at Open Mic, or in the music wing serenading the halls with various songs using her “voice that sounds like butter melting across a ho...

Artist of the Issue: Mac Galinson

Artist of the Issue: Mac Galinson

October 7, 2016

To some people, art means taking a piece of paper and drawing when inspiration strikes. To others it means photographing the natural world. To Mac Galinson, it means acting on stage or writing songs for guitar. Mac has been acting since he was nine. He recounts his beginning in theater as a fairly unremarkable...

Artist of the Issue: Langa Chinyoka

Artist of the Issue: Langa Chinyoka

Michael Senko '18, Assistant Arts Editor

September 13, 2016

If you were to stop any returning student on the Circle and ask them, “Who is the coolest person at this school?” the answer, every time, would be Langa Chinyoka. She is, therefore, the Circle Voice’s obvious choice for the first Artist of the Issue for the 16-17 school year! Langa, of DAWG, Grotones...

Artist of the Issue: Candace Tong-Li ‘16

Candace practices her violin in the orchestra.

Daisy Fey '18, Contributing Writer

June 5, 2016

You may have attended a concert she has lead or seen some of her paintings hanging up around the schoolhouse. You may have seen her recently published, illustrated book, samples of which are posted around the college office. At Groton, it seems that no matter which way you turn, the remarkable talent ...

Artist of the Issue: Steven Anton ’16

Steven Anton '16 on drums.

Will Robbins '16, Assistant Sports Editor

May 13, 2016

Steven has been a major contributor to Groton’s Music Department since Third Form. He began playing the piano in kindergarten and picked up the saxophone in fourth grade, but it wasn’t until eight grade that Steven began playing the bass, his strongest instrument. After Tarik Welch’s ‘12 graduation,...

Artist of the Issue: Emma Rimmer ’16

Emma Rimmer is an enthusiastic chorister and actress.

Claudette Ramos '16, Assistant Arts Editor & Columnist

April 22, 2016

From channeling the glamorous Glinda in this winter’s theater production of “The Wiz” to sweetly serenading the student body in her clear, ringing soprano during a Lessons and Carols solo, Emma Rimmer ‘16 has left a considerable effect on the Groton arts scene. Since Second Form, she has participated...

Artist of the Issue: Allie Banks ’16

Allie Banks '16 in action.

Ella Anderson '17, Assistant Arts Editor

February 9, 2016

Allie Banks ’16, a photography and singing tour de force, brings a distinct energy and passion to this issue’s artist feature. An excellent conversationalist and interviewee, Allie is prominently featured on the Circle, from her eye-catching photo on the cover of “The Grotonian” last spring and...

Artist of the Issue: Libby Llanso ’16

Libby at work during one of her fashion design classes

Ella Anderson '17, Assistant Arts Editor

October 31, 2015

Libby Llanso is a force to be reckoned with on the Groton arts scene. She’s hard to miss in the sea of seniors, and her bright personality and bold sartorial choices make her a standout. Even from seeing her from afar, it is clear to the onlooker that Libby is a huge presence in Groton’s arts department....