The Circle Voice

The Show Must Go Online

Allison Jiang ’22, Arts Editor

May 31, 2020

    In the midst of theatre shutdowns and a myriad of empty stages, artists all over the world have been locked out of their performance spaces during quarantine. Though confined, they have persevered by transforming their homes into performing spaces, working to create for an audience wit...

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...

From Our Perspective: The Winter Recital Series

Maya Gite '22

March 7, 2020

In 2000, the first Groton student recital was held with three performers. Two decades later student recitals are an integral part of our music program here on campus. Musicians at every level get the opportunity to perform as a complementary addition to their music lessons during the year.  ...

New to the Circle: Composers Concert

Christina Chen '23

February 12, 2020

Coming up on March 2 is an exciting new opportunity: the Composers Concert, an idea conceptualized and now realized by music prefects (Josh Guo ’20, Alex Schade ’20 and Chioma Illozor ’20), student composers (Andrej Klema ’21, Jane Park ’21, Obinna Nwaokoro ’21, Jasmine Garcia ’22, Griff...

Jazz at the Hard Rock Cafe

Soul Sauce, the Groton School Jazz Ensemble, playing as Jazz Director Kenji Kikuchi solos.

Joon Whang '23

February 12, 2020

Covered in neon lights and rock’ n’ roll memorabilia, the Hard Rock Café and its high energy vibe make it an amazing venue for live music. On January 26 Soul Sauce (the Groton School Jazz Band) took their musical talents to the Hard Rock Café in downtown Boston to perform a live gig –– a fir...

Groton’s Musical Holiday Traditions

Groton School's Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra came together to play

Joon Whang '23

December 20, 2019

The first snow at Groton not only marks a seasonal shift, but also cues the start of Christmas and the festive vibe that takes over campus. Trees and lights decorate the dorms, and the Christmas classics make their way onto the Spotify playlists.  The holiday season also means a month of rehearsals as various m...

How to Get to Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall connotes accomplishment and brillance, but not all musicians who make their “Carnegie Debut” get there purely on merit.

Allison Jiang, Assistant Arts Editor

December 20, 2019

It’s a classic New Yorker joke: on the intersection of 57th Street and Seventh Avenue of New York City, a man asks a passerby for directions. He asks, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Upon closer examination, the passerby turns out to be Jascha Heifetz, acclaimed violinist and virtuoso, who ans...

Groton’s First Open Mic of The 2019 School Year

Students performing at the first Open Mic of this academic year, the audience showing
their support by waving phone flashlights in time to the song.

Cam Nguyen '22

October 13, 2019

Captivating.  Refreshing.  Hilariously entertaining. These are just a handful of an endless string of adjectives that could be used to describe what Groton’s first 2019 Open Mic had to offer. Cocooned in the warm glow of fairy lights with the company of fluffy blankets and friends, the Gro...

Parents Weekend Concert

Chamber Orchestra performing at the 2018 Parents Weekend Concert.

Allison Jiang '22, Assistant Arts Editor

October 13, 2019

Just as the calendar nears the end of October, Parents Weekend begins, opening Groton’s school gates to welcome family and friends to the circle. The doors of the Campbell Performing Arts Center (CPAC) will also open to host the annual Parents Weekend Concert. In one evening of performances, students fro...

Goodbye Gammons, Hola España

Groton School Chamber Orchestra performing in Salamanca, Spain.

Allison Jiang '22, Assistant Arts Editor

September 21, 2019

Following a grueling week of Spring exams, the classical musicians of Groton packed their instrument cases from the music wing to set off on the highly anticipated Orchestra Tour. During the month of June, members of the Groton Chamber Orchestra participated in two weeks of musical performance in their...

Drop the Mic: Declining Open Mic Attendance

Katherine Johnson '20 and Kamsi Onwochei '20

November 10, 2018

For the past few years, one of the most popular events at Groton has been Open Mic night. Students and faculty used to regularly pack Gammons Recital Hall, usually exceeding the number of chairs provided. Eager to see friends perform, or peers reveal hidden talents, audience members looked forward to Op...

An Introduction to Groton Arts

Zoe Park '21

September 13, 2018

Choir Choir is a way for students and faculty to express their love of singing. Led by music teacher and organist Daniel Moriarty, choir is a full class and performs every Sunday during Chapel. Students may additionally audition for Chamber Choir. For many choristers, the highlight of the year is Lessons a...

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: 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...

Belated Christmas Bops

Katie Reveno '20

January 19, 2018

Feeling the Christmas blues? Sounds like you need a sick playlist to jam along to. Here are some contemporary tunes to help you reminisce on the good ol’ holidays.   “Santa’s Coming For Us” - Sia   Contrary to its title, which sounds like a dark, cautionary tale of Santa coming to ki...

Embrace your angst with the best of the 2000s

Embrace your angst with the best of the 2000s

By BECKY ZHANG ‘18 AND ROSELLE LOVELL-SMITH ‘18

January 27, 2017

Thought you’d seen the last of us? Don’t worry. DJs Beckybeckyhi and Rizzle Lizzle Smizzle heard your pleas and are back with another angsty playlist to get you through these chilly winter months. Get ready for our freshest playlist yet, throwing back with a few classics from your wildest middle school...

Cozy on up with “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Cozy on up with “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Becky Zhang '18, Assistant Arts Editor

December 15, 2016

Christmas is the best time of year for celebrating the joys of family, friendship, and childhood. If you’re looking to get in the sentimental Christmas mood, it’s time for you to (re)watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” It is “one of the best movies ever,” according to Dr. Reyes. Parents and f...

This winter, students dive into art through FSAs

This winter, students dive into art through FSAs

Daisy Fey '18, Reporter

December 15, 2016

This winter, many students on campus have chosen to substitute a sport for an FSA as their afternoon activity. There are currently many FSAs focusing on art and music, with each student holding a strong passion for his or her project. On discussing his or her motives and an overview of winter projec...

Learning how to groove: Faculty playlist

Learning how to groove: Faculty playlist

Fran Saldivar ‘19

October 20, 2016

Longfellow once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” If this is true, then what better way to get to know the Groton faculty than through music? If you can take your teachers’ advice on school work, why not do the same for music?   “Everybody Dance Now” by C+C Music Factory Clas...

Previewing Parents Weekend Concert

Groton School football v. St. George's.
Jon Chase photo

Eunice Cho '19

October 20, 2016

Every fall, many parents visit the lovely and colorful Groton campus for Parents’ Weekend. And each year, a music concert that features many talented student musicians is held. This annual event is thought of to be one of the most enjoyable events that happen during Parents Weekend. In just one pe...

Pumpkin spice playlist: Must-listens for Fall Term

Pumpkin spice playlist: Must-listens for Fall Term

Becky Zhang '18

October 7, 2016

Fall is here: the season of letting go and starting over. While it may seem that we have been at school forever, we remain in a time of transition, reflected both in nature and in the mind. The trees are turning bronze and shedding their leaves while we, too, are forced to leave the past behind and focus...

Accomplished vocalist to perform at Groton

Accomplished vocalist to perform at Groton

Lily Cratsley '19

October 7, 2016

On Thursday, October 27th, Groton welcomes Nedelka Prescod and her band to the Circle as part of the Gammons Concert Series. Every year this series presents four to six free concerts for members of the greater Groton community that are held in Gammons Recital Hall. The first concert of this school year...

Take a chance on Chance the Rapper

Michael Senko '18, Assistant Arts Editor

October 7, 2016

It has been around four months since Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper’s 3rd official mixtape, dropped exclusively on Apple Music. Announced a week before it was set to release, it attracted all sorts of interest: Chance made first became mainstream with his album Acid Rap in 2013, saturating his gospel-influenced,...

An introduction to the arts at Groton

The Music Prefects

Becky Zhang '18, Assistant Arts Editor

September 13, 2016

GUAC GUAC, or the Groton Undiscovered Artist Club, is an Instagram account (@thisisguac) created in October 2015 featuring a range of artwork by students and faculty, from photography to white-board sketches, knitting, and body art. GUAC has now more than three hundred followers and this year’s Art...

Maru-a-Pula Marimba Band Comes to Groton

The marimba band from Maru-a-Pula raises the CPAC.

Hadley Callaway '17, Assistant News Editor

May 13, 2016

On April 28th, the Maru-a-Pula Marimba band visited Groton for a musical intervention. “We’re here to help you,” said MaP principal Andy Taylor on the CPAC stage, after joking that studies show that AP scores are improved after listening to marimba. “You’re going to feel like a bubble in a...

Orchestra Trip

The chamber orchestra performs at Lessons and Carols.

Macy Lipkin '18

April 22, 2016

Each year since 2005, one of Groton’s three primary musical ensembles has gone on tour, most often internationally. A year after the jazz band began the tradition with a tour of Japan, orchestra played throughout Switzerland in 2006. In 2009, they traveled to China, and in 2012, South Africa. Jazz...

Flowers and Fortissimos: Spring Music FSAs

Drew Bassilakis ‘16, Lilias Kim ‘18, Matthew Higgins Iati ‘17, and Zahin Das ‘16 practicing their instruments

Kevin Xiao '18 and Rohan Varkey '18

April 22, 2016

This term, a wide variety of art FSAs ranges from classical piano to an actual band! Matthew Higgins Iati ’17 will be working with Ms. Lanier on a “Piano Work” FSA this spring. His practices will consist of a plethora of pieces—including the Schubert Impromptu and a few Mozart Sonatas. When...

Music for Your Mid-Teen Crisis

Adele

Roselle Lovell-Smith '18 and Becky Zhang '18

February 9, 2016

You’re walking alone around the wintry Circle. All your friends have early practice, but you have late. The Dining Hall is serving root beer pork for dinner. The world has never been more desolate. You turn to your Walkman for some smooth tunes, but all you have is Kidz Bop. What do you do? The...