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In November, Thomas Carlino ’26, Lexi Shultz ’26 and Teddy Cole ’27 participated in the Illinois Music Educators Association District 7 Junior Chorus Festival at Schaumburg High School, under the direction of guest clinician Amy Branahl, director of choirs at New Trier High School. The students were selected through video audition and joined about 50 other middle school chorus students from across the Chicago metropolitan area in rehearsal and performance.
 
Also in November, Marina Bullock-Puzon ’26 and Annie Ford ’26 each sang a vocal solo as part of the Village of Winnetka's Veterans Day ceremony at the Winnetka Community House. The program was partially organized by Susie Brew Schreiber '57, and posthumously recognized Franklin Dunbaugh ’47, a Korean War veteran.
 
“I am immensely proud of our students not only for their musical contributions and talents but for ‘walking the walk’ when it comes to our school motto ‘Live and Serve,’ and generously and bravely sharing their voices beyond the borders of our campus,” said Timothy Mah, upper and middle school choral director and music teacher. “I am also lucky to work with colleagues and administrators who continue to work hard to ensure that music and the arts remain an integral part of our students' experience at NSCD, despite the numerous challenges that were brought upon by the pandemic.”

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Take 10 Play Festival

North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.

All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.

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