Category Archives: Arts

McLean’s bands earn top honors at Worldstrides Heritage Festival in Chicago

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Posted on April 4, 2016 by

McLean Band in ChicagoMcLean’s bands just returned from the Worldstrides Heritage Festival in Chicago with the following honors:

Jazz Ensemble – Superior Rating, 1st place in class, 1st place overall jazz band, Adjudicator’s Award for Jazz

Percussion Ensemble – Superior Rating, 1st place overall percussion ensemble

Concert Band – Excellent Rating

Wind Ensemble – Superior Rating, Adjudicator’s Award, 2nd place overall concert band

Symphonic Band – Superior Rating, 1st place overall concert band, Adjudicator’s Award

McLean Band Program – Sweepstakes Award for the Instrumental Festival

Soloist Awards – Nick Anthony, Sam Silverman

Ovation Award for Outstanding Leadership and Influence – Sarah Siegel

Congratulations to all of our talented musicians!

Forensics team finishes second at regionals

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Posted on March 3, 2016 by

Congratulations to the Forensics team for a second place finish in Forensics Regionals.  The following students were recognized:

1st place Humorous Duo: Christophe Jelinsky & Jeffrey Nolan

1st place Serious Duo: Helena Doms & Thomas Kelty

2nd place Storytelling: Sam Brumbaugh

3rd place Prose: Laras Kettner

Laras Kettner and Sam Brumbaugh will be traveling to compete at the state level.

Regional Scholastic Art Awards winners announced

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Posted on February 8, 2016 by

McLean is proud to have a number of Regional Scholastic Art Award winners this year. Gold key and silver key artwork will be on display from Feb. 12 to March 3 at the Ernst Cultural Center on the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

In addition, Kiel Posner’s award-winning ceramic work, “Embrace,” was selected to be featured on the program and digital postcard promoting the Regional Scholastic Art Awards program.

You can see its first appearance, as well as a complete list of winners, at the following link: https://whatitmeansforart.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/regional-scholastic-award-winners/

Congratulations to McLean’s many talented artists!

McLean High School 2016 Regional Scholastic Art Award Winners

Student Name Category Title Award
Kiel Posner Ceramics Embrace Gold Key/American Vision Nominee
Min Choe Art Portfolio Min Choe Gold Key
Min Choe Mixed Media Museum of Perspective Gold Key
Min Choe Painting We Are What We Eat Gold Key
Ha Eun Choi Painting A Peek Into A New World Gold Key
Christian Flocos Ceramics The Structure of Water Gold Key
Anna Marie Garland Drawing Seeing Double Gold Key
Kiel Posner Sculpture Bust Gold Key
Julia St. John Photography Bye/Who Cares Gold Key
Mikaela Wilbur Ceramics Hand Teapot Gold Key
Anna Marie Garland Comic Art Reverie (1-8) Silver Key
Yu Bin Lee Drawing Media Crush Silver Key
Anna Liu Drawing Door and Self-portrait Silver Key
Alanna Milstein Mixed Media I Can See Cassiopeia Silver Key
Young In Seo Drawing A Way Home Silver Key
Julia St. John Art Portfolio Things Left Unsaid Silver Key
Oliva Bravo Photography Kenya Honorable Mention
Jonghyun (Andy) Choe Photography Lost Honorable Mention
Min Choe Painting Water Bottles Honorable Mention
Min Choe Painting Forks and Junk Honorable Mention
Deborah Daniel Art Portfolio Mbdtf Honorable Mention
Delaney Gallagher Art Portfolio Abandonment Honorable Mention
Avery Kang Painting Afternoon Honorable Mention
Kiel Posner Sculpture Bubble Honorable Mention
Young In Seo Drawing Each Little Bird That Flies Honorable Mention
Young In Seo Drawing Someday Honorable Mention
Tanner Thiesen Art Portfolio We Can’t See Honorable Mention

TheatreMcLean wins VHSL Liberty Conference One-Act Play Competition

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Posted on January 19, 2016 by

(Photo by Kristen Waagner)

(Photo by Kristen Waagner)

TheatreMcLean won first place for “The Cards of Fate” at the VHSL Liberty Conference One-Act Play Competition on Saturday. Three McLean students took home individual acting awards; Christophe Jelinski won Best Actor, Syona Ayyankeril won Best Actress and Jeffrey Nolan won All-Star Actor. Director Phil Reid and students will proceed to regionals on Feb. 13.

Student musicians selected for Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra

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Posted on November 24, 2015 by

Tristan Baban (bassoon), Eric Juneau (oboe) and Minseon Kim (violin) were selected by audition to participate in this year’s Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra event. If you know these students, give them a big “congratulations” when you see them; it  is very competitive to be selected as one of the top high school aged musicians in Northern Virginia.

Alumni named semifinalists in Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition

McLean alumni Leina Seikaly (Class of 2004) and Danielle Wertz (Class of 2014) were two of just 11 semifinalists chosen to compete in the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition. Both came through the choral program at McLean High School, they were both in Madrigals, and both sang with the Jazz Band here. Check out this article from The New York Times about the competition: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/12/monk-institute-announces-11-semifinalists-for-jazz-vocals-competition/?_r=1

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Posted on November 23, 2015 by

McLean band wins National Program of Excellence Award

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Posted on November 13, 2015 by

McLeanMarchingBand2015The National Band Association has selected the McLean High School band program for a National Program of Excellence Award, as well as winner of the Southern Division Excellence Award. The NBA’s award recognizes high levels of program excellence and band programs that challenge students over a continued period of time.

To be considered for the award, band director Chris Weise had to submit materials to show the band’s history of success over the past four years. Those areas included performances, competition rankings and scores from Concert Band ensembles, Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, All-District Band and All-State Band, Jazz Ensemble, Solo/Ensemble and Guard.

Weise and his staff also had to submit concert programs from the past four years and recordings from the bands in the last two years. McLean’s nationally acclaimed program is made up of three concert bands, two jazz ensembles, three winter guards, two percussion ensembles, and the Highlander Marching Band.  They all perform regularly in our region and across America.

Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

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