Category Archives: Arts

McLean Dance Team rocks first competition


Posted on February 9, 2015 by

Please join me in congratulating the members of the McLean Dance Team.  They performed extremely well during their first competition of the year on Saturday, earning the following awards:

1st Place – Pom Routine

1st Place – Kick Routine

3rd Place – Jazz Routine

4th Place – Hip Hop routine

In addition, the following girls earned recognition for their duets and solos:

1st Place – Open Solo – Mia Yi

2nd Place – Jazz Duet – Sophie Mariam & Kaitlyn Merritt

Regional Scholastic Art Award winners announced


Posted on January 29, 2015 by

Congratulations to the Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention recipients of the 2015 Regional Scholastic Art Awards!

Gold Keys:

Michelle Booth (Photography [two awards])

Shinae Choi (Mixed Media & Sculpture & Art Portfolio [three awards])

Isabel Delgado (Photography)

Dana Peters (Photography)

Suhyun Yoon (Art Portfolio & Digital Art & Mixed Media [three awards])

Eva Zarpas (Photography)

Silver Keys:

Isabella Canovas (Printmaking)

Shinae Choi (Painting & Drawing [two awards])

Allison McClain (Digital Art [two awards])

Young In Seo (Drawing)

Jeesoo Yoon (Photography)

Suhyun Yoon (Painting)

Honorable Mentions:

George Carter (Photography)

Shinae Choi (Drawing)

Katherine Horenstein (Fashion)

Lindsey Kircher (Art Portfolio)

Matt Miro (Digital Art)

Kiel Posner (Sculpture)

Elizabeth Sanders-Smith (Photography & Photo Portfolio [two awards])

Young In Seo (Drawing)

Violinist Sean Lim receives multiple honors


Posted on December 5, 2014 by

Sean Lim received first place in the Friday Morning Music Club High School Competition for Strings in memory of Gustave N. Johansen, Jr., receiving a $1000 scholarship and membership to the organization.

Sean is also a 2015 National YoungArts Foundation Honorable Mention winner in the category of Music Instrumental/Strings/Violin.

Finally, Sean has been invited to participate in the prestigious International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition in Switzerland this January, where he will be one of the youngest participants. Keep up the excellent work, Sean!

Alex Stone: 2015 National YoungArts Foundation finalist


Posted on November 25, 2014 by

Alex Stone has been named a 2015 National YoungArts Foundation finalist, placing him among the top theater/musical theater students in the country in this highly competitive contest.  He will attend YoungArts Week from Jan. 4 to 11 in Miami, where he will participate in master classes, workshops, auditions, and performances. Alex will be eligible for scholarships between $1,000 and $10,000 and be considered for a U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts nomination.

Career center specialist Dawn Allison brought this competition to the Stone family’s attention through her emails last year, at which time Alex received a YoungArts honorable mention. The program is for 10 different artistic disciplines, including visual, literary, design, and performing arts, so students interested in following in Alex’s talented footsteps may wish to check out the following website:

Congratulations, Alex!

Student performs with Washington Chorus at Kennedy Center


Posted on November 20, 2014 by

Hannah Schlesinger was selected to be one of five members of the Junior Washington Chorus who has the opportunity to sing with the Washington Chorus and study music theory with Maestro Julian Wachner. Last Sunday, the group performed Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. It’s so wonderful to see McLean students already making such great cultural contributions—congratulations, Hannah!

Marching band dazzles at Homecoming, triumphs at Oakton Classic


Posted on October 20, 2014 by

In addition to the football team’s exciting overtime 24-21 victory at the Homecoming game against Fairfax on Friday, the marching band treated the crowd to a delightful performance. If you’d like to download the full performance, courtesy of Peggy Fox, please click here:

On Sept. 27,  the marching band won first place in Class 5A at the Oakton Classic competition and second place in the overall competition. Congratulations!

McLean's marching band performs at the Oakton Classic on Sept. 27.

McLean’s marching band performs at the Oakton Classic on Sept. 27. (Photo courtesy of Chris Weise)

Marching Band earns finals placement in Bands of America Regional Championship


Posted on September 25, 2014 by

Our Marching Band performed in the Bands of America Regional Championship in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, last weekend. Their competitive show this year is titled “Pure Imagination” and is an exciting medley of childhood fantasy favorites such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Pure Imagination,” “Flight of the Bumblebee” and Danny Elfman’s music from Edward Scissorhands. In the Finals competition, McLean earned 8th place with a score of 64.40.

We are extremely proud of the Highlander Marching Band and band director Mr. Chris Weise.

Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble invited to perform at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival


Posted on September 25, 2014 by

McLean’s Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble were both invited to participate in the Music for All National Concert Band Festival this March in Indianapolis, one of the highest honors for a high school band program—only the top 16 groups in the country are invited to participate.

Be sure to support the band members and directors as they prepare to present an hour-long performance at this festival!