Category Archives: Arts

Violinist Sean Lim receives multiple honors

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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

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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: http://www.youngarts.org/

Congratulations, Alex!

Student performs with Washington Chorus at Kennedy Center

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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

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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: https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D692234_94553941_644657

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

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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

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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!



At the end of the 2013-14 school year, art teacher Christina Carroll’s students participated in The Memory Project, in which they made portraits for children in Nicaragua and Haiti. They recently received pictures and videos showing the results of their hard work. According to founder Ben Schumaker, “The Memory Project is a unique initiative in which art students create portraits for children and teens around the world […]

Art students create portraits for children in Nicaragua and Haiti through The Memory Project

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Posted on September 15, 2014 by


The McLean High School Theatre Company (MTC) earned three awards at the 15th Annual Cappies Gala conducted in the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, Sunday June 8. The Cappies, “Critics and Awards Program,” is a program through which high school theatre and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and publish those reviews in local media. At the end of the […]

McLean Theatre Company wins three Cappies at Kennedy Center gala

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Posted on June 12, 2014 by

McLean Theatre Company up for 18 Cappies

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Posted on May 22, 2014 by

Photo courtesy of Karen Perry

Photo courtesy of Karen Perry

Please join me in congratulating Amy Poe and the McLean theatre students on securing 18 nominations at the upcoming Cappies for their Catch Me If You Can production! The Cappies is the high school theatre version of the Tony Awards, and it is held annually at the Kennedy Center.  Please congratulate the students below, along with Amy, and wish them luck. Winners will be announced on June 8th.

  • Rising Critics: Gillian Wright & Jack Posey
  • Returning Critics: Marielle Burt, Emma Paquette & Isabel Zapata
  • Critics Team: Emma Paquette, Marielle Burt, Isabel Zapata, Gillian Wright, Zoé LeMenestrel, Sam Miller, Ray Clardy, Rachel Lawhead & Jack Posey
  • Lighting: Emily Robinson, Emily Pruyn & Tristan Froats
  • Set: Marielle Burt & Ben French
  • Props: Camille Calderon, Brittany Regas, Kevin Pfeil & Emily Robinson
  • Special Effects/Technology: Isabel Zapata & Leo Grandinetti
  • Costumes: Gillian Wright, Emily Robinson, Miranda Creason
  • Choreography: Marielle Burt
  • Ensemble in a Musical: Christophe Jelinski, Thomas Kelty & Marshall Downing
  • Featured Actress in a Musical: Nancy Pruett
  • Supporting Actor in a Musical: Jack Posey
  • Lead Actor in a Musical: Alex Stone
  • Song: “Don’t Break the Rules”
  • Best Musical: Entire Cast & Crew of Catch Me If You Can