Dear NSHS Community:

Congratulations to the Newton South Jazz Ensemble, which earned one of three coveted spots in the national Charles Mingus High School Competition & Festival in New York on April 20 - 22, 2018.  

Applications were submitted by bands across the country in four categories:  

  • Big Bands, 
  • Combos, 
  • Big Bands (Performing Arts/Specialized Schools) 
  • Combos (Performing Arts/Specialized Schools) 

Newton South is one of a dozen ensembles in total that will perform in the competition  along with two other groups from Massachusetts.  The remaining performers are from California, New Jersey, Oklahoma, New York, Oregon and Colorado

The weekend will start with a visit to a New York jazz club Friday night, followed by clinics with renowned artists, jam sessions with students from across the country, live jazz on Saturday and then the competition and awards ceremony on Sunday. 

  • This year’s festival also includes a film showcase, archival exhibit, student jams, a full day of instrumental
  • clinics, a panel exploring the music of Charles Mingus, and performances from the Mingus legacy
  • bands. 
  • All events are open to the public. More details to be announced at

Well done, Ms. Linde and Ensemble!

Theatre news:.

     Travel Opportunity:

Any freshmen, sophomore, or juniors who have taken or are taking a Fine and Performing Arts class or who have been involved with South Stage or other FPA programs are eligible to apply to this program. The tentative travel dates are June 22-30. You can read more about the program and download the application here. Applications are due by Monday, April 2nd. Financial aid is available for this program and for every international travel program at Newton South. Financial aid applications can be downloaded here and are due by Wednesday, March 21 (we can extend this deadline for families who need a little more time). Questions about the program can be directed to Ruth Talvacchia, Costume Design teacher at North at  Questions about financial aid can be directed to Samantha Mandel at

Music news:

In January we hosted Brown and Oak Hill Middle School ensembles for our step-up concerts!  Thank you to all who participated.  

Art news:

Congratulations to our Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winner!  We'll have an artwork gallery up soon.  More information about the show can be found here.



Sincerely yours, 

Megan Leary-Crist

Chair, Fine & Performing Arts
Newton South High School