Dear NSHS Community:

The Jazz Ensemble participated in the 10th Annual Charles Mingus Festival this past weekend.  Charles Mingus is a bassist and composer, and the festival seeks to educate students about his music, his life, and his legacy.  Our Newton South jazz students attended clinics, master classes and jam sessions with top New York Jazz musicians who are passionate about Mingus music and sharing their knowledge with the next generation.

The jazz ensemble was one of three non-specialized high schools in the country to be accepted to the festival along with 11 other jazz combos and jazz ensembles.  

Congratulations to Abby Miller and Ben Romanow who were given outstanding soloist awards, and were invited to perform that night at the Jazz Standard in NYC with the Mingus Big Band.  This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for Abby and Ben who have worked for years to develop the improvisation skills to reach this level.

The Jazz Ensemble was recognized as the group that most closely emulated the essence of what Charles Mingus music means.  It is called the spirit award which in sports might mean a good attitude but in music and arts in general has a more noble meaning.  Our main goal in preparing for this festival was to capture the spirit of this music, and the students were thrilled to receive this honor.

Listed below are the students involved in the trip, I am proud of their work and honored to have been able to share this weekend with them! 

Alto Sax
Abby Miller
Ben Jackson
Eu Ro Wang
Jamin Liu

Tenor Sax
Oliver Todreas
Daniel Doubenski
Yuval Agam

Bari Sax
Cynthia Liu

Ben Romanow
Jack Martin
Evan Kos
Max Marrinan

Caleb Fried
Thomas Blum
Jonathan Chen
Jiaming Liu
David Kim
Benji Todreas

Tommy Cable

Danny Silverston

Sam Marks

Nick Adams

Video Link of performances here!  (Thank you, Ms. Miller!)

Next stop...Essentially Ellington!  

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