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The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

SAYING GOODBYE. Klus speaks only highly about her former student and current colleague as she prepares for Kraack to replace her as Director of Choral Activities. “He knows how to get the best out of vocally coaching students, both Middle School as well as Upper School.  He understands what makes music happen—and gets the students to do it with incredibly successful results in performance,” Klus said.

US Choir begins a new measure as Tim Kraack replaces Klus in her retirement

Clara McKoy, RubicOnline April 28, 2022
Kraack learned under Klus for six years. Now, he prepares to step into her role.
IN HARMONY. Sophomore Millicent Benson sings her solo in Cornerstone, a piece set to biblical verses sung by student choirs and Community Chorale. I usually feel pretty nervous on stage, but I feel better when I start singing, Benson said.

Vocal and Orchestral Concert honors traditions and transitions

Siri Pattison, RubicOnline April 28, 2022
A bittersweet night included beautiful music and a farewell to Anne Klus.
LONG LEGACY. Anne Klus, who has planned over 68 “banquets” in her 34 years at SPA, has announced her retirement earlier this month.

Anne Klus leaves a meaningful legacy behind as she prepares for retirement

Rita Li, RubicOnline January 31, 2022
After 34 years, choir director Anne Klus will be saying goodbye to SPA this spring.
The first and second violins played fiercely with passion as the concert went on.

Pops Concert excites audiences with lively performance

Rita Li, RubicOnline December 9, 2021
From senior emcees to snowball fights, the 2021 Pops Concert was one to remember.
SING IT OUT LOUD. While maintaining social distancing, Summit Singers warms up their voices. Summit Singers returned to their 4 day a week 7:30 a.m. practices this fall. “We are distanced from each other and sing with our masks on, which can be challenging at times, but the benefits definitely outweigh the drawbacks,” Clea Gaitas Sur, a member of Summit Singers, said.

No more click tracks: music ensembles return in person

Ali Browne, RubicOnline September 10, 2021
The student musicians and singers of the Upper School are finally back in person to rehearse and perform together.
Klus directs the Summit Singers. I want to make sure they still have that opportunity to sing if they want to,” Klus said.

Klus reflects on the growth of the choir

Evelyn Lillemoe, The Rubicon Editor November 14, 2018
In her 30 years as director of the choir, US music teacher Anne Klus has seen the choir expand and grow.
Academy Chorale performs at the 2016 Commencement on the front lawn of SPA.

Choir prepares for Commencement performance at the Ordway

Izzy Brooks, RubicOnline Staff Writer May 23, 2018
The Academy Chorale will continue the traditional commencement performance in a new space.
Senior Maya Shrestha sings in the Summit Centennial celebration on September 10th.

Summit Centennial celebrates 100 year anniversary

Isabel Gisser, RubicOnline Editor September 12, 2017
The summit singers performed at the Summit School Centennial Celebration on Sept. 10.
The SPA Choir and members of Community Chorale prepare to perform at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 18.

SPA Choir brings crowd to feet at Carnegie Hall

Emily Thissen, RubicOnline Editor February 21, 2017
The SPA Choir and members of the Community Chorale performed at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 18.
Junior Emily Schoonover sings her solo in City Called Heaven.

Performing arts students rehearse for Huss Center opening night gala

Stephanie Li, Arts & Entertainment Editor October 11, 2015
The Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools have joined together to put on an amazing performance in the Huss Center Oct. 10 for St. Paul Academy and Summit School donors.
The Pops Concert performers will do the Time Warp again this winter.  First performed in 2007, Time Warp wraps up the 2014 Pops Concert as the finale.  US Choir Director Anne Klus said, “The song is a great way to incorporate all of the almost 250 singers and instrumentalists together in a big finale to end the Pops Concert.”

Time Warp featured as Pops Concert finale

Catherine Braman, Online Editor-In-Chief December 4, 2014

“Let's do the Time Warp again. Let's do the Time Warp again.” “Time Warp,” a song featured in the 1975 rock movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is familiar to many students at Saint Paul Academy...

Junior Anna Biggs plays the piano as students practice singing during their first practice; “They’re really doing it themselves,” student group advisor Anne Klus said while watching the group practice.

New student group A cappella singing strong

Amodhya Samarakoon, Opinions Editor October 10, 2014

Every Thursday a committed group of students stand around a piano and sing.  Started by juniors Anna Biggs and Nissa Rolf, the group is called A cappella.  "I'm there to support them, but they're really...

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