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The show must go on: virtual orchestra performance brings home the music

Instead of a Spring Concert, the SPA Orchestra recorded a virtual performance of Nessun Dorma. This photo was taken at the 2019 Pops Concert.

Elle Chen, Production Manager

May 14, 2020

In light of the cancellation of their 2020 Spring Concert, Orchestra Director Almut Engelhardt came up with a high-risk high-reward plan: virtual recording.

[PODCAST] Combining senses: Sih talks synesthesia and violin

9th grader Kai Sih spends hours with his violin playing with a traveling orchestra in addition to SPA's orchestra.

Harper Lux, Staff Writer

May 8, 2019

9th grader Kai Sih spends hours with his violin playing with a traveling orchestra in addition to SPA's orchestra.

28 years of music: rise of the orchestra

Orchestra Director Almut Engelhardt instructs the Honors Sinfonia.

Evelyn Lillemoe, The Rubicon Editor

January 15, 2019

In her time here, Orchestra Director Almut Engelhardt has seen the orchestra improve and gain many more members along the way.

[SNEAK PEAK] A Preview of Pops 2018

Mimi Geller, Director of RubicOnline

December 7, 2018

The annual Pops Concert will take place Dec. 7-8 at 7 p.m. on the Huss stage featuring almost 250 student musicians.

Sounds of SPA: music coming from performance spaces inspires instrumentalists

Upper School practices songs for the Pops Concert

Tristan Hitchens-Brookins, Interactive Storytelling Team Lead

October 12, 2018

Students in the orchestra and band speak about what the sounds they hear in the music hallway mean to them.

Dyar strengthens passion through All-State orchestra

ALL-STATE BASS. Sophomore Zach Dyar takes on new challenges with his acceptance to the All-State orchestra, “The learning experience was quite different than what I’m used to, grinding out all the pieces in a week long camp,” Dyar said.

Quinn Christensen, The Rubicon Editor

March 19, 2018

Sophomore Zach Dyar traveled to Argentina with his Orchestra and continued to find passion in his music.

Music to his ears: Dincer finds creative outlet in bassoon 

Kat St. Martin-Norburg, The Rubicon Editor

November 3, 2017

Junior Ethan Dincer shares his love for the bassoon, a unique low-wind instrument.

Huss Center hosts its first Spring Concert

Every St.Paul Academy and Summit School orchestral and choral musician shares the stage to play 'Carmina Burana', closing out the 2016 Spring Concert on Apr. 30.

Clare Tipler, Online Production Manager

May 2, 2016

Students, teachers, parents, and friends all gathered in the Huss Center for the first ever Spring Concert held at the new Performing Arts Center on Apr. 30. The concert, solely for the orchestras and choirs, included such favorites as ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ performed by the Summit Chamber Singers a...

Large number of musicians provides challenge, spring concert succeeds

Pieces ranged from Elijah Rock by Moses Hogan, performed by the choir, and an arrangement of music from Carmen, performed by the orchestra.

Nina Zietlow and Gita Raman, Feature Editor and Social Media Editor

April 26, 2015

The annual spring concert took place on Apr. 25.

Pops Concert Preview: Academy Symphony and Honors Sinfonia adapt to new schedule in midst of final practices

The Academy Symphony and Honors Sinfonia practices a Star Wars medley during Thursday tutorial. “All the pieces sound good [now]. It’s going to go well,” sophomore Will Donaldson said

Thomas Toghramadijan, Opinions Editor

December 7, 2013

While the new schedule has been widely acknowledged for the academic opportunities it produces, the changed periods have created issues for the orchestra as it prepares for the Pops concert. “We are struggling with the schedule this week as we try to put things together right before the concert… t...

Pops Concert Preview: Academy Symphony and Honors Sinfonia practice Star Wars medley

Pops Concert Preview: Academy Symphony and Honors Sinfonia practice Star Wars medley

Thomas Toghramadjian, Opinions Editor

December 6, 2013

The Academy Symphony and Honors Sinfonia, directed by Upper School fine arts teacher Almut Engelhardt, rehearses part of the soundtrack from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. The Pops concert will be held on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

Student musicians comment on use of tutorial times for sectionals

String players rehearse for the upcoming Pops Concert. “I like having the second half of sectionals free, so I can practice the oboe or do homework,” junior Kevin Patterson, who plays the oboe in the winds section, said.

Thomas Toghramadjian, Opinions Editor

October 15, 2013

While tutorial  generally belongs to students for catching up on homework and meeting with their teachers, a significant subset of the Upper School population does not always have that option. During one tutorial every week, band students meet for sectional practices. “I think it is useful to have a...