Early College seniors take part in first ever Regency Ball

Lindsey Shaffer | Staff Writer

On Friday, April 26, early college seniors had a hands-on activity to reflect what they learned in class.

“It’s a Regency Ball for our ‘Pride and Prejudice’ unit for World Lit,” Ethan Stanley said. “We all brought in food from the period and we learned some dances from the time period.”

This is the first year the class held this event. “We decided we would learn some of those dances and live the way that the characters live a little bit through the dances,” teacher Lesley McDougal said. “Dancing in that time period is such a huge part of life for them.”

Along with early college students, select choir students were also invited to the event.

“We were asked by Mrs. McDougal, because we’re in Sound System, to put on some costumes, teach dances and work with Mrs. Mueller to help the kids understand what’s going on and help them feel more comfortable,” senior Morgan Jackson said. “There are three of us that are helping that are in Early College as well, so we know all of these kids because we have classes with them on the daily.”

The students spent hours rehearsing in the library learning the dances for the ball.

“I had seen the dances they were doing today and I was not sure what it would look like,” McDougal said. “But they’re picking up on it really well.”

“I’m most excited for the food everybody brought,” Stanley said. The students all had to make treats from the regency era based off of recipes.

McDougal still enjoyed the dancing most. “Just seeing them laugh and have fun and get into their roles was fun,” she said.


Junior performs at the Sydney Opera House in Australia

Calista Stafford | Staff Writer

Junior Ben Hummel, violinist, performed at the Sydney Opera House in Australia this summer with the High School Honors Performance Series orchestra.

“[The best part of playing at Sydney was] probably the sound. It was insane. You would play, and it would just keep going on forever,” Hummel said. “I’ve never played [in] anything that big. I felt pretty pumped [before going on stage at Sydney]. Also anxiety. I was sweating.”

Hummel, along with several other students in the High School Honors Performance Series, were selected to travel to Sydney to participate in one of several prestigious opportunities to further their musical careers.

“A year ago my middle school director nominated me to perform at Carnegie Hall, and after that I was told to audition for the Honors Performance Series,” Hummel said. “The audition process is just filling out a few forms and playing an excerpt for them.”

Playing at Sydney Opera House was an opportunity available to a few students who proved to be unique performers. According to Hummel’s current orchestra teacher Laura Deaton, not only will Hummel’s performance over the summer be a valuable addition to his future college resumes, it will also provide him with a widened perspective of different musicians and playing styles.

“Benjamin’s greatest strength in orchestra seems to be his observation/listening skills,” Deaton said. “He has the ability to listen to himself as well as the rest of ‪the orchestra‬ and can immediately and thoughtfully point out positive and negative aspects of the sound as a whole.”

While this is the first time Hummel has been chosen for an international performance, he is not new to the orchestra spotlight and what it takes to reach these higher levels.

Hummel’s favorite memory of playing viola took place a couple years ago when he played a group one solo and received a perfect score at the ISSMA state competition. A perfect score entails lots of practice and an ability to not only listen to the music, but to also critique the sound.

“In order to receive a perfect score at ISSMA, a student must steadily and persistently practice a specific piece with much feedback from his or her teacher with many lessons,” Deaton said. “It is not incredibly common to receive a perfect score, especially at the higher levels as Benjamin is.”

Whether performing at CG, at Carnegie Hall, or in the Sydney Opera House, Hummel continues to practice and prepare for wherever his skills take him next.

Orchestra members work hard to prepare for their first concert

Katelyn Mitchell | Staff Writer

The CG orchestras have been working hard throughout the first nine weeks to perfect their music and seamlessly perform.

Since it is the first concert of the school year, we are all excited,” junior Kathryn Powell said. “The night will begin with the philharmonic orchestra playing three pieces. Following them, the symphonic orchestra will perform. We have been working really hard on the pieces, so I hope that our efforts will pay off.”

The symphonic orchestra will be performing their new setlist including: Serenade for Strings, Menuet, and Swamp Thang, while the philharmonic orchestra will be performing Elegante, Wired, and Mythos.

“I’m really excited for the orchestra concert. For this concert, only the high school orchestras get to play. I love playing in concerts and just listening and being part of something great,” junior Jacob Hatfield said. “I hope for tonight all the orchestras sound good and play really well. We usually sound amazing in the auditorium, so I think tonight will be a hit.”

The students seem confident with their work and many are eager to get onstage and perform tonight.

“I’m a little nervous,” sophomore Leslie Luong said. “I know that we play really well, but I don’t know how we will do in front of a large audience.”

While some students are nervous, the majority of both orchestras have worked hard and are ready to impress their friends and family.

“We have been practicing for a while, so I feel pretty good about this,” freshman Elisha Clouse said. “I just hope that it doesn’t end badly. I am just ready to get the concert over with so we can move onto bigger and better things.”

With their long practices and hard work the new orchestra music is sure to be a hit, and many students are positive that their new concertmasters will lead them to a good season during ISSMA.

“Our concertmaster is a senior named Emma Erickson,” junior Dillon Gardner said. “She is pretty good, and she stepped up as a leader during solos and really helped out. It was a bit of a transition this year, but she is making it work.”

The symphonic and philharmonic orchestras will be playing tonight in the auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Make sure to come out and support your CG orchestra!

Time for Three Makes Time for Us

Charles Yang, Ranaan Meyer and Nick Kendall perform a mashup of Britney Spears and Vivaldi. The group, called Time for Three, performed for various CG and and orchestra members.

Charles Yang, Ranaan Meyer and Nick Kendall play a mashup of Britney Spears and Vivaldi. The group, called Time for Three, performed for various CG and and orchestra members on Sept. 12.

Jessica Kelly | Staff Writer

Violinists Nick Kendall and Charles Yang perform and tour with double-bassist Ranaan Meyer as the trio called Time for Three. Since Yang joined the group they have even included vocals in their newest song, which was performed today for the first time. One of their passions is mixing modern and classical music, such as Britney Spears’ “Toxic” with Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”

Another passion of Time for Three is outreach programs, something they do frequently with high schools. That is why the trio took time out of their busy schedule to perform for and with the Philharmonic and Symphonic Orchestras.

Michelle Cai plays “Sun Valley Reel” on the violin under the instruction of Time for Three.

“Today is a two part visit. For the first thirty minutes they [Time for Three] perform[ed] a little bit for 200 students who are in [the auditorium], and they stop[ped] between pieces for Q and A, and then the orchestra class[es] came on stage and [spent] their orchestra period working through a piece that they are learning that Time for Three plays,” program and communications director for the learning community of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Perry Acctturo said. “We are actually here thanks to the Arts Council of Greater Greenwood. They teamed up with Mallow Run Winery to provide this opportunity to Center Grove High School students.”

The piece that the orchestras worked on with Time for Three, called “Sun Valley Reel,” was mailed to them weeks before. Philharmonic and Symphonic worked on the piece separately in class then joined today to learn from Time for Three.

Nick Kendall looks over Jonathan Hummel’s shoulder to understand how the measures are written on the students’ sheets so he can instruct them on where to start.

“It’s a pretty cool piece and it has some stuff that we have not done before, like how we do not do concerts that feature soloists that much,” Will Peck said. “It was just really awesome to get to perform with them because that is not something we have ever done before.”

“We got to learn different ways of practicing music and increasing technique,” Jillian Starr said.

As a modern and inventive orchestra group, some of the students had heard or even seen the trio play before today.

“It was really cool because I have seen them in concert a few times and they have always been really an idol [of mine] and really awesome,” Morgan Perry said. “It was just a really cool experience to get to play with them.”

Band members could not perform with Time for Three because they do not play orchestra instruments, however they did get to attend the concert during STaR. Anyone can learn from dedicated musicians such as Kendall, Yang and Meyer, whether they play an instrument or not.

“I think, even if you don’t play and instrument, hearing a musician at the caliber that we have musicians [at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra] because they’re professionals, hearing them play their instrument one-on-one and talk to you about their journey: there are so many things that are relatable to that, even if you don’t play,” Acctturo said. “I learned so much from taking musicians out to classrooms and watching them present, and I don’t play an instrument, but it helped me appreciate the art form more and I learned so much about things that are transferable to anything.”

Find out what she is talking about when Time for Three plays at Hilbert Circle Theater, September 15. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the concert starts at 6:30 pm.

Collaborators: Jessica Kelly, Bailee Leathers, Zach Peters and Akul Vijayvargiya