Taking the Stage: Students Sing with Joy, Play with Pride at Third Annual Community Collage

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It was a magical night for students representing 50 schools across the district. The Third Annual Community College held Tuesday, May 8, brought parents, peers, and the Cincinnati community together at the Aronoff Center to enjoy what was the culmination of hard work, determination and practice throughout the school year.

“The Community Collage is a spectacular way to unite all students who participate in music and fine art in our district,” said Dr. Isidore Rudnick, fine arts curriculum manager for CPS. “We are the only public school system this large to produce an event like this in Ohio, so this is an amazing collection of talent.”

In addition to the opportunity for students to perform on the grand stage in a concert hall, more than 300 pieces of artwork were on display in the Otto M. Budig lobby at the Aronoff Center for the Cincinnati community to enjoy throughout the day.

“We could not be prouder of these young people,” Superintendent Laura Mitchell said in her opening remarks at the event. “I know from firsthand experience the positive impact art has on students in helping them be well-rounded learners. We want all CPS students to have that advantage.”

To make the experience even sweeter for students, they rehearsed and performed with internationally-touring jazz drummer Sylvia Cuenca. Cuenca has achieved critical acclaim as a rare Mexican-American female jazz drummer in the genre and has shared the stage with saxophone legend Joe Henderson, trumpet legend Clark Terry, and many jazz luminaries like Billy Taylor.

“I am honored to be among these incredible musicians tonight,” said Cuenca. “All of the teachers really care about these students and their path in music.”

Not only did Cuenca perform with every CPS performance group—from the beginning band featuring students in their first year of music lessons to the high school jazz ensemble—at the Community Collage, she also visited Clark Montessori High School, Walnut Hills High, Roberts Paideia Academy, and College Hill Fundamental Academy to lead masterclass sessions with students the day before and after the Community Collage.

“Jazz is in good hands for the future—I can see that,” said Cuenca.

View the photos, videos, and list of performances below:

CPS Beginning Band

Fanfare by Frank Erickson

Jeff Savagian, conductor

Copy Cats by Sandy Feldstein & John O’Reilly

Terry Twitty, conductor

Primus by Sandy Feldstein & Larry Clark

Kara Barbee, conductor

Danza Africana by Victor Lopez

Brian Huhtala, conductor

Sylvia Cuenca, guest soloist

 

CPS Intermediate Band

March Grandioso arr. By Robert W. Smith

Amanda Freeman, conductor

Sylvia Cuenca, guest soloist

Water Music by G.F. Handel arr. by D.E. Wagner

Brad Klein, conductor

Jurassic Park by John Williams arr. By M. Sweeney

Dave Gerard, conductor

Bandissimo by Anne McGinty

Joshua Johnson, conductor

 

CPS Elementary Orchestra

Rock Riffs

Chris Gibson, conductor

Sylvia Cuenca, guest soloist

Chopsticks

Chris Gibson, conductor

Super Strings Samba

Marva Rassmuseen, conductor

Sylvia Cuenca, guest soloist

Strawberry Jam

Marva Rassmuseen, conductor

Sylvia Cuenca, guest soloist

Classic Sinfonia

Carolyn Quinn, conductor

Honor & Glory

Carolyn Quinn, conductor

 

CPS Elementary Choir

Follow the Drinking Gourd arr. by Rollo Dilworth

Tony Barkley, conductor

The Water is Wide arr. by Rollo Dilworth

Caite Linger, conductor

Over the Rainbow arr. by Andy Beck

Chelsea Hillard, conductor

Sylvia Cuenca, guest soloist

Kusimama by Jim Papoulis

Dr. Rebecca Mullins, conductor

Sylvia Cuenca, guest soloist

 

CPS High School Choir

Summertime by George Gershwin

Dr. Isidore Rudnick, conductor

Sylvia Cuenca, guest soloist

Caravan by Juan Tizol arr. by I. Rudnick

Dr. Isidore Rudnick, conductor

Sylvia Cuenca, guest soloist

 

CPS High School Jazz Ensemble

Tropical Twist by Isidore Rudnick

Josh Roderer, conductor

Sylvia Cuenca, guest soloist

Daybreak by Isidore Rudnick

Josh Roderer, conductor

Sylvia Cuenca, guest soloist

I Got Rhythm by George Gershwin

Josh Roderer, conductor

Sylvia Cuenca, guest soloist

 

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