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Greater Atlanta Christian School Concert Choir to Debut at Carnegie Hall

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This GAC Choir image was taken before the final line-up for the New York concert was determined. Photo by Raven Wilson

The Concert Choir at Greater Atlantic Christian (GAC) School has performed in many places beyond its campus borders, but soon it will travel more than 850 miles to make its first-ever appearance on New York’s legendary concert stage, Carnegie Hall. On Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 7 pm, as part of MidAmerica Productions’ 36th annual concert season, GAC School Concert Choir will be an integral part of a larger group performing Morten Lauridsen’s contemporary classic, Lux Aeterna, under the baton of conductor John Ratledge, with the New England Symphonic Ensemble.

“This is something we’ve been working towards for a long time,” comments Dr. Marcus Miller, Director of the Concert Choir. “Students can thrive in the arts at GAC, but it’s important we show them that their artistic aspirations can take them anywhere, including to the greatest concert stage in America.”

The peaceful and uplifting Lux Aeterna has proven to be one of the most enduring choral works of the last quarter century. While it does not follow a specific form, it is a kind of Requiem. “Every one of the five movements relates to light, a universal symbol in so many ways,” comments the composer. “I wrote it as my mother was in the process of dying, so it was a way of, as so many artists do…dealing with that kind of a situation in an artistic way.”

The choir going to Carnegie includes four Peachtree Corners members:

  • Julian Fernandez
  • Autumn Clark
  • Katherine Kenworthy
  • Bronwyn Bailey

Greater Atlanta Christian School Concert Choir will share the stage, as part of a chorus of more than 135, with the following participating choirs:

  • Middletown Concert Chorale, Middletown, NY (Danielle Cornacchio, Director)
  • Hillcrest High School Ensemble, Tuscaloosa, AL (Khristina Motley, Director)
  • Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church, Tuscaloosa, AL (John Ratledge, Director)
  • Wagner College Choir, Staten Island, NY (Roger Wesby, Director)

Sharing the Playbill

The March 23 concert at Carnegie Hall will also feature MidAmerica resident conductor David R. Thye, who will lead Dan Forrest’s LUX: The Dawn From On High with a choir of more than 160 voices drawn from four participating choruses:

  • Mosinee High School Concert Choir, Mosinee, WI (Carla Dul, Director)
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Choir, Austin, TX (Cate Gasco, Director)
  • Central Regional High School Choir, Bayville, NJ (Beth Moore, Director)
  • Marist College Chamber Choir, Poughkeepsie, NY (Sarah Williams, Director)

The concert will close with a performance of Beethoven’s rarely heard Triple Concerto, featuring the international soloists Gianmaria Melis (violin), Francesco Mariozzi (cello) and Giuseppe Gullotta (piano), under the baton of conductor Corrado Valvo.

Purchase Tickets

Concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Stage are $150, $100, and $50. Tickets may be obtained by contacting CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, visiting the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th Street and 7th Avenue in New York, NY, or by going online to www.carnegiehall.org). For more information, contact molly.waymire@piptix.com

Feature image shown is courtesy of GAC’s website.

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Wesleyan Senior Receives Georgia Institute of Technology’s Highest Scholarship Honor

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Wesleyan School is pleased to announce that Wesleyan senior and Peachtree Corners resident Jennifer Nolan has been awarded the prestigious Stamps President’s Scholarship at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Not only does the top-level scholarship cover the full cost of attendance, including tuition, housing, books, and supplies, but it carries additional benefits including priority housing, a stipend toward international academic experiences, and unique mentoring opportunities.

Stamps President’s Scholars represent less than one percent of the freshmen applicant pool and are selected via a rigorous interview process. For the 2018-2019 school year, Georgia Tech selected 325 semifinalists from a pool of approximately 20,000 early action applicants and ultimately awarded the scholarship to 40 of those students, including Jennifer.

“We are very excited for Jennifer,” noted Wesleyan’s Director of College Advising Ken Connor. “This recognition certainly acknowledges Jennifer’s hard work over the course of her high school career, both in and out of the classroom.”

Wesleyan School is a Christian, independent K-12 college preparatory school located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, Wesleyan enrolled 1,177 students from throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area. To learn more about the school, visit
www.wesleyanschool.org.

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Greater Atlanta Christian School Gains Global Recognition for AP Test Scores, including a Peachtree Corners Student

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Senior Victoria Huynh, Alumnus Jack Hollier, Faculty Matt Fincher

To get a top score on an AP exam — a 5 on the 5-point scale — is a significant achievement that often enables students to get college credit. To get a perfect score is a rare occurrence. Out of over 300,000 students around the world who took the AP Government exam last May, only 113 got every answer right. Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, Georgia boasts two of these students: Jack Hollier of Peachtree Corners and Victoria Huynh of Lilburn, Georgia.

AP Government teacher Matt Fincher had this to say about his students’ achievement: “Victoria and Jack are both incredible, hard-working students, and their success on the exam resulted from their own dedicated preparation and effort but also due to their interaction with an exceptional group of classmates, who sharpened them and who altogether earned an average score of 4.67 on the AP Government Exam, the highest we’ve ever had. Their achievement deserves to be celebrated and demonstrates how effectively our entire faculty prepares GAC students for the next level.”

High School Principal Shane Woodward, when told of this achievement, said: “This accomplishment is not only indicative of the caliber of students we have but of the quality of our faculty as well. Mr. Fincher’s ability to engage and challenge our students, while equipping them with knowledge of standards that are essential in the Advanced Placement curriculum, is phenomenal. This accomplishment does not just happen. It requires careful planning and quality assessment, over time, to understand exactly what students need. Mr. Fincher has put great work into making a perfect score a possibility for his students and I couldn’t be more grateful for his efforts.” The 1,600-student private school, which draws students from across the Atlanta region, is ranked at the top of the state for teaching quality, arts, and athletics. In fact, the school is tied for the Atlanta private school to have the highest AP pass rate at 84% in 26 AP courses.

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Coding School, Data Science Boot Camps Offered in Peachtree Corners

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After success of first coding boot camp, three additional classes to be offered.

Due to the expanded demand for computer coding skills and those needed to analyze and solve complex data analytics and visualization problems, the city of Peachtree Corners, in collaboration with Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE), will again offer classes at Prototype Prime, the startup incubator located in Technology Park Atlanta.

Because there was such a high interest in the first computer coding boot camp that began in January, GTPE is offering a second 24-week coding boot camp to begin in May. Additionally, two data science boot camps will be offered beginning in August.  

“Our first coding boot camp was a tremendous success,” said Mayor Mike Mason. “The class was full weeks before it began, and we had a waiting list of potential students who wanted to register. This was a good problem to have, and we are delighted that we’re able to work with Georgia Tech again to offer not only coding classes, but data science and analytics as well.”

Details on the Classes:

Coding Boot Camp: Peachtree Corners Begins May 28, 2019 – 24 weeks

Web development is a high-growth career track, and the Georgia Tech Coding Boot Camp teaches students the specialized skills to tap into this industry. Through a fast-paced, immersive curriculum, students learn the skills needed to become proficient in front-end and back-end technologies.

The classes cover front-end and back-end technologies. Students graduate with the skills needed to become a full-stack web developer. Classes will be held three days a week and taught at Prototype Prime, the city’s startup incubator.

Two Data Science Boot Camps: Peachtree Corners Begins 8/5/19 and 8/6/19 – 24 weeks

With the rise of data in today’s economy, Georgia Tech’s program focuses on teaching learners the practical and technical skills needed to analyze and solve complex data analytics and visualization problems.

This part-time program covers a broad array of technologies including Excel, Python, JavaScript, SQL Databases, Tableau, and more over the course of 24 intensive weeks. Students learn from skilled instructors and gain real-world experience by collaborating with peers on complex projects and building a comprehensive portfolio.

The 24-week class meets three days a week and will be taught at two locations, Prototype Prime and the Community Chest room at Peachtree Corners City Hall.To enroll, or for additional information on the Georgia Tech Professional Education coding boot camps, please visit the Georgia Tech Professional Education website or call 404-328-7187.

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