This summer, current and graduate members of the CJ a cappella group, Vega, harmonized again as part of a new a cappella group, Lyra. The group came together for the Midwest Semifinal of the International Championship of A Cappella Open.
Members of the Eagle Pride band and color guard have several new things to look forward to this fall - new uniforms, a new show, and a new director who is already looking ahead to the future of the program.
Luke Grieshop was announced as the new director of Eagle Pride in May. Grieshop, a graduate of the University of Dayton, will also serve as music teacher at Our Lady of the Rosary School.
"I'm very excited and eager to be here," Grieshop said. "There have been so many changes recently and it's a proud time to be a part of the marching band."
Angelo Moore-Knight '18 took his talents to California this summer after being selected for the A Cappella Academy.
"It was such an honor to be a part of something so huge," Moore-Knight reflected.
The camp was held at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles from June 29-July 9.
At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, performing arts students, teachers and supporters came together and celebrated a successful year which included the reopening of CJ's renovated auditorium. Additionally, several students were recognized with superlative awards.
Mother Nature won't rain on the spirit of performing arts students when Picnic With the PoPS takes the stage in the Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gym on Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m.
"This is a fun experience for the whole family," director of performing arts Debi Schutt shared.
The concert, which was originally planned to be held outside, will now take place in the school gym. Guests are invited to bring food to the concert. No food will be available for purchase. The CJ spirit store will also be open.
The audience will see seven shows in one night when CJ Performing Arts Presents: A Night of One Acts on Friday, April 28. Each production is directed by a student and one director wrote her own one act.
Four contestants, eager to be named the top singer, learn that working together is the key to a successful opera during the Muse Machine performance of Dueling Divas.
"It's a game show style performance, like a parody of Jeopardy" explained the music director with the Dayton Opera Artists-in-Residence Program, Jeffrey Powell.
Dueling Divas featured the four current Dayton Opera Artists-in-Residence, soprano Chelsea Friedlander, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Frey, tenor Brian Skoog and bass-baritone Vincent Grana.
"O Bless the Lord," "Day by Day" and other favorites can be heard from the CJ stage when CJ Performing Arts Presents Godspell on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11. This will be the first musical production in the renovated CJ auditorium.
With a drum roll from the drum line and a loud, "Go Eagles!" from the crowd of more than 100, Will Marshall '19 and Destiny Jacque '18 revealed the new Eagle Pride marching band and color guard uniforms on Monday, February 13.
"We wanted something contemporary and fresh that will pop," said the Director of Performing Arts, Debi Schutt. "When people see it, they will know without a doubt it is CJ."
The uniforms were made possible by benefactor Sam Rinehart '69.
The CJ student body gathered all together for the first time in the newly renovated auditorium when the training ensemble with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC2) performed “And That’s Our Story” as part of a Muse Machine presentation.