Fine Arts News

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The Shannon Forest Concert Choir toured with the prestigious Choirs of America Festival in San Francisco on March 14, 2019.  They worked with festival headliners Deke Sharon (The Sing Off, Pentatonix, Jane, Pitch Perfect) and Z. Randall Stroope (prolific and famous American composer).  In addition, students took part in a choral clinic with Wei Cheng (UC Berkeley Director of Choral Activities). 

After adjudicated performances, the event culminated in an evening concert performance spotlighting each choir and premiering a new mass choir piece by Z. Randall Stroope.  Sophomores Noelle Shorter, Asher Moorhouse and junior Ansley Sanders were chosen out of hundreds of students to perform in small solo sections within the mass choir piece.  Shannon’s Concert Choir received an outstanding cumulative score of 86 (out of 100). Our Concert Choir also helped to lead the Sunday morning worship service at Calvary Presbyterian Church.   Click on the link below for a livestream of the service:

The group also enjoyed trips to Alcatraz, Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, Lombard Street, the Painted Ladies Houses (seen in the TV show Full House) and Chinatown.  The wonderful experience ended with a sunset dinner and dance cruise around the San Francisco Bay. 

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The Shannon Players will present the drama "To Which End Do We Proceed," on Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Upper School Gymnasium.  There will also be a short one-act play called "This Is So Sudden" by Sam Janney that will be performed by an all-female cast of seniors.

The following volunteers, set pieces and props are need for the production:

  • Seamstress for costume alterations
  • Fainting Couch (chaise lounge) - preferably with a partial back and side, upholstered or a combination of wood and fabric
  • Two matching tall book cases – 2’ to 3’ in width with dark wood (oak, cherry, mahogany) or a wood look.
  • 1920’s telephone (wall or desk) candlestick phone (black, would also work)
  • Fedora hat (large)

Please email Libba Urps at if you can help.    


Creative 5

The 6th - 8th Grade Creative Writing students of Mrs. Urps had a fabulous time reading The GrinchMy Teacher Sleeps at SchoolToday I Will FlyIf You Give a Mouse a CookieThe Wolf and the House Dog, and Sherlock Holmes in Readers Theatre Style for Mrs. Smith’s 2nd Grade class and Mrs. Stines’ 4th Grade class. 

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Shannon Forest Upper School choirs and Middle School bucket drummers wowed the audience with a beautiful performance of The King Is Here, last Thursday evening.  If you missed the performance, check out the video link below!

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