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Saturday, James Caldwell High School Presents The Music 5K

The James Caldwell High School Madrigal Ensemble Credits: Christine Corliss

WEST CALDWELL, NJ - This Saturday, residents from around the West Essex area are welcome to attend James Caldwell High School’s performance centered event called “The Music 5K.” The musical gathering begins at 4pm and goes throughout the evening until 9pm and takes place at the school’s Center for Performing Arts as well as in the Cafeteria. A full offering of musical selections under the direction of Mr. Scott Chamberlain will be presented from the James Caldwell High School Music Department’s vocal and instrumental ensembles. The school is located at 265 Westville Avenue in West Caldwell.  

The event is a fundraiser for the JCHS Music and More Booster Club which, among other things, provides scholarships to JCHS music and theatre students. It used to be called “The Music Marathon” and went from noon to midnight. Several years ago the format was changed to a five hour event; hence the “Music 5K.” Performances will begin in the JCHS Center for Performing Arts and will move to the JCHS Cafeteria where food and beverages can be purchased and enjoyed throughout the remainder of the evening.  

  • $10 per family - in advance
    $12 per family - at the door
    One ticket admits an entire family for all performances.
The Schedule of Events is as follows:
4pm to 5:50pm
Center for Performing Arts
  • Orchestra
    Directed by Nate Lienhard
    James Caldwell High School has two main groups, the String Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra.  The string orchestra is made up of violins, violas, cellos, and double basses.  The Symphony Orchestra is made up of woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings.  These groups study music by Mozart, Beethoven, Hindemith, Copland, Holst, Ellington, and Barber.
  • Chorus
    Directed by Elsie Timpson
    The Concert Chorus Program is comprised of two groups, one is an all girls ensemble (SSA) and the other a mixed group (SATB), who perform a wide variety of choral literature.

    James Caldwell High School Chorus  Credit: James Caldwell High School 
  • Band
    Directed by Andrew Burrows
    James Caldwell High School currently has two concert bands named the  “White” and the “Blue” in reference to our school colors. The “White” band is a cadet band primarily comprised of freshmen and sophomores. The “Blue” band takes on more of a wind ensemble setting and is usually reserved for juniors and seniors. 
    James Caldwell High School Band  Credit: James Caldwell High School
  • Jazz Band
    Directed by Paul Larson
    The JCHS Jazz Band is the most experienced Jazz ensemble in the district.  The group practices on Monday nights and is conducted by Mr. Larsen.  The ensemble performs at "The Music 5K", the annual JCHS Music Dept. tour, the "Jazz Spectacular", and at the "Arts and Technology" show.  Repertoire is selected from a wide array of styles and emphasis on improvisation is encouraged. This is an "extra-circular" ensemble that enjoys learning and performing music!
    James Caldwell High School Jazz Band  Credit: James Caldwell High School
6pm to 7:30pm
  • Madrigals
    Directed by Elsie Timpson
    This is an auditioned ensemble, which specializes in the music of the Renaissance, as well as music from the 20th century. This ensemble performs in the community in full Renaissance costumes as well as utilizing jugglers, poets and a bit of acting.
    Madrigal Ensemble  Credit: James Caldwell High School
  • Women of Note
    Directed by Elsie Timpson
    The Women of Note derives their name from the famous jazz band of the U.S. Air force: The Airmen of Note. This ensemble specializes in music written and/or arranged for the woman's voice. The repertoire of this ensemble varies widely from classic pieces through Doo Wop and Jazz standards.
  • Retromen
    Directed by David Modero
    This ensemble gives the male members of the chorus an opportunity to showcase the sound of their developing voices. Retro-men perform most of their work in two, three, or four parts, usually consisting of Tenor, Baritone, and Bass. The Retro-Men sing music from various styles including traditional choral repertoire, classic songs from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and  arrangements from current hits.
  • String Consort
    Directed by William Downey
    This is a conductorless group that primarily performs chamber music. The main goal of this group is to improve listening and watching skills.
  • Percussion Ensemble
    Directed by Peter Abazia
    The James Caldwell High School Percussion Ensemble is a performing chamber group that explores and performs the various aspects of the world of percussion. The ensemble gives percussion students the opportunity to learn and experience all the various families of percussion instruments; the wood family: xylophones, marimbas, woodblocks, temple blocks, etc, the skin family: drums, timpani, etc, and the metal family: cymbals, triangles, etc.  Over the years, the Percussion Ensemble has become a well known chamber ensemble within the JCHS Music Department due to their performances that provide the audience with an experience that is not only musically exciting, but visually as well.
7:30pm to 9pm
  • Individual Student Performances

Another aspect of the evening will be the final vote for whether or not Lienhard, the orchestra director, should "Shave It" or "Save It" in regards to his beard. Each vote has been made by making a donation and al monies collected will be given by Lienhard to research for Juvenile Diabetes. 

For further information:
James Caldwell High School
265 Westville Avenue
West Caldwell, NJ


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