Date  
Title Hide Details 
5/15/15 > Expressions Fine Arts Showcase

The public is invited to Expressions: A Columbia Heights Public Schools Fine Arts Showcase, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 19 through 31 at Silverwood Park (2500 County Road E, St. Anthony).  The art show is free.

The elementary school opening is 5 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 20 with musical performances starting at 6 p.m. 

Wednesday, May 20    
Third grade choral and band performances 6 to 7:30 p.m. Outdoor Amphitheater
Miscellaneous media, New York City Arts' Seminar PowerPoint, Performing Arts' class activities
During Showcase times  Side room to Great Hall
 Art Show Ongoing  Great Hall and  café gallery
 Media Arts video reel During Showcase times  Side room to Great Hall


The secondary opening is from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 21 with performances starting at 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 21    
High School band
5 p.m. to 5:10 p.m.
Great Hall
Columbia Academy choir
5:15 to 5:25 p.m. Great Hall
High school musical
5:30 to 5:40 p.m. Great Hall and Café gallery
Columbia Academy "Movement"
6 to 6:10 p.m. Side room to Great Hall
Columbia Academy theater 6:30 to 6:40 p.m. Great Hall
Miscellaneous media, New York City Arts' Seminar PowerPoint, Performing Arts' class activities During Showcase times
Side room to Great Hall
Art Show Ongoing Great Hall and  café gallery
Media Arts video reel During Showcase times Side room to Great Hall


For questions about elementary performances, please e-mail Mike Welch at welchm@colheights.k12.mn.us.  For questions about elementary visual and media arts, please e-mail Diane Scully at scullyd@colheights.k12.mn.us.

For questions about secondary performances, please e-mail Ryan Palmer at palmerr@colheights.k12.mn.us.  For questions about secondary visual and media arts, please e-mail Diane Scully at scullyd@colheights.k12.mn.us.

5/01/15 > Students's recognized at Annual Sister City Showcase

Columbia Heights High School artists and writers continue to shine as 11 students were recently recognized at the ninth Annual Sister City Young Artist/Author Showcase held April 22 at Murzyn Hall.

Each year, the Young Artists and Authors Showcase encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork and literature. All students must submit their work based on a designated theme that is announced each year. This year's theme, Connecting Communities for Peace and Prosperity, celebrates Sister Cities International's mission.

Karla Sanchez Young Artist
$100
Angela
Rolow
Young Artist Runner-up
$50
Tyra
Carroll
Young Artist Runner-up
$50
Maria
Xing
Poetry Runner-up
$50
Natalie
Bloom
Poetry Runner-up
$50
Alyssa
Deal
Poetry Runner-up
Sandra Zamora
Poetry Runner-up
Lorry
Scott

Essay
First Place
$100
  Mohammed Bedded
Essay
Runner-up
$50

Aayan
Jamal
Essay
Runner-up
$50

Gabrielle
Morazán
Poetry
First Place*
$100
photo not available

All of the high school student literature works, and the first place winners in visual arts, now move forward for national consideration. After the finalists for art and literature have been announced, they embark on a year-long tour hosted by local sister city programs on a monthly basis.  

According to its website, Sister Cities International aims to promote "peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation - one individual, one community at a time."

Provided by Diane Scully , CHHS Art Teacher and Liz Bray, City of Columbia Heights

4/30/15 > CHHS Junior selected for All-State Mixed Choir


Columbia Heights High School (CHHS) Junior Elijah Vanderpoel has been accepted into the 2015-2016 Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State program. Elijah will sing Tenor II in the Mixed Choir.

To be selected to the All-State Mixed Choir the 17-year-old submitted three separate recordings of art songs and vocal exercises for review by a panel of MMEA administrators.  He was selected from approximately 870 students statewide for the 96 student mixed choir. 

Elijah has been singing in choirs since the sixth grade; he has been in the CHHS Concert Choir his freshmen, sophomore and junior years.  He plans to continue with music after graduating from high school, but has not selected a major or college at this time. "I'm very interested in music and this is an awesome opportunity to grow in it," he said.


According to his teacher Elijah is the first CHHS student to be selected to an All-State Choir in 11 years.



"This is a big deal for the Columbia Heights Vocal Music Program," said Vocal Music Teacher Alex Jacques. "Elijah is an incredible young musician, and very deserving of this opportunity; his astute sense of musicality is beyond his years and his leadership in and out of class is humbling. He is truly a pleasure to work with."


The Mixed Choir will be hosted at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  The choir will perform this coming August and again next February at the MMEA Midwinter Clinic Performance (specific dates, times and locations currently not available).

4/27/15 > Vocal music students excel at Solo and Ensemble contest

On Tuesday, April 21, nearly 50 Columbia Heights High School vocal music students competed at the Region 5AA Solo and Ensemble contest at Totino-Grace High School.  Of these, six received superior ratings and 16 earned excellent ratings.

The following students received superior ratings, the highest score a participant can receive:

Manyi
Ayuk
Jada
Bell
Elizabeth
Lentz
 
Ian
McKay
Emily
Valle
Elija
Vanderpoel

The following students earned a rating of excellent, the second highest score a participant can receive:

Daje
Abram
Jada
Bell
Kaylee
Boylan

Kendria
D
owdell 
Madeline
Gilbertson
Kamryn
Green
  Kaile
Hagberg

Cheyenne
Houts

Vanessa
Pesantez
Quetin
Thomas
Simone
Woods
 
 
Alisa
Yang
 
Pahoua
Yang
 
Alexis
Yupangui
Gabrielle
Morazan

(photo
not
available) 

Myka
Dixon

(photo
not
available)

   

"Our students sang with artistry and professionalism and represented CHHS extremely well," said Music Teacher Alex Jacques.  The Minnesota State High School League operates the high school music contests, including solo, small ensemble and large ensemble.

4/20/15 > Addams Family musical start this Friday!

Mark your calendars, starting this Friday, for the Columbia Heights High School production of The Addams Family.  All productions are at the high school Performing Arts Center. Show times and days are in the box below:

Friday, April 24  7 p.m.
Saturday, April 25 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 26 2 p.m
Thursday, April 30* 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 1
7 p.m.
Saturday, May 2 7 p.m.

Seating is for general admission only, so come early.  Tickets, which can be purchased in the high school office (763-528-4604) or at the door, are only $10 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.

* Buy a ticket to the April 30th show and get a free dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.!!!

1/20/15 > Highland Elementary School students' Sing-Along


Highland Elementary School first and second grade students and the fifth-grade band performed more than 15 "Winter Sing-Along" songs Jan. 14 to a standing-room only audience of parents at the school. The choir is directed by Megan Hagberg and the band directed by Ben Hanson.