2,000 Miles for Music

2015-08-03 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Arizona is a major draw to people all over the world for various reasons. The winter weather can’t be beat. Sedona and the Grand Canyon attract tourists year-round. But when 23-year-old Lauren Koeritzer decided to pick up her life in Damascus, Maryland and move to Arizona, she came for a very different reason.   Lauren grew up in a small suburban town and was always a very musically inclined child; her parents noticed she was always singing. She participated in the children’s choir at church and continued throughout school. Come high school, Lauren found that she wanted music to be a bigger part of her life.   Her love of performing stems from many years in gymnastics, during which she grew accustomed to performing and was comfortable on stage. She eventually found that musicals combined her love for the stage and her love for singing.   “I auditioned for the musical ‘Grease’ in 10th grade and was terrified of the audition,” Lauren shares. “On my application, I only... More

NVSO Auditions

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Audition for a number of string, wind and bass positions available for North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 season. Check for audition instructions and excerpts. Contact music director Kevin Kozacek to schedule at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, 3141 E. Beardsley Rd., #120, 623-980-4628, More

NVSO Youth Orchestra Auditions

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Youths skilled in string instruments can audition for North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra, which plays in an honor orchestra setting and performs six times a season. Contact music director Kevin Kozacek to schedule at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, 3141 E. Beardsley Rd., #120, 623-980-4628, More

Air Jags: Johnson Plus Reed Equals Electric Season

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
It’s almost not fair for defenders facing Boulder Creek High School.   Not only are strong-armed quarterback Gunther Johnson and sure-handed receiver Troy Reed two of the most talented athletes in Arizona high school football, they’re also both exceptionally intelligent. Their physical skills and brains combined with a knack for one knowing what the other is about to do makes this an almost unstoppable duo — quite fitting for the Anthem high school, which values school achievements as much if not more than wins and losses.   After clicking often in a breakout and surprising 8-3 junior season, the childhood friends spent their summer working on routes and visiting prestigious East Coast campuses, which comes as no surprise to their coach, Brandon Willard.   “Troy and Gunther are both phenomenal students,” he said, noting that both are taking advanced placement classes that push their grade point averages above 4.0. “They’re outstanding student-athletes who want to play... More

NDP Football

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
“What’s new?”   How many times do we ask — or get asked — that question? Usually, the answer to this most mundane query is an equally predictable, “Not much,” or “Same old, same old.”   Not so at Notre Dame Preparatory, where a flurry of “new” activity demands a complex and fascinating answer.   What’s new at NDP? A new football coach, new football uniforms (sponsored by Nike), new school uniforms (also sponsored by Nike) and a new football field, named in honor of an NDP legend and part of a sprawling sports complex.   Last month, a press release announced that NDP has signed a four-year, head-to-toe agreement with Nike and LIDS Team Sports products.   As the release states, “Nike will be the exclusive supplier of athletic uniforms, sports footwear, apparel and equipment beginning in the 2015-16 school year. In addition to the athletic gear, all NDP students will be decked out in new apparel, as Nike will become the provider of the NDP school uniform... More

Jubilate Violin Orchestra and Chorus Class Registration

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Register for free children’s violin and choir classes offered by Jubilate Violin Orchestra, which meet Saturdays from August 22 to December 5 and are taught by Laya Field, a classically trained violinist and opera singer. Classes are for beginning level violinists and singers at all levels. 9 a.m. Free. Christ Anglican Church, Dorothy McGinnis Hall, 35500 N. Cave Creek Rd., 480-993-6147 or 623-628-9709.... More

Musical Theatre of Anthem Auditions for “Shrek The Musical Jr.”

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Performers ages 6 to 18 years old can audition for a spot in Musical Theatre of Anthem’s upcoming production adapted from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, and can get a leg up on their audition by working with the production staff during a vocal audition preparation workshop held August 13 and 14 for $35. Check website for times and details. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way,, 602-743-9892.... More

ACC Teen Series: Amplif(i) – Coping with Stress, Overcoming Depression

2015-07-15 | ImagesAZ | Youth

This peer-to-peer prevention education program inspires positive life choices in youth through the sharing of real-life stories from the presenters themselves. Learn how youth have successfully recovered from depression and stress issues and how they positively cope today. 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, 623-742-6050, More