Maclay School will hosted its first-ever Prism Concert showcasing the performing arts talent of its Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. Over 90 students and faculty will be involved in performances ranging from music, dance, individuals, ensembles, beginner, advanced, and classical to popular styles. Utilizing multiple performance spaces throughout Cartee Gym, each act will flow from one another with virtually no transition time.
This new concert reflects an expanded performing arts program at Maclay, which includes three new music teachers joining veteran teachers Cindy Thomas and Jennifer Corzine. New classes and clubs include various levels of strings and orchestra, Music Theory, Middle School Chorus, Americana II, and Music Club.
Tonight’s concert is open to all of the Maclay Community followed by a reception with refreshments in the Dining Hall.
Meet Dr. Aaron Spotts. Dr. Spotts teaches AP Music Theory and Americana I and II in the Upper School. He also sponsors the Upper School Music Club and teaches lessons on his own time. He has a Doctor of Music in Composition and Music Theory from Florida State University; a Master of Music from Florida State University; and a Bachelor's in Music from Western Washington University; both degrees majored in composition. In addition, Dr. Spotts has been recognized for his work in orchestra composition by Sketch Book. Dr. Spotts was a finalist in the following competitions: the Tampa Bay Symphony’s 2018 Call for Scores Competition, the Chelsea Symphony’s 2019 Composition Competition, and the American Composer Orchestra’s 2019 EarShot program.
Meet Mr. Matt Harmon. Mr. Harmon teaches Lower School music to students in Pre-K through 5th grade. In addition, he also sponsors the Glee Club and plays in the faculty band Hot Lunches. Mr. Harmon has his BME of Instrumental Music Education from Florida State University and specializes in low brass. In his spare time, he runs a home recording and lessons studio. He also loves playing the ukulele at events and was a member of the FSU Marching Chiefs.
Meet Mr. Aaron Seiler. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in phychology and Russian from Oberlin College; a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Florida State University and a Master of Music in Performance from Florida State University. Mr. Seiler teaches Lower School beginning and advanced strings as well as Middle School exploratory and string orchestra. He also teaches violin, viola and piano students at a large private studio. He is a member of the Tallahassee Symphony and Pensacola Symphony orchestras. He enjoys spending time with his two boys and playing with them In the sea, sailing, surfing, and windsurfing!
Article by Hunt Deison, a senior in the Communications DIS class.