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All State Honor Choir

Connor Missey ('20) and Molly Sellers ('20) performed with the All-State Honor Choir in Lake of the Ozarks. Connor and Molly auditioned for and won All-District Honors before moving on to All-State. Congratulations!
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Music Students Excel

Congratulations to Band and Choir Students!

 

Notre Dame Junior, Claire Southard was named to the All-District Band for her skill on the flute. Claire will audition for the All- State Band in December.

 

 

 

Seniors, Connor Missey & Molly Sellers were named to the All-State Honor Choir.  Connor performs as a Bass and Molly is a Soprano. They will perform at the State Music Convention in January.   

 
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Quad State Music Festival

 Students from our Music Arts program are attending Quad State Music Festival at Murray State. 

"The Murray State University Quad-State High School Honor Choir is selected each fall by recorded audition. Students and teachers from Kentucky and the surrounding state have a unique opportunity to study and perform a major work from the choral/orchestral repertory. They arrive for rehearsal on a Sunday evening with the notes and rhythms learned. Within the next 24 hours the 250 + individual singers selected from more than 35 high schools become a choir with the singular purpose of making glorious music together. Monday evening they perform the work with a professional orchestra. It is an intense period of rehearsal, of musical, intellectual, personal and professional growth. A truly remarkable musical opportunity the Quad State High School Choral Festival is the only festival in the region to focus on the choral-orchestral repertory."  --Quad State Website

Congratulations Mrs. Seyer and students!

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NDHS Presents THE MUSIC MAN

April 2, 3, 4, & 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Notre Dame King Hall
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10, reserved seating.

Purchase tickets March 1

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During his time at Notre Dame, Michael Gummerscheimer was highly involved in the arts- a passion which has extended well past graduation.

 

 In high school, Gummerscheimer performed in three spring musicals; he was a member of the ensemble in Funny Girl, Captain ‘Big Jim’ Warrington in Little Mary Sunshine, and during his senior year, played the male lead, ‘Julian Marsh,’ in 42nd Street. Aside from stage productions, he involved his talents at the piano, guitar, and even the synthesizer with school performances and within the liturgy.

 

 A notable performance on the synthesizer was for the pop concert his sophomore year.

 

 “I would spend time in advance listening to recordings of the performers’ songs, and picking out the sounds,” said Gummerscheimer. “I would record some parts, and some I would play live along with the performers.”

 

 His senior year, Gummerscheimer said the school band had hit a rough patch: they were down to six people. Each of those students, aside from Gummerscheimer, played a brass instrument. He said they decided to switch it up that year, and turned it into a brass ensemble.

 

 “So, I learned to play the trombone that year,” said Gummerscheimer, adding yet another instrument to his toolbox.

 

 Following his graduation, Gummerscheimer attended Mizzou, where he was involved as a musician at the Newman Center on campus. He even wrote a psalm - at the request of their music director - to be played at mass, where it’s still in use.

 

 “The church allowed me to stay involved with music, and vice versa,” Gummerscheimer said. “[Music] really kept me involved with the church.”

 

 Wherever Gummersheimer has traveled, his dedication to music ministry has followed. This includes serving as a music leader for retreats, guitarist, cantor, pianist, drummer, and in choir and handbell ensembles in Irving, Texas, the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica, and churches in Maryland Heights and Des Peres.    

 

 Beyond the liturgy, Gummerscheimer has volunteered for many projects within music ministry. He has portrayed Jesus in two mime performances of The Passion in 2000 and 2003, and played the part of ‘Natpthali’ in St. Gabriel Parish’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

 

 Gummerscheimer currently works as a manager in technical accounting and financial reporting at Spire, a natural gas facility in St. Louis. He’s looking to take an early retirement at age 55. One reason: he would like to ‘get back into the stage’ in musical theatre. Music composition is also in mind.

 

 “Once I don’t have to worry about the working thing anymore, I’d like to spend some more time writing music again,” said Gummerscheimer.





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To the average Notre Dame student, Lenny Kuper is a force to be reckoned with. When he utters his catchphrase - “Math is fun, math is easy” - to his students, a resounding bout of nervous laughter follows. You must be sure to tuck in your shirt, belt in place and be perfectly up-to-par with the dress code if you plan to pass or enter his classroom.


At the piano, don’t be mistaken - his attention to detail is just as sharp. Yet many students find that the man who loves mathematics also finds the same joie de vivre in the music room.


Kuper earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Southeast Missouri State University with a major in mathematics and a minor in music. He completed his M.A.T. in mathematics, and during the start of his teaching career at Notre Dame, also worked as an adjunct instructor in Southeast’s math department. While Kuper would’ve liked to have earned his major in both areas of study, time was of the essence, and he decided that it would be exponentially ‘easier to teach math than music.’


But his 43 years at Notre Dame have allowed him plenty of opportunity to dabble in both.


“Every type of math in the curriculum: I’ve taught it at some point,” Kuper said.


And for almost every spring musical produced, he’s served as a collaborative pianist for rehearsals, and as the pianist in the orchestra pit. Kuper has also accompanied students, ensembles, and choirs for district and state music competitions each year. And, if he finds that a pupil can sing or play an instrument, he doesn’t hesitate to wrap them into the school’s liturgical music.


Kuper said his involvement in academia and the arts has allowed him to experience his students in a different light.


“You get to know them well through teaching. But you see a different dimension of the kids outside of class, be it through Mission Trips, retreats, or the camaraderie of the spring musical,” Kuper said.


In 1993, he directed music for an alumni dinner theatre production of Nunsense, a fundraising event for new curtains in the cafetorium.


Outside of Notre Dame, Kuper has served as the choir director and music coordinator for St. Vincent de Paul Parish since 1977.


He says he’s slowing down with some of his ‘extracurriculars’ such as district accompaniment. But he still has countless fond memories to look back upon.

 

“Math has been a joy, but my involvement with music has really tapped more into my passion,” Kuper said. “And each year, the reward is those four shows, and feeling good about the finished product.”


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Notre Dame graduate Marty Strohmeyer has created quite a name for himself as a children’s musical director in the St. Louis area. From holding numerous teaching positions across the city to launching a non-profit children’s theatre company, he has offered much of his life to the stage without stepping foot in the spotlight.


Strohmeyer received his Bachelor’s of Science in Education with a specialization in speech and theatre from Southeast Missouri State University. In 1995, he went on to teach full-time at the private, all-boys Chaminade College Preparatory School in Creve Coeur. Here, he taught theatre for eight years.


During that time, Strohmeyer said he saw a lot of children’s theatre in the St. Louis area that didn’t focus on individual performers, and lacked in technical elements.


“They would pile a hundred kids onstage and not really spend much time working with them to make it a good quality,” Strohmeyer said. “And I just felt like there could be better alternatives.”


So, in 2002, he launched Shooting Star Productions, a non-profit theatre company for children ages 5-19. They have since hired a full, professional set of directors and designers, including a sound designer, a costume designer, and choreographers. Strohmeyer said they host two productions a year, and are now in their 18th year.


Strohmeyer said he enjoys seeing the talent that comes through his direction, and many kids come in well-trained.


“They have a goal of really making it in musical theatre,” Strohmeyer said. “And I’ve had kids that are now working all over New York and for national tours, and they’re very connected to the professional theatre world.”


In addition to his non-profit work, Strohmeyer has been teaching at the Visitation Academy of St. Louis, a private school for girls grades K-12 since 2003. Here, he’s involved not only with speech and theatre classes, but also directs the academy’s comprehensive theatre program.  


Strohmeyer has received numerous accolades for his work over the years. In 2017, the Fabulous Fox Theatre, The Muny and the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation launched the St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards. He has received the honor of  ‘Outstanding Direction’ for both years the awards have been presented. Visitation Academy has also received five awards for “best musical” from the St. Louis youth theatre awards out of the nine years they have been presented.


As for donning his character shoes, Strohmeyer says he’s ‘definitely a director.’

 

“I’ve been onstage four times since college, and I just don’t like it anymore,” said Strohmeyer.


He moved to Notre Dame midway through his junior year, but was still an active member in music and theater. He was a tenor in concert choir, attended District Music Competition with solo and ensemble pieces, and performed for the ‘pop concert’ his senior year. He also starred as Cinderella’s prince in the 1991 production of Into The Woods.


Albeit short, Strohmeyer felt a true sense of belonging during his time at Notre Dame


“At the school I came from, I didn’t feel like I fit in very well. But at Notre Dame... I called my classmates my 52 angels,” Strohmeyer said. “They pulled me in, they accepted me, and loved me. My senior year was the best year of my life.”


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Spring Musical

Tickets on sale NOW!

Hello, Dolly!

April 4, 5, 6, & 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.


Notre Dame King Hall
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10, reserved seating.

 

HELLO, DOLLY!, the blockbuster Broadway hit, bursts with humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and some of the greatest songs in musical theater history. The romantic and comic exploits of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, turn-of-the-century matchmaker and “woman who arranges things,” are certain to thrill and entertain audiences again and again. The show’s memorable songs include “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” “Ribbons Down My Back,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Elegance,” and “It Only Takes a Moment.”

 

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HELLO, DOLLY! is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK
www.tamswitmark.com

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Notre Dame is being represented by 16 students among the 284 students in the Quad State Festival Choir at Murray State University.  They will sing John Rutter's "Requiem".   Lily Parker, senior, will perform the soprano solo.  The concert will take place at 6pm tonight rather than 6:30pm due to weather.

So proud of our students and Mrs. Ellen Seyer!!!

 

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Notre Dame Regional High School

presents

Restaurants and Relationships

November 1, 2, 3 at 7:00 PM

King Hall

Restaurants and Relationships is an evening comprised of three one-act plays which reveal the development of relationships through the use of restaurants and food. The cast of twenty actors is directed by Miss Cynthia R. King and student assistant director Chelsea Ryan. Tickets are available on line or at the door. All seats are $10.

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Act One, One Egg by Babette Hughes, is a hilarious witty farce in which two young people, meeting in a restaurant, are brought together by the difficulty of ordering one egg for breakfast. Lots of sure fire laugh lines and a perfect surprise finish.

Act Two, Something to Eat by Norman L. Rhodes, drops in on the Sunday afternoon of a young urban couple who can't decide where to go to eat. Every place he suggests she's against. She finally agrees to name a restaurant -- and those she suggests do not appeal to him. The conflict is a familiar one.

Act Three, Check Please by Jonathan Rand, showcases a series of first dates gone wrong. Dating can be hard. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother's bridge partner, or a mime, or a number of other unusual personalities. This series of blind dinner dates couldn't get any worse -- until they do.

Cast includes: Aaron Deken, Andrew Jedlinski, Nick Kelley, Benjamin Schumer, Nick Sullivan, Breanna Breeden, Jalee Brumbaugh, Claire Conaway, Samantha Gardner, Caroline Heckemeyer, Mallary Ives, Audrey Jaco, Cheyanne Joiner, Zoe Koetting, Lily Parker, Lily Kay Pennington, Anna Schuchardt, Molly Sellers, Julia Walker, Kaylin Zoellner

 

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