Announcing auditions to sing at the John Jay Encore Cabaret!

John Jay singers! ArtsAlive is hosting a cabaret on Friday, January 4, 2013, that will feature both current students and a handful of our wonderful and talented alumni from years past! We are looking for current students to join the alumni in reprising songs from past John Jay Musicals.

We are excited to announce that Andre Catrini will be our Musical Director. A graduate of JJHS and Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (2011), Andre is currently writing and composing for shows in New York. He has assembled a wonderful cast of JJ alums and is looking to add current students to the list of performers.


Students interested in auditioning must submit a video audition (details to follow). Audition pieces must be chosen from the song list below. The corresponding sheet music and the Encore Cabaret Application will be available via download from the ArtsAlive! website – we will post it and let people know on the FB event page as soon as it is finalized.
Here is the Facebook event page for the auditions:


Andre will be accepting video audition submissions until December 20th. Most likely the way to submit will be via youtube, where you keep your video’s permissions private and give the link to Andre via the application.

There will be a Cabaret meeting this Monday, Dec. 10th at 3pm for any students interested in auditioning for this event, or for anyone who may want to help organize and get the word out.

We would also welcome questions at the ArtsAlive! Annual Meeting, at 3pm, Wednesday, December 12th. Meeting locations will be announced on Monday.

This will be an incredible evening of music, entertainment, and community. We hope you will consider joining us!


Tentative List of Songs:


Alumni Songs

1)    Giants in the Sky (Into the Woods)  Male Solo

2)    Moments in the Woods (Into the Woods) Female Solo

3)    Nothing (A Chorus Line) Female Solo

4)    Stranger to the Rain (Children of Eden) Female Solo

5)    The Spark of Creation (Children of Eden) Female Solo

6)    Moses Supposes (Singin’ In the Rain) Duet

7)    Agony (Into the Woods) Male Duet

Current Student Songs

1)    Corner of the Sky (Pippin) Male Solo

2)    The Kite (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown)  Male Solo

3)    Mama Says (Footloose) Male Solo

4)    Holding Out For A Hero (Footloose)  Female Solo

5)    I Cain’t Say No (Oklahoma!)  Female Solo

6)    Someone to Watch Over Me (Crazy For You) Female Solo

7)    A Lot of Living to Do (Bye Bye Birdie) Male/Female Duet

8)    One Boy (Bye Bye Birdie) Male/Female Duet

9)    People Will Say We’re In Love (Oklahoma!) Male/Female Duet

10) Suddenly Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors) Male/Femaile Duet

11) You’re the Top (Anything Goes) Male/Female Duet



1)    What I Did For Love (A Chorus Line)

2)    Opening Medley – Reprise (short, sweet and utilizing the whole cast)

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Class Trip to Lincoln Center – Spring 2012

Lincoln Center Trip 2012From Amy Geiger, music teacher at JJHS, to ArtsAlive!:

I wanted to thank you all for sponsoring our trip to Lincoln Center this year.  The students and I spent the day submersed in musical activities and it was an absolute BLAST!  For many of the students, it was their first time hearing the NY Philharmonic live in concert.

In addition, we had the added bonus of seeing Wayne Shorter and his group play at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  Once again, the students boarded the bus at 11pm that night and couldn’t contain their excitement. Thank you ArtsAlive! for this amazing opportunity; the students and I greatly appreciated it!!!

Amy Geiger

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Co-Founder Anne Borrell on the 2012 Film Festival

The Film Festival now stands at the top of my list of The BEST ArtsALIVE! Events of All Time …

It stands with The Poetry Slam and The Laramie Project. Each of these events crossed disciplines and was inspired by the united efforts of a varied but devoted group – with collaboration and artistry at their core.

The Film Festival Keynote Speaker, Mr. Spione, articulated a thoughtful message, carefully crafted to inspire and inform. He spoke from his heart, balanced by his intellect. What better qualities could we hope for our students to emulate?

The student work was so varied; moving, funny, artistic. It demonstrated a wide range of talents and sensitivities.

The organization behind the scenes by our ArtsALIVE! organizers – both students and committee members – was flawless. The sound system, the projector, the seamless organization and timing between the videos was exceptionally well done!

And, of course, the atmosphere at Caramoor was exquisite!

It was particularly rewarding for me to see so many faculty in the audience, on their own time, sharing in the mutual success of The Film Festival project, still in its infancy, but so full of promise.

What can I say? Let’s hope this continues for years to come.

– Anne Borrell
A Founder of ArtsALIVE!

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2nd Annual John Jay Film Festival at Caramoor May 18!

Buy your tickets by clicking here!

It’s official! The Second Annual John Jay Film Festival will be held at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts this Friday, May 18th, from 7-9pm.

Check out the trailers below!

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Keynote speaker at the JJHS 2nd Annual Film Festival is Oscar-nominated Katonah Resident James Spione

Katonah resident James Spione, who was nominated last year for an Academy Award for his documentary, “Incident in New Baghdad”, will the keynote speaker at the Film Festival Friday May 18th.

Here is a link to the website for his film. Click here.

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2nd Annual JJHS Film Festival Trailer 2

Created by Elena Gallagher

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2nd Annual JJHS Film Festival Trailer 1

Created by Connor McCune

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Emergency Appeal for Membership/Donations! – from Tomm Polos ’06

I was going to fill this plea with zingers, but there’s nothing funny about a John Jay without ArtsALIVE.

ArtsALIVE’s funds, which go entirely toward arts-related programming for the students of John Jay High School, are perilously low. Although their fall theatrical fund-raising event was a success, they are still $12,000 short of what they need this year. That amount sounds like a lot, but if 300 people paid $40 for yearly membership, they’d hit their goal.

Please consider donating any amount: $40, $20, even $10 or $5 helps ArtsALIVE, gets great programming into the current student body, and don’t forget: IT’S TAX-DEDUCTIBLE for you!

How do you donate? There is a paypal button right on the homepage of this swanky new website:

They will be posting more information here about this year’s programs.

Thanks for your support!

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Congrats: JJHS Vocal Jazz group finished THIRD in the Berkeley Jazz Festival!

JJVJ at Hynes - Berklee March 2012

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Video of Rite of Spring Student Art Show at Katonah Library

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