Raffle for the Arts!
Sep
1
to Dec 17

Raffle for the Arts!

JMArts holds its inaugural Raffle for the Arts! this fall to raise money for JM students to purchase specialized art supplies for classes and participate in arts activities during the spring semester.

Students participating in Raffle for the Arts! may use income from their individual ticket sales to travel on the New York Arts Adventure over spring break, travel with the JM Concert Band to a spring competition, attend the 20th anniversary national tour of the musical “Rent” on a school-sponsored trip this winter, purchase specialized art supplies for spring classes, or pay for other school-related art activities.

Grand prize is a 65-inch TV with sound bar delivered to the winner’s home. Other prizes contributed by local artists and businesses also will be awarded. They include:

  • “Another Twilight” by Gina Harrison. The 6-1/2-by-20-inch wooden print donated by the Chatham artist was part of the "Dances with Light” art show at Carolina Brewery and chosen to commemorate JM’s fall production of “Into the Woods.”

  • One-year subscription to The Chatham News + Record, donated by Publisher Bill Horner and the local media organization that publishes the weekly newspaper and community publications.

More prizes and details will be announced during the fall. If you or your company would like to contribute a prize, please contact us!

Raffle tickets are $5 each and will be sold by arts students and at locations in Siler City from September 1 until the beginning of the Holiday Concert on December 17. Prize drawings will be held during the Holiday Concert. You do not have to be present to win. All proceeds will be used for student arts activities at Jordan-Matthews High School.

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Falcon Invitational
Oct
5
2:45 PM14:45

Falcon Invitational

The JM Jammin’ Jets take their fall show to the 2019 Falcon Invitational, a marching band competition at Southeast Guilford High School in Greensboro. General admission is charged and concessions will be available. (Admission last year was $7 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 6 to 11, and free for ages 5 and under.) Note: We will post the Jammin’ Jets’ performance time here as soon as it is announced.

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"Wilder & Wilder": PlayMakers Mobile
Oct
17
4:00 PM16:00

"Wilder & Wilder": PlayMakers Mobile

PlayMakers Repertory Company rolls into Siler City once again for a FREE performance of “Wilder & Wilder,” a medley of Thornton Wilder short plays! It's part of the PlayMakers Mobile tour, some truly innovative performances that make theater available, enjoyable and accessible to all in the community.

The event — including free coffee and cookies at 3:30 p.m. before the presentation at 4 p.m. — is open to students, faculty and the entire community. The presentation runs about 90 minutes, with a 70-minute performance and 10 minutes of audience activities before and after the play .

Earlier in the day, PlayMakers actors will lead a workshop for JM actors, beginning by noting the parts each will be playing later in “Wilder & Wilder” before moving on stage for some opening exercises combining personal introductions, motion and sound. Then, they will break into small groups to read scenes, dive deep into characters and do additional physical work.

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Chorus and Coffee and Arts
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Chorus and Coffee and Arts

The JM Chorus, featuring musicians in the beginning vocal music class, offers the first performance of the new year to kick off Chorus and Coffee and Arts, a preview of the 2019-20 arts season.

The free, one-hour preview opens with the short concert before arts teachers Matt Fry, J.C. Harper and Rahma Mateen-Mason provide a short look at some exciting events ahead. The evening concludes with the presentation of a $100 award to the JM artist whose work was selected for the 2019 JMArts Holiday Cards and an informal reception to enjoy a few student artworks and meet the artists and instructors participating in the evening’s event.

Tickets will be on sale for JMArts’ Raffle for the Arts! fundraiser for JM artists, November’s Fairytale Character Breakfast for families and the fall musical, “Into the Woods.” This also is your chance to purchase 2019 JMArts Holiday Cards and join JMArts to get free admissions to major events this season and help our student artists excel.

JM CHORUS
Matt Fry, Conducting
The program will be posted here when announced


2019-20 ARTS SEASON PREVIEW
Matt Fry, Vocal Music Teacher
J.C. Harper, Instrumental Music Teacher
Rahma Mateen-Mason, Art Teacher
Rose Pate, JMArts President


HOLIDAY CARD ART AWARD
Honoring the JM artist whose work was selected
to appear on the 2019 JMArts Holiday Cards


RECEPTION
Cookies and Coffee with Musicians and Teachers

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Northwest Guilford Fall Festival
Oct
26
11:00 AM11:00

Northwest Guilford Fall Festival

The Jordan-Matthews High School marching band performs its show at the 38th annual Fall Festival at Northwest Guilford High School, a competition judged on music performance, visual performance and general effect. General admission is $6 and concessions will be available. Note: We will post the Jammin’ Jets’ performance time here as soon as it is announced.

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Fall Festival of Bands
Nov
2
7:00 AM07:00

Fall Festival of Bands

The Jordan-Matthews High School marching band performs its show at the 19th annual Fall Festival of Bands, an adjudicated competition featuring up to 25 bands judged on music, marching and general effect. Admission is charged and concessions will be available. Note: We will post the Jammin’ Jets’ performance time here as soon as it is announced.

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Fairytale Character Breakfast
Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

Fairytale Character Breakfast

Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, the Witch and their friends from INTO THE WOODS welcome children and parents to a breakfast featuring pancakes, sausage and juice — plus an occasional song from the cast and plenty of photo opportunities!

Admission is $10 per person and seating will be staggered from 10 a.m. to noon, so please plan to spend about 30 minutes at the breakfast. Small parties may be seated together at some of our larger tables, so be ready to make friends! Because this is a family event, all children under age 12 must be accompanied by at least one adult!

Reservations open October 1 and can be requested by email, by phone at 919-742-2916 or online using a link that will be provided. After we schedule your party, you will receive a confirmation email with your reservation time and a list of options to pay by cash, check or credit card. Credit card payments are accepted online.

All proceeds will be used by JMArts to help our student artists excel. That includes providing scholarships for summer study on university campuses, producing INTO THE WOODS, purchasing art supplies and reducing the cost to students traveling this spring on JMArts's third-annual New York Arts Adventure.

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"Path to the Woods" Art Show
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

"Path to the Woods" Art Show

Jordan-Matthews artists present a juried exhibition inspired by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s classic musical, “Into the Woods,” which takes the JM stage from November 14 to 16. Cash awards will be presented for the two works judged first- and second-place in the show.

The one-hour exhibition, planned and presented by Art III/IV students, is free and includes a reception with light refreshments.

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Siler City Veterans Day Parade
Nov
9
11:00 AM11:00

Siler City Veterans Day Parade

The Jordan-Matthews Marching Band performs in the 2019 Siler City Veterans Day Parade, part of an annual celebration in downtown Siler City hosted by the Siler City Merchants Association. The day’s commemoration begins at 10 a.m. with a memorial at the West Chatham Veterans Memorial in Bray Park before moving downtown for the 11 a.m. parade, which runs down N. Chatham Avenue from the Siler City Fire Department to Beaver Street.

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INTO THE WOODS
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

INTO THE WOODS

The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make in INTO THE WOODS, the timeless, modern classic by theater legends James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim.

The Baker and his wife wish to have a child. Cinderella wishes to attend the King's Festival. And Jack wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later — with disastrous results.

INTO THE WOODS is one of Sondheim’s most popular works — a timeless, musically sophisticated dark comedy that received the Tony Award for Best Book and Best Score.

General admission is $5. Everyone attending, regardless of age, must have a ticket. No passes are accepted, though qualifying JMArts members will be admitted free according to benefits at their membership levels.

Tickets are on sale now at JMArtsTickets.com.

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INTO THE WOODS
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

INTO THE WOODS

The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make in INTO THE WOODS, the timeless, modern classic by theater legends James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim.

The Baker and his wife wish to have a child. Cinderella wishes to attend the King's Festival. And Jack wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later — with disastrous results.

INTO THE WOODS is one of Sondheim’s most popular works — a timeless, musically sophisticated dark comedy that received the Tony Award for Best Book and Best Score.

General admission is $5. Everyone attending, regardless of age, must have a ticket. No passes are accepted, though qualifying JMArts members will be admitted free according to benefits at their membership levels.

Tickets are now on sale at JMArtsTickets.com.

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INTO THE WOODS
Nov
16
2:00 PM14:00

INTO THE WOODS

The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make in INTO THE WOODS, the timeless, modern classic by theater legends James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim.

The Baker and his wife wish to have a child. Cinderella wishes to attend the King's Festival. And Jack wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later — with disastrous results.

INTO THE WOODS is one of Sondheim’s most popular works — a timeless, musically sophisticated dark comedy that received the Tony Award for Best Book and Best Score.

General admission is $5. Everyone attending, regardless of age, must have a ticket. No passes are accepted, though qualifying JMArts members will be admitted free according to benefits at their membership levels.

Tickets are on sale now at JMArtsTickets.com.

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Ragtime
Nov
26
9:00 AM09:00

Ragtime

  • Joan H Gillings Center for Dramatic Art (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About 40 JM artists travel to Chapel Hill to experience the PlayMakers Repertory Company production of Ragtime, a Broadway show that received 13 Tony Award nominations in 1998 and was billed by the Chicago Tribune as “one of the great musicals of the 20th century!”

Diverse rhythms of the turn of the 20th century weave together three intersecting narratives that capture the rich complexity of the American experiment — past, present and future. Cultures clash, people change and hope shines in the darkness.

The special matinee performance for students is followed by a group discussion with the cast and artistic staff. This opportunity is provided free of charge to JM students thanks to a generous, special gift by a JMArts member.

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Siler City Christmas Parade
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Siler City Christmas Parade

The Jordan-Matthews Marching Band performs in the 2019 Siler City Christmas Parade hosted by the Chatham Chamber of Commerce. The annual parade runs through downtown Siler City — south on Chatham Avenue before turning right onto Beaver Street to South Birch Street and then left on West Raleigh Street to the Park Shopping Center in downtown Siler City.

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Holiday Concert
Dec
17
7:00 PM19:00

Holiday Concert

JM musicians take the stage to celebrate the festive holiday season with performances planned by the Guitar Ensembles, Band and Combined Chorus. General admission for each person is $5 or two canned food items for the West Chatham Food Pantry, and qualifying JMArts members will be admitted free according to benefits at their membership levels. Preschoolers are admitted free. All cash proceeds are used by JMArts to help our student artists excel. That includes providing scholarships for summer study on university campuses, producing the fall musical, purchasing art supplies and reducing the cost to students traveling this spring on JM's third-annual New York Arts Adventure.

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Sing and Play '20
Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

Sing and Play '20

Our third-annual musical competition features instrumental and vocal acts with a $50 prize awarded for the best performance in each of three age-based competitions — elementary, middle school and high school. Acts may be individuals or groups up to four people, with all performers being full-time students in a North Carolina public, private or home school. Auditions are required, and each act selected for the showcase competition must pay a $10 registration fee. Winners are selected by audience vote.

General admission for the Sing and Play Showcase Competition is $5 per person and includes one vote in each category. All proceeds will be used by JMArts to help our student artists excel and to reduce the cost to students traveling this spring on JM's third-annual New York Arts Adventure.

INFORMATION FOR SING AND PLAY ‘20 MAY CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS COMPETITIONS AND WILL BE AVAILABLE HERE IN NOVEMBER. But here is information about the 2019 competition :

Sing and Play ‘19 results
Sing and Play ’19 program
Sing and Play ’19 rules and information

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All-County Chorus In Concert
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

All-County Chorus In Concert

More than 200 top vocalists from schools across Chatham conclude their daylong vocal clinic with a free public performance by the all-county elementary, middle and high school choruses. Clinicians and programs will be listed here as soon as they are announced.

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New York Arts Adventure '20
Apr
7
to Apr 11

New York Arts Adventure '20

  • Hilton Garden Inn New York/Manhattan-Chelsea (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Eight upperclass artists fly to New York City for five days over spring break to explore one of the world's great cities, gain new perspectives that will influence their work, and experience the very best in theater, music and visual arts. The New York Arts Adventure allows JM students to explore world cuisine and well-known destinations — with a journey to the top of the Empire State Building, poignant moments at the 9/11 Memorial, and walks to see landmarks along Fifth Avenue in Midtown and Broadway in Lower Manhattan. But it is much more! This is an opportunity to meet and learn from world-class artists working in the city.

Each year’s agenda is crafted around the interests of participating students. Plans for the upcoming trip will be listed here as they are announced, but highlights from the 2019 New York Arts Adventure included:

  • Ninth-row orchestra seats for the new Broadway musical Tootsie, followed by a discussion about the show with actor Andy Grotelueschen, who was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the musical as Jeff Slater.

  • Lunch with Peter Marks, chief theater critic for The Washington Post, to discuss shows the students saw in the city and the theater scene in New York, Siler City and beyond.

  • Lunch with Jessie Austrian — Broadway actress, stage director, NYU faculty and a founder/co-artistic director of the renowned Fiasco Theater — to discuss life in the arts.

  • A private street-art tour of New York’s Lower East Side and hands-on graffiti workshop with the noted street artist JCORP.

  • Dim sum with Kirby Pate, a JM alumnus and producer of the Three On the Aisle podcast starring three of America’s top theater critics.

  • Sixth-row orchestra seats to hear legendary tenor Plácido Domingo perform in La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera.

  • Third-row orchestra seats to see the long-running musical Chicago on Broadway.

  • A visit to experience some of the world’s most famous contemporary works at the Museum of Modern Art.

  • Front-row center seats to see The Play That Goes Wrong, the Broadway play now performing Off Broadway.

  • An evening at Sleep No More, an Off Broadway immersive theater production.

  • Dinner and a late-night jazz session starring trumpeter Bruce Harris overlooking Central Park at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, part of the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center.

If you would like to help keep this trip affordable for families, please consider sponsoring a performance or meal, or making a contribution toward a student scholarship. For more, download this overview of the New York Arts Adventure and contact us!

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Music in May
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Music in May

JM musicians take the stage to celebrate the climax of another creative season with performances scheduled from the Concert Band, Combined Chorus and Jazz Band — along with several soloists and small ensembles. The event also will honor 2020 JMArts Scholars and senior musicians.

General admission is $5 per person, preschoolers free, with all proceeds used by JMArts to help our student artists excel. That includes providing scholarships for summer study on university campuses, producing the fall musical, purchasing art supplies and reducing the cost to students traveling on JM's annual New York Arts Adventure. No passes are accepted, though qualifying JMArts members will be admitted free according to benefits at their membership levels.

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JM Awards Night 2020
May
28
6:00 PM18:00

JM Awards Night 2020

Academic awards are presented at JM's annual celebration — including recognition of JMArts Scholars and recipients of several arts awards: James Award for Theater, John Philip Sousa Band Award and outstanding graduates in instrumental musical, vocal music and visual art.

Honored last year were JMArts Scholars Laci Burt, Paige Colborne, David Gonzalez Hernandez, Myriah Pettitt, Conrad Suits, Jennifer Trejo Benitez, Jackie Vasquez and Jose Zendejas; James Award for Theater, Corrine Collison; Outstanding Graduate in Theater, Corrine Collison; Underclassman Student Artist of the Year, Jocelyn Lopez Mejia; Outstanding Jazz Musician, Oliver Mitchum; Outstanding Instrumental Musician, Aaron Partin; Student Artist of the Year, Joseph Richardson; and Outstanding Graduate in Vocal Music, Samantha Zarate.

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"Into the Woods" Auditions
Sep
11
3:30 PM15:30

"Into the Woods" Auditions

Auditions for "Into the Woods" are open to anyone who will be a student at Jordan-Matthews High School in the fall. Performances are currently scheduled for Thursday, November 14, at 7 p.m.; Friday, November 15, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, November 16, at 2 p.m.

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Performing in College: A Panel Discussion on Studying Performing Arts
Sep
10
6:30 PM18:30

Performing in College: A Panel Discussion on Studying Performing Arts

Planning to study performing arts in college? Get insight into auditions, degrees, academic programs and more directly from instructors representing vocal music, instrumental music, entertainment technology and theater at area colleges and universities. The free panel discussion provides insider tips for applying to study at the college level and insight on what to expect when you arrive on campus.

The five-member panel is moderated by JMArts President Rose Pate (click links for bios):

Orlando Balderas
Music Education Undergraduate and Spartan Orientation Staff Member
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Jeffrey Blair Cornell, MFA
Teaching Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Dramatic Art
Actor, PlayMakers Repertory Company
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mark Dillon, Ph.D.
Music Technology Instructor, Guilford Technical Community College
Instrumentalist and Vocalist, The Zinc Kings

Tyson Hankins, M.M.
University Accompanist and Instructor in Music
Elon University

Daniel M. Huff, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Glee Club Conductor and UNC Music Camp Director
Department of Music and School of Education
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Registration is free, open now to all Chatham County Schools students and limited to keep the session interactive. The panel discussion and following reception are offered by JMArts.

Click here to register for "Performing in College.”
Click here to download the program for “Performing in College.”

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"Into the Woods" Auditions
Sep
10
3:30 PM15:30

"Into the Woods" Auditions

Auditions for "Into the Woods" are open to anyone who will be a student at Jordan-Matthews High School in the fall. Performances are currently scheduled for Thursday, November 14, at 7 p.m.; Friday, November 15, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, November 16, at 2 p.m.

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Into the Show: A Special Cast Event
Aug
6
10:00 AM10:00

Into the Show: A Special Cast Event

Cast and crew begin work on November’s production of “Into the Woods" with an introduction to the modern classic created by theater legends Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. “Into the Show” includes an initial sing-through, discussion about the show and expectations, advice for auditions and more. Oh, and free lunch! Performances are November 14-16. Click here to register.

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JM Band Camp
Jul
31
to Aug 9

JM Band Camp

  • Jordan-Matthews High School (map)
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The JM Marching Band begins work on its fall show with a 10-day camp. Sessions will be held daily on July 31 through August 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on August 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The camp concludes at 6 p.m. with a preview of the show for band parents at the football stadium followed by a potluck dinner in the JM Cafeteria.

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