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 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 moderated by JMArts President Rose Pate is still being assembled, but currently scheduled to participate are:

Orlando Balderas
Music Education Undergraduate, UNC-Greensboro

Mark Dillon Ph.D.
Music Technology Instructor, Guilford Technical Community College

Space is limited to keep the session interactive. Registration opens for JM students on August 20 and for other Chatham County Schools students beginning on September 1. The panel discussion and following reception are sponsored by JMArts.

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Path to the Woods
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

Path to the Woods

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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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 will be available this fall 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 will be available this fall 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 will be available this fall at JMArtsTickets.com.

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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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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
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

JM Awards Night

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 Corrine Collison, David Gonzalez Hernandez, Aaron Partin, Jennifer Trejo Benitez, Jackie Vasquez, Samantha Zarate and Jose Zendejas; Helen Moody Art Scholarship, Karmen Brown; James Award for Theater, Orlando Balderas and Alyssa Gaines; John Philip Sousa Band Award, Orlando Balderas; Outstanding Graduate in Instrumental Music, Cesareo Aguila; Outstanding Graduate in Visual Arts, Karmen Brown; and Outstanding Graduate in Vocal Music, Alyssa Gaines.

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Music in May: Sunshine and Happiness
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Music in May: Sunshine and Happiness

The theme of “sunshine and happiness” runs through this year’s Music in May, as JM musicians take the stage to celebrate the climax of another creative season with performances scheduled from:

Concert Band
Vocal Music 1 Ensemble
Nicholas Zakaria and J.C. Harper
Honors Vocal Music 3 and 4 Ensemble
Treble Ensemble
Jennifer Trejo Benitez with pianist Heath Smith
Samantha Zarate
Combined Chorus
Jazz Band

Click here for the concert program. The event also will honor 2019 JMArts Scholars and senior musicians, and will feature the announcement of JM’s upcoming fall musical.

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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Spring JAZZ!
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Spring JAZZ!

Our very own JM Jazz Band celebrates the arrival of spring with a playlist featuring some legendary composers and familiar tunes! Click here for the printed program.

FLY ME TO THE MOON
Bart Howard, arr. Jerry Nowak

SATIN DOLL
Duke Ellington, arr. Terry White

DON'T KNOW WHY
Jesse Harris, arr. Paul Murtha

ST. LOUIS BLUES
W.C. Handy, arr. Michael Sweeney

COLD DUCK TIME
Eddie Harris, arr. Mark Taylor

CHAMELEON
Herbie Hancock, arr. Michael Sweeney

JUST FRIENDS
John Klenner, arr. Dave Wolpe

HOW HIGH THE MOON
Morgan Lewis, arr. Dave Wolpe

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JM and Silk Hope Bands in Concert
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

JM and Silk Hope Bands in Concert

This first-ever joint concert features JM and Silk Hope bands. Silk Hope bands are under the direction of Sarah Stephenson. The JM Concert Band is under the direction of J.C. Harper. You will not only enjoy some inspiring performances by young musicians, but also see the growth that occurs over just a few years. Click here for the printed program.

Silk Hope Sixth Grade Band
"Carnival of Venice" by Julius Benedict, arranged by John Higgins
"School Spirit" by W.T. Purdy , arranged by John Higgins
"Bold Adventure" by Timothy Johnson

Silk Hope Seventh Grade Band
”Russian Sailors' Dance” by Reinhold Glière, adapted by John Kinyon

Silk Hope Seventh and Eighth Grade Band
"Affirmation Overture" by Robert W. Smith
"Forever…" by Brian Balmages

Silk Hope Eighth Grade Band
"John Williams: Movie Adventures" by John Williams, arranged by Michael Sweeney

Jordan-Matthews Concert Band
"Salvation is Created (A Chorale Prelude)" by Pavel Tchesnokov, arranged by Frank Erickson
"Mars, the Bringer of War,” from “The Planets," by Gustav Holst
"Hymn of the Fallen,” from “Saving Private Ryan,” by Timothy Johnson

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JM Jazz & Friends at the Spring Chicken Festival
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

JM Jazz & Friends at the Spring Chicken Festival

  • North Chatham Avenue and West Raleigh Street Siler City, NC, 27344 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

JM’s Jazz Band opens the main stage at this year’s inaugural Spring Chicken Festival in downtown Siler City with a one-hour concert — and some of their JM musician friends adding a few vocal and guitar tunes to help spice up the morning.

Enjoy the cool sounds of the JM Jazz Band, under the direction of J.C. Harper, as they perform classics like "St. Louis Blues" and "Stand By Me," along with newer favorites such as "Uptown Funk." So get ready to dance in the street!

The Spring Chicken Festival features live music, food trucks, a beer garden, local vendors, children’s attractions and a classic car show. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along three blocks of Chatham Avenue and intersecting streets, with the main stage located at Chatham Avenue and Raleigh Street. JM Jazz & Friends takes the stage at 10 a.m.

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2019 JM Spring Art Show
May
4
to May 9

2019 JM Spring Art Show

Almost 80 student artists exhibit work at the 2019 JM Spring Art Show. The annual exhibition at Peppercorn in downtown Siler City is open to the public from Saturday, May 4, through Thursday, May 9. Peppercorn, the coffee shop, gallery and performance space hosting JM’s art show, is open on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It is closed on Sunday.

The formal opening and reception is Monday, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Note that this is a late change from the original date, due to unanticipated complications preparing the exhibition space.

Click here for the printed program.

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Scene X Scene Showcase
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Scene X Scene Showcase

Student artists participating in JMArts’s Scene X Scene Acting Intensive provide a free showcase performance open to the community. The production features short acting exercises, monologues and scenes refined by 18 students during a series of after-school workshops held on Tuesday evenings, February 26 through April 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., and open by application to all Jordan-Matthews students. The workshop clinician and showcase director is Jessica Nunn, founder and director of The Phoenix Theatre Company. Refreshments will be served during a reception with the cast and creatives after the performance. This acting intensive is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, through the Chatham Arts Council.

Click here for the Scene X Scene Showcase printed program.
Click here for a news release about the Scene X Scene Showcase.

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New York Arts Adventure 2019
Apr
16
to Apr 20

New York Arts Adventure 2019

  • 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. This year's adventure includes:

  • Ninth-row orchestra seats for the new Broadway musical Tootsie, followed by a discussion about the show with actor Andy Grotelueschen, who performs the role of 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 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 and contact us!

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All-County Chorus In Concert
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

All-County Chorus In Concert

More than 200 top vocalists from schools across Chatham conclude their daylong clinic with a free public performance by the all-county elementary, middle and high school choruses.

The middle school clinician is Jonathan Emmons, a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he has conducted several university vocal ensembles, and director of traditional music and organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greensboro.

The high school clinician is Gwen Hall, a choral composer and retired high school music teacher, who directed the chorus at Jordan-Matthews before completing her career at Southwestern Randolph High School in Asheboro.

All-County Elementary School Chorus
Kathy Easterling, Accompanist
"A Song of One" by John Forster and Tom Chapin, arranged by Jill Gallina
conducted by David Clark, Bonlee Elementary
"The Ash Grove," traditional Welsh , arranged by John Riggio
conducted by Marilyn Rowland, North Chatham Elementary
"Star Canon," words from “Firefly” by Li Po and music by Mary Goetze
conducted by Kaye Pluth, Siler City Elementary

All-County Middle School Chorus
Jonathan Emmons, Clinician
Lisa Johnson, Accompanist

”Sing With Pleasure” from "Saul" by George F. Handel, arranged by Patrick M. Liebergen
”Niño Precioso,” traditional Nicaraguan, arranged by Rosephanye Powell
”Corner of the Sky” from “Pippin,” arranged by Teena Chinn
”Morokeni (Greeting Song),” traditional Kwangali and Sotho, arranged by Bernard Kruger

All-County High School Chorus
Gwen Hall, Clinician
Lisa Johnson, Accompanist
Joel Wenger, Cellist

"The Path We Take" by Neil Ginsberg
"Tshotsholoza (Go Forward)," traditional African, adapted by Jeffery L. Ames
"Lean on Me (with We Shall Overcome)" arranged by Mark Hayes
"God Will Give Orders/Sweet Child" by Sarah Quartel
"I Seek a Journey" by Gwen McLeod Hall

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Honors Vocal Music Recital
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Honors Vocal Music Recital

Honors vocal music students present their annual recital in the Jordan-Matthews Media Center. The recital features individual and group performances under the direction of music teacher Matt Fry, followed by refreshments during a short reception. Click here for a copy of the printed program.


Caro mio ben
Giuseppe Giordani (1751-1798)
Jackie Vasquez, soprano

Nina
Vincenzo Legrenzo Ciampi (1719-1762)
Sydney Suits, alto

Danza, danza, fanciulla gentile
Francesco Durante (1684-1755)
Conrad Suits, tenor

Sebben, crudele
Antonio Caldara (1670-1736)
Corrine Collison, alto

Lascia ch’io pianga
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Adriana Lara, soprano

Homeward Bound
Marta Keen (1953-)
Jordan-Matthews Treble Ensemble
Adriana Lara, soloist

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Western Chatham MPA Concert
Mar
4
6:00 PM18:00

Western Chatham MPA Concert

JM’s Concert Band hosts bands from Chatham Middle and Silk Hope schools for a free public concert of their adjudication concert programs in advance of their Music Performance Adjudication, scheduled for March 20-22 at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough. The Music Performance Adjudication is a performance judged by expert musicians to provide a critical assessment of an ensemble’s performance and help musicians improve. Since this concert is preparation for the MPA, the evening will be conducted as the adjudication will take place later this month, with each band performing on a timed schedule and following a fixed format.

6 p.m.
Silk Hope Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Combined Band

“Forward March!” by Paul Murtha
“Celtic Air and Dance” by Michael Sweeney
“Furioso” by Robert W. Smith

6:30 p.m.
Chatham Middle Seventh-Grade Band

“The Gladiator” by John Philip Sousa, arranged by Michael Story
“Salvation is Created” by Pavel Tschesnokoff, arranged by Michael Story
“Fanfare for the Unsung Hero” by Matt Conaway

7 p.m.
Jordan-Matthews Concert Band

“Fairest of the Fair” by John Philip Sousa, rescored by Bill Holcombe
“Shenandoah” by Frank Ticheli
“Jubiloso” by Ed Huckeby

7:30 p.m.
Chatham Middle Eighth-Grade Band

“Loyalty” by Larry Clark
“Stryker” by Tyler Arcari
“On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss” by David Holsinger

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Sing and Play '19 Showcase
Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

Sing and Play '19 Showcase

Our second-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 second-annual New York Arts Adventure.

Performing are Hanna Mikolajec, Destiny Lyna Lowery, Brianna Balderas, Zoe Murphy, Jack and Jillian Dixon, and Adrian Willett in the elementary competition; Zuzanna Mikolajec, Marcella Willett, Cameron Parker, Ian McMillan, Buck and Maggie Thornton, and Carolyn England in the middle school competition; and Amari Yarborough, Jackie Vasquez, Faith Tysor, Jennifer Trejo Benitez, Courtney Shackelford, and Duan Bowen in the high school competition.

Snow date for the Sing and Play ’19 showcase is Tuesday, February 26.

Thank you to volunteer director Greg Burriss!

More about Sing and Play ’19:
Sing and Play ’19 program
News: Contestants announced for Sing and Play ’19
Sing and Play ’19 rules and information

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Holiday Concert
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Holiday Concert

JM musicians take the stage to celebrate the festive holiday season with performances 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. 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 LITTLE MERMAID, purchasing art supplies and reducing the cost to students traveling this spring on JM's second-annual New York Arts Adventure.

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Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID
Nov
17
4:00 PM16:00

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID

Venture "under the sea" with Princess Ariel, a curious young mermaid who falls for a handsome human prince and agrees to a dangerous bargain with a powerful sea witch in exchange for legs and a chance to live with the prince on land. But will everything work out as planned? This Broadway musical is based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and Disney's classic, 1989 animated film.

General admission is $5. Everyone attending, regardless of age, must have a ticket and no passes are accepted. Tickets are available online at JMArtsTickets.com.

Click here for the Playbill.
Click here for the cast list.

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Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID

Venture "under the sea" with Princess Ariel, a curious young mermaid who falls for a handsome human prince and agrees to a dangerous bargain with a powerful sea witch in exchange for legs and a chance to live with the prince on land. But will everything work out as planned? This Broadway musical is based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and Disney's classic, 1989 animated film.

General admission is $5. Everyone attending, regardless of age, must have a ticket and no passes are accepted. Tickets are available online at JMArtsTickets.com.

Click here for the Playbill.
Click here for the cast list.

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Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID

Venture "under the sea" with Princess Ariel, a curious young mermaid who falls for a handsome human prince and agrees to a dangerous bargain with a powerful sea witch in exchange for legs and a chance to live with the prince on land. But will everything work out as planned? This Broadway musical is based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and Disney's classic, 1989 animated film.

General admission is $5. Everyone attending, regardless of age, must have a ticket and no passes are accepted. Tickets are available online at JMArtsTickets.com.

Click here for the Playbill.
Click here for the cast list.

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Siler City Veterans Day Parade
Nov
10
11:00 AM11:00

Siler City Veterans Day Parade

The Jordan-Matthews Marching Band participates in the 2018 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 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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Breakfast with Princess Ariel and Friends
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Breakfast with Princess Ariel and Friends

Princess Ariel, Sebastian, Ursula and their friends from Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID swim into a special breakfast for children and parents. The menu includes 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 may be requested by email, by phone at 919-742-2916 or online by anyone with a Google g-mail account. 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 Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, purchasing art supplies and reducing the cost to students traveling this spring to the Williamsburg Heritage Festival and on JM's second-annual New York Arts Adventure.

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Fall Festival of Bands
Nov
3
7:00 AM07:00

Fall Festival of Bands

The Jordan-Matthews High School marching band performs its show, “El Toro Caliente,” at the 18th 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.

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Northwest Guilford Fall Festival
Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

Northwest Guilford Fall Festival

The Jordan-Matthews High School marching band performs its show, “El Toro Caliente,” at the 37th 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: The Jammin’ Jets are scheduled to perform at 4 p.m.

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The World Around You: A Celebration of Art
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

The World Around You: A Celebration of Art

JM artists help you “look at the world around you” in a juried art exhibition inspired by a featured number from JM's upcoming musical production of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID! Art I students will exhibit art inspired by the song’s title, “Under the Sea,” with work based on sea life, both real and imaginary. Art III/IV students will explore the nature of identity using the theme “Part of Your World,” with work presented in different media. Cash awards will be presented for the two works judged as 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.

Click here for the art show program.

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PlayMakers' "Macbeth"
Oct
4
4:00 PM16:00

PlayMakers' "Macbeth"

PlayMakers Repertory Company rolls into Siler City once again for a FREE performance of Shakespeare's "Macbeth"! It's part of PlayMakers' Mobile Shakespeare tour, some truly innovative performances that make Shakespeare's plays available, enjoyable and accessible to all — just as the playwright intended. The event — including free coffee and cookies at 3:30 p.m. before the performance at 4 p.m. — is open to students, faculty and the entire Chatham community.

Before the play begins, PlayMakers actors will lead a performance workshop for JM actors, beginning by noting the parts each will be playing in the Mobile Shakespeare production before moving on stage for some opening exercises combining personal introductions, motion and sound. Then, they will break into small groups, reading scenes from "Macbeth," diving deep into characters and doing additional physical work.

Click here for the program. Running time is estimated at 70 minutes. Note: This event was originally planned for Wednesday, September 19, but moved due to schedule changes caused by Hurricane Florence.

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"Sherwood": A Walk Through the Forest
Sep
28
5:00 PM17:00

"Sherwood": A Walk Through the Forest

About 30 JM students experience theater like they never have before with an in-depth walk through "Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood," the comedy with music opening this year's season at PlayMakers Repertory Company.

It all begins when JM students get a personal backstage tour to learn how professionals design and create scenery and costumes; rehearse for a new production; and produce theatrical works. Then, the curtain to go up at 7:30 p.m. for a performance featuring flying arrows, clanging swords and original music by Jack Herrick of North Carolina's Tony Award-winning string band, The Red Clay Ramblers. After the show, students will meet with six actors — Jeffrey Blair Cornell (Sir Guy), Ray Dooley (Prince John), Christine Mirzayan (Maid Marian), Tristan Parks (Sheriff of Nottingham), Joshua David Robinson (Robin Hood) and Dan Toot (Friar Tuck) — for a short discussion about how they created and performed what students just saw on stage.

This event was rescheduled from Friday, September 14, a performance canceled in advance of Hurricane Florence. Because of the new date, we have had to cancel the planned discussion with the show’s director, Jessie Austrian, a Broadway actress, stage director, NYU instructor, and co-founder and co-artistic director of the world-renowned Fiasco Theater, since she will not be in North Carolina on this new date.

The entire event, including transportation from school, is offered free to students thanks to generous contributions by JMArts members, Jessie Austrian, PlayMakers Repertory Company and members of the “Sherwood” cast.

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Pig Out for JMArts
Sep
7
4:30 PM16:30

Pig Out for JMArts

  • Jordan-Matthews High School Cafeteria (map)
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Enjoy some great barbecue and create life-changing opportunities for JM artists — all at the very same time! (Honestly, it's that easy ... and tasty, too.) Pick up or dine in at the JM Cafeteria, and if you're attending the Chatham Central home football game, make sure you have supper with us!

Plates are $8 each and include barbecue by chef Gary Lamach, slaw, bread, dessert and drink. Tickets will be available at the school office in advance and at the dinner, with all proceeds being used by JMArts to help our student artists excel. That includes providing scholarships for summer study on university campuses, producing THE LITTLE MERMAID, purchasing art supplies and reducing the cost to students traveling this spring on JM's second-annual New York Arts Adventure.

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"The Little Mermaid" Junior Auditions
Sep
5
3:45 PM15:45

"The Little Mermaid" Junior Auditions

  • Jordan-Matthews High School Auditorium (map)
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We're adding one or two students each from Chatham Middle, Siler City Elementary, Silk Hope School and Virginia Cross Elementary (only) to our THE LITTLE MERMAID cast — all as sea creatures in the ensemble for three full-cast musical numbers.

Actors auditioning will sing one simple song, under one minute in length, from memory with no accompaniment.

Important notice to actors planning to audition: You must be third grade or older. You must be available for rehearsals on some announced Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. And you must be available for all THE LITTLE MERMAID performances, which are Thursday, November 15, at 7 p.m.; Friday, November 16, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, November 17, at 4 p.m. (Any additional performance would be during the school day, around those dates and announced in advance.) There are no exceptions.

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JM Band Camp
Aug
6
to Aug 17

JM Band Camp

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The JM Marching Band begins work on its fall show with a two-week camp. Sessions will be held daily on August 6-10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on August 13-17 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

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Mermaid Dive-In: A Cast Event
Aug
2
10:00 AM10:00

Mermaid Dive-In: A Cast Event

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JM's cast for THE LITTLE MERMAID begins work on the fall musical with a special event that includes an initial sing-through, discussion about the show and expectations, practice moving as sea creatures and video interviews with members of the Broadway cast and creative team. Oh, and lunch! Performances are November 15-17.

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"The Little Mermaid" Auditions
Jun
6
3:30 PM15:30

"The Little Mermaid" Auditions

Auditions for "The Little Mermaid" are open to anyone who will be a student at Jordan-Matthews High School in the fall. Performances are currently scheduled for Thursday, November 15, at 7 p.m.; Friday, November 16, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, November 17, at 2 p.m.

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