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Lausapalooza Brings Performances To Driven Audience

In 2021, with Covid restrictions forcing the Lower School’s annual musical performances to be canceled, Lower School Music Teacher Tara West wanted to ensure the tradition could continue. “Our Lower School Concert, Lausannia, has been a favorite tradition of Lower School families for years,” she explains. “We knew we wanted to still share our students' amazing musical talents, but we wanted to make sure it was in a safe way. That’s how Lausapooloza was born!... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson

Lausanne Dancers Prove Things Are "Better Together" During Spring Recital

Lausanne students in Lower, Middle and Upper School took to the stage on Saturday morning in the Elder Performing Arts Center (EPAC) as part of the Spring Dance Recital. During their performances, students used songs that stuck with the theme of “Better Together,” showcasing the Lausanne Way traits of global mindedness and meaningful relationships. After a long and uncertain 2020-2021 school year, the Lausanne Conservatory Dance program quietly held a small show for a small audie... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Monday, May 9, 2022

Lower School Students Hold Album Release Session

As a part of their music technology projects this year, fourth-graders in Mrs. Tara West's class composed meditation music. Last week, the students held an "album release" session to listen to all of their songs over the course of three days in the Lower School music room. Students learned to create the music using a DAW (digital audio workstation) called Soundtrap. The unit included a questionnaire for family and friends that helped the students gauge the calming effect of the... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Student Directed One-Act Plays To Be Performed This Weekend

Lausanne student directors have put together a fun evening of one-act plays featuring Lausanne students that will take the stage this weekend. Covering topics such as blind dates, the perils of education, vices versus virtues and bullying, the plays tackle the subject matters in an approach that is both educational and entertaining. This year's directors are:  Ella Gregory '22 Jasmine Younes '23 Skylar Harts '22 and Hanna Hu '23 Adam Loskovitz &... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, April 1, 2022

Upper School Artists Head To Shelby Farms For Plein-Air Field Trip

For almost two decades, Upper School's Michelangelo Project-Atelier students and, more recently, our IB Visual Arts students have had the unique opportunity to attend a Plein-Air Sketching & Painting Field Trip. Following a two-year hiatus due to COVID, art students returned to Shelby Farms this week to create landscape sketches or paintings, working outdoors in the fresh air for a day.  The Upper School artists have been preparing for the field trip all ye... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Upper School Band And Choir Students Hit All The Right Notes At Music Competition

Over the weekend, Lausanne's Upper School Band and Choir students had the opportunity to showcase their musical talents during a quick trip to the Crescent City to compete in the 2022 New Orleans Heritage Festival by Worldstrides.  The Lynx performers walked away from the competition with three top-placed awards, which included Upper School Choir earning Gold, Upper School Band winning Silver and Wyatt Burnham '22 receiving an excellence in vocal performance distinctio... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, March 28, 2022

Lausanne Dance Celebrates Black History Month With Performance

The Lausanne Black History Month celebration continued last week as Lausanne dance classes performed to Stand Up, a song by Cynthia Erivo. Originally scheduled to be performed in EPAC in front of an audience, the performance was moved to the virtual setting after COVID numbers rose. “As part of Black History month, we are committed to expressing the significance of how dance is used in its culture and the big impact it has in the world.” Upper School dance teacher Noelia Jo... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Monday, February 28, 2022

Black History Month Celebration Continues With Virtual Concert

The Lausanne Black History Month celebration continues as the Lausanne choir and strings ensembles gathered to put together pieces for a virtual concert. The event was initially scheduled for February 1 but was moved online after covid numbers rose. "We'd been planning this concert for months, but we knew that we'd have to figure out a different way to share it with our community," shared Tara West, who organized the event.  During the virtual event, the Lausann... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson

Ghoulish Upper School Musical Prepares To Take The Stage

The Lausanne thespians take the stage starting Thursday evening for this year's Upper School musical, Zombie Prom! ‚Äč ‚ÄčThis girl-loves-ghoul rock 'n' roll musical is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal, Miss Strict (played by Malaika Kumar '23). Pretty senior, Toffee (Josephine Bonnot '23) has fallen for the class bad boy, Jonny (Gabriel Franceschi '25). Family pressure forces her to end the roman... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, February 17, 2022

Photography Students' Exhibit Opens In Blackmon Gallery

Students in Photography and Advanced Photography at Lausanne launched an art exhibit this week that is currently on display in Blackmon Gallery. “Photography isn’t simply about capturing a moment in time, it’s about capturing light and shadow and crafting it in a way that tells a story or evokes an emotion,” career tech teacher Todd Cowden said. “It’s about seeing the world through an artistic lens, in ways that other people may not be capable of.” ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Thursday, January 27, 2022

Lynx Named To All-West Honor Band

Earlier this month, Lausanne band students took part in the All-West Tennessee Honor Band auditions at Arlington High School. Each year, the West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association (W.T.S.B.O.A.) puts on a large convention to share things that are happening with music education in West Tennessee. Students are invited to participate in blind auditions where they are judged, the most successful players selected to participate in honor bands. West Tennessee School Band and Orchest... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Lausanne Alumni Art League Gives New Artists Start Towards Success

In 2018, Lausanne started the Museum Without Walls program, which places works of art in public spaces throughout campus. The program creates an aesthetic dimension to campus while symbolizing Lausanne's commitment to creativity, uniqueness and student-centered learning.  But beginning a career as an artist can be a daunting task.  "Whether you're a freelance designer or an artist, trying to support yourself by selling your craft in today's ever-changing professio... Read More
Posted by Drew Smith at Sunday, December 26, 2021

Lausanne Junior Gaining Recognition For His Voice

Evan Lewellyn ’23 was selected to represent Lausanne as a member of the Tennessee All-State Choir. On November 20, Lewellyn participated in the All-West Honor Choir after going through a rigorous audition process and scoring a high score. December 4, Evan auditioned for the Tennessee All-State Choir and won third chair in the Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass (SATB) choir. Lewellyn will now travel to the Tennessee Music Educators Association Conference in April 2022 where he will spend... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Lausanne Band Has Week Of Workshops and Performances

Upper School students in band got a treat on Tuesday when local brass musician and educator Bryan Finley led a technique workshop. Finley is a Brass Instrumental Specialist who works with students on technique fundamentals. As an educator, he teaches private brass lessons and provides brass workshops for school bands and directors.  “Hosting a workshop like this communicates and demonstrates alternative pedagogy to our students that is invaluable for their ongoing developing skil... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Middle School Students Artwork On Display As Part Of Color My World Exhibit

Lausanne art students in the fifth and sixth grades began their year creating with various new mediums in their art classes. That artwork is now on display in Blackmon Gallery as a part of the Color My World exhibit through November 12. In the fifth grade, students studied the art of Alma Woodsey Thomas, (1891-1978). "They studied her artwork that features light and movement through color, pattern and line,” Middle School Visual Arts teacher Geri Passaro-Floyd said. &ld... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, October 18, 2021

Stella Nichols Mural Project

Stella Nichols ‘25 devoted many hours before and after school this year, creating a mural inspired by Lausanne’s diverse and global environment in the stairway leading up to the library and Lower Middle School.  Check out this time lapse of the process and Stella's thoughts about the piece here:   Read More
Posted by Drew Smith