Congratulations To All-State And State Honor Choir
February 19, 2020
Congratulations to All-State Choir members Ryan Ghose, Jordan Akers, Solie Svennevig-Brosi, and Caleb Rhodes! Ryan sang in the SATB Mixed Choir under the direction of Jo Ann Miller while Solie sang in the Soprano Alto Choir with Therees Hibbard. Jordan and Caleb were in the Tenor Bass Choir with Michael Culloton conducting. Today marked the culmination of an All-State process that started with auditions last spring, a summer camp, and a final performance at Orchestra Hall. Ryan, Jordan, Solie, and Caleb are members of the MPA Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers.
Congratulations to freshman Jack Peterson and sophomore Elissa Frankel on their performances with the 9-10 State Honor Choir! Jack sang in the SATB Choir under the direction Aimee Beckmann-Collier while Elissa sang in the SSA Choir with Brandon Dean conducting. After a day full of rehearsals, they performed at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis. Jack sings in the MPA Varsity Choir while Elissa is a member of Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers.
Keep singing your song, Panthers!
See You At Pajamarama On Thursday!
January 29, 2020
Pajamarama is Thursday, January 30! From 5:45-6:45 PM, Lower School students will enjoy a short concert of their favorite Disney music, meet our musicians, and enjoy story telling in a new and imaginative way. Following the Disney performance, the children are led in interactive activities designed to spark excitement and curiosity about music. To finalize our program we will have a reading of a popular children’s book performed by a narrator while being accompanied by the MPA Upper School Orchestra. Students will receive a snack while they cozy up to hear this famous story come to life! Wear your pajamas or your comfy clothes!
MPA Students Receive Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards
January 23, 2020
The 2020 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards have been announced, and we have a number of Upper School artists to congratulate this year! Collectively, the students received several ceramics, drawing, painting, and mixed media awards. View the pieces here.
- Amelia Dickson, “Symmetry,” Drawing, Honorable Mention
- Amelia Dickson, “Kitchen Mixer,” Drawing, Honorable Mention
- Anna Gaudio, “Young Self,” Drawing, Silver Key
- Charles Grimes, “Organic Forms,” Ceramics Portfolio, Honorable Mention
- Charles Grimes, “Cups and Saucers,” Ceramics, Gold Key
- Charles Grimes, “Sliced Garlic,” Ceramics, Honorable Mention
- Charles Grimes, “Harvest Gathering,” Ceramics, Silver Key
- Charles Grimes, “Self-Portrait,” Drawing, Silver Key
- Ani Helgeson, “Toddler Self,” Drawing, Honorable Mention
- Ella Jones, “Boycott,” Mixed Media, Honorable Mention
- Ella Jones, “Pollution,” Drawing, Gold Key
- Graham Li, “Air of Literature,” Mixed Media, Honorable Mention
- Graham Li, “Joyful,” Drawing, Gold Key
- Graham Li, “Rising Flame,” Painting, Silver Key
- Cloris Lin, “Mixed Media Still Life, Mixed Media, Honorable Mention
- Sehar Mapara, “I am a Truck Driver,” Painting, Honorable Mention
- Emmet Tanzer-Tragatsch, “Minute to Win It!” Ceramics, Honorable Mention
- TC Yang, “Mixed Media Still Life, Mixed Media, Honorable Mention
- TC Yang, “Honey Comb,” Ceramics, Gold Key Read More
Meet Juliana Wu ’19
January 22, 2020
What do you love about MPA?
I love the inclusive environment MPA offers to each and every student that goes there.
How were you encouraged to dream big and do right at MPA?
I started to play cello right after submitting my college application during my senior year. Now, it has become one of my favorite ways to get away from the heavy workload at Carnegie Mellon and a great hobby of my life in general. Thinking back, it is still a bold and somewhat “reckless” decision that I made to begin a new instrument at the end of high school, but without the encouragement of MPA, I wouldn’t have made that decision and I would have missed out on a lot of the fun I have playing cello. Read More
Meet Annie Stewart ’11
January 13, 2020
Meet 2019-20 Alumni Association Board member Annie Stewart ’11!
After attending MPA from grades 6-12, Annie Stewart ’11 went to St. Olaf College for four years and graduated in 2015 with a B.A. in Theater. She worked at a number of theater companies in St. Paul and Minneapolis before finding her way back to MPA as a substitute teacher and PreK teaching assistant. She worked in MPA’s Lower School for a year before deciding to go back to school to pursue her K-6 teaching license and Masters in Elementary Education! Annie says that it was working at MPA that helped solidify her passion for teaching, and she is so thankful for all of the experiences that led her to where she is today.
“MPA was such an important place and community for many years of my academic career,” said Annie. “Now, as I am completing a license and Masters, I use the tools and skills I learned at MPA on a daily basis. Most importantly, I am excited to teach and that love of teaching comes from the teachers and community I had at MPA. I’m especially looking forward to teaching the next generation of students how to think, not just what to think.” Read More
Purchase Tickets For Perspective: 20/20
January 9, 2020
MPA Theatre, in Association with Penumbra Theatre, presents Perspective: 20/20! Purchase your tickets here for the MPA Winter Show on January 23 and 24 at 7 PM in the Black Box theatre. The performance is recommended for ages 13 and up. Please note that there is no performance on Saturday, January 25.
The show features five original one-acts written, directed, designed, and performed by Upper School MPA students. These pieces encompass privilege, “isms,” lived experiences, frustrations, hopes, communal and global issues, and most importantly students’ voices.
Additionally, one of the one-acts titled “And Then There Was One” will compete in the Minnesota State High School League’s One-Act Competition, January 2020.
Join Us For Pajamarama!
January 8, 2020
Wear your pajamas or comfy clothes and join us for Pajamarama 2020 on Thursday, January 30! This year at MPA, Lower School students will enjoy a short concert of their favorite Disney music, meet our musicians, and enjoy story telling in a new and imaginative way. Following the Disney performance, the children are led in interactive activities designed to spark excitement and curiosity about music. To finalize our program we will have a reading of a popular children’s book performed by a narrator while being accompanied by the MPA Upper School Orchestra. Students will receive a snack while they cozy up to hear this famous story come to life!
Join Us For MPA Community Caroling
December 18, 2019
Mr. Habermann, Madrigal Singers, alumni, and MPA faculty and staff invite you to campus to enjoy some holiday spirit at MPA! The annual holiday caroling will take place in the North Entrance, hallways, and Family Commons on Friday, December 20, 2019 from 7:15-8 AM!
Self-Portraits Open Doors For Students
December 17, 2019
Art is an essential element in the growth and development of every student at MPA. Visual art provides learning experiences for students to create and produce solutions to visual problems. Through a variety of methods and their own authentic experiences, students develop skills in self-expression and realize an appreciation of art in the world around them.
The Upper School Applied Drawing class is a visual opportunity for students to truly see and record life and ideas as they are interpreted. The current Applied Drawing students produced time-lapse videos to showcase each stage of their self-portrait processes. Equipped with drawing fundamentals, students are challenged to develop technical skills while also developing their own style. In class, they are guided to finished drawings, facing visual challenges using a design process, as the finished self-portraits represent. Watch them as they navigate the process below!
Amelia Dickson’s Self-Portrait
Satori Lewen’s Self-Portrait
Vicky Taylor’s Self-Portrait
Ceci Driano’s Self Portrait
Shop Local And Socially Conscious Via MPA Alums
November 27, 2019
Mounds Park Academy boasts more than 1,600 accomplished alumni who have gone on to pursue all types of careers, including a disproportionate number who have founded their own companies that directly advance social causes.
Our impressive entrepreneurs demonstrate how MPA students make their mark on the world as dreamers and doers, turning big dreams into unique businesses that do right socially and economically for their communities.
For MPA’s inaugural Alumni Holiday Gift List, we’ve compiled a list of five alumni who represent the many MPA graduates who have built businesses from the ground up—and, they’re offering some exciting discounts and special offers to the MPA community this season. Please consider putting these companies at the top of your shopping list, today and all year round! Read More