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Fine Arts Capstone students take a ‘deep dive’ into music

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Senior Maeve Shamo conducts Central’s Symphonic Band at the Nov. 9 concert in Central’s auditorium.

Fine Arts Capstone is a one-semester course at Central offering students the opportunity to pursue higher knowledge related to the field of music.

Fine Arts Capstone starts with drafting a course proposal and the selection of a mentor from the fine arts department. This proposal must be submitted the semester prior to enrolling.

Maeve Shamo and Amanda Cima are seniors in the capstone class. Their research is accompanied by regular check-ins and assistance from Central band director DJ Alstadt, their mentor.

“[Fine Arts Capstone] really allows a student to find a particular topic that they can deep dive into,” Alstadt said. 

Cima’s capstone inquiry involved her arranging the “love theme” from George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” for a clarinet sextet. 

“[The arranging process] took about a month; then we rehearsed it for about a month as well,” Cima said. 

Shamo’s project focuses on conducting, specifically with Central’s Symphonic Band for the duration of the class. Her role includes taking performers through the steps of learning repertoire, just as a band director would. 

“[I] spent the first half of the semester studying and mentoring [with] Mr. Alstadt and Mr. Estes, then worked with the actual band students to conduct a piece of their concert,” Shamo said.

The culmination of Cima and Shamo’s work respectively was arranging and conducting at the Nov. 9 band concert.

“Both of our Redhawks knocked it out of the park,” Alstadt said. “They’re doing work that is beyond their years.”

Nolan Shen contributed to this story.

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Kate Johnson, Staff Writer
Kate Johnson is a junior at Naperville Central. This is her first year on Central Times staff and she plans on majoring in Journalism and Communications. She enjoys writing opinion pieces. Outside of school she reads and plays video games. She is in the Theatre club and plans on playing Badminton for Central.
Jake Pfeiffer, Editor-in-Chief
Jake Pfeiffer is a senior, entering his third year on the Central Times staff, this time as Editor-in-Chief. Jake joined CT as a sophomore because he wanted to write news, but since then he has grown to love just about every element of journalism. While it is rare to see Jake anywhere other than the CT office, occasionally you can find him captaining Central’s debate team, watching baseball, listening to a seemingly endless amount of podcasts or drowning in college applications.
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