Three Alumni to Receive PCS Legacy Awards on February 29
(1/11/16) City Center CEO Arlene Shuler, Singer/Songwriter Jessie Baylin Followill and NYCB Star Robert Fairchild will each receive the first PCS Alumni Legacy Award at a benefit cabaret featuring performances by current PCS students on Monday evening, February 29th at the JW Marriott Essex House Hotel on Central Park West. The event proceeds support the tuition assistance fund.
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Arlene Shuler is president and chief executive officer of New York City Center where she conceived the acclaimed Fall for Dance Festival. With all tickets just $15, the festival, which completed its 12th year in 2015, has introduced over 190 dance companies from all over the world to more than 275,000 newcomers and dance enthusiasts. In 2009 she was awarded the prestigious Capezio Dance Award in recognition of her significant contributions to dance. Arlene attended Professional Children’s School while studying dance at the School of American Ballet and went on to dance with the Joffrey Ballet Company. Ms. Shuler later attended Columbia University where she received a B.A. degree magna cum laude and a J.D. degree. Prior to City Center, Ms. Shuler worked at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts where she was vice president for planning and development and then senior vice president of planning and external affairs. She is a trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and serves on the board of The George Balanchine Foundation. She is also a member of the Bar of the State of New York.
Jessie Baylin Followill is a singer/songwriter who grew up in New Jersey and began singing at her parents' restaurant as a child. She continued her music training while attending the Professional Children’s School and moved to Los Angeles after graduating. Jessie became a regular singer at the Hotel Café in Hollywood. Grammy-winner Jesse Harris produced her first album, “You,” with Norah Jones, who co-wrote most of the songs. Jessie’s second album, “Firesight” was released on the Verve Forecast label in 2008. Jessie’s third album, “Little Spark” was released on her own label, Blonde Rat Records, in 2012. Jessie lives with her husband Nathan Followill in Nashville, TN. Jessie gave birth to their daughter, Violet, on Dec. 26, 2012.
Robert Fairchild is the star of Chris Wheeldon’s hit musical, “An American in Paris” on Broadway. He continues to receive rave reviews for his performance which has also earned him a Tony nomination, a Drama Critics Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. On leave from Lincoln Center, Robert is a principal with the New York City Ballet Company. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and attended the School of American Ballet’s summer courses in 2002 and 2003. He enrolled as a full time SAB student in the Fall of 2003 and entered the Junior class at PCS. He became an apprentice in June 2005 and joined the company the following June. He was promoted to soloist in May 2007 and principal dancer in October 2009. He is the husband of NYCB principal Tiler Peck, whom he met while both attended PCS.
West 60th Street Renamed "PCS Way"
(11/17/15) West 60th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue has been renamed "PCS Way" in honor of the school's 100th anniversary. The new street sign is displayed on the southwest corner of Columbus Avenue and West 60th Street. PCS has been located on West 60th Street since 1956 and in the Lincoln Square neighborhood for the last 90 years.
Alum Lane Harwell Appointed to Mayor's Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission
(10/30/15) PCS graduate Lane Harwell has been selected by Mayor Bill de Blasio to serve on the city's Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission. Lane joins a panel of 19 other influential New Yorkers, like actor Steve Buscemi, who advise the mayor on cultural matters. "The members of the Advisory Commission reflect the diverse range of how residents experience the arts," said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl. "I look forward to working with this extraordinary group on making progress toward our goal of expanding access to the arts for every New Yorker, especially as we begin our work on developing New York's first comprehensive cultural plan." Lane is currently the Executive Director of Dance/NYC, the leading advocacy organization for dance makers and companies in the five boroughs. He received training at the School of American Ballet and performed with American Ballet Theatre Studio Company. Harwell chairs the steering committee for the New York Dance and Performance Awards and formerly chaired the Arts Committee at Municipal Art Society of New York. Lane was a panelist at last year's PCS alumni assembly when several alumni in various fields returned to share their experiences with current PCS students.
Alumnus Premiers Fifth Symphony
(10/8/15) Peng-Peng Gong '10 will debut his Fifth Symphony at Shanghai Symphony Hall on December 13, 2015. The work honors the 70th anniversary of World War II and will be performed by the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Liang Zhang, conductor, with the Shanghai Opera Chorus and soloists Lei Xu, soprano and Jingma Fan, tenor.
Congratulations Tony Award Nominees
(4/28/15) The 2015 Tony Award Nominations were announced today. PCS alumnus Robert Fairchild was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for An American in Paris. On the Town, featuring PCS alumni Megan Fairchild, Stephen Hanna and Michael Rosen received several nominations, including Best Musical Revival. On the Twentieth Century, featuring alum Rick Faugno, was nominated in several categories, including Best Revival of a Musical. Congratulations to all and we look forward to watching them on the 2015 Tony Award Broadcast on Sunday, June 7th, 8/7c on CBS.
Jason Fuchs writes Major Motion Picture
(4/15/15) PCS graduate Jason Fuchs is the author of the Pan, the Time Warner motion picture that opens in theatres July 24, 2015. Pan is the story of the orphan who becomes Peter Pan. The picture stars Hugh Jackman and is directed by Joe Wright (Atonement). Jason was a busy actor while a student at PCS and went on to graduate from Columbia University.
Now We Are Six
(3/31/15) Jerry O'Connell joins Renée Fleming in "Living on Love," the new comedy directed by Kathleen Marshall that begins performances on April 1 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre. Opening night is April 20th. That makes six PCS alumni currently appearing on Broadway (see below).
PCS Alumni on Broadway
(3/13/15) Five PCS graduates are currently appearing on Broadway. Rick Faugno is the latest PCS alum to appear on Broadway this season. Rick is in the cast of the Roundabout's production of "On the 20th Century," the show that stars Kristin Chenoweth opening on March 15th. Rick joins alumni Megan Fairchild featured in "On the Town" along with PCS graduates Stephen Hanna and Michael Rosen at the Lyric Theatre and Robert Fairchild starring in "An American in Paris" at the Palace Theatre (now in previews, opens April 12).
PCS Students Receive NYC Scholastic Art Awards
(2/27/15) Yerke Abouva (Gr. 8) and Maria Tinoco (Gr. 11) were awarded Gold Keys in the 2015 NYC Scholastic Art Awards competition. Maria received a total of 3 Gold Key Awards, 1 Sliver Key Award and 3 Honorable Mention Awards for 7 of the drawings she submitted. Over 11,000 submissions were received this year in the NYC region. The Gold Key winners will have their work exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Education Center which will run from March 16 to May 17th. Maria's piece is reproduced here. Gold and Silver Key Awards will be presented at an awards ceremony on March 21st at the New School's University Center.
Silas Farley '12 Honored
(2/25/15) PCS graduate Silas Farley will receive one of Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Awards at an awards ceremony to be held at Alice Tully Hall on Monday, March 2nd. The awards, which honor former Lincoln Center Chairman Martin E. Segal, recognize "outstanding young artists." Twelve young artists including instrumentalists, actors and filmmakers, as well as dancers, will receive their awards from presenters including Audra McDonald and PCS graduate Tiler Peck. Silas received his dance training at the School of American Ballet. He became a New York City Ballet Company apprentice in 2012 and a member of the company in 2013. Silas has invited PCS senior English teacher Shellie Sclan to join him at the ceremony.
Malcolm-Jamal Warner Wins Grammy
(2/9/15) PCS graduate Malcolm-Jamal Warner won a Grammy Award for "Best Traditional R&B Performance," for "Jesus Children," the Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Malcolm attended PCS while starring as Theo Huxtable on the hit television series, "The Bill Cosby Show," which was shot in New York City. In addition to being a bass-guitarist, and actor, Malcolm is a performance poet. In 2012, he won an Image Award for "Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series" for his role on BET's "Reed Between the Lines."
Author Tim Fiderle Visits Gladys Brooks Library
(2/6/15) Tim Fiderle, author of "Better Nate Than Ever," will give a reading in the Gladys Brooks Library in February. Afterward, he'l conduct a workshop with Middle School students. PCS students relate to Nate's story - a small town boy dreaming of making it big on Broadway. The Book was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Publishers' Weekly's Best Book of the Year.
Senior Joins New York City Ballet Company
(2/4/15) PCS Senior Miriam Miller has been named an Apprentice with the New York City Ballet Company. Peter Martins, Artistic Director, made the announcement on January 20, 2015. As an Apprentice, Miriam has already begun dancing with the company at Lincoln Center. Miriam received her dance training at the School of American Ballet.
2014 Graduate Receives NYCB Contract
(2/4/15) PCS alum Mimi Staker, who graduated from the Upper School in June 2014, was invited to join the New York City Ballet Company at the conclusion of NYCB's Nutcracker Season. Artistic Director Peter Martins made the announcement on January 3, 2015. Mimi had been dancing with the company as an apprentice before receiving her contract with the company. Mimi received her dance training at the School of American Ballet.
Senior Named Presidential Scholar Finalist, 6 others Recognized
(11/21/14) Aaron Hilton has been named a Presidential Scholar Finalist by the National YoungArts Foundation. Aaron is one of 700 applicants, out of over 11,000 applicants, invited to attend YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida (Jan. 4-11, 2015). Aaron receives his dance training at the School of American Ballet. The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and supports the next generation of artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts; assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development; and raises appreciation for the arts in American society. Six other PCS students received recognition: TianYi Li, Piano, Honorable Mention; Adria Ye, Piano, Honorable Mention; Charles YoonSuh Lee, Violin, Honorable Mention; Phoebe Gardner, Violin, Honorable Mention; Qingxi Meng, Piano, Merit and Kako Miura, Violin, Honorable Mention. Congratulations to all!
Alum Megan Fairchild Opens on Broadway
10/15/14) Megan Fairchild makes her Broadway debut on October 16th when On the Town opens at the Lyric Theatre. Megan has been a New York City Ballet principal dancer since 2005. She told Broadway Buzz, "Until now, I've never spoken on stage before. I'm having the best time with the acting parts." The musical evolved from the Jerome Robbins Ballet, "Fancy Free," with music by Leonard Bernstein. Adolf Comden and Betty Green contributed the book and lyrics to the musical version.
PCS Administrators Join Online Teaching and Learning Leaders
(10/2/14) Marcy Mann, Associate Head for Academic Affairs, and Lizbeth Johnson, Director of Academic Technology, will join representatives of six other leading online learning programs including the Online School for Girls/Boys and the Global Online Academy, at a New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) conference on Online Teaching and Learning on December 8, 2014 in New Paltz, NY. Ms. Mann and Ms. Johnson will share some of the latest information on online learning and present models and programs developed in PCS classrooms. Distance learning has been a part of the PCS program for one-hundred years and today PCS continues to pioneer new ways of adapting technology to meet the needs of today's students.
PCS Junior Wins French Contest
Aaron Hilton received First Place at the Grand Concours, National French Contest prize ceremony on May 31 at the French Lycee. PCS French teacher Renata Nikoleyev accompanied him. Aaron placed First in the Teachers of French/New York Metropolitan Chapter and received a bronze medal in the national contest. Level 5, the contest's highest level. It was a busy weekend for Aaron who was also dancing in the School of American Ballet's Workshop Performance that evening.
Teen Vogue Features PCS Senior
(5/15/15) Mimi Staker is one of the School of American Ballet students featured in "What it Takes to Become a Star: Strictly Ballet," a new YouTube series by Teen Vogue. VIEW EPISODE TWO
PCS Students Perform at 9/11 Museum Dedication
PCS students Isabel Schaffzin (Gr. 11) and Quentin Williams (Gr. 8) performed as members of the The Young People's Chorus of New York at the dedication of the 9/11 Museum at ground zero on May 15, 2014. Honored guests included 9/11 survivors and family members, as well as President Obama, Governors Cuomo and Christie, and New York Mayor DeBlasio and former Mayor Bloomberg.
Justice Anthony Kennedy Talks with Students
(5/9/15) Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy visited PCS today and spoke before an all-school assembly. Justice Kennedy talked about the founding documents and shared his love of the constitution and the law. A gifted teacher, Justice Kennedy engaged in an interesting discussion with the students and encouraged their questions. Justice Kennedy was appointed to the court by Pres. Ronald Reagan in 1988. As Dr. Dawson mentioned in his introduction, Justice Kennedy was one of only 112 Supreme Court Justices in United States history and PCS was extremely honored by his visit.
Nutcracker Season at PCS