Riley Schindler (‘20) and Maeve Miller (‘22) directed the event and are both in Quarter Notes. ((Photo Credit: Adriana James-Rodil/Achona Online))
Riley Schindler (‘20) and Maeve Miller (‘22) directed the event and are both in Quarter Notes.

(Photo Credit: Adriana James-Rodil/Achona Online)

Unplugged: the Student-Directed Singing Event

January 11, 2020

On Thursday, Jan. 9, Unplugged took place in the Bailey Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. It was open-mic event with no auditions; students could pick their own music and sing a solo, duet, or trio.

This year’s theme was “The Music of Our Lives”, and, as such, singers wrote one to three sentences explaining why they chose to sing their particular song and the feelings it provoked. Posters were displayed in the lobby with each singers’ reflection. 

(Photo Credit: Adriana James-Rodil/Achona Online)
Emma Elder (‘21) says, “I think Unplugged is a really great event for students all over the school, so they can show the talent that they have and their love for singing.”

Unplugged was not only a fun, noncompetitive event for students, but it also allowed students to be free to choose their props and clothing as well. Singers chose what kind of backdrop they wanted, whether they preferred a mic stand or hand-held mic, and if they wanted to sing acapella or with a track or piano. 

This event was mandatory for the high school choir, the Quarter Notes, so this proved to be heavily participated, and other students and Academy alumni sang as well.

Kennedy Wilson (‘20) had a special, secretive guest singer which was revealed on stage — former Academy student and Quarter Note Casey Tevlin (’20). Also, over the summer Caroline Lamoureux (‘20) and Academy graduate Robin-Sailor Zander (’19) wrote a song in which they performed together for the first time at Unplugged.

Stage Manager Julianne Bland (‘21) says, “Robin and Caroline’s original song was soo cool. They are the best duo. The talent at Unplugged was really surprising. There was a huge variety of songs. It was a really nice combination.”

The Setlist. 

Lily Megerian 

Sarah Aschenbrenner and Kaitlin McHugh

Ellie Warnke

Erin Hendrickson

Julia Dean and Crista Guevara

Sophie Odmark and Abigail Chudzinski

(Photo Credit: Adriana James-Rodil/Achona Online)
“There were little miscommunications once in a while, but other than that, it went smoothly,” says Bland.

Amari Cole

Taylor Schweitzer and Olivia Lucas

Bethany Masiello

Alex Fanaro

Emma Elder, Maria Kynkor, and Laurèn Colquett

Peyton Finn

Kennedy Wilson and Guest


Leah Solomon and Kathia Guzman

Coco Jacobsen and Crista Guevara

Casey Rodriguez

Martina and Emma Leavy

Anna Reins

Delaney Ross

Andie Rogas and Sofia Tweed

Lauren Lidros, Megan Bryant, and Emily Porter

Adriana James-Rodil

Sarah Mounce

Danielis Baez

Carolina Lamoureux and Robin-Sailor Zander

Arianna and Bella Cortés

Unplugged is a great event in which students can showcase their talents in a freeing and imaginative, stress-free environment which is a sharp contrast to the often grueling, hard day-to-day school routine.

Quarter Note Sofia Tweed (‘20) says, “To prepare for Unplugged, we do put in a lot of time and effort, especially because it happens right after Christmas break, but it’s a wonderful experience to just celebrate everyone’s unique talents. Even those who aren’t Quarter Notes, it’s really nice to see them take the stage and show off their singing skills because we miss out on seeing them in other activities. It definitely reduces stress to be a part of Unplugged, since there is no grade or competing involved at all. In a way, because you’re not stressed out about it, you’re able to just focus on your true passion of singing, really let loose, and just enjoy your time on stage.”

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  • Elizabeth FuchsenJan 13, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you for documenting such an amazing performance!
    I can’t wait to see what happens at next years student directed events!