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Arts

The Canisius community recognizes the value of performing on stage as part of a well-rounded secondary education. Our student instrumentalists, singers, and actors excel in numerous performances throughout each school year. Students are afforded opportunities to perform as soloists and ensemble members in concerts, as leads and cast members in plays and musicals, and to fulfill vital “behind the scenes” roles for each production.

Aside from contributing to the music ministry at school Masses, choral students perform in several concerts throughout the school year, both at the school and in the wider Western New York community. A particularly moving Canisius tradition is the presentation of “Lessons and Carols” each Christmastime at local churches. Concert band, string orchestra, guitar ensembles, and handbell ensembles likewise present several concerts and chamber music recitals each year. For the theater-minded, each year a major play and musical are produced.

For more information on fine arts, please email Mr. Kevin Durkin, fine arts department chair, at durkink@canisiushigh.org, or call 716.882.0466 x308.



Center for the Arts

Canisius purchased the Conners mansion at 1140 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo in May of 2017 to serve as the school's center for the arts. The property is directly across West Ferry Street from the main Canisius campus. The13,000 square foot building allowed Canisius to expand its campus and deepen its commitment to the arts as part of the quality Jesuit education offered at the school. Following renovations, the center opened in January 2018 with dedicated rehearsal spaces for music ensembles, individual practice spaces for student-musicians, and architecture, ceramics, sculpture and art classrooms. The first floor serves as gallery space for art exhibits, and as a venue for special events.

Explore the 360 degree view of the band/ensemble space.

Explore the 360 degree view of the chorus space.

Click here to see photos of the center for the arts classrooms.


 

Spring Fine Arts Night 2023

Spring Fine Arts Night 2023 Musicians

String Ensemble

Violin: John Eugino; Cello: Joshua Hemmerling, Alexander Nikitenko; Double Bass: Alexander Engelhaupt; with William Oh, cello.

Guitar Ensemble

Ryan Berenji, Anthony Notino, Constantine Santacrose, Octavian Santacrose, Patrick Sullivan, Nicholas Thomas; with Alexander Engelhaupt and William Oh, cello.

Chorus

Blaine Benson, Alexander Bowers, Carter Bryant, Corbin Bryant, Martin Cohn, Rory Dwyer, James Eskra, Theodore Hibbard, Angel Lopez Castillo, Michael Masci, Zachary Mietus, Rocco Panzica, Kenneth Rutkowski.

Handbell Ensemble (Blue I)

Luke Boryszak, Dieudonne Byaombe, Brendan Copeland, Nazariy Drofych, Kyle Janca, Tyler Meredith, Daniel McQueary, Baron Nieves, Gerald Short, Zayar Wang, Kayden Wayne.

Jazz Ensemble

Alto Saxophone: Ryan Stravino; Trombone/Euphonium Trumpet: Joe Askar, Brayden Eppig, Owen Close, Connor Devans; Tenor/Baritone Saxophone: Nathan Masica; Guitar: Caleb Anderson, Austin Jones; Percussion: Patrick Nettina, Elliott DeRose, Ryan Zgoda; Piano: James Eskra; Bass: Ryan Berenji, Alexander Engelhaupt

Handbell Ensemble (Blue Il)

Lucas Bonilla, Daniel Candelario, Nicholas Ciancio, Matthew Enright, Matthew Jackson, Patrick Karl, Tyler Kubiak, Elijah McKissack, Matthew Murad, Noah Trzaska.

Concert Band

Flute: Antonio Falletta; Bass Clarinet: Cooper Biersbach; Alto Saxophone: Joseph Skoumpris, Ryan Stravino, Austin Xiao; Tenor Saxophone: Nathan Mascia; Trumpet: Thomas Askar, Zack Benczkowski, Aidan Devans, Nicholas Marcello, Noah Rajecki; Euphonium: Joe Askar, Jonathon Burroughs, Evan Mitskovski; Trombone: Brayden Eppig, David Romanowich; Tuba: Aiden Spurlock; Percussion: Elliott DeRose, Augustus Falvo, Brody Murray, Nicholas Scime, Ryan Zgoda.

Music teacher and Band and Orchestra Director Jennifer Johnson conducted the string ensemble, handbell ensembles, jazz ensemble and concert band. Fine Arts Chairman Kevin Durkin '98 conducted the chorus; religion and music teacher Eric Koessler '84 directed the guitar ensemble.

CHS Drama Guild's 2023 musical: "The Drowsy Chaperone"

The CHS Drama Guild presented "The Drowsy Chaperone" for three evenings to standing ovations at our historic Scaccia Auditorium.

Audiences saw our students perform along with their fellow outstanding cast members from Clarence, Nardin, Williamsville North, Nichols and Sacred Heart.

See additional photos and social media on The Drowsy Chaperone.

Cast:

Man in Chair: Thomas Webb '23

Mrs. Tottendale: Clara Boglioli (Clarence HS senior)

Underling: Rocco Panzica '25

Robert: Michael Scime '23

George: Rory Dwyer '23

Feldzig: Dylan Leong '25

Kitty: Madelyn Goldberg (Nichols School sophomore)

Aldolpho: Blaine Benson '24

Janet Van de Graaf: Paige Hurwitz (Clarence HS senior)

Drowsy Chaperone: Charlotte Nelson (Nardin Academy senior)

Trix: Ryen Nazzaro (Clarence HS senior)

Gangsters: Carter Bryant '25 and Corbin Bryant '26

Superintendent: Allison Dolan (Williamsville North junior)

Reporters: Joe Teresi '25 and Jude Delaney '26

Featured Dancers: Allison Dolan, Greta Golembiewski (Nardin Academy sophomore), Mikayla Betton (Nardin Academy sophomore), Eszter Magyari (Nardin Academy junior), Kai Martin (Nardin Academy freshman)

Dance Captain: Ryen Nazzaro

Ensemble: Eleny Aman, Betial Eyassu, Elia Rios, Julia Gueli, Aiden Spurlock, Antonio Falletta, Angel Lopez Castillo, Lio Lichens, Jack Freeman

Crew:

Director: David Hayes

Assistant Director: Mia LaMarco

Music Director: Bill Group

Choreographer: Mia LaMarco

Costume Designer: Robert LaMarco

Pit Conductor: Bill Group

Technical Director: Mia LaMarco

Sound Designer: John

Stage Manager: Patrick Gibbons

Props Master: Isabella Doyle

Front of House Manager: Dylan Heyworth

Set builders: Mia LaMarco and Conor Shea

Stage Crew: Olivia, Sam, John Whirl, Caleb Anderson, Daquam Williams, Landon Fried

Pit Orchestra:

Jennifer Johnson - Flute, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet

Nathan Mascia - Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone

Ken - Trumpet

Owen Close - Trumpet

Connor Devans - Trumpet

Brayden Eppig - Trombone

Joe Askar - Trombone

James Eskra - Keyboard 1

Melissa - Keyboard 2 (Violin)

Jack - Bass

Ryan Zgoda - Percussion

Patrick Nettina - Percussion

John Anderson - Percussion

Fall Fine Arts Night 2022

Fall Fine Arts Night 2022 Musicians

String Ensemble

Violin: John Eugino; Cello: Joshua Hemmerling, Alexander Nikitenko; Double Bass: Alexander Engelhaupt.

Guitar Ensemble

Ryan Berenji, Anthony Notino, Constantine Santacrose, Octavian Santacrose, Patrick Sullivan, Nicholas Thomas; with William Oh, cello.

Chorus

Blaine Benson, Alexander Bowers, Carter Bryant, Corbin Bryant, Martin Cohn, Rory Dwyer, James Eskra, Theodore Hibbard, Angel Lopez Castillo, Michael Masci, Zachary Mietus, Rocco Panzica, Kenneth Rutkowski.

Handbell Ensemble (Gold I)

Oscar Bruce, Daniel Brumbaugh, Cameron Culligan, Joseph DeTamble, Matthew Dionne, Patrick Enright, Robel Eyassu, Henry Kumiega, James Okun, Robert Peters, Broderick Raczyk.

Jazz Ensemble

Trumpet: Owen Close, Connor Devans; Guitar: Caleb Anderson; Drumset: Patrick Nettina; Keyboard: James Eskra.

Handbell Ensemble (Gold Il)

Liam Ainslie, Daniel Ball, Louis Civisca, Patrick Cullinan, Joseph Den Haese, Marc Felicetta, Aidan Milbrand, Nicholas Miranda, Cormac Schaeffer, Colin Tupis.

Concert Band

Flute: Antonio Falletta; Bass Clarinet: Cooper Biersbach; Alto Saxophone: Joseph Skoumpris, Ryan Stravino, Austin Xiao; Tenor Saxophone: Nathan Mascia; Trumpet: Thomas Askar, Zack Benczkowski, Aidan Devans, Nicholas Marcello, Noah Rajecki; Euphonium: Joe Askar, Jonathon Burroughs, Evan Mitskovski; Trombone: Brayden Eppig, David Romanowich; Tuba: Aiden Spurlock; Percussion: Elliott DeRose, Augustus Falvo, Brody Murray, Nicholas Scime, Ryan Zgoda.

Music teacher and Band and Orchestra Director Jennifer Johnson conducted the string ensemble, handbell ensembles, jazz ensemble and concert band. Fine Arts Chairman Kevin Durkin '98 conducted the chorus; religion and music teacher Eric Koessler '84 directed the guitar ensemble.