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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Original Student Music to be Featured at Fairfax Academy MCTFest

MCTFest, the annual showcase of original music composed and performed by Fairfax Academy’s Music and Computer Technology (MCT) students, is scheduled for Friday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ernst Community Cultural Center on the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Fairfax Academy is one of six high school academies in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

The evening will include an eclectic mix of rock and roll bands, a capella and singer-songwriter vocals, percussionists, jazz ensembles, and solo piano pieces performed in a relaxed, coffeehouse-style setting. Student bands include groups that have been actively performing together as well as others that are formed during the school year specifically for this event. 

MCTFest is organized, managed, and performed entirely by students from the MCT program. Second-year MCT students co-manage and oversee all details, beginning in August. In addition to performing, students also participate collaboratively in every aspect of the production, including audio tech, stage management, publicity, box office, concessions, and event logistics. Students from Fairfax Academy’s TV Production and Photography Studio classes film and photograph the event.

The MCT program at Fairfax Academy provides pre-professional instruction in music composition in a classroom equipped with MIDI-Digital Audio computers—each containing the music notation software Sibelius—and the digital audio recording-editing software Pro Tools, which are standards of the music industry.

Students also learn about the many career opportunities available for composers, particularly in the film and video game industries. Graduates of the MCT program pursue further study at a number of well-known music programs, and many alumni are now working as composers, managers, arrangers, performers, producers, artist representatives, or marketing and media representatives.

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Note: For more information, contact Christopher Johnston at cejohnston@fcps.edu.