NDA Choir and Orchestra to Present Free Christmas Concerts

The public is invited to come enjoy a free Christmas Choir Concert on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30pm in Notre Dame Academy’s Maria Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature performances by Notre Dame Academy’s High School and Junior Academy Choirs as well as the St. Johns Jesuit Men’s Chorus. Each group will perform then the combined high school choirs of Notre Dame Academy and St. Johns Jesuit will sing Star of Wonder, A Christmas Cantata. The SJJ Men’s Chorus will be joining pianist Jill Roth and a string quintet from the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in the Advent cantata by Luke Rosen. Mr. Rosen is Director of Choral and Liturgical Music at SJJ as well as Director of Music Ministry at Corpus Christi University Parish. Also the NDA Orchestra and NDJA Beginning Strings will be having a Christmas concert on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:30 in Fitz Commons. The program will feature Christmas tunes such as White Christmas and Do You Hear What I Hear, alongside with classics with modern twists, such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen played in a rock style, and Deck the Halls mashed up with Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King.


Artists Win Juror Awards in Art Show

Previously we shared that twenty artists were selected from NDA for the prestigious FOCUS Show to be on exhibition this November. Additionally, three NDA artists received juror’s awards:

Harper, Rylee (Class of 2018) for her drawing: Windwalker
Begell-Long, Raven (Class of 2019) for her oil pastel: Rigor
Jackson, Katie (Class of 2019) for her mixed media sculpture: Medal Transformation
The following students received NDA awards:
President’s Award: Shaye Brewster  (Class of 2018)  for her mixed media glass window: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Principal’s Award: Meghan Wertz (Class of 2018) for her digital drawing,  La Vieille Ville
Faculty / Staff Award: Raven Begell-Long  (Class of 2019)  for her oil painting, Raven on a Pale Horse

NDA Artists Juried as High Merit and Selected to be Published

For the second time participating in the Celebrating Arts competition. After seven artists from NDA were selected to be invited to be published (https://www.nda.org/seven-nda-artists-to-be-published/), after further jurying, two have received additional commendations as being among those 10-12 grade submissions of HIGH MERIT.  This is NDA’s first time reaching this new level of recognition for our students success. This news will also be noted in the publication it is also available online at https://www.celebratingart.com/top-ten-winners
Congratulations to NDA’s Artists:
Claire Pawlecki for her graphite drawing, An Artist on Paper –
Raven Begell-Long for her oil pastel drawing, Rigor –

Raven Begell-Long ’19 – Rigor

Claire Pawlecki ’19- An Artist on Paper

NDA Speech and Debate Team Earns Top 10% of Schools Nationwide!

Congratulations are in order for our NDA Speech and Debate Team Moderator and Coach Mrs. Trish Sanders and all NDA “speechies”! NDA Speech and Debate Team has earned significant recognition from the National Speech and Debate Association as being ranked among the top 10% of schools nationwide.  NDA has also earned membership into Association’s prestigious 100 Club. Well Done~Go Ducks!


NDA Presents, “Hello, Dolly!” – THIS WEEKEND

To purchase tickets, click on the image above to be directed to Showtix4u.com!

Notre Dame Academy will perform “Hello, Dolly!” at the Ave Maria Performing Arts Center, on the campus of NDA (3535 W. Sylvania Avenue) on October 26, and 27 at 7:00 pm and October 28 at 2 pm.  Purchase tickets through www.showtix4u.com. Adults are $15.00 and students/children are $12.00. Meet Dolly Levi. She is a widow, a matchmaker, and also a professional meddler. Everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is to find someone for herself!

“Hello Dolly!” is energetic, lively, and charming and features such memorable songs as “Before the Parade Passes By,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” and – of course, “Hello, Dolly!”

Under the direction of Mrs. Trish Sanders (NDA Fine Arts Chair, drama instructor, and moderator of NDA’s Speech and Debate Team and other dedicated faculty and parents, NDA is ready to perform this Broadway and NDA classic! Twenty-three years ago NDA performed “Hello Dolly!” and the musical team as well as students from NDA, St. Johns Jesuit, St. Francis deSales, Toledo School of the Arts and Maumee High School are excited to bring it life again. “As a musical team, we look for shows with strong women’s roles,” Mrs. Sanders explained. “Dolly Levi is one of the best. She is a woman who “arranges things”, and the lives she touches are better for it.  Her ability to overcome the loss of her beloved first husband and then grab life with both hands is a lesson for us all.”

Travel to Scotland, London and NYC with NDA Theatre!

You chance to travel to SCOTLAND, LONDON, and NYC is ending soon!  NDA teachers and students will be traveling next summer to participate in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which is the single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet.!  (https://www.edfringe.com/)  NDA has once again been asked to perform at this prestigious festival and you have a chance to go! Book before the end of September to get the original rate 4300-4500 for student performers and 4100-4300 for family/non performers!  If booking is after the end of September an additional fee of $150 will be charged. Contact Jean Walker at jwalker@nda.org with any questions.

August 2019 Trip Inclusions:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • One night in New York City with accommodations & breakfast included
  • One Broadway show Six. Five nights in London with accommodations & breakfast included
  • One West End show
  • Globe Theatre performance
  • Guided bus tour of London
  • Thames River cruise
  • Five-day London tube pass
  • Transportation from London to Edinburgh
  • Eight nights in Edinburgh with accommodations & breakfast included
  • Technical rehearsal at an APAI Fringe venue
  • Three performances at an APAI Fringe venue
  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo tickets
  • Guided bus tour of Edinburgh
  • Three-day Explorer Pass – free admission to over 70 attractions (including Edinburgh Castle)
  • Full day excursion to Stirling Castle, Monty Python’s Doune Castle and Loch Lomond
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe registration fees
  • Official Fringe programme advertising
  • Travel Protection Plan APAI – Security

* 24-hour on-call staff * ID wristbands with emergency numbers

Nationally certified tour guides and motor coach drivers *

On-call medical support and relationships with local doctors and hospitals in case of emergency

Payment Schedule Scotland 2019 (Per Participant)

Group 1:  July 25th New York,   July 26th-August 1 London (6 nights)

   August 1st-August 9th Edinburgh (8 nights)



4300-4500 for student performers & 4100-4300 for non performing family members and alums (college age alums should ask us for internship status which will not change price, but will be valuable experience and a resume booster).


All payments made to Notre Dame (cash, check, or major credit card-no American Express)

Please note that although the payments are due to APAI on Fridays, we are asking that you have the payments to Notre Dame on the preceding Mondays.

June 1, 2018 $200 (Student only production fee)

July 13, 2018 $150 Submit to NDA by Monday, July 8

September 7, 2018 $400 Submit to NDA by Tuesday, September 4

November 2, 2018 $600 Submit to NDA by Monday, October 29

January 11, 2019 $700 Submit to NDA by Monday, January 7

March 1, 2019 $700 Submit to NDA by Monday, February 25

May 3, 2019 $700 Submit to NDA by Monday, April 29

June 14, 2019 Final balance is due to APAI Submit to NDA by Monday, June 10

June 15, 2019 Should participant cancel, no refund will be made



Casting Meeting Mid May 2019 with student performers

First rehearsal to be worked on with the group (rehearsals to take place June and early July)


NDA Announces Cast of “Hello Dolly!”

Congratulations to the following students who have been cast in the NDA production of, “Hello Dolly!”

Cast in Alphabetical Order:  

Aniah Bell-Langster:  Ensemble

Maria Bier:  Ermengarde

Bridget Bishop:  Ensemble

Parker Boyd:  Ensemble

Elise Brown:  Ernestina

Abby Buerk: Ensemble     

Peyton Burnor: Mrs. Molloy

Emma Cannon:  Ensemble  

 Dahlia Daboul: Ensemble

Aadya Davis: Mrs. Carmicheal       

Annie DeClark: Mrs Schmidt

 Lauren Dionyssiou: 2nd Cook  

Gracie Dollarhide: Ensemble    

Diamond Doublin:  Judge

Alexis Dunbar:  Ensemble

Esperanza Duran: Ensemble    

 Christian Eid: Ambrose Kemper    

Maria Evola:  Cook’s Assistant

Katie Geldien: Dance Captain/Waiter Soloist

Ava George:  Sadie

Sammy Giordano:  Ensemble

Jack Haase:  Stanley

Sareena Harb:  Ensemble

TJ HAselman:  Cornelius Hackl             

Anna Haudrich: Minnie Fay

Mi’Neisha Henderson:  Ensemble

Lillian Hittler:  Ensemble

Gabriel Hunyor: Horace Vandergelder   

Aimee Jaggernauth: Ensemble

Laila Jarson:  Ensemble

Jamie Jenkins:  Ensemble

Bei Jiang: Ensemble

Aliyah Kayed:  Ensemble

Patrick Kerrigan:  Paper Hanger

Claire Kersten: Ensemble   

Chloe Knapp: Dolly Levi

Sarah Korducki:  Maizie

Evan LaBeau: Policeman

Brooke Leiner:  Clerk

Grace Levine:  Cook’s Assistant   

Mack Martindale: Coachman

Sabrina Martinez:  First Cook

Renee Marting:  Ms. Schmidt

Molly McCracken:  Ensemble

Sarah Mickens:  Ensemble

Madelyn Miller: Ensemble  

Rachel Miller: Ensemble

Mallory Mishler:  Vocal Captain/Ensemble    

Kady Nicholson: Ensemble  

Ada Ogbonna:  Rudolph/Soloist        

Claire Pawlecki: Third Cook

Laney Poitinger:  Dance Captain/Waiter Soloist

 Bridget Quinlan:  Ensemble

Hannah Rattigan:  Ensemble

 Mia Rose:  Ensemble   

 Katie Schoen: Mary Schmidt Smith

 Brooke Seelenbinder:  Ensemble

Sylvia Shentu:  Ensemble

Meagan Sherman:  Dance Captain/Waiter        

Isabel Smith: Ensemble

Saja Stormer:  Ensemble      

Claire Summers: Ensemble    

Dakota Sutton:  Mrs. Rose  

 Kevin Terran: Ensemble

Joelle Thomas:  Ensemble      

Mercy Torres: Ensemble

Kaitie Tolson:  Vocal Captain/Ensemble         

Adishree Verma: Ensemble

Megan Vesoulis:  Ensemble

Barbara Hanzhang Wang:  Ensemble

 Jingsi Wang:  Ensemble   

Mitchell Wiley: Barnaby    

 Georgia Woodruff:  Ensemble

Sky Wu:  Ensemble