Home Port (Volume 5: Winter 2015)

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Once on This Island

Welcome aboard the 2016 winter voyage of Sturgis Soundings Magazine.  

To warm the cold nights ahead, we are pleased to present a serendipitous convergence of articles celebrating the performing arts at Sturgis.

Seeds for Soundings articles are often planted well in advance of each issue and sometimes take a long time to come to come to fruition. For example, the idea to create Sturgis Theatre: A Retrospective began over a year ago.

Meanwhile last summer, Charles Bihler was interviewed for the Sturgis Documentary Project. His stories about teaching music at Sturgis during the early days of the school were so interesting that we invited him to write a Faculty Profile about his career. Interestingly enough, Sturgis Alumna Anna Heick Botsford plays a role in both Charles Bihler’s Faculty Profile and the Theatre Retrospective. 

After contacting Sturgis Alumna and former West Music Teacher Elisabeth Moore to invite her to be interviewed for the documentary project, we decided to invite her to write a reflection about her experiences at Sturgis and how they shaped her interest in teaching overseas.

Finally, the most recent Sturgis performing arts events are the Winter Concerts. It was great to see the quality of performances, school spirit and support students show for one another shine throughout. If you missed the concerts, you still have a chance to see them. For the first time, we are pleased to include video clips of most of the performances in Sounds of the Season.

Over and over again during interviews for the Sturgis Documentary Project, we hear faculty, students and alumni describe how their participation in the performing arts at Sturgis proved instrumental in their personal growth. Through music and theatre, students can find their voice, make connections and build community. Despite the lack of a stage and little equipment, Sturgis has been able to build a very fine performing arts program and supportive community of performing artists.  We are very pleased to present a convergence of four articles that include a wealth of reflections about the performing arts in this issue.

As Sturgis Soundings Magazine sails into winter, we have assembled an interesting cargo of articles, news, essays, music and video clips for the voyage. Be sure to check out:

  • Elisabeth Moore Reflects on Living and Working Abroad
  • Fall Sports
  • Life Lessons: Sturgis Wellness Class Teaches Students Life Skills
  • Million Page Reading Challenge
  • The Path of Charles Bihler from Pulaski Skyway to Information Highway
  • Sounds of the Season: Sturgis Winter Concerts 2015
  • Sturgis Theatre: A Retrospective  
  • Visiting the Alvin Submarine

Thanks again to our many contributors for their generosity. Like all ventures at Sturgis, Soundings is a collaborative effort. We invite you to participate. Send us your news and suggestions for future issues.

Bon Voyage!

Marion Weeks


Sturgis Soundings Magazine


Our Boys – Cornish Lugger     Many thanks to Emerald Laing, National Historic Ships Coordinator of the National Maritime Museum for his game support in helping Sturgis Soundings sail on an exquisite vessel and to the owners of Our Boys who agreed to share their fine Cornish lugger with an American high school named after William Sturgis, an 18th century ship captain.



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