With Song in his Heart

When David Horne left Tabor Academy last spring after 30 years of service as our choral director and organist, he left some large shoes to fill. Thankfully, we were able to attract back to Tabor our former Chinese teacher to replace him, who happens to be an internationally known professional singer!  What was that?
Well, it’s a long story, but Dr. Tianxu Zhou our new choral director previously taught Chinese at Tabor from 2012-2015. Zhou is a teacher, and while he enjoyed teaching his native tongue, it is the language of music that most drives him and which drew him away from us and then back again when he learned of Horne’s departure. Zhou is a creative, and he loves teaching for the ways he can adapt and change his lessons for greatest effect, instilling curiosity and a passion for high achievement from his students. “I love the creative process of teaching. In all teaching, there is repetition and practice, but I enjoy figuring out ways to make learning exciting and fun.”
Tianxu Zhou, originally from Beijing, is an accomplished, and internationally known, professional singer and conductor who has taught music privately as well as in higher education (Shenandoah Conservatory, RI College, Salve Regina, UMASS) continuously since earning his PhD. Zhou performed as a soloist with many orchestras as well as with many opera companies such as the Washington National Opera where he shared the stage with many world-renowned artists.  While teaching at Tabor, he also conducts the University Choir once a week at UMASS Dartmouth, where he has worked in various roles since 2009, as well as the Southcoast Children’s Choir, a group very close to his heart.
Zhou is so pleased to be back at Tabor, as he really enjoyed working with our students. He recalled the warmth of our community and the spirit of learning our students bring to their work in the classroom. He is pleased to have found that intensity to learn just as strong in his music studio today as it was in his Chinese classroom three years ago. He also likes our increased emphasis on service at Tabor since 2015 and is seeking ways to incorporate it into his work.
“What I enjoyed most when I was here was the community, the faculty and the students. I had a  great time working with my students. I remember walking back from class with a colleague and sharing how excited I was about how capable and how responsible the students are and how far we can get in just one or two classes with their learning. They kept taking on challenge and asking for it. Now, I am finding the same with the choral groups. I have not been disappointed. The music I gave them is challenging repertoire and they are up to the task. They are learning it, and learning the nuance.” Zhou went on to explain that he is working on teaching solefage (Do, Re, Mi…), the art of sight-reading music. “I made it clear to them that solefage is the difference between listening to a story and reading a chapter book. Now, they are asking for the challenge of solefage as they get into difficult parts of a score in order to understand it better. It was hard for some in the beginning, but as they get into it, they gain that critical listening skill. They can start to hear the tone quality, the color of the vowels and the excitement of music, the development of the phrasing. It is really exciting. And they take it on so fast! When they develop that listening skill, that is when they become a capable musician.”
Beyond his teaching, Zhou is planning ways the Tabor choirs can collaborate with UMASS and the Children’s Choir to do some local service. He knows the children in his Southcoast choir will respond to the Tabor choristers as role models and sees ways to work with the New Bedford Whaling Museum, sharing performances of women composers, in their effort to celebrate the historic contributions of women in our area. “Everyone should see what our students are doing as they are doing some beautiful work!”
While several groups have already performed in Chapel and for our trustees and special guests, Lessons & Carols will bring all the choral groups together to perform in this major concert, a real tradition at Tabor. Please plan to join Dr. Zhou and our students on December 16 at 7:30 PM for his first Lessons & Carols. (The event will be livestreamed for those not able to be with us in person.)

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Campus Events

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  • Community Weekend

  • Saturday School Day with Dennis Febo

    On our first Saturday School Day of the new year, we will enjoy working with Dennis Febo, a guest speaker who will help us raise social consciousness through his talk and various small group activities following. 

    Audiences describe Dennis Febo as 'Genuine,' 'Engaging,' and 'Extraordinary.'  "He delivered a powerful message in a very humble manner, and I think that was what I appreciated most," said a student who attended one of his workshops.
    A native of Brooklyn, NY, Febo was raised in many different parts of the United States and Puerto Rico. Through experiences with the disparities of poverty, racism, and prejudice, Febo had an early goal to help people reach their true potential through education on social consciousness and culture.
    Beginning in high school, Febo targeted youth in disadvantaged communities through art, music, and entertainment. Knowing youth internalize messages provided through the arts, he hoped to explore the social conditions in which students are a part, and how they could overcome them through unity and work.
    Continuing this work in college through Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, and after as he earned a Masters of Arts in Humanities at the University of Buffalo, Febo found that his speaking abilities were able to draw the attention of many, allowing him to organize on larger social levels as he discussed topics including race, ethnicity, the mind, identity, and social consciousness. Today, he does this work through his consulting group Guazabara Insights. http://www.guazabarainsights.com/
    We look forward to spending a morning with Dennis Febo and learning from his insights! 
    To learn more about Dennis Febo listen to his TedTalk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6pzVOaPib0


    Hoyt Hall
  • Arts, Athletics, and Innovation Showcase

    Meet and greet with athletic coaches and extra-curricular program directors, observe open MakerLab, wander through creative studios in Braitmayer Arts Center, catch a sneak peek of the winter musical rehearsal, Heathers, and be a Superfan for our afternoon athletic contests. See which Tabor activities may pique your interest!

    Registration                       Noon to 12:30 PM in Stroud Academic Center Lobby
    Co-Curricular Fair             Noon - 1:15 PM
    Meet with coaches of all sports
    Meet with other after-school club and activity sponsors
    Programs in Action         12:30 - 1:45 PM
    Observe Winter Musical rehearsal in Hoyt Hall
    Participate in a MakerLab activity
    Take part in creating art in the Braitmayer
    Be a Seawolf Superfan and watch games all afternoon!
    2:00: Girls' JV and Varsity Squash
    2:00: Co-ed Wrestling
    2:00: Boys' Varsity Hockey
    2:30: Boys' JV and Varsity Basketball
    4:00: Girls' Varsity Hockey
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Upcoming Alumni & Community Events

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  • Alumni Basketball Games

    Join us for the Alumni Game on Saturday, January 26th.  Spread the word and gather your teammates. We are hoping to have a big gang come back!  Come early to change and warm up!
    11:30 am             Alumni Game (Men)
    1:30pm                Tabor Girls' Varsity and JV Basketball Games vs. Lawrence Academy
    3:00pm                Tabor Boys' Varsity and JV Basketball Games vs. Groton
    5:00pm                Reception for all after the boys' game in the Great Room at 188 Front Street 
  • Women's Alumnae Hockey Game

    Ladies, lace up your skates and get back on the Tabor ice!!
    And...bring your cherring section!

    Game starts at starts at 1p.m., with lunch following!
    Fish Center for Athletics - Travis Roy Rink - .
  • Fort Lauderdale Reception

    Join John Quirk, Head of School, at an evening reception at the
    Lauderdale Yacht Club
    1725 SE12th Street
    Fort Lauderdale, FL

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