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Tennent musical director retires after 25 years

Julie Flack bid farewell earlier this month with her final production ‘Hello, Dolly!’

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After nearly 25 years of commitment to enriching the lives of students through music and theater, Julie Flack, renowned musical director at William Tennent High School, announced her retirement. 

Flack bid farewell with her final production of Hello, Dolly! on March 7-8 in the high school auditorium. 

Flack, who served as a vocal music teacher in the Centennial School District for almost 25 years, transitioned to Tennent in 2012 to lead its musical productions. Even after retiring from her vocal director position in June 2021, Flack continued to inspire and direct young talent at Tennent. 

Reflecting on her career, Flack said, “What has always driven me to teach and direct is my love of music and my love for the students.”

Her passion for the arts has left an indelible mark on countless students over the years. 

Hello, Dolly! holds a special significance as Flack’s farewell performance. She said, “I believe that music and musicals give the students a much-needed space to use their creativity, their talent and their love for theater; but most of all, it gives students a space to be with others who feel just as strongly as they do about the arts. On our stage, they become a family.” 

Acknowledging the invaluable support of her team, Flack expressed gratitude for their dedication. Her team of Ajah Krzywonos, Terry and Laurie Gillman, and Charlie Kistner will also be retiring with her, along with Al and Lynne Catarro, retired members of the team. They have all contributed significantly to the success of Tennent’s theater program. Flack also highlighted the talented individuals who joined her for the final production, including Gina Lenox-Drobish as conductor, Keith Abrahamson as vocal director and Nathan Ross designing the playbill. 

Superintendent Dr. Dana T. Bedden said, “On behalf of the school board and administration, we want to thank Julie Flack for her many years of service to not only our students and staff but the community. The arts play a crucial role in education by fostering creativity, critical thinking and emotional intelligence in students. Julie has definitely helped many of our students to develop in those areas.” 

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