On Sunday, April 9, musician Maggie Rogers '12 returned to campus to give a surprise concert to the entire School community in Engelhard Hall. Maggie's debut EP, Now That the Light is Fading, came out in February 2017 and reached #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. Her "big break" occurred in early 2016, when a YouTube video of producer and singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams becoming visibly moved by one of Maggie's songs in an NYU Tisch School of the Arts masterclass went viral. In the year since that video was shared, Maggie has signed with Capitol Records, had multiple songs appear on the Spotify Viral Top 50 chart, been profiled on NPR and in The New Yorker, the Village Voice, and Vogue (among others), performed on The Tonight Show, and completed a three month, sold-out headlining tour. Later this year, she'll re-release her earlier, independently produced albums, one of which she made in the sound studio at St. Andrew's during her VI Form year.
While at St. Andrew's, Maggie was a member of the Choral Scholars and Noxontones, played harp and percussion in the School Orchestra, and performed at Open Mic Nights.
The concert, which was a surprise for students, was announced at School Meeting just three days prior. Maggie arrived on campus on Sunday morning (in between tour stops in D.C. and Boston) and spent the entire day meeting with students for discussion of everything from making music to being a teenager at SAS, and visiting with faculty members. Interested students were also able to attend a Q&A session with her band, and helped the band load in and set up on the Engelhard stage. After the concert, Maggie posed for "fan photos" with students and faculty in the Warner Gallery (one of which is seen here).
"I really believe that this all sort of worked out for me because I came here," Maggie said during the concert, "because I came to a place where I was supported. I came to a school that taught me that one person can make a difference. Every night I stand on stage and I try to create community, and I learned that here. Thank you St. Andrew's for having me, and for making me, and teaching me to think, and for all of it."