Vienna, VA—Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is proud to honor the outstanding work of six high school performing arts teachers with grants of $2,500 as part of the organization’s annual Wolf Trap Grants for High School Performing Arts Teachers, designed to enhance curriculum and enrich classroom learning. These grants recognize the instruction and performance achievements of public high school teachers within music, dance, and theatre disciplines throughout Fairfax, Arlington, and Loudoun Counties in Virginia; Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland; and the District of Columbia. Wolf Trap has awarded 2012-2013 Grants to Sheryl Berlin of Gaithersburg High School, Jason V. Williams of Friendly High School, Andrea Heininge of Fairfax Academy of Communications and the Arts, Phillip San Gabriel of H.D. Woodson High School, Diana Haberstick of H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program, and Kenneth David Keller of Stone Bridge High School. These funds allow each teacher to explore projects that enhance their curriculum and connect to their students through the creation of new works and initiatives, culminating with final student performances.
“We are delighted to award the Wolf Trap Grant for High School Performing Arts Teachers to these outstanding and dedicated educators in the greater Washington, D.C. area,” says Akua Kouyate, Wolf Trap’s Senior Director, Education. “Wolf Trap has a longtime commitment to supporting arts education in schools throughout communities in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metropolitan region. These grants significantly impact students’ arts learning as each grantee is provided the opportunity to develop and produce expansive, meaningful arts experiences that deepen their students’ engagement in the creative process.”
Gaithersburg High School
Gaithersburg High School Women’s Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Concert Chorus, and Barbershop Music students will research American, African-American, Hispanic-American and Native American folk songs and present their selections to Joe Liles, an accomplished a cappella vocal arranger. Liles will use the selections to create an original arrangement of an a cappella choral medley. In February, he will visit the group of 70 students to present his commissioned piece and share his vision of the medley’s performance. As students learn the piece, periodic master classes on vocal technique, interpretation, and a cappella performance movement will be led by Bill Colosimo, a premier clinician and director of a cappella music. As a culmination of the creative process, “American Mosaic” will be performed as part of the Gaithersburg High School Annual Spring Concert and Awards Night.
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Jason V. Williams
Friendly High School
In preparation for several band festivals held in spring 2013, 55 students in Friendly High School’s Basic Band, Intermediate Band, Advanced Band, and Percussion Classes will participate in master classes led by professional musicians. These master classes will provide individualized instruction specific to the students’ instruments; including flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, lower brass, and percussion. Following the master classes, students will come together as a full band for a guest conductor workshop led by Eleanor Roosevelt High School Director of Bands, Sally Wagner, who will guide demonstrations, techniques, and exercises to refine the performance of the festival pieces. Individualized instruction will continue in the classroom through the use of Smart Music, which will be installed on the five iMac computers in the band room. Smart Music allows students to play music into a microphone and receive immediate feedback and assessment of their pitch and rhythm in order to refine their individual performance.
Fairfax Academy of Communications and the Arts
Fairfax Academy of Communications and the Arts dance students will have the rare opportunity to study and perform the internationally recognized work of choreographer Paul Taylor. In preparation to learn Paul Taylor’s repertoire, three dance classes totaling 32 students will participate in modern dance master classes from September through May, taught by Fairfax Academy artist-in-residence Constance Dinapoli. Ms. Dinapoli is a former Paul Taylor Dance Company member and is also an adjunct dance professor at George Mason University. Master Classes will focus on Taylor’s technique, the history of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, his contribution to modern dance and video study of his work. Beginning and intermediate classes will learn Paul Taylor’s 3 Epitaphs and the advanced class will learn Paul Taylor’s Aureole. Students from these classes will then audition to perform these world-renowned pieces in May during their Spring Dance Concert at Fairfax High School.
Phillip San Gabriel
H.D. Woodson High School
In celebration of H.D. Woodson High School’s 40th Anniversary, the Music Department will commission Associate Director of University Bands at Howard University, Kelvin W. Washington, to create a piece to supplement the current school song. This new alma mater will be reflective of the pride of being a Woodson Warrior, and celebrate the completion of the new school building and student experience. Six classes totaling nearly 100 students, including General Music, Concert Choir, and Concert Band, will participate in master classes led by Washington to learn the commissioned piece. The new alma mater will premier in June during the Senior Class Recognition and Graduation ceremonies.
H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program
H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program is a non-traditional school model where performing arts programs are the core of the school community. This year the Theatre Program will move beyond the study of text-based, dialogue driven work to include a stronger focus on music, fine art, design, puppetry, lighting, sound, set design and costuming. From January through May nearly 200 students from the Theatre Program will participate in a series of workshops and residencies, led by three guest artists. Stephen Shelter, Technical Director of the Schlesinger Auditorium, will conduct twelve sound and lighting workshops; Anne Gorman, a Costumer who has worked in Theatre, TV and film, will offer a residency to the school’s Conservatory students as well as ten afterschool workshops; and Baron Pugh, a Set Designer and recent graduate of George Mason University, will conduct 10 set design and application workshops for Conservatory students and Black Box show directors and designers. Students will use their training in the production of several plays that will take place in February March, April and June.
Kenneth David Keller
Stone Bridge High School
Nearly 200 students from the Jazz Ensemble, Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will work with professional musicians on two pieces in preparation for their Winter Concert at Stone Bridge High School as well as their performances in the United Kingdom at the London Gala Concert Series on December 30, 2012. The first piece is a commissioned work entitled “London Calling.” Local jazz artist and artist-in-residence Adrien Re will compose a piece based on the students’ upcoming trip to London. Students will discuss various places they plan to visit while in England and Re will incorporate these ideas into his composition. He will then demonstrate the creative process involved in writing music before rehearsing the piece with the students. The second piece students will study is “Seal Lullaby,” based on Rudyard Kipling’s “The White Seal.” In preparation for this piece, students will first discuss the importance of environmental conservation. Several local musicians will then provide master classes to various sections of the ensembles before students come together to rehearse “Seal Lullaby.” Both pieces will debut at home and abroad.
About Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded by Catherine Filene Shouse (1896-1994), produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally and internationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues, the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns is operated by the Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the GRAMMY-nominated Wolf Trap Opera Company, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program that was included in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s 2009 List of “Best Places to Intern.” As part of its ongoing commitment to protect and preserve the environment, Wolf Trap offers metro access and is a founding member of the Green Music Group. Visit the Wolf Trap website at www.wolftrap.org for more information.