SDUSD Stories: Rising star SCPA student Sky Frank

Posted: Wednesday, July 26th 2017


Earlier this year, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts theatre student Sky Frank made local headlines for winning Best Actor at the 2017 Ben Vereen Awards. Since then, Sky’s star has only continued to rise: On June 26th, he was recognized as one of the nation’s top young actors at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards on Broadway, taking home the “Rising Star” award.

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SCPA, students shine at Ben Vereen Awards

Posted: Monday, June 6th 2016


The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, and one of its students, Jazley Genovese, were award winners at the 2016 Ben Vereen Awards, which selects the best of high school musical theater in San Diego county.

Genovese was selected as Best Actress, while SCPA's production of Chicago was the Best School Performance Winner.

Genovese, along with Cameron Chang from the Canyon Crest Academy in the San Dieguito High School District, will advance to the June 27 Jimmy Awards (National High School Musical Theatre Awards) at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City.

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Burbank Elementary, fan Jason Mraz featured in White House video

Posted: Wednesday, June 1st 2016


Burbank Elementary and one of its biggest fans, popular singer Jason Mraz, were one of the featured schools in the Turnaround Arts Talent Show, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

The music video featured students from Burbank Elementary singing and dancing alongside Mraz, their artist mentor. This new rendition of “Everyday People” by Sly and the Family Stone produced by Playing For Change makes the case that all children deserve to experience the power of the arts and music in school.

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High school musicians meet composer, perform at Symphony Hall

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th 2016


More than 400 student-musicians from eight high schools not only worked with a renown composer and musician, as well as musicians from the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, but performed at Symphony Hall in the first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Symphony and San Diego Unified.

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Bell Middle orchestra entertains Board of Education

Posted: Thursday, April 21st 2016


Bell Middle School's Advanced Orchestra performed before the Board of Education meeting on April 12, 2016. Under the direction of teacher Richard Opina, the budding musicians from this South Bay Terraces neighborhood school show their talents to the Board of Education and audience members. The Bell Middle School program is one of San Diego Unified's Visual and Performing Arts programs, which brings music education to schools throughout the district.

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SCPA Jazz Ensemble picked for Essentially Ellington at NY's Jazz at Lincoln Center

Posted: Friday, March 25th 2016


New York, the Jazz Ensemble from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts will be seeing you soon.

The SCPA musicians are the only band from California in this year's competition, which includes 14 other high school and youth jazz bands from around the nation. The students will be at Lincoln Center in New York City May 5-7 for the 21st Annual Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival.

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Singer Andra Day credits her start to Valencia Park Elementary

Posted: Monday, February 29th 2016


In an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, singer Andra Day credits her start to the music education she received at Valencia Park Elementary School. She also attended the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.

“I always loved music and was drawn to it and affected by it,” Day said. “But it wasn’t until I got to San Diego that I started exploring music more. The elementary school I went to, Valencia Park, was focused on the arts.”

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