It’s A Wrap!

2017 has been an award-winning year!

Founder and Executive Director, Carol de Cardenas, was awarded the Austin Woman’s Way award for Women-led Business of the Year  by Austin Woman magazine.  ASPVA was founded in 2006 and has served over 1,800 students.

Kele Roberson was named a YoungArts finalist for Dance by the National YoungArts Foundation; the highest honor in the United States for fine arts among high school students. He was also honored as a semi-finalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholar Award. Kele was awarded a $220,000 scholarship award to attend The Juilliard School, but deferred enrollment to train with the Royal Ballet in London where he was also awarded with the Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance.

Two more ASPVA students have been selected from nearly 9,000 applicants by the National YoungArts Foundation representing the top 10% of fine arts high schoolers in the nation.  Rachel Wolff is a YoungArts finalist for Theatre and Liv Bray is a YoungArts merit winner for Visual Arts.

Christina Cavazos’ “Cold” was named Top 3 EPs by Austin 360 Music Awards.  She has also been accepted to attend NYU Tisch School of the Arts in the fall.

Open House!

Prospective students and their families are invited to join the ASPVA family for a showcase of our students’ work at our annual open house, historically called “Rock the House”!  Our guests will get a chance to meet our wonderful students, parents and faculty, and audiences of all ages will enjoy our visual artists, singer-songwriters, musicians, dancers and actors!

WHEN:  Sunday, November 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

WHERE:  ASPVA (located inside Alisa’s Dance Academy)

3267 Bee Caves Road, Unit 139, Austin TX 78746

RSVP:  Please email or call 512-522-7782 to reserve your seats. You may also register by clicking here!

New Central West Austin Location!

The Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts is pleased to announce the opening of its new location! ASPVA will continue the tradition of artistic and academic excellence in a 10,000 square foot facility that includes 7 studios located in the hills of Central West Austin, and conveniently placed on a Capital Metro bus route.  Our new address will be 3267 Bee Cave Road, Austin TX 78746!
ASPVA is also excited to announce a new collaboration with Alisa’s Dance Academy, ADA, whose state-of-the-art, fine arts facilities and award winning dance program will further support ASPVA’s bright, young stars. ADA features some of the most talented dancers Austin has to offer, housing the National Champion Award Winning Dance Company, Austin’s Dance Elite and Protegee Pre-Professional program. ADA was named “Best Dance Studio in Austin” by the Austin Chronicle, and voted “Best Studio” by the Austin A-List Award. Impressive indeed!
ASPVA is currently enrolling students in grades 6 – 12 for their full-time program including pre-conservatory and college-preparatory courses for the 2017-18 school year, in addition to 1-year post graduates for ASPVA’s fine arts program. Prospective students and families are encouraged to learn more, and to schedule an informational meeting at  All are also welcome to attend our  Open House on Sunday, August 13th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm where you can meet the ASPVA and ADA Directors, witness performances by some of their very gifted performing and visual artists, learn more about program offerings, and meet other folks involved with both organizations.
For the super motivated artist who would like to join us in time for the first day of school, we will host a “Decision on the Spot Day”  where prospective students may audition for Singer-songwriter, Guitar, Piano, Visual Arts, Dance, Musical Theatre and Theatre on Sunday, August 13th starting at 5:30 pm following Open House.  Please send an email to or call 512.522.7782 to sign-up.  Application fees will be waived and scholarships will be awarded to qualifying candidates!
We’re excited about the opportunities this move will create, and we hope you will be, too!

Look Who Got Accepted to Juilliard!

Photo by Josh Brewster Photography

Congratulation goes to ASPVA Senior, Kele Roberson on his acceptance to The Juilliard School.  This is probably one of the hardest performing arts schools to get into with an acceptance rate of 7.2 percent.  The Juilliard School, founded in 1905, is a world leader in performing arts education.  Currently 800 artists from 44 states and 42 foreign countries are enrolled. Kele will graduate in June with a 4.2 grade point average and has been awarded over $200,000 in scholarships.





ASPVA Singer-songwriter, Christina Cavazos, Releases COLD EP

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Christina Cavazos EP release party
8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5
Lemon Lounge, 908 E. Fifth St., Austin
$12 at door; all ages; 512-522-1548

Berklee Summer Program Scholarship Winner’s Second EP, 

Hitting Streets Feb. 24, Follows 2016 Debut, About You
AUSTIN, Texas — Christina Cavazos started writing songs at 14 — only three years ago. But she’s already proven so good at it, she reached the finals of 2016’s Old Settler’s Music Festival Youth Competition and earned a scholarship to Berklee College of Music’s summer program for high-school students.
And now, just weeks after her 17th birthday, Cavazos is releasing her second recording, a seven-song EP titled Cold. She’s celebrating its Feb. 24 arrival with a party slated for Sunday, March 5 at Austin’s new Lemon Lounge, 908 E. Fifth St. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the all-ages show; showtime is 8:30 p.m. The cover is $12. For more info, visit or call 512-522-1548.
The disc, produced, engineered and mixed by Louie Lino (Nada Surf, Ume, Matt Pond PA) at Resonate in Austin, showcases Cavazos’ accomplished songwriting, crystalline soprano and elegant dream-pop style. Its lush, sweeping sound was crafted by some of Austin’s finest players: electric guitarist Brian Patterson (Jaimee Harris, Jane Bryant); bassist Lonnie Trevino (Whiskey Sisters, South Austin Moonlighters, Fastball); drummer Phil Bass (Monte Montgomery, South Austin Moonlighters); and keyboardist Charlie Magnone (Parker McCollum). Cavazos handled acoustic guitar and, on “Warm,” the final track, accompanies herself on ukulele. 
Glide magazine is already singing her praises. “Despite her young age, Cavazos is something of an old soul,” the website noted as it premiered the track, “Over Me” — described as “a slow building slice of Americana that feels personally close to the singer.” 
Explaining how it evolved, she told Glide, “I wrote this song during my last week living in Boston this past summer and it kind of sprung from this idea that it’s hard to appreciate what you have when you never really got over what came before it. The song itself started out with just me and my guitar playing two notes over and over again, so it was very raw. At first we weren’t sure how to produce it and not lose the atmosphere that the song held when it was just me, but once we got the musicians into the studio, everything came together. The feeling of this song ended up guiding the feeling of the rest of the record.” 
Cavazos’ “old soul” influences include the Beatles, Aimee Mann, Ingrid Michelson, Bon Iver, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), the Civil Wars and Fleetwood Mac. But she’s already creating a sound that’s totally original. She’s definitely one to watch. 
Instagram: christina.cavazos
Media contacts: Heidi Labensart, 512.698.2621,
Jill McGuckin, 512.217.9404,


Celebrating Presidents’ Day with a Presidential Scholar Candidate!

ASPVA Student Honored by the U.S. Department of Education
Photo: Martha Istueta
Photo: Martha Istueta

The Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts is pleased to announce that high school senior, Kele Roberson, has been named a Presidential Scholar Candidate by the U.S. Department of Education. Roberson has had an outstanding school year, beginning with a scholarship award to attend ASPVA through the sponsorship of American Campus Communities, Inc. Roberson is also a member of the Dance Institute dance company, and was named the New York City Dance Alliance “Teen Outstanding Dancer” in July 2016 winning over $200,000 in college scholarship awards. In November, he applied to the YoungArts Foundation in what was the largest pool of applicants received to date.  691 of the nation’s most promising young artists representing 40 states were selected.  Roberson was one of 166 winners which is the National YoungArts Foundation’s highest honor.  It was this foundation that nominated Roberson for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.  The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

National YoungArts Foundation Announces Winners!

kele-by-martha-istuetaWe are incredibly happy for dance major, Kele Roberson, who was named a YoungArts Finalist for 2017.  This is the highest honor a high school student may earn in fine arts in the nation, and we encourage all ASPVA students between 15-18 years of age to apply.  Kele is our second winner from ASPVA to earn this prestigious award.

What does this mean for Kele?…

“YoungArts Winners receive cash awards of up to $10,000, mentorship and training from acclaimed artists, opportunities to participate in YoungArts programs, and guidance in taking important steps toward achieving their artistic goals. Selected by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, the 2017 Winners represent the top 8.67% of applications and include 166 Finalists, the organization’s highest honor. This year’s Finalists have the opportunity to participate in the 36th annual National YoungArts Week in Miami from January 8 to 15, 2017. All winners become part of a professional network of over 20,000 alumni artists.

The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison. YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts Winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors—such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sarah Brightman, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Rebecca Walker and Carrie Mae Weems—and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions.

Additionally, YoungArts Winners are eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence. U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts receive a Presidential Medal at the White House and perform and exhibit at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian.

YoungArts alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields include actresses Viola Davis, Anna Gunn, Zuzanna Szadkowski and Kerry Washington; Broadway stars Raúl Esparza, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells and Tony Yazbeck; recording artists Josh Groban, Judith Hill and Chris Young; Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens; musicians Terence Blanchard, Gerald Clayton and Jennifer Koh; choreographers Camille A. Brown and Desmond Richardson; visual artists Daniel Arsham and Hernan Bas; internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken; television writer, producer, and director Jenji Kohan; New York Times bestselling author Sam Lipsyte; and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Doug Blush.”

Kele is a senior at ASPVA and a member of the Dance Institute dance company under the direction of Linda Holland. Photo credit:  Martha Istueta

Rock the House!

Prospective students and their families are invited to join the ASPVA family for a showcase of our students’ work at our annual open house, historically called “Rock the House”!  Our guests will get a chance to meet our wonderful students, parents and faculty, and audiences of all ages will enjoy our visual artists, singer-songwriters, musicians, dancers and actors!

WHEN:  Friday, November 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

WHERE:  ASPVA (located inside Dance Institute)

6612 Sitio del Rio Blvd. Austin, TX 78730

RSVP:  Please email or call 512-522-7782 to reserve your seats.


National College Fair

ASPVA is the Austin City Representative for the National College Fair for Performing and Visual Arts in collaboration with the National Association of College Admissions Counseling, NACAC, and  you’re invited to attend! Meet face-to-face with over 70 colleges right here in Austin!

Sunday, November 6, 2016
12:10 – 12:50 pm  Pre-Fair Workshop: Navigating the College Fair     
1:00 – 3:00 pm     College Fair
Austin ISD Performing Arts Center
1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin TX 78723