ASPVA is thrilled to announce a new program offering! We will now offer any recent high school graduates the chance to further grow their talents by continuing their arts education at ASPVA for one year post-graduation. This is an excellent opportunity for students who may not immediately attend college to further explore their interests and chosen art field. All students will receive a certificate of completion for all Fine Arts courses they complete during this year, which they may use on their résumés and college applications!
Austin-area 6th to 12th students are invited to audition for YouthCast! YouthCast is an amazing opportunity for young, talented dancers, actors, singers, songwriters and more to showcase their talents to a panel of industry professionals and compete for scholarships to attend The Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
Apply for an audition here, and please join us on June 7th at 7:00 for a night of excellent entertainment from Austin’s best young artists!
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.
Christina Cavazos EP release party
8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5
Lemon Lounge, 908 E. Fifth St., Austin
$12 at door; all ages
ON THE EDGE OF 17, AUSTIN SINGER-SONGWRITER CHRISTINA CAVAZOS
DELIVERS COLD, A SEVEN-SONG EP OF UNCOMMON GRACE AND MATURITY;
RELEASE PARTY SLATED FOR MARCH 5 AT LEMON LOUNGE
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 lemonaustin.com 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.
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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.
We 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-522-7782 to reserve your seats.
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!
What a wonderful way to have ended our summer with World Music Drumming! Thanks to the generous support of LTlov, LifeAustin, and American Campus Communities, ASPVA was able to offer a week-long camp completely free of charge to students who appreciated the opportunity to make music. We look forward to showcasing these new, world music drummers at ASPVA’s next event. Stay tuned…