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a note from our principal

Jackie Cornelius

A Note From

Jackie Cornelius with Richard W. Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education


e hope that you enjoy reading our seventh issue of Douglas Anderson’s ARTS as much as we have enjoyed putting it together. Not only are we celebrating the continued success of our students, faculty and school, but we will be hosting our 25th Extravaganza on February 12, 2011…which promises to be the best showcase of our students’ arts talents yet! As many of you know, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DA) continues to be recognized as one of this country’s premier arts high schools. This year DA was recognized by the Grammy Foundation as having the number one best high school music program in the country, and DA again was named one of the top academic high schools in the country by Newsweek. We work hard to ensure that all DA students when entering a classroom are enveloped in a world of conceptualization and complex problem-solving which is the natural

environment of arts schools. Submerged in the study of art every day, our students’ abilities to creatively think, take risks and reach their potential are keenly developed. Our graduates continue to dance in prestigious companies, publish, produce award-winning films, perform on Broadway, play in professional orchestras and exhibit internationally in museums and galleries. As in the previous two decades, we count among our graduates, winners of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts competition, Presidential Scholars in the Arts, Grammy and Tony Awards, national Gold Key Award, National Scholastic Arts Award, ACT-SO Award and National Grady-Rayam Negro Spirituals Competition. Each year an average of over 97% of our graduates are accepted and attend colleges, universities, conservatories and arts institutes. More than 35% of the 2010 graduating class is pursuing degrees and careers in the arts.

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts’ growing list of achievements and awards continues to make us proud! ! DA recognized as the National GRAMMY Signature School, for having the best high school music program in the country ! DA honored as one of the nation’s 2009-10 Best Academic High Schools and ranked in the top 1% nationally by Newsweek and US News & World Report and the College Board ! Eleven DA students recognized as outstanding scholars by YoungARTS ! DA ranked 14th in Florida’s Top 50 High Performing High Schools ! Four DA students selected as Arts Recognition Scholars ! DA named National Service Learning School by the Department of Education ! Two DA students honored as 2009-10 National Merit Semi-Finalists ! Four DA students named 2009-10 National Merit Commended Scholars ! Three DA students named 2009-10 National Achievement Scholars ! DA student wins National ACT-SO Award in the Arts sponsored by the NAACP ! Jazz Band is an Essentially Duke Ellington High School Jazz Band Winner ! Two DA students win NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Achievement Awards in Writing ! DA graduates’ SAT and ACT scores are 50+ points above national medium scores ! DA recognized as the top National Exemplary Arts High School by the International Arts Schools Network As you can see, we continue to be a school that embraces artistic and academic excellence. In closing, we are indebted to the loyal support of our many friends whose faith in this arts high school has made Douglas Anderson School of the Arts the premier institution that it is today and we thank you. It is your support that propels and sustains our success. Again, special thanks to all our supporters and please don’t forget to mark your calendars for this year’s Extravaganza… February 12, 2011 in the Moran Theatre! Best regards,

Jackie Cornelius

Table of Contents Grammy Award Presentation Unity in Action Award DA Named Historic Site Starfish Circus Enchants DA

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9 Departments Dance Instrumental Music Visual Arts Editor Scott Reneau

Art Director Jennifer Holland

Contributing Writer Janet Herrick

Cover Art Photo by Terry Souder !!!!!Fall 2010

Creative Writing Cinematic Arts Theatre Vocal

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For Best Music Program in the Country, D

ouglas Anderson’s Music Department proved itself best in the nation when it received the National Grammy Signature School award for 2010. “We give out about a dozen Signature School awards each year for excellence in music education,” says David Sears of the Grammy Foundation, the governing entity that adjudicates entries and bestows the award. “However, Douglas Anderson winning the National award signifies that the school’s music program is at the very top in the country. I’m thrilled for them. The students and teachers truly deserve it.” The Grammy Award recognizes excellence throughout the Music Department – from performance in multiple areas, to intensive study of music theory, to a diversified student body with outstanding educational curriculum, all helmed by dedicated experts in teaching and mentoring roles. This award comes with a $5,000 cash prize that is put towards the needs of the entire music program. Ace Martin, chair of the Instrumental Music Department, says, “Winning the


Grammy National Signature School award was a huge affirmation for us on a very high level. We are focused on achieving excellence both in performance and curriculum, and it’s terrific to receive validation of all our hard work.” "

Grammy Presentation

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the Grammy Goes to‌

Grammy Award Presentation Concert May 19, 2010

and the celebration continued‌ !!!!!Fall 2010

Grammy Presentation


The Grammy Award Party at the McCalla’s


ong-time patrons of the DA Music Department, Dianne and Gary McCalla graciously opened their home to celebrate Douglas Anderson being named The National Signature School by the Grammy Foundation. "

(l. to r.) Mrs. Susan Gentry, David Sears of the Grammy Foundation, W.C. Gentry, chairman of the Duval County School Board

Gary & Dianne McCalla and David Sears

Ann Baker, Ann Hicks, Shep Bryan, Jeff Dunn (l. to r.) Ann Hicks, Dianne McCalla, Mary Ann Bryan

(l. to r.) Jackie Cornelius, Ed Pratt-Dannals, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, Mrs. Linda Stein, Ace Martin David Sears and Jackie Cornelius


The Grammy Award Party at the McCalla's

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Unity in Action Award

for Connecting DA Family

Coach Washington, Principal Cornelius Honored for Bringing Together DA Schools


hen Principal Jackie Cornelius and Coach Nathaniel Washington were presented the 2010 Edward R. Hayes Unity in Action Award, they marked another chapter in the remarkable history of Douglas Anderson. In the 1950s, during the time of segregation, Douglas Anderson was Jacksonville’s only high school on the Southside for African-American students. Coach Washington became the school’s Athletic Director in 1957, and coached at DA until 1968. He mentored hundreds of African-American students. Douglas Anderson became a high school of the arts in 1985. And under the tutelage of Ms. Cornelius, it gained a national

reputation for excellence in arts education. For many, Douglas Anderson’s previous high school history seemed to be forgotten. Then last year, Coach Washington and Principal Cornelius met and decided to bring the two schools together. The two educators worked to place a historical marker in front of the school, commemorating the school’s long history. They also planned the reunion to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary of its first high school graduating class of 1959. The Unity in Action Award, presented by HandsOn Jacksonville, recognizes citizens “who have worked to unify people through inspiration and action.” Coach Washington and Ms. Cornelius – two great people bringing together two great schools. "

“When you bring people together to work on something as collaborators, you really learn that we’re all the same. This experience has allowed us to remember our history, to enrich our present and together move forward to create a better future.” Jackie Cornelius

WANTED: Corporate Partners


nternationally renowned Jacksonville’s Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, known for excellence, seeks partnerships with communityminded corporations with resources to help support communications and development needs of the school. No experience needed. Requires an understanding and appreciation of the importance of the arts and quality public education to our community. Corporate financial support addresses arts publications, literary magazines, website, public relations, development, student summer scholarships and professional artists’ master classes. For further details, please call Jackie Cornelius at 208-0962.

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Building Bridges


DA Designated As THE HISTORY


his year, Douglas Anderson celebrates its 25th year as an arts high school. However, our school history goes back to 1922 when it was originally erected and called The South Jacksonville School #107. In 1945, the school (then grades 1-9) was renamed after community leader, Douglas Anderson. And in 1955, DA became a high school, graduating its first class in 1959. Last year, Coach Nathaniel Washington and a group of proud DA alumni traveled to Tallahassee to petition the Division of Historical Resources to name Douglas Anderson School a Florida Heritage Site. "

P Principal Cornelius embraces alumna Joyce Lawson, granddaughter of Douglas Anderson, as W.C. Gentry, g Garry Merritt and Alfredia Lyons look on. G

THE UNVEILING Heritage Marker Extols DA’s Rich History


n 2010, a “Heritage Marker” was unveiled in front of the school, designating Douglas Anderson High School as a D FFlorida Heritage Site. Hosted by First Coast News’ Steve Smith, as well as C 11959 class president Leonard Baker and Alumni Association president Sam Davis, A the ceremony was attended by more than th 2200 graduates and televised as part of ““Good Morning, Jacksonville.” "


"It's Good to Come Home…"

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

State Historic Site

THE CELEBRATION DA Class of 1959 returns to campus


n commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of their graduation, students from the Class of 1959 returned to Douglas Anderson last spring for a festive luncheon reunion in the atrium, a campus tour, a musical performance in the theatre, and the unveiling of the “Heritage Marker.” "

It’s good to come home. Thanks again, Ms. Cornelius, for leaving the lights on for us one more time. Sam Davis Alumni Association President

This was the beginning of us coming together as a family. I want everyone to feel ownership of the school. This is our school. Jackie ie Cornelius eliu Current rre Principal inc

Alumnae Veronica Turner er and Hazel Tisdale

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"It's Good to Come Home…"


Dismantling Racism


n August, two DA Theatre students – Tre’Ellis Scott and Adrienne Feinglass – joined members of the local and national media at a conference on “Structural Racism” held at the White Oak Plantation in Yulee. Adrienne and Tre were the only students invited. Sponsored by the Washington DC-based Aspen Institute and the local non-profit agency, OneJax, the conference sought to explore ways that the people and institutions in Jacksonville “perpetuate racial group inequity in every opportunity area, from health, to education, to employment, to income.” “You may not be intending to be racist,” says Tre. “You may not have your confederate flag or wear your white hood, but you’re saying things, you’re doing things that accept the problem instead of making a change.” "

Tre and Adrienne with Dr. Patricia Williams, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, New York

“Being aware and understanding the racism – intended or subconscious – around you, is the only way to start working to fix it.”

“As a student, a teenager, an African-American male, I realize I have a voice. A voice full of many different tones and opinions, formed by my personal experience. The power of this voice is a truly mind-blowing realization. My voice has the strength to bring change, education, faith, and hope for a better nation and, eventually, a better world.” Tre’Ellis Scott

Adrienne Feinglass

Imagination Squared


ocal artists Dolf James and Christina Foard Hunady wanted to give Jacksonville’s artistic community “a joyful license to create.” So the artists issued five-by-five inch square wooden surfaces to anyone in Jacksonville wanting to design a square and participate in a public collaborative installation. The Douglas Anderson community responded in a huge way. More than 50 DA students, along with Principal Cornelius (and her mother!), Asst. Principals Ms. Knight and Ms. Hammer, and teachers Ms. Hogue, Ms. Walcavich, Ms. Swartz, Mr. O’Dell, Ms. LePage, Dr. Napier (and his two kids!), and Ms. Johnson all created squares. Just take a look at their work on left! "


Dismantling Racism | Imagination Squared

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Big Top Magic — Starfish Circus Enchants D.A. urns out DA students don’t have to run away TThis to join the circus! fall, Starfish Circus, a traveling company

of circus artists, “pitched their tents” at DA and put out the call for circus performers. In two short weeks, Starfish coaches cast and trained more than 80 students from DA, LaVilla and Pine Forest in a variety of circus skills. Voila — a circus complete with clowns, acrobats, jugglers, aerialists and contortionists! "

“Starfish Circus is about teaching kids to say ‘YES’ to possibilities.” Allison Williams Artistic Director of Starfish Circus

“It was the most spectacular, colorful, entertaining, stunning show of my life so far! Clowning around with the Goon Squad was a significant privilege!” P.J. Milla, sophomore Clown in Starfish Circus

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Big Top Magic Big Top Magic



Right Steps

Taking the

Elite Choreographers Share Their Art and Inspire DA Dancers Edgar Zendejas

Rujuta Vaidya

Guest artist Edgar Zendejas is a gifted choreographer originally from Mexico City. He danced for 18 years for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal in Canada before launching his own company, ezdanza, in 2006. This year, he captured the prestigious Hubbard Street Dance 2 National Choreographic Competition in Chicago.

Choreographer Rujuta Vaidya exploded onto the scene with her memorable dance choreography for the Bollywood Awards and the Oscar-winning film, “Slumdog Millionaire.” Her unique fusion of Bollywood and western style of dance is exhilarating and inspiring to watch.

“Twice, I have had the opportunity to set pieces with the Douglas Anderson Dance Department, and both times I have been impressed by these artists’ powerful energy and creativity. I am honored to be able to participate in the education and inspiration of these fine young artists.”

“We were delighted to have such an accomplished artist as Ms. Vaidya visit DA and set a genre of choreography that the students had not experienced before. She introduced our dancers to a fascinating choreography that blended classical Indian and Bollywood themes.”

Edgar Zendejas

Robert Battle Robert Battle is an internationallyrenowned choreographer who this year was named Artistic Director for the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Originally from Florida, Mr. Battle graduated from New World School of the Arts in Miami, and matriculated to The Juilliard School and the Parsons Dance Company. He founded his own dance group, Battleworks, in 2001, and last spring set one of his landmark pieces of choreography – Etudes – on DA Dance Theatre. 10


Dr. Phyllis Penney

“Working with Mr. Battle was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our DA dancers. They were exposed to a cutting-edge style of choreography from a truly visionary artist.” Dr. Phyllis Penney

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts


Summer Intensives Help Students Perfect Their Art


ecause of the quality instruction DA dancers receive from Dr. Penney, Ms. Stampalia and the versatile group of Dance instructors, our dancers often are selected to participate in elite national programs during the summer. We asked three DA dancers to share their summer experiences…

Amanda Gerhardt “I was so excited to learn that I had been accepted for the summer dance intensive at the School of American Ballet (SAB) in New York City. The SAB classes were very precise and difficult and I was ecstatic to be placed in the second highest dance level. During the five-week session, I soon noticed improvements in my dance technique.

We also had the privilege to see inspirational performances by the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. In addition, I was one of a few students chosen to be in the New York Choreographic Institute. At the Institute, a member of the New York City Ballet and an aspiring choreographer worked with us on a program that we presented the last week. It’s something I will never forget!”

Austin Wyne

Rachel Jimenez “This summer, I attended two summer dance intensives at Complexions Contemporary Ballet and The Juilliard School. Having the opportunity to dance at my dream company and dream school really encouraged me and helped me grow as a dancer, as well as an artist.” !!!!!Fall 2010

“I danced at Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s summer dance program in New York City. Learning from Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, as well as other members of the company faculty was absolutely amazing! It really opened my eyes to how much I really love dance, and how much you can do with dance.”




Dance Graduates 2010 Butler University Alexandra Baird Benson BCU Chaleak Cierra Grier Florida A&M Christina Lauren Anderson Florida State College of Jacksonville Kaitlin Elizabeth Allen Amanda Yvonne Buchanan Sarah Marie Schrieber Florida International University Anna Miriam Wyke


he Dance Department offers four major productions during the school year. The performances feature various Dance genres and highlight the students many talents.

Student Choreography Concert Features the works of students enrolled in junior and senior choreography classes, as well as original dance compositions set by outside choreographers, invited faculty and community companies.

Florida State University Megan McCall Barley Allyson Taylor Becker Emily Iva Floyd Amanda Leigh Gary Jordan Victoria Yoli

Historical Dance Concert

New World School of Arts Ryan Michael Carlson Tamara Michelle Hollaway

Classical ballet pieces, world dance, traditional modern dances, and dances with a historical event-based theme.

Sante Fe Community College Chelcee Domonique Geddes University of Central Florida Melissa Ann Kendall University of Florida Kristen Elizabeth Sanford University of North Carolina at Greensboro Lauren Ashley Kaufman University of North Florida Megan Elizabeth McEntire Joanna Kaye Moody Stephen Alex Royal Katherine Maryhelen Wiles

Gabrielle Roulboc and Fallon Sullivan

Spring Dance Concert

Anna Keel and Paulina Villanueva

Contemporary dance concert with ballet and modern dance featuring the work of renowned guest artists and selected faculty. Features a guest performer from a professional company.

Children’s Dance Concert Various dance genres with specific themes that are age-appropriate for grades K through 8. The pieces include dancers from LaVilla and Pine Forest.



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orty-one DA musicians have been selected to the 2010-11 Florida All-State Music Roster — more ore than any school in the state, and the mostt Instrumental students in Douglas Anderson history. “For a high school ool musician, this is the highest honor that can be bestowed,” says Band Director Shawn Barat. “It speaks volumes about out our students as well

as our teachers, and our commitment to excellence.” excellence. The All-State musicians muusi sici cian anss from fr all the Florida high schools scho ool olss will will meet in Tampa in January, be pl plac placed aced ed in ensembles to rehearse se for three threee days days with with nationally-renowned n tionally-ren na now owne nedd conductors, cond duc ucto tors rs, and and will will perform a concert conc co ncer ertt in n the th he Tampa Ta amp mpaa Ba Bayy Pe Perf Performing rfor ormi ming n Ar Arts ts Ce Cent Center. ntter er.. We sa salu salute lute te th thes these esee di ddistinguished stin st ingu guis isshe hedd mu mus musicians. sici sic si cian ans. s.

Concert Band

Symphonic Band

Jazz Band

Rachel Lovelace — bassoon Kristen Brightwell — clarinet Audrey Holt — clarinet Vaughn Lumpkins, Jr. — bass clarinet Ethan Baldwin — alto sax Luke Stribling — alto sax Kai Cruz — trombone Darius Brown — percussion Maliik Green — percussion T.J. Lauderbaugh — percussion

Nathalie Maldonado — flute Olivia Donalson — English horn Emily Bowls — clarinet Josh Giesman — clarinet Brandon Mosley — clarinet Gradon Stone — clarinet Candace Covert — clarinet Ian Labreck — trumpet Phillip Parsons — trumpet Matthew Lemine — percussion

Daniel Dickinson — alto sax John Sheard — tenor sax Mason Taylor — bass trombone Jahaan Sweet — piano

Concert Orchestra

Symphonic Orchestra

Mitchell Kuhn — oboe Sawyer Chubin — percussion Jaclyn Blickley — violin Ben Campbell — viola Maia Delegal — violin Tim Stephen — cello Kara Swanson — violin Jessye Thacker — viola

Sam Casseday — double bass Krystin Cote — violin Joseph Henderson — violin Edward Latimer — violin Darryl Manley — viola Rebekah Morgan — violin Brandon Scheetz — trumpet Katie Stephen — trumpet Ikesha Williams — percussion

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Instrumental Music



Instrumental Graduates 2010 Brigham Young University Jacqueline Macisaac Central Michigan University Preston Stater Citatel Military College of S. C. Erik Fish Converse College Arnisha White

Musicians Tune Their Skills… I

n striving for excellence, Douglas Anderson musicians seek out experts in their fields for instruction and guidance. A few students are fortunate to be invited to study during the summer with respected artists and renowned music schools across the country, while others attend Master Classes with Guest Artists.

FAMU Bryan Wilson Florida State College of Jacksonville Kenya Brown Karissa Butler Roman Cenizal Adam Ghelerter Michael Kassabian Steven McKnelly Marjorie Mezo Kirk Morrison Brett Walker Eric Walker Paige Watkins Austin Webb Florida State University Daniel Bueno Tammy Clark Jared Lemine Jennifer Lynch Tyson Martin Cameron Range Amy Trinidad-Trujillo Allison Watkins Rebecca White Illinois State University Matthew Stewart Jacksonville University Meaghan Frick Andrew Maloch Emanuel Morales Oberlin Conservatory Daniel King Stetson University Opal Graham Buck Maloy Jacob Spangler Sunny Stony Brook Adinah Lagud Tallahassee Community College Robert Billet 14

Instrumental Music

Senior violinist Rebekah Morgan studied at the University of Rochester — Eastman School of Music

“The three weeks I spent at Eastman were amazing! It was one of the most important times in my music career. I definitely learned a lot and grew as a musician.”

Rebekah Morgan

Senior violist Nickie Whaley studied with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Strings International Music Festival on the campus of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

“At the Strings International Music Festival, I met people who changed my life. Not only did I learn more about the music I love to play, but more about myself as well, and that in itself will stay with me forever.”

Nickie Whaley

Senior pianist Jahaan Sweet studied with world-renowned jazz pianist Marcus Roberts. Roberts, who has been blind since birth, was born in Jacksonville and attended the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine.

“Marcus Roberts is a phenomenal teacher! He is a legend in the jazz world and everyone respects his musical ideas, thoughts and styles. I look forward to working with him again!” "

Jahaan Sweet

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

DA Jazz Band Swings in Savannah

University of Arizona Emre Gerger University of Denver Jamie Rixie University of North Florida Gianfranco Beran Lorianne Brehr Kurt Brinkman Brittany Collins Christopher Davis David Smith Justin Staub Stephen Williams


avannah Music Festival’s “Swing Central” High School Jazz Band Competition is dubbed the “Pro Bowl of High School Jazz Bands.” Last April, DA joined twelve of the nation’s top jazz bands in a unique three-day jazz intensive and competition. When the notes were wrung out, DA was handed a $2500 check for the second best band in the country. In addition to the competition, the young musicians gained instruction on their individual instruments and in playing as part of an ensemble. “This was a great opportunity for our students to compete on a national

Instrumental Graduates 2010


…Score National Honors

Valencia Community College Tyler Gordon level against many of the same bands we saw at the Essentially Ellington competition in New York,” says Ace Martin, director of the Jazz Band. “Plus it provided a chance for our students to learn from world-class musicians in the educational clinics.” "

Virginia College Adrienne Smith Virginia Military University Sean Fish

Wind Symphony Rolls Into Indy Symphonic Band Chosen for Prestigious “Music For All National Festival”


and Director Shawn Barat and his musicians have always coveted an invitation to the “Music For All National Festival.” Unlike most festivals, MFANF confers no ratings or rankings; so directors and their ensembles are free to stretch themselves, reach for new heights, and strive for innovation and excellence, instead of focusing on a rating or placing. This spring, the dream comes true. In March, Barat and his band will fly to Indianapolis with twelve other elite high school bands for the prestigious festival. “We were invited after undergoing a blind audition process, adjudicated by college band directors,” explains Barat. “We will perform in the concert halls at Butler University, then our students will attend Master Classes with members of the Indianapolis Symphony and clinics with leading educators in the country. “What’s particularly nice is that our students will have the

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opportunity to hear other school ensembles — this gives you a sense of what is out there and what other schools are doing around the country. “Plus, the kids will have the opportunity to visit with other student musicians and share stories. They’ll start to feel a part of the fraternity of concert musicians, which is pretty cool.” "

Instrumental Music



Great Guitar Gathering Welcomes Back a Legend


e are very excited to have Tommy Emmanuel as our guest performer again this year at The Great Guitar Gathering at The Florida Theatre on February 25, 2011. Tommy, who hails from Australia, is a two-time Grammy nominee and is considered by many musicians to be one of the greatest guitarists on the planet. Those who were unable to attend Tommy’s performance two years ago will not want to miss this opportunity. Also appearing on the program is the fabulous jazz guitarist Barry Greene, as well as The DA Guitar Orchestra. "

Piano Graduates 2010 Auburn University Emily Monk Belmont University Kimberly Paige Brigham University Jackie Maclsaac Eastman-Rochester N.Y. Orlando Diaz Florida Atlantic University Lauren Joyce Florida State College of Jacksonville Amanda Keys Nichole Ocampo Jacksonville University Juan Rogers Andrew Stubbs Liberty University Heather Morris Southeastern University Jennifer Browning University of Central Florida Jason Roberts Kaila White University of North Florida Taylor Bellehumer


Instrumental Music

Dreams Come True for Blind DA Pianist Piano Major Meets Her Music Idol


ophomore piano major Shelly Gage was a promising figure skater until two years ago when diabetic retinopathy attacked the back of her eyes and left her blind at the age of 14. Unable to skate, Shelly was not sure how to channel her creative energies. Then one day on the radio, she heard recording artist Sara Bareilles singing “Love Song.” “Something about her voice touched me,” says Shelly. “I bought her album on iTunes and was overwhelmed with her talent — she has a four-and-a-half octave range. She’s not mainstream, not pop, it’s more a mixture of blues and jazz, and she inspired me.” Emulating Sara’s style of singing and playing, Shelly taught herself to play the piano, and began taking vocal lessons. Then last October, through the generosity of “Dreams Come True” — a Jacksonville non-profit organization that helps make the dreams of challenged children come true — Shelly and her mother (Theresa, a math teacher at D.A.) traveled to Orlando to meet Sara and attend her performance at the Disney House of Blues.

“Sara told me to maintain my conviction and courage, and keep doing what I’m doing.” “I got to go to her soundcheck,” Shelly relates, “and she came over and told me how long she’s been waiting to meet me. She was so kind and modest, no ego at all. She really cares. “I gave her a Brailled version of the music of her song “Gravity,” that I had personally typed out. And that night at the show, she dedicated the song to me. " Douglas Anderson School of the Arts


Six Guitarists Earn All-State Honors


or the first time ever, Florida has named an All-State Guitar Ensemble, and six of our DA students have been selected to participate with the best students in the state at the Florida Music Educators Association conference in Tampa in January: Lorenzo Alcantara Zach Braswell Shelby Brommer

Eric Ibarra Robert Kotlinski Patrick Shickel

All-State guitarists practice for their performance in Tampa.

Piano Students Travel the Country… and the World


enior Jake Tuttle won first place in the 2009 and the 2010 Florida State Music Teachers Association Senior Piano Concerto competitions in Boca Raton and at Jacksonville University. Jake also competed both years in the national MTNA Competitive Events where he ranked in the top three in the solo competitions.

“As with most pianists, I’m my own worst critic. Even if I win a competition, like at FSMTA, I always leave feeling like there was something better I could have done.”

— Jake Tuttle

Senior Ben Clark attended The Brevard Music Center Festival in North Carolina for six weeks during the summer where he studied with Douglas Weeks, Babcock Professor of Piano at Converse College.

“This program at Brevard allowed me to mature as a young artist, make lifelong friends and professional connections that will continue long after the summer, and explore collaborations with other artists.”

— Ben Clark

Senior Jahaan Sweet enjoyed an educational and adventurous summer…

“I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in two programs with the Juilliard jazz faculty. One was in Utah where I established a great relationship with professional jazz pianist Benny Green. I then traveled to Amsterdam with the Manhattan School of Music and studied with the professors of the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam. The last of my musical journeys ended in Boston at the Berklee College of Music where I trained in jazz, funk/fusion and music theory.” !!!!!Fall 2010

— Jahaan Sweet Instrumental Music



Visual Arts Graduates 2010 Centenary College Maria DeCerce Chicago Art Institute Genevieve Bell Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Kevin Roach Tuda Sarian Florida State College of Jacksonville Rebecca Araujo Erica Bizier Lauren Boivin Rachel Bohannon Chris Broussard Carley Cagle Sabrina Cruz Bettina DelaPena Mimi Doherty Natalie Frazier Rasean LeDet Abriel Mauerman Teresa McDonald Kaitlyn Miller Devin Phelan-Weisberger Evin Schmidt James Stripling Florida State University Caitlyn Cooney Lauren Sohacki Graphic Design Internship Alex Carranza Jacksonville University Campbell Carroll Mass Art Caroline John Maryland Institute – College of Art Lolitta Borovyk Jessika Hopper Paul Runyon Parsons New School of Design Ginny McNulty Principia College Brandon Edwards Ringling Latishia Watkins Savannah College of Art and Design Kara Reichart University of Florida Lindsey Wright


Visual Arts

HealingGardens The


hanks to DA Visual Arts students, patients entering Shands Jacksonville Hospital are now welcomed by a colorful 46-foot mural called “The Healing Gardens.” The mural was inspired by the DA Campus Garden planted in front of the school last year by Barry Wilson and his band of artists. Visual Arts teacher Hillary Hogue and her students painted individual panels depicting flowers, foliage and wildlife. The students then linked the panels together and gave them a handsome frame. "

Student’s Work In National Exhibit


ore than 40,000 portfolios were submitted. From 23 nations. Only 30 pieces were selected. Senior Visual Artist Mattie Ledew still remembers the phone call from the AP Studio Art Program: “The AP rep told me that one of my pieces — the one of my brother Danny — had been chosen to be displayed in the traveling National AP Student Art Exhibition for the next year. My piece is going to be in Washington, DC; Princeton; Dallas and Seattle. I am so happy right now! This is my best day ever!”

According to the AP Program, “the exhibit celebrates the extremely high level of rigor, commitment and accomplishment that AP Studio Art students can achieve.” Congratulations, Mattie! "

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

Visual Arts Graduates 2010

takes DA Artists to Prestigious Programs

University of North Florida Madelaine LeDew Steven Roman- Baxendale Tiffany Sarroca Mary Soper Rachel Teano

California, Here We Come…

University of South Florida Katherine Morrow


hen seniors Reine Louise Hogue, Sara Ishii and Megan Robinson were selected to attend the Pre-College Program at California College of Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area this past summer, it gave the DA students an opportunity to study printmaking, drawing, painting and sculpture in an art-school setting while earning three units of college credit. Reine and Morgan were named two of the Top Ten students in the summer program, and were awarded scholarships toward their tuition if they choose to attend CCA after they graduate from DA.

hen senior Stephanie Morales attended the Marie Walsh Sharpe Summer Seminar in Colorado, her artistic juices were tantalized by the

University of West Florida Christiana Broughton Virginia Commonwealth University Chea Brown Grace Huddleston Anna VonKleist

Says Reine: “The teachers gave me a fresh perspective. In fact, the sculpture teacher put no boundaries on my work, so I was free to explore! It was great!” "

The Varied Landscapes of Colorado



Summer Study

varying environs. Students visited the Rocky Mountains around Pikes Peak, but also traveled to the barren plains of Baca Countya (on the New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas border) to paint. “Even though it was still in the United States, it felt like a different world,” says Stephanie. “The teachers at the program were really cool. They helped me to see how something could be both simple and complex at the same time.” "

Exploring the Fine Arts in Boston


ast summer, senior Emma Shoots had the opportunity to study Video Arts, Installation and Printmaking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Says Emma: “It was so fun to be in a new environment with art students from all over the world. The SMFA program helped me to expand my boundaries as an artist, work with new concepts and explore new media.”#"

The Mountains of California


icaela Yates traveled to Idyllwild Academy east of Los Angeles in the San Bernardino Mountains this summer to study sculpture and pottery. In the Ceramics Workshop, she learned to use clay, the potter’s wheel, and how to apply

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different glazng and firing techniques. “The teachers and students were amazing, and it is definitely an experience I will never forget,” says Micaela. "

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Creative Writing Graduates 2010 Art Institute of Jacksonville Reggie Hamilton Brevard Community College Joshua Hawkins Flagler College Tyler Norris Florida State College Jacksonville Shterra Barber Ellen Coppen Vlad Dandu Brittaqny Duprel Alexis Hustus Florida State University Amber Cresgy Jamie Hamilton Kristen Hull Ben Sweet Howard University Shayla Giles Jacksonville University Rebecca Stark Marymount Manhattan Katie Meade New College of Florida Nicholas Daugharty Symone West

Will Travel FOR POETRY,


n early October, students in the DA Creative Writing department flew to Newark, New Jersey, for the 13th biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. A lengthy spate of fundraising paid off for juniors and seniors in the department who took part in what has become the country’s largest celebration of poetry. World-renowned poets, including four US poets-laureate — Billy Collins, Kay Ryan, Rita Dove and Mark Strand — gave readings, discussions about the craft, and advice to the up-and-coming talents of the DA Creative Writing students and other writers from across the globe. The four-day event was kicked off by a High School Student Day, and was followed by a well-orchestrated series of events that brought poetry to the Billy Collins Poet Laureate any Soder with junior Britt

Rollins College Emily Pendergraft University of Central Florida Shaun Richardson University of Florida Sydney Jones Jennifer Tran University of North Florida Henna Bakshi Lindsey Chapman Callie Dixon Myrah Fisher Cedrick Wallace Kirsten Wright

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“The festival really immersed me in the world of poetry. It was a really amazing experience and it changed my view on writing.” —Ellen Verney, Creative Writing junior

“Dodge brought back my love for poetry. I have vowed to one day be on that stage with all of those poets.” —Kelly Milliron, Creative Writing junior


forefront of the literary scene. Poets made themselves available for hallway chats and book signings, and created a lasting impression on Douglas Anderson’s young writers. "

Poet Laureate Ka y Ryan inspires DA stud ents

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FROM THE LAND OF DICKINSON AND EMERSON … Thoughts from Senior Creative Writer Kelsey Schurer


ast summer, I spent two incredible weeks in Natick, Massachusetts, for the Walnut Hill Summer Writing Program. Each day was filled top to bottom — 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. — with poetry, fiction, playwriting classes and workshops. Despite long days, I had a blast. “The classes were well-developed and the teachers were fun and easy to approach. We had a sonnet lock-in, a micro-fiction blast, and a musicallyrics blast. “The program also provided three off-campus excursions: to Emily Dickinson’s homestead in Amherst, to Harvard Square, and to Walden Pond. We were privileged with two readings by published authors: poet Kevin Prufer

and fiction writer Leni Zumas. At the end of the program, all the students performed in reading our work. “The most important part of this experience was the chance to build new friendships with people passionate about writing, just like me. “Douglas Anderson has never weighed so much inside me. I carried it on the plane ride to and from Massachusetts, and I’ve graciously returned home to share the love of our art.” "

… TO THE COUNTRY OF CAMUS AND HUGO Thoughts from Senior Creative Writer Melanie Payne


ver the summer, I had the opportunity to spend five weeks in France in a program sponsored by Oxford and Cambridge Universities. I took classes in Medical Science and Photography, becoming close to my teachers and to people from cultures different from my own. The teachers and the students brought me more than I thought they could: liveliness, appreciation, inventiveness. I saw exhibits of the American Dream, narrated in pictures by a Frenchman, and recognized the places. I talked to a small Chinese girl about going to an art school. Everything I used to do without thinking was challenged with the words “why?” and “how?” In this way, I learned how to appreciate what I had come to take for granted. The experience abroad drove me to extract the art in me, to wring it over everything I do, to salt and preserve it.” "

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Cinematic Arts Graduates 2010 Florida State College Micheal Abraira Andrew Bateh Micheal Maclean Florida State University Bryant Joseph Kyle Morgan New York University (Tisch School of Film) Victoria Daily Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta) Johnathan Rembert University of Central Florida Kelly Reid University of South Florida Abbey Knisely


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Filmmakers Grab Audiences With Captivating Stories Sudden Death on Lacrosse Field


n a cold winter’s eve in February 2008, the boys lacrosse team at Fletcher High School in Jacksonville experienced the unthinkable. After a momentous save with his chest from an opponent’s 90-mile-per hour shot on goal, Fletcher’s goalie JJames Hendrick fell to the ground unconscious and without a heart beat. Fletcher Coach Joshua Covelli, a firefighter for the Jacksonville Fire Dept., realized immediately that his player was suffering from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). With a calm and reassuring nature, Covelli deployed an automated external defibrillator (AED), and saved James’ life. Douglas Anderson’s Cinematic Arts students, under the tutelage of teacher Dr. Corey Thayer who played lacrosse at Syracuse University, produced an award-winning documentary concerning Hendrick’s story, titled “Sudden Death.” The filmmakers wanted to bring awareness to the importance of having AED’s at all Duval County Public School events. The film, directed by 2010 grad Abbey Knisely, has been recognized nationally in Inside Lacrosse magazine and by USLacrosse, the governing body for the sport. Additionally, Parent Heart Watch, the American Heart Association, and Cardiac Sciences have all posted the film on their websitess and re requested to use the film as a learning tool at conventions and seminars acro across oss the country. "

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eirloom” tells the story of two estranged African-American sisters who are reunited at the funeral of their grandmother. Sparks fly over two very different gifts that the grandmother has left to them. Directed by senior filmmaker Jolisa Brinson, the powerful drama captured Best Short at the 2010 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, and 1st place at the 2010 Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival in Houston. “Heirloom” also played at the Jacksonville Film Festival and the Princeton Student Film and Video Festival. "

“Heirloom meant more to me than just being a short film; it revealed a personal struggle that I dealt with and overcame.” — Jolisa Brinson senior, writer director

‘The Kid’ is Definitely NFFTY!


A Filmmaker Tori Dailey, currently studying at NYU, was honored last spring when her narrative short film, “The Kid”, was selected to screen on opening night at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) in Seattle, Washington. NFFTY is the leading festival for student filmmakers in the United States. "

“At NFFTY, I attended a panel of all women filmmakers about different ways to enter the film industry. Very interesting and helpful — especially since a lot of times you get one woman or two on a film panel; having so many professional women presenting was encouraging to me.” — Tori Dailey writer director !!!!!Fall 2010

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‘Heirloom’ Inherits National Honors



Play’s the Thing

Theatre Graduates 2010 Flagler Miles Para Florida A&M University Antonio King Florida International University Caitlin Wiggins Florida State College of Jacksonville Kristen Bryant Erica Crean Javon Daniels Brian Groner Alisha Lockley Charnese Parker Kelsey Connor Georgina Green Joseph Haas Massiel Mayaudon Press Thompson Florida State University Ashley Boutwell Nicholas Jones Peyton Marshall Cedric Paige Brigitte Stephenson Hollins University Brittany Stephenson



Jacksonville University Andrea Mclaughlin Johnson Wales Ethan Tillner New College of Florida Laura Robinson New York University Benjamin Peltz Oberlin Conservatory Danielle Cheiken Rollins College Isabella Miyares Jenea Robinson Lexa Kristner Savannah College of Art and Design Zachary Zeringue Tide Water Community College Shelby Argent University of North Florida Pamela Claydon University of Central Florida Augustus Bennett Jessica Ruby University of Northern Colorado Kathryn Jacobson University of Washington Megan Tuschhoff University of West Florida Nathan Smith


he Theatre Department is in the midst of a wonderful 2010-2011 season — one which entertains and challenges our audience: Star Fish Circus: A high-energy performance full of spectacle and fun for the entire family, featuring more than 80 students from Douglas Anderson, LaVilla and Pine Forest. See page 9 for photos of this year’s circus. Aida: With a pop-rock score that features stirring ballads and rousing choral numbers, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida was an unequivocal crowd-pleaser in November, selling out all four performances on the Mainstage. The musical featured a multi-cultural cast, exuberant dancing and singing, and breath-taking staging worthy of a Broadway production. Based on a folk tale by Leyonten Price and Verdi’s opera, Aida is the story of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess (played by senior Vocal major Courtnee Carter) and an Egyptian soldier (portrayed by junior Theatre major Nick Sacks). As forbidden love blossoms between them, the young lovers

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and drive him towards the threshold of remorse. Directed by Bonnie Harrison. February 2-5 in the Blackbox Theatre. Paradise Hotel is a translation into English of the French farce L’Hotel du Libre Echange by Georges Feydeau. The story centers around a middle-aged man, Benoit Pinglet, who after 20 years of marriage, arranges a rendezvous with the beautiful young wife of his business partner and best friend, Henri Pallardin. Alas, infidelity is a tough secret to keep, as Pinglet finds out when he arrives at the Paradise Hotel in this hysterical, door-slamming, narrowly-escapinggetting-caught comedy of errors. Directed by Michael Higgins. May 5-7 in the Mainstage. "

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are forced to face death or part forever. Together, their true devotion serves to transcend the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity. Directed by Theatre Chair Lee Beger, AIDA has been selected to be mounted at the Florida State Thespians Festival in March. Bang Bang You’re Dead: This one-act play by William Mastrosimone was written in response to the string of school shootings that happened in the late 1990s. The play begins with a young man in his jail cell awaiting trial. Five people he murdered visit him and demand answers. They are akin to a chorus of Greek furies who torment him

Florida State College Jacksonville Georgina Green Joe Haas Press Thompson Jacksonville University Annie McLaughlin New College of Florida Laura Robinson Rollins College Lexa Kistner Savannah College of Art and Design Zach Zeringue Tidewater Community College Shelby Argent University of North Florida Pam Claydon Undecided Brigitte Stephenson




Chorale Women

Capture National Honors

DA Vocalists Earn Trip to Chicago


allelujia” may be an appropriate song for DA’s Chorale Women. DA’s most advanced chorale group has been selected to play at the National American Choral Directors Association Convention in Chicago next March. DA will be one of only two high school choirs in the country performing at the convention. The Chorale Women performed at the Regional ACDA Convention last year in Memphis. There, the group produced a superb recording that, combined with a three-year process of audition recordings, garnered the invitation to the national convention. Vocal Chair Jeffrey Clayton promises that his vocalists will be ready for the grand stage: “Chorale Women will bring their artistry to the famed Orchestra Hall in Chicago where the greatest maestros of all-time have performed — Toscanini, Bernstein, Levine, just to name a few. Whew! Makes me tremble!!” "

“To earn the privilege to sing in Chicago is truly the pinnacle of a choral conductor’s journey towards excellence. Knowing that you are selected in a blind audition on three recordings covering three years by your peers is humbling and exhilarating.” —Jeffrey Clayton, Vocal Chair



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Senior Kelsie Saison performs George Gershwin s Summertime during the Jacksonville Jazz Festival last May. Ms. Saison was featured in the Generation Next jazz competition held at the Snyder Memorial Methodist Church.


Vocal Graduates 2010 Auburn University Tess Granfield Bethune Cookman University Morgen Chaderton Leayra Mervin Florida A & M University Kayla Cummings Florida State College at Jacksonville George Anastassiadis Mollie Gillis Brittney Kessler Florida State University Nick Jones Jessica Brower Cedric Paige Jacksonville University Adreniki Dawson Caitee Hawker Kaylin Price Life Christian University Brittney Johns Oberlin Conservatory Danielle Cheiken Palm Beach Atlantic University Brendy Merricks Rollins College Isabella Miyares Samford University Song Naber Stetson University Holly Kwaak University of Central Florida Alex Stafford University of Florida Jessica Gillespie Caroline Myers University of Maryland Casey Bethel University of Mobile Emily Wieber University of North Florida Abbey Lelina Angela Taylor University of Northern Colorado Kathryn Jacobson Photograph courtesy of The Florida Times-Union ̶ Jon M. Fletcher, photographer

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Straight A students brush-up on their studies.

DA ’s Student-Artists Shine in the Classroom These students earned Straight As all four quarters during the 2009-2010 academic year. Kudos to these amazing scholars!

Ashleigh Arrington Kaitlin Baltz Jessica Barker Jaclyn Blickley Lolitta Borovyk Ashley Boutwell Stephen Brennan Andrew Callahan James Coppedge Victoria Dailey Sofia Decerce Maia Delegal Michelle Gage Sarah Gray


Lydia Hayes Jessika Hopper Victor Huls Sofia Iaquinto Haley Joray Emily Lawrence Betsy Lin Nathalie Maldonado Kelly Milliron Taylor Nain Erin Neely Melanie Payne Benjamin Peltz Emma-Lucy Pimentel

Brianna Prichett Jamie Rixie Laura Robinson Sarah Robinson Kelsie Saison Olivia Schmid Kara Singletary Stephanie Smith Jake Tuttle Jordan Vaughn Tabata Wadgymar Kevin Wyatt

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Faculty Bravos Winter 2011 Simone Aden, Media Center Director, received a Pelican Award for Best Actress from Players by the Sea for her performance in the production of “Talking Heads.” Mary Clymene Baugher, a DA grad (class of ’98) and adjunct instructor in the Dance Department, recently moved back to New York City to dance with Sean Curran and the Elisa Monte Dance Company.

Mary Clymene Baugher Jeffrey Clayton

Morgan Williams Brown, Dance instructor, has been selected to be on the faculty of Florida Dance Assn. Children’s Dance Workshop. Jeffrey Clayton, Vocal Department Chair, was honored as a National Director by the American Choral Directors Association, and he will conduct at the national convention in Chicago next March. Clayton has also been invited by the Alabama Vocal Association to be a Guest Conductor for the SSA Women’s All-State Choir, also scheduled next March at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Elizabeth Gentry, an instructor of Latin and Italian, was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship last summer to study at the American Academy in Rome. She was selected by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to participate in the Italy Classics Educational Seminar, which afforded her the opportunity to study not only the roots of the ancient city, but much of the western coast, from Tuscany to Sicily. She is one of 10 nationally recognized teachers to have received the award. “As the only Latin teacher at our school, and the only teacher of Italian in Northern Florida, this was an invaluable opportunity to collaborate with educators from around the nation. I’m grateful for the ties I made in Italy that will last a lifetime.”

Teacher of theYear Denise Harbin

English Teacher Fosters “Great thinking, as usual” Elizabeth Gentry


’m amazed and overwhelmed that I was selected Teacher of the Year,” says 2010 honoree Denise Harbin, “because this school is so full of fabulous teachers.” An English teacher of 24 years, Denise has made a huge impression on students and faculty alike with her enthusiasm, commitment and sense of humor. One of the things she is most proud of is the number of former students who decide to become teachers.

Brian Griffin

“It’s quite a journey to become a teacher,” Denise smiles. “When I was in high school, I felt like the dumbest kid in the class. But I had a teacher, Mr. Frank Symth, who made me feel like I had something to offer. —continued on page 31

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Brian Griffin, Orchestra Director, was selected as the Guest Clinician and Conductor for the Western Kentucky University String Invitational Festival Orchestra in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in October. The Festival is the largest event of its kind in the state with more than 400 string students participating in the rehearsals and performances. Bonnie Harrison, Theatre Department instructor, has received an $8000 grant from Florida Learn and Serve, a federally-funded grant program, to support the outreach work done through her Issue-Based Theatre classes.

Becca Levy

Linda Jenkins, Dance Department instructor, taught ballet, variations and pas de deux at the Berkshire Pulse Summer Ballet Intensive in Housatonic, Massachusetts, during the summer. Joining her to study were DA students Hayley Brasher, Jake Howard, Alexis Parris and Olivia Schmid. This was Ms. Jenkins’ third summer teaching at the intensive and attending the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires with her students. Becca Levy, Dance instructor, appeared on the cover of Jacksonville Magazine, as one of the 10 Most Beautiful Women in Jacksonville. Michael Lipp, Math instructor, directed the musical, Parade, this past summer at Players by the Sea in Jacksonville Beach. The show ran for eight sold-out audiences over three weekends in July. The musical featured four current Douglas Anderson students — Chris Robertson in a leading role, along with ensemble members Christy Mull, J’royce Denard-Walton, and Maisaa Kayal. The show also featured a number of DA alumni, including Staci Cobb, Lee Hamby, Steven Anderson, Jr., Stacy Williams and Tracy Davis. Ace Martin, Instrumental Music Department Chair, was profiled in the October issue of School Band and Orchestra in an article titled “Ace Martin: Music Technology Architect.” The five-page feature centered on how Martin has incorporated music technology into the DA music curriculum.


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Susan Peters, Theatre Department designer, returned for a third season as the Scenic Charge Artist for the Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF), located just outside Washington, D.C.

Corey Thayer, Cinematic Arts teacher, served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard in July and August, in support of Operation Deepwater Horizon and the recovery efforts for the BP Oil Spill. Thayer provided aerial observation in the Lake Ponchatrain region of Louisiana. Vera Watson, Piano Department Chair, was presented the Carolyn Day Pfohl Music Educator Award in November by Friday Musicale for her outstanding work as a Music teacher.

Corey Thayer

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Teacher of the Year —continued from page 29 “I’ll never forget what he wrote on a research paper I had turned in on Camus: ‘Great thinking, as usual.’ It was the ‘as usual’ that made me begin to believe that I had a talent for reading and writing. I hope that I give back to my kids what he gave to me.”

Debra Webb Rogers, Dance instructor, this fall published her second book, San Marco, a photographic history of San Marco, published by Arcadia Publishing. Caroline Schmid, Dance instructor, was honored this past summer as one of only seven dance educators in the country chosen for the Bates Dance Festival Professional Education Fellowship in Maine. Ms. Schmid participated in classes and discussions on trends and challenges in Dance education

Teacher of theYear Harbin thinks teaching is the single most important job in the world. “It wasn’t until I became a teacher that I understood the power of a teacher in the classroom,” Denise explains.

Debra Webb Rogers

“Beyond reading and writing skills, I want to open my students’ minds, and guide them to become lovers of books. I truly believe that we become better people when we read great literature.” Not surprisingly, Mrs. Harbin is married to a high school media specialist, Greg Harbin. Their house is filled with books and cats. Her most cherished place in the world, besides a classroom or a romantic campsite with her husband, is on the couch with her cats and a good book. “My two all-time favorite books are Huck Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird,” she says. “They both feature characters whose minds are open, who go against the traditional thinking and form their own opinions based on their own experience and knowledge. “I want that for my students. If I have a little Huck or Scout in my class, I’m a happy camper.” "

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Nolan O’Dell, an instructor and set designer in the Theatre Department, worked as a resident designer for Porthouse Theatre, a professional summer theatre located outside of Cleveland in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In his thirteenth season with the company, he designed the scenery for Bye, Bye Birdie. In addition, Nolan’s set design for the play Spring Awakening will be featured in the Second Edition of the popular text, Drafting for the Theatre.


Alumni News Kezia Rolle ‘88, Dance major, is the Founder/Executive Director of the Jacksonville Centre of the Arts, a non-profit all-inclusive dance performance training center on Beach Blvd. JCArts has a dedicated staff of twelve dance instructors, including DA graduates Savery Morgan, Julie Williams, David Freeland, Carlos Miller, Elizabeth Sessions and DeWitt Cooper. Sandy Teachey Lenox ’89, Dance major, graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, majoring in Acupuncture with a specialty in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. She is now a Acupuncture Physician, living in California with her husband.

Anderson’s own theatre students who stage Look Homeward, Angel. Warren also produced Chops in 2008. This documentary chronicled the DA Jazz Band on its journey to a national title at the Essentially Ellington competition in New York City. In addition to wearing his various filmmaker hats, Warren is the co-Executive Director of the Jacksonville Film Festival. Dave Champagne ’95, Instrumental Music major, and wife, Jody Barrow Champagne ’96, Instrumental Music major, created and produced The Summertime Jazz Series at Teresa’s Piano Gallery in Jacksonville. Dave now teaches Jazz 2 and Electronic Music at DA, and was awarded the outstanding performance award in Downbeat Magazine in the Graduate Jazz Soloist Category. Jody is one of the founders of The String Group, one of north Florida’s premiere string ensembles.



James “Delisco” Beeks ’90, Vocal major, is currently touring as the featured performer in “The Music of Michael Jackson,” playing with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and Canada. Delisco performed Michael Jackson’s music with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in October. Previously, Delisco starred on Broadway and toured nationally as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar! Jess Pillmore ’93, Dance major, is on the road 250+ days a year as a theatre owner, performance arts guest teacher, singer-songwriter and producer. She co-founded her physical theatre company, Creatively Independent, in Virginia in 2001 with her husband, Christopher Beaulieu. In addition, Jess works as a singer-songwriter; her third cd, Reveal, won rave reviews across the country and can be sampled at She also became a mom for the first time last January. Warren Skeels ’94, Theatre major, co-owner of the film production company, Tiger Lily Media, in Jacksonville, directed the feature documentary, Thespians, that follows four Florida high school acting troupes to the Florida State Thespians Festival competition in Tampa. One of the troupes in the movie is Douglas 32

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Clifton Oliver ’95, Vocal major, is currently starring on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning In the Heights, playing the role of neighborhood romantic Benny, who falls for Nina, currently played by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. Clifton’s other Broadway credits include Wicked and The Lion King. Jennifer Wagner Walker ’95, Dance major, is currently the School Director of the Dancers’ Workshop in Jackson, Wyoming. She is also the co-founder and co-director of the collaborative dance company, FLUX Dance Project.


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Niiamar Felder ’01, Vocal major, is making his mark as a fashion designer in New York City. He released his spring haute couture collection at the third annual “Harlem’s Fashion Row” in September. His original designs have been featured in several fashion shows and theater productions on the east coast and can be seen at Kirkland

Daniel Newman ’97, Visual Arts major, is an Urban Expressionist who has had solo exhibitions in Miami and Los Angeles this year. His new exhibit, Cleavages, will open at the NADA Art Faire in Miami in December, and an exhibit of his photographs will open at the Light and Wine Gallery in Los Angeles in the spring. Jennifer Henley ’98, Visual Arts major, is the owner and director of Henley Studios, “a creative solutions company that engages diverse audiences in the powerful experience of artistic invention.” Over the past year, Jenny has become an integrated medium painter, although she still works in sculpture, video, photography, as well as mixing media. Henley’s most recent works in painting have been influenced by the use of glass or reflective surface as a social divider. Christina May ’98, Dance major, is currently the Artistic Director for the modern aerial dance company, Braided Light Dance Project, in Jacksonville. Paul Kirkland ’00, Dance major, toured with Madonna as a backing dancer on her Sticky & Sweet Tour in 2008-09. Since then, he has performed in two videos: Christina Aguilera’s “Not Myself Tonight” and Cheryl Coles’ “Promise This.” Paul was also a guest star this fall on Glee and Dancing With the Stars. Melissa Canto ’01, Dance major, received her Masters in Fine Arts from Arizona State University. There, she received Best Performer and Student Service Awards, as well as the 2009-10 Faculty Emeriti Fellowship and Graduate Research Grant for her thesis project, titled “Recipes for Work and Play.” Melissa has recently returned to Florida to teach and create work at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. !!!!!Fall 2010


DeWitt Cooper III ’97, Vocal major, and Savery Morgan ’03, Dance major, founders of the CooperMorgan Dance Theater in Jacksonville, produced two separate summer dance intensives in Jacksonville and in Tallahassee. The CooperMorgan Dance Theater will celebrate its 5-year anniversary in the Summer of 2011. In addition to his teaching, DeWitt is touring with the First National Broadway Tour of In the Heights.



Joshua McKinney ’02, Musical Theatre major, earned his MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University, and recently appeared in The Full Monty at the Welk Resorts Theater in San Diego. Stephanie Eschen Unger ’02, Dance major, is a company member with Dmitri Peskov Dance Theatre, Innervation Dance Cooperative, and the GI Alliance Dance Company in Chicago,Illinois. She presented her first work as an independent choreographer called In the Right Direction, and is a choreographer for Innervation’s upcoming show, Gods, Monsters and Heroes. Amanda Treiber Garrett ’03, Dance major, is in her third season dancing with the New York Theatre Ballet where she performs as a soloist in works by choreographers including Antony Tudor, Frederick Ashton, and Agnes DeMille. She is a graduate of Florida State University.


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Lauren LiBrandi ’03, Dance major, is living in Los Angeles where she teaches dance and gymnastics for the Kinetic Theory Circus School, Dance Fantasy, and Broadway Gymnastics, Inc. She also performs in Cirque Montage with former artists of Cirque Du Soleil. Carrie McKnelly ’03, Visual Arts major, is a designer at SOFTlab in New York City where she recently created an award-winning installation, Says Carrie, “It is made of 4,416 location-specific panels and 17,000 binder clips. From the exterior, you experience the form and repetition of the binder clips. Peering into the interior, you experience the continuous and bold gradating color.” Colleen Jackson ’04, Vocal major, is performing the role of Fiordiligi in the opera Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart at the Monfort Concert Hall in Greeley, Colorado. The opera is a collaboration with the University of Northern Colorado Opera Theatre Department (where Colleen is studying for her MFA) and the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra. Trista Jennings ’04, Dance major, is a member of the New York City-based Nicholas Andre Dance Theater She graduated with a BFA in dance performance from Southern Methodist University Division of Dance in 2008. Brittany Kern ’04, Dance major, has been traveling through Europe for the “World Dance Movement”, teaching classes and assisting world-renowned choreographer Michele Assaf. Amy McClendon ’05, Dance major, a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham University BFA program in New York, is currently starring in Royal Caribbean’s production of Broadway’s Hairspray. James Blair ’06, Dance major, graduated from Wake Forest University this past May with a BS in Chemistry and a minor in Dance. He will work toward his PhD in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina. James Boyd ’06, Dance major, earned his BFA in Dance in June from Purchase College, State University of New York. He is currently dancing with 34

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Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance in a touring show called “Rasta Thomas’ Rock The Ballet.” This year, the show has toured in Australia, Spain, France, Germany, and Italy. In May, James appeared with Elton John at the Rainforest Fund’s charity benefit at Carnegie Hall in New York. David Price ’06, Cinematic Arts major, currently works as a video producer at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. A recent graduate of New College of Florida, David’s work varies daily: One day he might be interviewing a preeminent oceanographer, the next day he is editing video footage from a paleontological dig site. David works with scientists in visually communicating their expertise to the public. c.


Niki Dreistadt ’08, Theatre major, is a junior at the University of Colorado at Boulder, studying Performance. She has most recently appeared in This Property is Condemned as Willie, and in Killer Joe as Dottie. In the past year she has directed a production of LiBrandi Blackbird by David Harrower and Birdbath by Leonard Melfi and is currently working on a night of Samuel Beckett plays including Play, Endgame, Breath, and Not I. During the summer she works as a Stage Manager for Stand Up 8, an affiliate of Starfish Circus.




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Hunter Lang ’08, Piano major, was elected student body president at the University of Memphis where he holds a double major: Piano Performance and Music Business. Jonathan Mitrick ’08, Cinematic Arts major, is a senior at UCF, studying Business Management. He recently produced the on-campus Ludacris concert, featuring LMFAO and Corey Smith. And this past summer, Jonathan interned at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles. Rachael Claxton ’09, Visual Arts major, now a sophomore at DePaul University studying set design, won the third annual Young Scenic Artists Award presented by The Painter’s Journal, a national publication for scenic artists. Applicants were required to submit a portfolio of eight photographs of their work, either from actual productions or class projects. Rachel also worked this past summer as an intern at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival near Washington DC. Monique Henry ’09, Creative Writing major, is a sophomore at Florida State University, pursuing her craft. Her short story, Wither, was published in the prestigious Emerson Review in 2010. !!!!!Fall 2010


Azschrielle “AJ” Jackson ’09, Vocal major, is a member of the University of North Florida Concert Chorale, as well as its chamber singing group and opera company. In a feature article in The Florida Times-Union, Cara Tasher, director of choral activity at UNF, called Jackson “a shining light.” Said Tasher: “Azschrielle is a very diligent student who is skilled at transferring knowledge quickly. That’s a rare quality in a student. She definitely has a very strong passion for music.” Last year, Ms. Jackson was the Florida winner of the Grady-Rayam Prize in Sacred Music. Andy Leverett ’09, Cinematic Arts major, is a sophomore at the University of North Florida studying business. His film won the Public Service Announcement competition sponsored by the St. John’s Riverkeeper, and he directed four episodes of Comcast’s

Jacksonville’s Next Top Model. Andy also worked in the production department for WJCT this past summer. Dexter McDaniel ’09, Theatre major, is studying in the School of Theatre at Florida State University. He has appeared in two theatre productions, and more than 15 student films. Brent Pafford ’09, Piano major, was named Outstanding Freshman in the Stetson University School of Music for 2009-2010. He is majoring in Piano Performance combined with Business, and currently serves as the accompaniest for the Women’s Chorale at Stetson as well as for the DeLand High School Music Department.


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Amy Lingren

Martin Wander

Dr. & Mrs. George Dorion

Doris Locke

Michael Ward

Barbara Drake

Betsy Lovett

David & Susan Wilkinson

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Duke

Dianne & Gary McCalla

Winston Family Foundation

Iris Eisenberg, M.D.

Sally (Sara) McCue

James H. Winston

Randy & Lynn Evans

Nancy M. McDonald

Zimmerman Family Foundation

Nathan & Linda Franzblau

Teresa & Arthur Milam


Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

2011 Performance Schedule For more information, call 346-5620, ext. 101

Admission, dates, and times are subject to change. Call to confirm a performance or to obtain ticket information.




27-28 Children’s Dance Concert



Senior Vocal Recital


Theatre Production Paradise Hotel

Theatre 7:30 p.m.

Benefit Performance of Aida Theatre 7:30 p.m.


Theatre Production — Bang, Bang, You’re Dead Black Box 7:30 p.m.



Galleries 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Extravaganza (Reserved Seating)

Visual Arts Gallery Opening, Encore!


Senior Band Recital


Senior Orchestra Recital


Theatre 7:30 p.m.


Theatre 7:30 p.m.

Great Guitar Gathering

Florida Theatre 7:30 p.m.

Creative Writing Coffee Reading

Theatre 7:30 p.m.


Spring Dance Concert


Creative Writing Coffee Reading

Grand Finale Senior Piano Recital Recital Hall 7:30 p.m.


Visual Arts Gallery Opening Senior Show

Theatre 7:30 p.m.

Theatre 7 p.m.


Spring Band Concert


Spring Orchestra Concert


Spring Film Festival


Spring Vocal Concert

Theatre 7 p.m.

Galleries 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Piano Chamber Music Concert

Main Library downtown 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Moran Theatre 7:30 p.m.


Visual Arts Gallery Opening Rising Star

Friday Musicale 3 p.m.

Theatre 7:30 p.m.

Theatre 7:30 p.m.

Theatre 7:30 p.m.

St. John s Cathedral 7:30 p.m.

Galleries 5:30 p.m.


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!!!!!Fall 2010





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Douglas Anderson ARTS Magazine 2010-11  

Annual magazine profiles the best of DA student accomplishment

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