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News & Events

Dance @ PCCA

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Visual Art @ PCCA

"Legacy" Senior Archive Exhibition

Gallery 2 , Bldg 4

May 6 ~ August, 2015

Student News

Arianna De Jesus (class of 2017)  is a finalist for the 35th Annual College & High School Photography Contest sponsored by Nikon USA.
She is selected amongst over 17,000 photographs from students in the US, Canada and around the world. Her photograph will be featured as one of the finalists in the hardcover book “Best of College and High School Photography 2015”.
*Image: selected photo

Indigo Naar (class of 2016)  has been named the recipient of the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarship in the visual arts.  The scholarship program is open to high school juniors and seniors in Hillsborough, Pinellas or Pasco counties who excel at vocal or instrumental music, theatre, dance, visual arts or literary arts. Winners are competitively selected based on talent and merit by a panel of professionals in each discipline. Winners may use the award for tuition expenses at the university, college or professional arts training program of his or her choice.  Indigo will be honored at the Salvador Dali museum on May 7th, and will receive a $2,500 award.
National Scholastics Awards in NYC!

Following PCCA  students won the National Medals in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.  These students were recognized at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 6th.  
•Marissa Jennings (theater):  Silver Medal in Photography
•Indigo Naar (visual):  American Visions Medal in Fashion
•Angelica DeLillo (visual):  Gold Medal in Ceramics and a Silver Medal Portfolio
•Eric Voorhis (visual):  Gold Medal in Jewelry, a Silver Medal Portfolio, and the 3D Systems Award in the “Future New” category.

Grayson Samuels, class of 2015, was honored this summer in Carmel, Indiana with the “Songbook Celebration Award” at the Michael Feinstein "Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition.“  This national competition brought together 12 finalists from around the United States for one week of master classes and intensive education at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.  The event culminated with an evening performance on July 25 featuring music and songs from “The Great American Songbook.”  Along with the title, Grayson also was presented with $1,000 to be used to further his musical education.  

Guest Mentors for the week included Cheryl Bentyne, Grammy Award-winning jazz singer from The Manhattan Transfer; Marc Cherry, "Desperate Housewives" creator/television producer; Michael Feinstein, competition founder and five-time Grammy nominee and Sylvia McNair, two-time Grammy Award winner and regional Emmy Award winner.

Grayson made the finals after winning the Southeast Regional competition in Atlanta, Georgia in May.  His songs included "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and "On The Street Where You Live." 

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Alumni News

John Bambery, class of 2005, Musical Theatre, with composer John Kander and actress Michelle V. John played younger Anton in the musical THE VISIT at the Williamstown Theatre Festival AUGUST 2014.

Alicia DiRizziano (class of 2014) was awarded the Sargent Art Award, by winning 1st place for the 2014 Florida Art Education Association K-12 Virtual Exhibition. Sargent Award winners are invited to spend a weekend in NYC, all expenses paid. Alicia, her mother and Ms. Nogami toured and visited all of the main attractions, including a broadway show in NYC, along with 90 other award winning families from all over the US. 
She also won the 2014 Charles Dorn Award of Excellence through the Florida Art Education Association. She will be recognized at the 2014 FAEA Convention in Daytona Beach on 10/4/2014.
Congratulations Alicia!

Blaine Krauss, now a senior at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music will be playing the role of Jean Valjean in the musical LES MISERABLES February 27-March 9, 2014!!!  He will then be performing in his Senior Showcase in New York City on April 7, 2014.  After graduation he will be performing at the MUNY in the show TARZAN.

Currently, Blaine is on a national tour of the Lion King as the understudy for Simba/ and a cast member for the male ensemble.

Patricia Kelley, Design Technology teacher (Costume) is the proud recipient of the 2014 Florida Theatre Conference Award for Outstanding Contribution to Florida’s Secondary School Theatre.

Faculty News

Kathy Bawel, Music Theory / Keyboard Faculty at PCCA, was awarded a National Artist Teacher Fellowship in April 2014. Formerly known as the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship, the program offers teachers the opportunity to immerse themselves in their own creative work, interact with other professional artists, and stay current with new practices. Ms. Bawel travelled to Rome, Italy in June to study and work with reknowned choral composer and conductor, Z Randall Stroope, at the Rome International Choral Festival. Kathy rehearsed, accompanied.  and conducted the choir, which sang at St. Peter's Basilica as well as the Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome. As part of the Fellowship, Mrs. Bawel has begun composing her first choral piece, to be premeired May 21, 2015. Her mentor at the Festival, Dr. Stroope , will compose the first commissioned work for the Pinellas County Center for the Arts. Stroope's piece, in addition to many other of Dr. Stroope's works, will be featured at the concert on May 21 in the Grande Theater at Gibbs High School.  

Visual Art Faculty 

Yoko Nogami's mono print "Swallow" won the Faber-Castell Award from the Florida Art Education Association for 2014.

She was awarded at the FAEA Convention in Daytona Beach on October 2, 2014.

Special Presentation:

O Notte

Premiering  original compositions 

by Z. Randall Stroope and Kathleen Bawel

Gibbs High School Grand Theater

Thursday, May 21, 2015

7:00 p.m.This concert represents the culmination of a year-long undertaking. In April 2014, Kathleen Bawel, PCCA Music Theory teacher, was awarded a National Artist Teacher Fellowship, a fellowship awarded to arts teachers from public arts high schools to “immerse themselves in their own creative work, interact with other professional artists, and stay current with new practices.”



Each of sixteen Fellowship recipients from the U.S. in dance, theater, creative writing, visual arts, and music created his/her unique and original fellowship experience. Ms. Bawel travelled to Rome, Italy, studying conducting and composition with renowned choral composer/conductor, Z. Randall Stroope. Kathy rehearsed andconducted the Rome International Choral Festival Choir, performing at St. Peter’s Basilica and the Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Dr. Stroope mentored Kathy’s compositional process as she created, “In the Stillness,” making its official premier tonight.



In addition, each Fellow was given additional funds to allow the students at his/her school to partake in this creative immersion. This evening’s concert represents this culminating creative immersion, as Z. Randall Stroope leads PCCA students as well as choral students from St. Petersburg HS, Palm Harbor University HS, Seminole HS, and Ruth Eckerd Hall Center Stage in numerous Stroope choral compositions. This concert exemplifies collaboration within the PCCA Music Department as well as Pinellas County. Kathleen would like to express thanks to Derek Weston, the PCCA choirs, Andre Dubas, and PCCA instrumental students. Finally, this concert will include the debut of not only Kathleen’s piece, but the world premier of Z. Randall Stroope’s ,“O Notte” (Oh Night), the first work ever to be commissioned for the Pinellas County Center for the Arts.

PCCA Event Calendar


August 2014

8/18           School Begins for students 7:05 AM

8/21           Thespian Interest meeting 2:15 PM 5-207

8/25           Gibbs Back to School Night 6:00 PM GT

8/25-27     Auditions for Fall Musical 2:30 PM GT

8/25-9/26 Visual Arts AP Drawing Exhibit Gallery 2

8/28           Thespian Interest Meeting (new Members) 2:15-3:15pm 5-207

September 2014

9/1           Labor Day-No School

9/2           PCCA Open House & 1st Fan Club Meeting 6:30 PM GT

9/2-10/27 Rehearsal for Fall Musical 2:15 PM GT

9/3           Bright Futures Meeting sign up in front office 7:30AM GT

9/3           Auditions-Thespian One Act 2:05-4:05 pm TBA

9/4           Visual Arts Sr. AP Drawing Opening reception 3:00 PM GT

9/4           PCCA Alumni Association Meeting 7:00 pm 4-105

9/4/14-5/14/15 Chamber singers Rehearsals –Thursdays 2:15-3:30PM 5-114

9/8-9/9   School Pictures TBA GHS

9/11           PCCA Student Advisory Committee 7:30AM Conf. rm

9/15-9/19 Thespian Week

9/18           Student Music Recital 2:05pm GT

9/20 FBA All-State Auditions 9:00AM Largo MS

9/24           Thespian Induction Ceremony 7:00 PM GT

9/25-9/26 Visual Arts Figure Drawing Seminar 7:05AM GT

9/26-11/4  Visual Arts Exhibition of Figure Drawing works Gallery 2 & Lobby

9/29-10/3 Auditions for Senior Projects 2:15 PM Bldg. 4

October 2014

10/1           Rehearsal Multi-Cultural workshop 2:30PM 4-105

10/1           Bright Futures Meeting-sign up in front office 7:30 AM GT

10/2          Fall Choral Concert w/JHOP 7:00PM GT

10/7          Fan Club Meeting 6:30PM 4-106

10/7          Visual Arts College Visit Univ. of Florida 2:30PM 5-212

10/9          PCCA Student Advisory Committee 7:30AM Conf. rm

10/9          Master class/Guest Speaker Hart School of Music All Day 5-207

10/9          Fall Wind Ensemble Concert 7PM GT

10/15         PSAT 7:05AM GHS

10/16         Visual Arts AP Sr. Juried Exhibit opening reception 3:00PM Gallery 2

10/16         Visual Arts Guest Artist Opening reception 3:00PM Gallery 1

10/20        No School-Teacher Training

10/23        Student Music Recital 2:05PM 5-114

10/28-31   Fall Musical “Cabaret” 7:00 PM GT

November 2014

11/4           Thespian One-Act Performance 7:00 PM GT

11/4           Fan Club Meeting 6:30 PM 4-106

11/5           Florida Theater Conference varies Gainesville

11/10-11/12 Auditions for 2nd Mainstage 2:30-5:00PM 4-111

11/13           South County Magnet Fair 6:00 PM GHS café

11/13          PCCA Student Advisory Committee 7:30 AM Conf. rm

11/13          USF Day of Dance All Day USF Tampa

11/15          District Magnet Fair 9AM-12PM PPHS

11/19-20    Fall Dance Concert 7:00 PM ET

11/19          Great American Teach- In All Day GHS

11/19          PCCA Discovery Night 6PM GT

11/20         Student Music Recital 2:05PM GT

11/25-11/29 Thanksgiving Holidays

December 2014

12/1-1/30 Rehearsal for 2nd Mainstage 2:30PM 4-111

12/2          Thespian Individual Event Showcase 7:00 pm ET

12/2          Fan Club Meeting 6:30PM 4-106

12/2          Winter Wind Ensemble 7:00PM GT

12/4          Winter Choral Concert 7:00PM GT

12/4-5      District 4 Thespian One Acts 7AM Clearwater SPC

12/6          District 4 Thespian Festival 7AM GHS

12/8-12/12 Juries week

12/9          Orchestra concert 7:00PM GT

12/11          PCCA Student Advisory Committee 7:30AM Conf. rm

12/11          Visual Arts visiting Artist opening reception 2:30PM Gallery 1

12/11          Visual Arts Juried Exhibit opening reception 2:30PM Gallery 2

12/11          Concertos & Crumpets 7:00PM GT

12/12         Student Music Recital 2:05PM GT

12/15-12/19 Exam Week

12/20-1/5/15 Winter Holiday Break

January 2015

1/6           Students Return to School 7:05 AM

1/6           Fan Club Meeting 6:30PM 4-106

1/8           PCCA Student Advisory Committee 7:30AM Conf. rm

1/13          Boston Conservatory (Dance) 12:00PM Dance studio

1/15          Senior Theatre Showcase 7:00PM GT

1/19          No School-MLK Jr. Holiday

1/22         Theater Junior “Bleed Em Dry” 7PM GT

1/22-25   LINES Dance Discovery project 7:05AM Dance studio

1/26-27   All County Chorus @ Ruth Eckerd 7:00AM

1/26-1/30 Dance Senior Projects 7PM GT

February 2015

2/3           Fan Club Meeting 6:30PM 4-106

2/6-2/8  Florida Dance Performance Assessments various Blake HS

2/7-2/8  Dance National Honor Soc. Perform/Aud. 9:00AM Blake HS

2/10-2/13 2nd Mainstage Performance 7PM ET

2/12         Scholastic Art Awards 6PM GT

2/12         PCCA Student Advisory Committee 7:30AM Conf. rm

2/13-2/14 Florida Vocal Association Festival Various GHS

2/16         No School for students-teacher training day

2/17         Theater Senior Projects 7:00PM ET

2/19         Student Music Recital 2:15PM GT

2/19         Theater Senior Projects 7:00PM ET

2/20        Dance-Alvin Ailey Auditions 12:00PM Dance studio

2/20-2/21 Florida Band Association Festival Various GHS

2/23-2/27 Auditions for 3rd Mainstage 2:30PM 4-111

2/23         Theater Senior Projects 7:00PM ET

2/25         Theater Senior Projects 7:00PM ET

2/27         Theater Senior Projects 7:00 PM ET

2/27-2/28 Black History Month Performance 7:00 PM GT

March 2015

3/2-3/13  Music Senior Projects 7PM GT

3/2-4/13  Rehearsals for 3rd Mainstage 2:30PM 4-111

3/3           Fan Club Meeting 6:30 PM 4-106

3/4 -3/8  Southeastern Theatre Conference Various Tenn.

3/5-3/8   Regional High School Dance Festival Various Va.

3/12          PCCA Student Advisory Committee 7:30AM Conf rm 3/16 No School-Teacher training day

3/19          Student Music Recitals 2:05PM GT

3/19          Theater Coffeehouse 7:00PM ET

3/25-3/28 Florida State Thespian Festival Various Tampa

3/28-4/5 Spring Break

April 2015

4/7           Fan Club Meeting 7:00 PM 4-106

4/9           PCCA Student Advisory Committee 7:30AM Conf rm

4/16          Student Music recital 2:05PM GT

4/21-4/24 3rd Mainstage Performance 7:00PM ET

May 2015

5/6-5/8   PCCA Finale 7:00PM GT

5/11          Theatre-Freshman Showcase 7:00PM ET

5/13          Theatre-Sophomore Showcase 7:00PM ET

5/14-27    Juries Varies GHS

5/14          PCCA Student Advisory Committee 7:30AM conf rm

5/14          Student Music recital 2:05PM GT

5/14          Theater “Marley Awards ” 7PM GT

5/15          Doo Wop and Doughnuts 7:00 PM GT

5/19          Gibbs Awards Night 6:00PM GT

5/21          Music Concert-Master Teacher 7:00 PM

5/25          No School Memorial Day

5/28-6/2 Exams

5/29          PCCA Commencement 7:00PM GT

June 2015

TBD          Gibbs High School Graduation TBD @ Tropicana Field

GT= Grande Theater

ET= Experimental Theater

G1=Gallery 1-Building 8

G2=Gallery 2 Building 4

Morean =Morean Art Center

Dates subject to change.