Visual and Performing Arts
Central Unified School District recognizes the important role visual and performing arts play in providing our students a well-rounded education. The arts - dance, music,theater, and visual arts - are a critical part of every child's education. Research has shown that arts education not only enhances student achievement, but also improves emotional intelligence necessary in life: self-awareness, empathy, self-regulation, and internal motivation. It is no surprise that education in the visual and performing arts is recognized as a key component in developing 21st century job skills, and Central promotes this at every grade level!
2016-2017 DISTRICT VAPA EVENTS:
The Milestones Youth Jazz Summer Camp will be held June 12-16 at Rio Vista MS. Locally known jazz instructors will provide specialty courses in vocal and instrumentation daily from 8 am - 4 pm. The week-long event will culminate on Saturday with concerts from 9-10 and 11-12:30 in the cafeteria .
Central intermediate through advanced students (grades 8-11) will have the opportunity to participate in Flamenco Guitar clinics this summer with nationally known flamenco guitarist Jason McGuire. This is an extension of the collaboration with guitar teacher Brian Garcia and the Agua Clara Flamenco program in Oakland. Clinics will be held on June 8, 24 and July 8 from 11 am – 2 pm in the band room at CH East.
The Rio Vista Percussion Ensemble WON the Central Valley Winter Guard International Percussion Championships at Clovis North Friday, March 31st! Josie Wrinkle competed in and won the solo marimba competition, beating out 11 of the best middle school students in the valley. Central High Percussion took second place in Open Class. Senior Ariana Carrillo took second place in mallets for the entire completion involving over 20 high schools from the valley. The high school ensemble was featured on Flomarching, which features performances during the Winter Guard International Championships, for their puppeteering.
During the Central Valley Guitar Summit at Fresno City College also on Friday, March 31st, Rio Vista Guitar took first place! Rio Vista student Johnny Arriba took third place as a soloist for the middle school division. The Central High Guitar ensemble took second place with senior Armin Kooshkebaghi taking first place in the soloist competition.
Last Thursday, March 30th, grades 4-12 students participated in the District Choir Festival in the PAC. The adjudicators were extremely impressed with the level of musicianship of our students. The highest honors were awarded as follows: Glacier Point MS Choir and Madison/Polk/Teague Choirs Unanimous Superiors; El Capitan MS Choir and Central High Chamber Singers, Superiors.
The Elementary Band Festival, held in the PAC on Tuesday, April 4th, provided a wonderful and rare experience for our elementary students to perform for a group of judges and receive feedback on their performance. The Harvest/Polk combined bands and Liddell/McKinley combined bands each received Unanimous Superiors!