Meet Haozhou Wang, a musically inclined 10th grader at PALCS. At age 3 and a half, Haozhou fell in love with music and playing the piano. Now age 17, Haozhou is an accomplished award-winner in several international piano competitions and takes courses at The Julliard School in New York.
Dr. Allyson Roberts first joined PALCS in 2005 as a music teacher when the school was just starting out and when the Center for Performing and Fine Arts (CPFA) was a mere idea. Now Dr. Roberts is in her 14th year at PALCS as the music department chair and student academic advisor at CPFA, a Doctor of Music Education and Pedagogy, holds a National Certification in Music Education and teaching piano, and is going to be begin her 24th year of teaching music. Dr. Roberts recently had an article published in the July 2018 issue of the Christian Chronicle.
Anagha Kapsi, PALCS 7th grader, is helping others figuratively speak through music. Anagha is involved in the Silent Voices Project, which evokes the ideas and words of children who lived and often died during the Holocaust through the music of contemporary children. The project aims to spread awareness that such inhumane acts should never be forgotten and never be repeated.
On April 7, 2018, the PALCS Center for Performing Arts (CPFA) Jazz Mavericks made a trip to New York City to participate in their first overnight performance trip. They attended the NYC Jazz Festival at the historic Apollo Theater, located in Harlem.
William McGregor has had an incredible journey here at PALCS, which was recently covered in his Student Spotlight. However, this soon-to-graduate double bass player’s high school journey is not over just yet. William has been nominated as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, an honor which only 60 students in the entire country receive.
Presidential Scholar nominee, PALCS graduating junior, scholarship winner, flutist, sister, and proud daughter are just a few terms to describe Audrey Emata. At only sixteen years old, Audrey has already accomplished so much, including being named as a nominee for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts Award, an honor that only 60 students in the entire country receive. We recently had the opportunity to speak to Audrey’s mother, Christina, about her talented daughter’s future goals and her journey to becoming a Presidential Scholar.
PA Leadership is ecstatic to announce that two of our extremely hard-working and talented students have been chosen as the Pennsylvania nominees for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Congratulations to USP students Audrey Emata and William McGregor, among the winners of the annual YoungArts competition.
The PALCS University Scholars Program offers students the opportunity to join a long list of student activity groups. Such groups include: the Mock Trial Team, Moot Court Team, Academic Team, Drama Activity Group, The Algorythms: USP’s A Capella Group, and many more. These activity groups not only kicked off 2017 with victories and triumphs, but are ending 2017 in the same way!
We recently had the chance to catch up with PALCS alumnus, Vinh Le, and learn about what he has been up to since graduating from PALCS. As a member of the Class of 2015, Vinh had first enrolled at PALCS in 2005 as a 5th grader. He was a member of the National Honor Society, served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Student Government Observer, and was the chairman of the Student Legislative Initiative committee which drafted real legislation that was brought to the Pennsylvania Senate. Vinh has been playing the piano for the past 15 years; with a passion for music, he recently released his very first music video – a piano medley of the themes in the "Lord of the Rings" soundtrack.
The good news keeps on coming for PALCS 11th grader William McGregor. On Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the 42nd Stulberg International String Competition, 17 year old William won first place and the gold medal for the double bass.
We are pleased to announce the ongoing success of our CPFA High School Jazz Ensemble, whose consistent talent led them to receive a rating of “Outstanding” this past weekend at another Cavalcade of Bands Jazz Festival.
PALCS is proud to announce that the Center for Performing and Fine Arts High School Jazz Ensemble won several awards at the Cavalcade of Bands Festivals.