Canyon Crest again makes Grammy schools semi-finals

COAST CITIES — The Envision Instrumental and Vocal Music Programs at Canyon Crest Academy have been selected as a 2011 semi-finalist in the Grammy Signature Schools program, one of only 130 schools in the United States and one of only two in San Diego.
This is the second time that CCA has been selected as a semi-finalist. The schools designated as a Grammy Signature School will be announced in March.
The Grammy Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that make an outstanding commitment to music education. Under the direction of the Instrumental Music Program Coordinator Amy Villanova, and the Vocal Music Program Coordinator Anne Whattoff, CCA has developed a music program which encompasses not only music classes as part of the high school day curriculum, but also extended studies after school hours.
Courses offered during the regular school day include band, orchestra, jazz band, rock band, digital music composition, recording arts, and choir. Extended studies in World Music, open to all CCA students, are available after school through Samba Corvo and the Gamelan Orchestra. In addition, after school hours, the distinctive Envision Conservatory Program is offered, which CCA students in grades 10 through 12 can audition for. The Conservatory program provides pre-professional music training where students earn high school and college credit for their work.
CCA music ensembles have performed in multiple festivals and venues, including New Orleans at the Sugar Bowl half-time show. The CCA Jazz Combos will travel this spring to the Reno Jazz Festival. Last year CCA students placed second in their division at this national competition. Also this spring, students will travel to China to perform on the Great Wall. Most recently, CCA drummer David James, was selected to perform at the upcoming 2011 Grammy Awards.
The opportunities available through the CCA Music Program are made possible by donations through the CCA Foundation. Donations can be made online to the program at
Envision Music performances are open to the public. Tickets are now on sale for the Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 Instrumental Music Conservatory performances “Unaccompanied Minors,” an evening celebrating music and technology. To purchase tickets online, go to


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