The Sweetwater Summer Arts Academy is a FREE one week learning opportunity offered each summer to Sweetwater Union High School District students in Visual and Performing Arts classes.
The 2019 Academy takes place at Chula Vista High School from June 10th through June 14th, 2019 from 9am-4pm, Monday thru Friday. Lunch will be served. Each day will be divided into 5 sessions including work specific to each discipline as well as leadership skills.
Interested students may apply below. Teachers from each of our school sites will then recommend students from the seven VAPA disciplines (Visual Art, Orchestra, Choir, Concert Band, Dance, Baile Folklorico, and Mariachi) to attend the Academy.
If you are interested in attending the Summer Arts Academy in 2019, please fill out this form AND turn in the printed part of the application to the VAPA Office. Make sure you have your parent’s permission to attend the entire week: June 10-14, 2019.
IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON ATTENDING SUMMER SCHOOL, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY. YOU CANNOT ATTEND BOTH SUMMER SCHOOL AND THE SUMMER ARTS ACADEMY.
Application deadline has passed
Click here to watch a short video on last year’s Summer Arts Academy at the Army Navy Academy.
VAPA is pleased to partner with Art of Elan and ARTS (A Reason To Survive) in the 2018 Young Artists in Harmony program.
Young Artists in Harmony (YAH) is a unique internship program offered by the innovative chamber music organization
Art of Elan, in partnership with A Reason To Survive (ARTS) in National City, where advanced music students have the opportunity to:
- explore musical composition with professional musicians
- create and be a part of public performances — in National City and Balboa Park
- meet and collaborate with other like-minded music students
- build a musical composition portfolio for college
Participants in Young Artists in Harmony receive mentoring from professional Art of Elan musicians, and meet weekly at ARTS to both compose music in the computer lab (using Finale software) and try out ideas with other musicians.
The fall program runs October 13 – Dec 15, with sessions each Saturday (except Thanksgiving weekend) from 1-4pm
Final concerts are Dec. 15th at ARTS and January 23rd at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park.
A one-hour orientation for new students and families takes place on Thursday, October 11th at 6:30pm at ARTS.
Bonita Vista High School’s The Music Machine and Sound Unlimited will be opening the 28th annual Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers on Saturday, September 15th! Congratulations to both show choirs and vocal teacher Gail H. Kennedy!
Photo by L. Brannen
The 16th Annual Sweetwater Summer Theatre Institute presented THE ADDAMS FAMILY.
Production Dates: July 25-27 at 6:30 pm & July 28 at 2 pm Location: San Ysidro High School (5353 Airway Road, San Diego, CA 92154) Downloadable poster here.
Directed by Sharon Maley
Music Director: Mark McCann
Vocal Director: Michael Sakell
Choreographer: Valerie Ingram
Technical Director: Charles Batchman
Musical Accompanist: Barbara Schroeder
Cast auditions took place May 2, 3 & 7, and call-backs on May 9, 2018.
Schools represented in the cast: BVH, CVH, ELH, OLH, ORH, RDM, & SYH.
Pit orchestra auditions took place May 23, 26 & 27 by appointment only. Congratulations to the students selected for the pit orchestra! List is here: The Addams Family Pit Orchestra List
Schools represented in the pit: BVH, CVH, ELH, MOH, OLH, & ORH.
Eastlake High School Showchoir presents FINAL BOW on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Eastlake High School Ruth Chapman Performing Arts Center (1120 Eastlake Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91915)
Tickets are $13 at the door and $8 for students and seniors. Free admission for staff and children under four years old. Downloadable flyer here.
Rancho del Rey Middle School Spring Choral Concert is Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Rancho del Rey Middle School Cultural Arts Center (1174 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910)
Featuring performances of a variety of choral music including classical, spirituals, pop and jazz by the RDRM Choir and Harmonia. Also featuring a showcase of special student performances and guest choir, the Casillas Elementary School Comet Harmonics. Downloadable flyer here.
Congratulations to Mariachi Scholarship Foundation Award Winners:
Christine Aranda Award ($2,000)
Emma Padilla-Zavala, Sweetwater High School
Founder’s Award ($4,000)
Mario Palacios, Otay Ranch High School
High School Guaranteed Award ($1,000 each)
Raquel Acherman, Bonita Vista High School
Mariali Solano, Bonita Vista High School
Julian Cano, Chula Vista High School
Francisco Demara, Chula Vista High School
Juliette Garcia, Olympian High School
Alana Contreras-Rodriguez, Olympian High School
Cruz Alarcon, Olympian High School
Gissel Corral, Otay Ranch High School
Ricardo Herrera, Otay Ranch High School
Giovanna Raggio, San Ysidro High School
Fernando Salcedo, San Ysidro High School
Lucio Infante, San Ysidro High School
Christopher Reyes, Sweetwater High School
Dorysel Sandoval, Sweetwater High School
Enrique Arvizu, Sweetwater High School
Edgar Romo ($500), Southwest High School
Josue Solano ($750), Bonita Vista High School
Karla Cardenas ($750), Montgomery High School
Ballet Folklórico ($500 each)
Natalie Naranjo-Morett, Otay Ranch High School
Karlet Ornelas, Otay Ranch High School
Paulina Navarro, San Ysidro High School
Our mariachi programs from San Yisdro High School and Southwest High School are being featured on the video below. Special thanks to KVIE Public Television.
Last week, Sweetwater High School’s Mariachi Nuevo Aguadulce was invited to play at the Fox 5 San Diego Morning Show. The same week, they attended Mariachi Workshops at USD and learned from some of the best mariachi musicians in the industry. On Sunday, March 11th, 2018, they participated in the Mariachi Festival & Competition at Pepper Park, in National City and won third place! Congratulations to Mariachi Nuevo Aguadulce and their Mariachi Instructor, Fredd Sanchez!
District Show Choir Festival is Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Eastlake High School Ruth Chapman Performing Arts Center (1120 Eastlake Parkway, Chula Vista, 91915) Featuring SUHSD’s Show Choirs. General admission is $5 at the door.
Participating Schools: Bonita Vista High School, Chula Vista High School, Eastlake High School, Otay Ranch High School, and Sweetwater High School.
Downloadable flyer here.
Downloadable program here.