Loudoun County, VA (May 19, 2015) – The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts has honored six exceptional high school performing arts teachers, including My-Van Nguyen of Dominion High School, and their one-of-a-kind programs with grants as part of the organization’s annual Wolf Trap Grants for High School Performing Arts Teachers.
Teachers from Fairfax, Arlington, and Loudoun counties in Virginia; Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland; and the District of Columbia received grants for innovative projects that enrich their school’s curriculums.
The grant awardees for the 2014-2015 school year are:
- Alex Robinson of Washington-Lee High School (Arlington County)
- Mike Horanski of James W. Robinson Secondary School (Fairfax County)
- My-Van Nguyen of Dominion High School (Loudoun County)
- Gregory Lewis of School Without Walls (Washington, D.C.)
- Michelle Searle of Seneca Valley High School (Montgomery County)
- Valerie Dent of Surrattsville High School (Prince George’s County)
To address the shortage of male singers enrolled in chorus, the Dominion High School Choral Program brought in artist-in-residence Jim Van Slyke through its grant to serve as a vocal coach to all male singers. Van Slyke, an international performer and vocal teacher, is attracting male singers to the program by offering specialized techniques in areas such as breath control, tone and tempo.
The culminating performance of Van Slyke’s Dominion tenure will take place during the annual spring Pops concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20th. The Titans’ beginning men’s choir will perform with Van Slyke and a professional jazz combo. They will be performing a tribute to the music of the “Rat Pack.”
The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.