Canyon Crest Academy music program selected as semi-finalist for the Grammy Signature Schools Award

Envision's Samba Corvo, a take on the traditional Brazilian Samba Batucada, led by teaching artist, Mike Atesalp.
Envision's Samba Corvo, a take on the traditional Brazilian Samba Batucada, led by teaching artist, Mike Atesalp.

The nationally recognized Envision Instrumental and Vocal Music Programs at Canyon Crest Academy have been selected as a 2011 semi-finalist in the prestigious Grammy Signature Schools program, one of only 130 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 who attain the coveted designation 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 an exceptional 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, which are also 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 10-12 can audition for. The Conservatory program provides pre-professional music training where students earn high school and college credit for their work.

The music opportunities for students at CCA are unparalleled because of the depth and breath of the offerings.

In the school’s short history, students have shared their talents to wider audiences across the globe and gained an astonishing amount of significant recognition. CCA music ensembles have performed in multiple festivals and venues, for example in 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 extensive opportunities available through the CCA Music Program are made possible by generous parent donations through the CCA Foundation. Donations can be made online to the program via the Foundation website:


Envision Music performances are open to the public. Tickets are now on sale for the Feb. 8-9 Instrumental Music Conservatory performances “Unaccompanied Minors,” an evening celebrating music and technology. Come see and hear the incredible talents of the Conservatory students as they combine live performances with their own pre-recorded work. To purchase tickets online please go to:




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