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HSPVA is one of the top-ranked performing arts schools in the country, whose mission is to provide a balanced program of challenging academics and rigorous training in the arts. The school focuses on six art areas: vocal music, instrumental music, dance, theatre, visual art, and creative writing.

HSPVA was originally built in 1971 and had experienced piecemeal renovations as the school aged. It was bursting at the seams with more students across the country interested in attending. After an extensive search for a new facility, school administration decided to open a new location in downtown Houston and design a building to meet the growing needs of the school.

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The $88 million project would ultimately feature specialized performance and fine arts spaces to enhance the artistic environment of the school. Architects created a five-story, 168,000-square-foot building featuring a dramatic front entrance with double-high glass windows and a wide stairwell, 800-seat main theater with a balcony, dance and music studios, 150-seat recital hall, 200-seat theater, 190-seat black box theater, rehearsal rooms, modern outdoor dining area, two levels of underground parking and an outdoor roof terrace.

The beautiful exterior needed to be matched with first-class music education equipment on the inside.

Band, Orchestra, and Vocal Rehearsal Spaces

For any student practicing their instrument, keeping environmental noise out is critical. A sound isolation practice room can help them fine-tune their performance and concentrate on their craft.

Administration opted for Wenger’s SoundLok® Practice Rooms with superior sound isolation. Each room is 25 percent quieter than any other practice room available. Built-in absorption and diffusion enables the musician to clearly hear the best possible sound. The rooms also have built-in virtual acoustic environment (VAE®) technology, allowing the musician to learn how to adapt to performing in different performance spaces and get immediate feedback with record/playback during the practice session.

“Our students are really enjoying the new practice rooms and experimenting with the virtual acoustics,” Orchestra Director Dr. Brad Smith says. “We also like the fact that there are glass doors on them so we can see what’s going on and potentially help them if they need assistance.”

To round out the first-rate equipment, music administrators also chose the company’s durable stands and chairs to serve a variety of performance needs. They opted for cabinets that keep instruments well organized when not in use, and a portable stage and riser system to prepare them for any number of rehearsal situations.

“I am most excited about the shelving and the music library in the new space,” Dr. Smith says. “Being able to organize all of our instruments, sheet music and other items means I can devote more time to the students, rather than searching for miscellaneous items.”

Denney Theatre

The heart and soul of the building is the 800-seat Denney Theatre, which is utilized for a variety of performance types ranging from orchestra and choral to dance, theatre, and lectures. To enhance the sound quality and ability to cater to these performers, teams installed a new custom acoustical shell, a motion control system, rigging systems and hoists and lightweight choral risers that can easily be set up or stored as needed.

“Students are getting great experience working with this cutting-edge equipment,” explains Costume Design Manager Paul Davis. “The students are very pleased with the new equipment,” says Choral Director Pat Bonner. “This is advanced equipment that they haven’t seen in other schools.”

She says it’s also a treat for the staff to have a superior shell and risers after years of making due with inferior equipment.

“We have worked so hard for so long that we have earned the right to be proud of this lovely theatre, which is the jewel of our campus,” Bonner says. “Audiences that come will enjoy it just as much as we do.”

Black Box Theatre

One of the main benefits of a Black Box Theatre is its versatility. The simplicity of the space is used to create a flexible stage and audience interaction. The use of staging and lighting in Black Box Theatres can range from extremely minimal to very elaborate, depending on the performance.

Portable audience seating and risers included in this space provided flexible configurations for the theatre’s many needs. They’re lightweight, strong, and easy and quick to set up or move.

Time to Shine

With all of the new equipment successfully installed, it was time for the school to open its doors. Everybody raved.

“HSPVA is now able to provide the best music education for our students, and to prepare them to be the best musicians they can be in the future with his new facility,” Dr. Smith says. “Our students and faculty now have access to practice and performance facilities that are some of the best in the industry. Very few high school students around the nation have access to this type of space.”

The equipment in the new facility is providing students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to improve their performances, continuing the school’s long-standing tradition and nationwide acknowledgement of excellence.

“Kinder HSPVA is truly a school like no other,” says Principal Scott Allen. “As I walk the hallways of the school and observe students studying and participating in the creative arts, I realize how fortunate they are to have a fine arts campus to attend in the Houston Independent School District.”

Get a Glimpse of HSPVA’s Rehearsal Room

For more about HSPVA, please click here. For more about Wenger’s Music Education solutions, please visit wengercorp.com.

Music for All has appointed Robin Clendening as the new Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Clendening will assume the CFO role from Nancy Carlson, MFA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Carlson will continue to serve Music for All as Senior Financial Analyst.

Most recently, Ms. Clendening worked at IU Health as the Manager of Financial Operations and System Lab Services where she served as a liaison between Lab Executive team, central finance, and System Clinical Services Leadership, with financial responsivity for over 50 cost centers. While at IU Health, Ms. Clendening led the financial components of a system-wide workgroup to redefine the intercompany revenue methodology for laboratory services to ensure break-even in future years. Previously, Ms. Clendening worked at the YMCA of Central Kentucky as the controller, as well as at various other organizations providing accounting, payroll, tax function and consulting services. Ms. Clendening holds a degree in Business and Accounting from Indiana University.

A native of Indianapolis, Robin resides in Avon where she volunteers for her children’s school programming and is actively engaged in the Avon Choir Boosters.

“As someone who blossomed in music programs growing up, it is my passion for my children and every student to have the opportunity to find a love for music,” Ms. Clendening says. “It is not often that you find a position where you can combine both your professional knowledge and personal passions, but for me, this would be it.”

“With over 15 years of experience in finance and accounting, Ms. Clendening is equipped to be an integral member of the executive leadership team, ensuring the organization is sustained through strong internal control systems, diversified funding, and a strategic and compelling position,” says Eric L. Martin, Music for All’s President and CEO. “As an experienced and active ‘Parent-Booster leader, having served as Co-Treasurer of the Avon Choral Boosters, Ms. Clendening’s work helps to ensure directors and students have the support necessary for performance and show success and delivery of positively life-changing outcomes for student participants.”

Ms. Clendening will have a direct responsibility for organization wide financial strategy, performance, and risk management. She will manage and actively participate in all financial functions with direct responsibility for accounting, financial analysis, strategic planning, budgets and forecasts, payroll, and human resources.

Headquartered in downtown Indianapolis, Music for All is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that uniquely combines regional and national music education programming with awareness and advocacy efforts aimed at ensuring and expanding access to music in schools and communities.

What is your hometown? City, State.
Hinsdale, New Hampshire

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
Muldrow High School in Oklahoma! I currently go to Arkansas Tech University and plan to graduate with my Music Education degree May 2020.

Meeka1

What is your musical background?
I have been involved with music ever since 6th grade! I was instantly in love with the flute and continued on to hold several leadership positions in my high school band. I now serve as a 2nd year teaching assistant with the Arkansas Tech Band of Distinction and am also a 3rd year member of our Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
I’ve loved being able to contribute to something bigger than myself, but working with Music for All has also allowed me to break out of my comfort zone and shown me resources I didn’t know existed for music educators. I get to live somewhere new while experiencing a different side of music!

Meeka2

What is an interesting fact about you?
I am a pro Olympic player of Facebook Messenger games... including the basketball one.

Who are your top three favorite artists?
The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, and Nova & the Experience

Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
While I would like to know what’s running through my cat’s head, I think it’d be better to be able to communicate with an infinite number of people! Plus, I assume that means I would be able to read Egyptian Hieroglyphics too!

What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
That’s so hard to choose, but I think I would lean more toward Marching Band!

Meeka3

What are you currently reading?
I have been pulling inspiration from a book called Words I Wish I Wrote by Robert Fulghum a lot recently!

Do you have a favorite quote?
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” -Jennifer Lee

What show have you binge watched recently?
Somewhat unashamed to say I binged the Society recently on a whim.

What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
Well, this was a bit hard to figure out, but I think Awkwafina!

 

What is your hometown? City, State.
Madison, IN.

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
Madison Consolidated High School and Ball State University. I graduated from Ball State in May of this year.

EmilyH1

What is your musical background?
I played the trumpet until high school, but I am more into music business now. Besides being the Advancement Intern at Music for All, I also work at a concert venue and had an externship with Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival this summer.

EmilyH2

What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
It is cool to learn about how nonprofits are funded and be a part of that process. Music for All does so much good for students and educators across the nation, and I love being a little piece that enables us to do these great things.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I recently won a regional Emmy for a documentary I produced.

EmilyH3

Who are your top three favorite artists?
Walk the Moon, Judah and the Lion, and Vance Joy.

Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
I would love to speak all of the foreign languages. Communication between people of different cultures is so important for growth and learning, and language can be such a barrier.

What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
Jazz Band for sure! That was my favorite when I played the trumpet.

What are you currently reading?
I have not had time to recently, but I love Nicholas Sparks. I will probably read his most recent novel soon..

Do you have a favorite quote?
“Life is what happens when you are outside of your comfort zone.”

What show have you binge watched recently?
I watched all of Stranger Things 3 recently. It was so good, and I sobbed like a baby. Now I am starting Queer Eye Season 4.

What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
I would say probably Jennifer Lawrence because she is goofy, tall, and loves to eat!

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Win a full scholarship to the 2020 Music for All Summer Symposium and get a chance to win a VIP experience at the Bands of America Grand Nationals or a Super Regional Championship of your choice. 

Invite and get 100 of your students and parents to the BAND app to win a scholarship to the Summer Symposium for you or one of your students. The Music for All Summer Symposium is "America's Camp" for school band students and directors and orchestra students. (100 scholarships available, first-come, first-serve.) 

Invite 200 or more people to get a chance to win 1 out of 5 VIP Experience Package for the Bands of America Grand National Championship or a Super Regional Championship of your choice (VIP Experience BAND promotion package includes tickets and hotel for two people – 2 nights hotel if you choose the San Antonio and St. Louis Super Regional, 3 nights for Grand Nationals).

How Can You Earn Your Free Summer Symposium 2020 scholarship? I am new to the BAND app:
1. Download the app (if you use the link the promotion registration form should popup after registration, link works best on mobile)
2. Register before September 30th (click this link on your smartphone after signing up)
3. Create a group or more on the BAND app (see here how)
4. Create an invite link (see here how)
5. Share the link with your students/parents or staff via text, email, Whatsapp or Remind101
6. Make sure that at least a total of 100 new users sign up between August 1st and October 15th by using one of your invite links.

I am already using the BAND app:
1. Register before September 30th (click this link on your smartphone after signing up)
2. Create an invite link (see here how)
3. Share the link with your students/parents or staff via text, email, Whatsapp or Remind101
4. Make sure that at least a total of 100 new users sign up between August 1st and September 30th by using one of your invite links.

Bonus Reward:
Invite 200 or more new users to qualify for the chance to win the VIP Experiences package.

Do you have questions about how to use the BAND app?
Join our band director community on BAND! or check out the BAND app Learning Center

HOW DOES THE BAND APP HELP BAND DIRECTORS? 

  • A FREE communication platform for  and any type of group
  • Used by more than 70,000 marching band directors and students every week
  • Email, chat, calendar, cloud storage – all in one app! 
  • Directors tell us they save up to 10 hours per week

This promotion extended and will end on October 15.

This promotion is a BAND program being offered and connected to their sponsorship investment. Music for All will be a significant part of the delivery of the prize, but not the operation of the promotion.

Contest Rules

Music for All is pleased to announce that Memorial Stadium at Bakersfield College will host the 2019 Bands of America California Regional Championship, presented by Yamaha, on Saturday, November 2.

Music for All has adjusted the fall event schedule to include one Bands of America Championship in Central California in 2019, combining the two previously-scheduled shows in Northern California in Fresno and Southern California.

Memorial Stadium at Bakersfield College is a double-decked stadium and will feature new artificial turf, installed this fall during phase 1 of renovations.

Bands who were enrolled in the two Northern and Southern California shows have been given the option to move their registration to the Championship in Bakersfield. There are still preliminary performance spots available. 

“We are thrilled to be having a Bands of America Championship in Memorial Stadium at Bakersfield College,” says Cam Stasa, Director of Participant Relations and Special Projects. “There are still preliminary performance spots in the show. Bands of America Championships provide a fantastic educational performance opportunity for bands, with a positive, supportive environment and great input from our adjudicators for program growth.”

Interested directors should contact Music for All as soon as possible at 800.848.2263 or Cam Stasa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Learn more and enroll at marching.musicforall.org.

https://marching.musicforall.org/event/bakersfield19/

Please join Music for All in welcoming two new members to its Board of Directors: Rodney Dorsey, Director of Bands at Indiana University, Bloomington; and Michael Bogers, Vice President of Commercial and Industrial Banking at The National Bank of Indianapolis, Indiana.

A Yamaha Master Educator, Rodney Dorsey is Professor of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a position he has held since 2018. As conductor of the internationally recognized Indiana Wind Ensemble, he guides all aspects of the graduate Wind Conducting program. In the past, he has held various director positions at the University of Oregon, University of Michigan, DePaul University, and Northwestern University. Dorsey is on the board of directors of the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. A native of Gainesville, FL, Professor Dorsey also taught public school for many years in Florida and Georgia.

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Rodney Dorsey as a new member of Music for All's Board of Directors.” says Gayl Doster, Chairman. “Dr. Dorsey brings to the board extensive experience in all levels of music education that will help to guide Music for All in the future.”

As Vice President of Commercial and Industrial Banking at The National Bank of Indianapolis, Michael Bogers focuses on relationship-centered commercial entities that are looking for more than just a bank. Bogers received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics from DePauw University and received his Master of Science in Accounting from the Kelley School of Business. He participated in choir having studied with many remarkable voice teachers who lit a spark for music that still remains. Bogers hopes by serving on the board of Music for All, he will help continue those instructors’ good work by helping young people find themselves through the gift of music.

“Mr. Boger's financial expertise and involvement in various non-profit organizations superbly qualifies him to provide helpful guidance and oversight to Music for All,” says Gayl Doster.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Music for All, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 educational organization that presents more than 45 programs and events across America annually and is a voice advocating for music and arts education in all scholastic environments.

What is your hometown? City, State.
I grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
Franklin Central High School. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Class of 2019

What is your musical background?
I played violin since 5th grade until my senior year in high school. I played in my high school’s orchestra all four years, and I have always had a deep love and appreciation for classical music and orchestral pieces.

What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
Being able to work with the students, parents, and guests at each event. Often I don’t get to directly see the fruit of my labors in other workplaces, so having the chance to directly interact with and help make those we serve happy and having a positive impact on their experience has meant the world to me.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I am a certified 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and I recently traveled abroad in Poland.

Who are your top three favorite artists?
In no particular order: Zach Hemsey, Powerwolf, and Mick Gordon

Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
Since I’ve been abroad and often served others from different countries, I’d like to be able to speak all languages to have that connection with everyone I meet.

What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
Leadership Weekend

What are you currently reading?
It’s one of my favorite pastimes, but I haven’t had much time to really sit down and read anything recently.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” -Christopher Reeve, the original Superman.

What show have you binge watched recently?
The last thing I watched was the finale of Game of Thrones and One Punch Man Season 2.

What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
Probably Keanu Reeves or Ansel Elgort

What is your hometown? City, State.
Columbus, Indiana

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
Columbus North High School
Anderson University, December 2019

What is your musical background?
Since sixth grade, I’ve bounced back and forth between trumpet and bassoon depending on the needs of my ensembles at the time. In high school, I did marching band, wind ensemble, jazz, and orchestra, and in college I’ve continued on with wind ensemble and orchestra. I’ve done chamber ensembles and a few musicals as well.

Haley Mack1

What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
I love having a wide variety of projects and the fun, passionate people with whom I get to work on them. I love being able to support educators.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I collect coffee mugs and stickers from local coffee shops

Who are your top three favorite artists?
Hippo Campus
COIN
Arlie

Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
Definitely speak foreign languages. It would make understanding history and culture so much easier and it would be cool to be able to communicate with so many people.

Haley Mack2

What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
I would probably attend the marching band division!

What are you currently reading?
Right now I’m about halfway through Crazy Rich Asians

What show have you binge watched recently?
I did Stranger Things 3 on July 4!

What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
I've been told Emma Stone but I'm not sure I agree

Haley Mack3

Congratulations to the master educators who have been selected to serve on the staff of the Bands of America Honor Band in the Rose Parade that will march in the 2021 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

"The response to the call for applications was fantastic, with the largest pool of well-qualified applicants since 2005," says Richard Saucedo, Director of the 2021 Honor Band.

The online application for students to perform in the 2021 Honor Band is now open. 

The 2021 experience for members will be December 27, 2020 through January 3, 2021. The final application deadline is January 15, 2020 but it's not too early to apply. Early decision deadlines are September 15, 2019 and November 1, 2019.

The splendor and excitement of the Rose Parade is an experience of a lifetime for student performers. The Bands of America Honor Band gives students from every high school band program in the country the opportunity to audition for this unforgettable event. 

2021 Staff

Richard L. Saucedo, Director and Music Arranger
David Starnes, Program Director 

Instrumental Staff
Brianna Slone, Kennesaw, GA
Tim Allshouse, Blue Springs, MO
David Lesser, Clovis, CA
Andrew Carr, West Chester, OH
Tanner Smith, Frisco, TX
Cheryl Lee, Overland Park, KS
Jerell Horton, Birmingham, AL
Nolan Jager Loyde, Round Rock, TX
Michael Stone, Lexington, KY

Marching Instructor
Jeff Young, Carmel, IN 

Percussion Staff
Michael McIntosh, Shakopee, MN
Marty Griffin, Toms River, NJ

Colorguard Staff
Lindsey Vento, Blue Springs, MO
John Leonard, Flower Mound, TX

Dance Staff
Samia Mooney, Avon, IN
Aylin Vural, Washington D.C.

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