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oaklandsymphonyCongratulations to Taijee Shavers, a Sophomore in Instrumental Music (French Horn & Saxophone), for his new internship with the Oakland Symphony!! In this capacity Taijee will assist with their music library, special events, and in general get a first hand glimpse of a professional music environment. Great work Taijee!

Congratulations to the winners of Instrumental Music's first Concerto Competition. The winners will perform alongside the OSA Chamber Orchestra on April 21st at the Asian Cultural Center at 6:30pm. This concert will also feature student compositions performed by a group of professional musicians, The Left Coast Ensemble. Funding for this amazing event is provided in full by a grant from Oakland Arts for Kids.

High School and Middle School Winners:
Morgan Chan (Saint Seans' Piano Concerto in G minor)
Kayla Phan (Mozart's Violin Concerto in D K218)
Taylor Moses (Martin's Flute Concerto)
Sylvia Ettinger (Kenna's Nigh Soliloquy for Flute and Orchestra)

Honorable Mentions:
Jason Larios (Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No 1)
Ella Duchesneau (Grieg's Piano Concerto No 1)
Benjamin Kim (Vivaldi's Concerto in g minor)
Tuki Bashore-Walker (Bach's Concerto in C Minor)  


Instrumental music students will be performing at this year's Mercury Soul event at the DNA lounge - the event will also feature OSA Visual Artists and screenings by Digital Media. Come on by to support the kids!

Feb. 24, 2-4pm
DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh St.
ymtcThe Bay Area's Youth Musical Theater Company (YMTC) production of "Spring Awakening" includes four OSA students: 

Tatianna Cordoba (Vocal Music) plays the lead as Wendla, Asher Witkin (Vocal Music) is Ernst, Ella Zalon (Literary Arts) plays Ilse and Bell Coles (Literary Arts) is Thea.

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll. 


Ari Brodie-Weisberg: Gold Key and Silver Key for Personal Essay/Memoir
Chloe Smith: two Silver Keys for Dramatic Script
Emma Talamantes: Honorable Mention for Poetry
Leila Mottley: Silver Key in Personal Essay/Memoir and Silver Key in Novel Writing
Pablo Gomez Echegaray: Silver Key and Honorable Mention in Poetry
Rose Gelfand: Honorable Mention in Poetry

Sacramento - Today, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) released Meeting the Needs of Every Student Through Inclusion, a report that details the special education program philosophy behind 10 exemplary California charter public schools, how they implement best practices on their campuses, and what policy arrangements have allowed them to succeed. This qualitative study of some of the highest-performing charter schools in California offers new insights into the best ways to serve students with disabilities in all schools, in particular the benefits of inclusive education.


The Curran, Oakland School for the Arts and FUN HOME join forces with GLAAD to celebrate Spirit Day with an inspiring video of the Tony-winning musical's anthem of inclusiveness, "Ring of Keys." Kevin Sessums takes us behind the scenes.


Marsalis with OSA
Last Thursday evening the Instrumental Music gathered at the Paramount Theatre and were treated to a show by
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, (JLCO). JLCO is led by Wynton Marsalis, and made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today.
On Friday the students had the honor of having Mr. Marsalis (Trumpet) lead a Master class for Middle and another for the High School, along with Victor Goines (Saxaphone) and Ali Jackson (Drums). Thank you to all who helped make this happen!