FAC Weekly Update

February 28, 2020

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope that you had a wonderful week! Another busy week is in the books for our Fine Arts Center Students. Here are some highlights...

  • Our Creative Writing students spent some time on Tuesday working with AP Visual Arts students on their artist statements that are part of the AP portfolio submission. This collaboration is meant to help our visual artists learn how to best represent their works in writing.
  • The Jazz Studio completed another successful concert at the Peace Center. Congrats to the students on an amazing show!
  • Students representing the 1:30 p.m. Advanced Dance class are at the National High School Dance Festival in Pittsburgh, learning from the best of the best in classes and clinics, and preparing for their featured performance that will take place tomorrow (Saturday). Good luck and safe travels to the students and their teachers!

Here is the latest from the halls of the Fine Arts Center...

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson


The ability to understand people is one of the greatest assets anyone can ever have. It has the potential to positively impact every area of your life...

What most people really want is to be listened to, respected, and understood. The moment people see that they are being understood, they become more motivated to understand your point of view.

- John C. Maxwell, The Maxwell Daily Reader, page 64 (February 28)

Congrats - SCNATS!

Last weekend, students from the FAC Voice Studio competed in the SCNATS Classical Competition. We are so proud of all of the students who auditioned - the process is extremely important to musical and personal growth.

The following 11 students earned high scores which qualified them for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition:

Kelsie Barrineau

Jacob Bishop-Pirrone

Andrew Cooter

Nalla Fisher

Aaron Forster

Hayley Glenn

Ashtyn Hammond (room winner)

Lexi Howard

Virginia Kate Kirby

Mia Nitsche

Hannah Ramsey

The FAC will have 20 auditions at Regionals this year, including our winners from the Musical Theater category. Congratulations to our students and the Voice Studio Faculty - Instructor Danielle Knox and Accompanist, Sherry Parrini.

Congratulations to Ami-Faith Sherer!

Ami-Faith Sherer (Grade 12, Voice Studio) has been awarded the 2020 Spring Sing Scholarship! She will receive a $1,500 scholarship and will be a featured performer at the 2020 Spring Sing. Tickets are available at the following website - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/spring-sing-2.

Peace Center Features Two Chamber Strings Students!

Click on the following link to see an excerpt from a performance at the Peace Center by Julia Rhyne and Will Rawlinson - https://twitter.com/kirstenetoledo/status/1232462494754455552?s=20. Julia and Will are part of the Peace Center Teen Ambassadors Program. More information on this program can be found here: https://www.peacecenter.org/community-impact/teenmusicambassadors.

Seeking Feedback from the FAC Community

As the Director of the FAC, I am committed to the continuous improvement of the climate and culture of our school. I value your feedback and am asking all students, parents, and instructors/staff to complete a school climate survey to help me understand how we are doing. This survey is anonymous and should take no more than 5-10 minutes of your time. Data from the survey will be used for self-reflection and improvement of our procedures and practices.

You can access the survey at the following link - https://forms.gle/ntUHncGykWd8H32u8. I hope to have 100% participation from all stakeholders and ask that you please try to complete the survey by Monday, March 2.

With appreciation,

Mr. Popat

Summer Arts Intensive Programs - Financial Assistance

The Fine Arts Center has set aside some funds to assist students who are applying to summer arts intensive programs. Please note the following guidelines:

  1. Any student applying for financial assistance must attend the Fine Arts Center for the 2020-2021 School Year.
  2. Applicants must complete the Google Form linked below. All applications must come with proof of acceptance into the summer intensive program(s), or proof of application if acceptance is pending.
  3. Selection criteria are as follows
    • Financial Need as determined by a pupil's P.I.P. status. The Pupils in Poverty indicator is accessible to us via PowerSchool.
    • Merit, based on Grade Point Average and Teacher Input
    • Any special circumstances that are causing financial hardship to the family

The Google Form can be accessed here - https://forms.gle/SuQyN5a47ZAn7hhM9. Note that the form can be accessed by students only, via their GCS Google Account. Forms are due on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

Please feel free to contact our Main Office at (864) 355-2550 or email:

Ms. Erin Poole - Secretary to the Director - kpoole@greenville.k12.sc.us

Coming Soon to the FAC...

You might be wondering...where did the proceeds from Raise Craze go? Well, each teacher received an equal distribution of the funds and many are investing it back into our students in the form of Guest Artists and Masterclasses. Read on for some examples of the exciting experiences we are bringing to our students!

Artist Talk with Nora Herting

On Monday, March 2, Visual Arts Students will have the opportunity to meet Nora Herting, an artist and founding CEO of Imagethink. With more than a decade of experience as a facilitator, educator, visual strategist, Nora has led transformations for some of the world’s biggest brands. As an Artist Nora Herting is known for her work on Face of Brooklyn, a series of portraits of Brooklyn residents, sponsored by the Brooklyn Historical Society. In 2013, Herting became a resident at Les Halles Le Havre, France through the Triangle Arts Association. The resulting photographic work, Vertical Landscapes, was exhibited in Talle Humane at the Museum of modern art André Malraux - MuMa.

As a sought-after speaker and thought leader, Nora has inspired audiences at SXSW Interactive, the Massachusetts Women’s Conference, and The Atlantic’s ‘What’s Next?’ Summit with her creative keynotes and workshops. Nora’s best-selling book, Draw Your Big Idea, has inspired thousands to think visually and access their own creativity.

Voice Masterclass with Met Opera Singer

On Monday, March 16, the Fine Arts Center Voice Studio will enjoy a day of masterclasses with Danielle Talamantes and Kerry Wilkerson! Ms. Talamantes and Mr. Wilkerson will be in South Carolina for the Regional NATS Competition and are excited to spend the day with our students.

This past season, Danielle performed the role of Violetta in a debut with Hawaii Opera Theatre in their production of La Traviata, Mimì in La Bohéme with Fairfax Symphony and in a

return to The Metropolitan Opera to reprise the role of Frasquita for their productions

of Carmen. In addition, she appeared as a soloist in multiple classical masterworks

including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Faure’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall, Verdi’s Requiem with Fairfax Symphony and the National Philharmonic, Fauré’s Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with Eugene Concert Choir, Händel’s Messiah with La Jolla Symphony, Elijah with DC-based Choralis, and in the National Philharmonic’s Bernstein Choral Celebration concert. She recently released her debut album, Canciones españolas, to critical acclaim and her sophomore album, Heaven and Earth, A Duke Ellington Songbook is an exciting crossover into jazz. Both albums can be found on the MSR Classics label.

Kerry Wilkerson made his Carnegie Hall debut in June 2017 to rave reviews as baritone

soloist in the Vaughan Williams Sancta Civitas. His solo career has taken him up and

down the east coast performing renowned oratorios and exciting recitals. A resonant

singer with unique evenness in register, the Washington Post has described him as an

‘exuberant’ performer possessing a ‘smooth and dignified sound’. He recently retired

from an esteemed career with the United States Army Chorus; singing and conducting

for world leaders, Supreme Court Justices, politicians and dignitaries of many nations

during official ceremony and protocol events.

Jazz Masterclass with the Joe Davidian Trio

As a follow-up to their Monday, March 16 concert at the FAC, the Joe Davidian Trio will spend Tuesday, March 17 with our Jazz students! This extremely talented trio of musicians and educators will have the opportunity to work with our AM and PM Jazz classes. We are looking forward to an amazing experience!

An Evening of Song - Danielle Knox and Jon Grier

Come join us in an evening of lyric reflections, present and past. Danielle McCormick Knox, Instructor of Voice at the Greenville Fine Arts Center, and Jon Jeffrey Grier, Faculty Emeritus of the FAC, will perform several recent and new songs and arrangements on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 PM. Tickets $15 Adults & $5 Students. Call 864-520-8807 to reserve your tickets now.

GLOW Lyric Theatre Concerts

Glow Lyric Theatre will produce The Earth Has Music, a one-act original piece featuring opera, dance and spoken word at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, South Carolina on March 13 & 14th, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. In this production, mosaics of music, movement and spoken word touch on the delicate and contentious relationship between humans and planet Earth. Tickets are available online at https://glowlyric.com/raising-voices-series/ or by phone: (864) 558-4569. Tickets are $25, however, we can offer free admission to students who commit to attending. Students must stop by the main office to inform Mr. Popat of their intention to attend.


Mark Your Calendar for "The Momentum Series"

The students of the Creative Writing Studio are proud to present, "The Momentum Series," featuring Dr. Geffrey Davis. The Momentum Series is designed to bring diverse literary voices to the Greenville Community. On, Monday, April 20 from 7-9 p.m., M. Judson Bookstore (130 S. Main St., Greenville) will host Dr. Davis. Please click on the following link to learn more about him - https://www.geffreydavis.com/about.html.

Please join us for this wonderful event, and please spread the word to your Greenville neighbors!

From the FAC pARTners

Event Ticketing Help

Please take a moment to help us with the ticketing process at one of our performances. The FAC pARTners have created a sign-up genius where you can select an event that works with your schedule - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e45ada82daafc1-2020. We greatly appreciate the donation of your time and energy to this vital process!

Music Club of Greenville - Scholarship for Grade 12 Students

The Music Club of Greenville will once again offer a scholarship to instrumentalists and vocalists who will be pursuing a degree in:

  • Music Performance
  • Music Education
  • Musical Theatre

The deadline for the application is March 8, 2020. Please click on the following link for more information and to access the application - https://musicclubgreenville.org/scholarship-application.


Please spread the word to your Greenville friends and family about our concerts, events, and performances!

  • February 27-28: All-County Band Rehearsals and Concert, FAC and WHHS
  • March 5: Jazz Concert, 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • March 6: "An Evening of Song" at the Carolina Music Museum
  • March 13, 14: "The Earth Has Music," presented by the GLOW Lyric Theatre; 7:30 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • March 17: Chamber Strings Concert, 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • March 19: Jazz Masterclass with John Pizzarelli, Peace Center
  • April 1: Brass/Winds/Percussion Concert, 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • April 3: FAC Generation to Generation Concert, 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • April 8: Jazz Concert, 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • April 10 - April 19: Spring Break
  • April 20: The Momentum Series, presented by the FAC Creative Writing Studio; 7-9 p.m., M. Judson Bookstore
  • April 22: Jazz All-Stars at the Peace Center
  • April 28: Theatre Spring Performances, 7:00 p.m., Black Box Theatre
  • April 29: Jazz Concert, 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall

Community Performances Featuring FAC Students

Concert Opportunites for Students and Families!

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