FAC Weekly Update

September 2, 2022

Good Morning, FAC Family

We have reached our first mile marker of the 22-23 School Year - the Labor Day weekend. After a strong three weeks, let’s take the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate this weekend. Our students have done a phenomenal job so far, adjusting well to the rigors and expectations of the FAC. We hope you enjoy the Labor Day holiday, and we look forward to seeing everyone again on Tuesday!

Here’s the latest from the halls of the FAC…

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

This week's leadership lesson: What Stands Between You and Your Dreams?

The Wrong Kind of Dream - Day Dream vs. Daring Dream

  • A day dream relies on luck; a daring dream relies on discipline
  • A day dream focuses on the destination; a daring dream focuses on the journey
  • A day dream cultivates unhealthy expectations; a daring dream cultivates healthy discontent
  • A day dream minimizes the value of hard work; a daring dream maximizes it
  • A day dream leads to excuses; a daring dream leads to action
  • A day dream creates inertia; a daring dream creates momentum
  • A day dream breeds isolation; a daring dream breeds teamwork
  • A day dream says, "let's wait"; a daring dream says, "initiate"
  • A day dream avoids all risks; a daring dream embraces risk as necessary
  • A day dream makes others responsible; a daring dream makes YOU responsible

Dr. John C. Maxwell, The Maxwell Leadership Podcast

Michelle West - Cello Recital

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Parent Guild Memberships - Last Call

This is the last week of the Parent Guild’s fall membership drive. The Parent Guild is a group of parents, just like you, who help support and show appreciation for the faculty, staff, and students in all programs at the FAC. We coordinate volunteers for student performances, collect funds to host events like staff appreciation week, and assist Mr. Popat in programs such as student appreciation days.

Please fill out the membership form at: Join the FAC Partners Parent Guild (google.com). The membership fee is $25 – you can send a check to the front office or pay via Venmo to @FACParentGuild in the Business Section.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We’re looking forward to a great school year!

Artist-in-Residence Spotlight - Danielle Talamantes and Kerry Wilkerson

The FAC Voice Studio is excited to welcome Danielle Talamantes and Kerry Wilkerson as our Artists-in-Residence. Danielle and Kerry will be with us October 10-14 thanks to funding from the Peace Center. They will present a recital on October 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Sutherlin Recital Hall. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at https://fine-arts-center.ticketleap.com/talamantes-wilkerson/.

About Danielle:

“It’s not often that an operagoer is fortunate enough to witness the birth of a star!,” noted of Soprano Danielle Talamantes’ recent turn as Violetta in "La Traviata" with Hawaii Opera Theatre. Last season she made her Washington National Opera début as Maria Hernández in Kamal Sankaram’s "Rise" as part of their production Written in Stone, returned to her signature role as Mimì in Puccini’s "La Bohème" with Jacksonville Symphony and three world premiers: "Mosaic for Earth" by composer Dwight Bigler at her Alma Mater, Virginia Tech, the rhapsody written for Talamantes and orchestra based on T.S. Eliot’s iconic poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" with the National Philharmonic, and the stunning choral cantata "Kohelet" with the Washington Master Chorale and Santa Clara Master Chorale; the latter two works by acclaimed composer Henry Dehlinger. The conclusion of the season was with the Fairfax Symphony in the Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and a debut as guest soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic.

About Kerry:

A resonant singer with unique evenness in register, bass-baritone Kerry Wilkerson has been described by the Washington Post as an ‘exuberant’ performer having the “amber tone of a lyric baritone with the imposing weight demanded by Handel’s low-lying writing”. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in June 2017 to rave reviews as baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Sancta Civitas.

Mr. Wilkerson has performed as bass-baritone soloist in Opera Roanoke’s gala concert, Handel’s Messiah with National Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic and La Jolla Symphony, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with American University, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with Spokane Symphony, Kodály’s Te Deum with Oregon Music Festival, Bach’s Mass in B minor with The City Choir of Washington, and much more.

FAC Merch

FAC merch will be available for purchase on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, starting Wednesday, September 21. The Parent Guild will be on site from 8:30-9:15 a.m. and 12:45-1:30 p.m. They will accept payment in cash, check, Venmo, and credit/debit cards. The below items, plus magnets and stickers, will be in stock and on display.
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Donate to the FAC Class of 2023

An email went out last week to parents of FAC Seniors, requesting the payment of a class fee of $50. The Senior class fee goes towards:
  • Rental of McAlister Auditorium for the FAC Commencement ceremony

  • Tickets and Programs for Commencement

  • Decorations for Commencement

  • Senior Plaques for Outstanding Senior Awards

  • The Senior Gift that is given to all of our graduating seniors

  • End-of-Year celebrations for the senior class

There may be some families that will not be able to cover the class fee. If you are interested in helping our FAC Class of 2023 have a fantastic Commencement, please consider in making a donation at the following website - https://tinyurl.com/25erpzdy.

Mike Stern - Live at the FAC

Tickets are going fast for the Mike Stern Band - Live at the FAC on Friday, October 28. You can get your ticket at the following link - https://fine-arts-center.ticketleap.com/mike-stern/.

FAC Green Artists Club

Are you interested in helping to make Greenville a better, cleaner, more beautiful place? Would you like to spend some quality time outdoors, earning volunteer credit hours, and making new friends? Fine Arts Center’s Green Artists Club is an extracurricular environmental awareness/conservation group, dedicated to improving and beautifying our surroundings.

If you are interested in learning more or joining the group, follow our Remind group by texting the code @b89b9c9 to 81010. Any more questions? Contact Music Theory instructor Richard Young at rwyoung@greenvilleschools.us or Matthew Revilla at mrevil3236@greenvilleschools.us



  • Monday, September 5 - No School; Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 6 - Student Recital: Michelle West, Cello; 7:00 p.m., FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • Friday, September 16 - Thursday, September 22 - Dance Artist-in-Residence: Carlos DeBarros
  • Friday, September 23 - FAC College Day
  • Friday, September 30 - Visual Arts Faculty Show Reception; 6:00 p.m., FAC Sheffield Wood Gallery

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