CoSA Communique

A Monthly Newsletter from Coronado School of the Arts

Welcome to Coronado School of the Arts -November 2020

Greetings CoSA Families!

As we approach Thanksgiving break, our conservatories are busier than ever, and we are beyond excited and proud to share the fruits of their labors with you. If you haven't yet seen Songs for a New World our Fall musical, it's not too late. It is such an innovative approach to bring an amazing cast of our students 'together'.

Coming soon you will be able to see the culmination of all of our Dance conservatory's hard work, as well. Check out the information about The Space Between Us in the conservatory update below.

We wish you all a restful Thanksgiving break, and as we gear up for the last push before juries, we here at CoSA are thankful for the continued opportunity to make art with your families.


Catherine Burling

Director, Coronado School of the Arts

November 2020

Nov 12-30 MTD Songs for a New World

Nov 19 CoSA Talk & Tour (Virtual Edition)

Nov 23-27 Thanksgiving Recess, Schools Closed

December 2020

Dec 5 Coronado's Artisan's Alley

Dec 10 MTD REP Co. : Clichés

Dec 11 MTD REP Co. : Clichés

Dec 11 CoSA Dance: The Space Between us

Dec 12 MTD REP Co. : Clichés

Dec 12 CoSA Dance: The Space Between us

Dec 13 MTD REP Co. : Clichés

Dec 13 CoSA Dance: The Space Between us

Dec 18 CoSA 2021-22 Applications available

Dec 21-Jan 4 Winter Recess, Schools Closed

CoSA Celebrates 25 Years of Arts Education!

Click on the contact block below to read the article written by our own Beth Connelly, published in the Coronado Magazine.


Classical & Contemporary Dance

CoSA Dance has been hard at work and play! We are currently editing 10 digital dances filmed in 10 different outdoor settings around San Diego. Our concert, The Space Between Us, features faculty and student choreographed works in sites including Presidio Park, Coronado Beach, Liberty Station, and the Marston House rose gardens.

The concert streams on-demand December 10-14. Tickets at

Gina Sorensen

CoSA Dance Director

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Digital Arts (Animation, Filmmaking, Game Design and Graphic Design)

Our Digital Art students from all strands are busy creating!

Animation is currently working on in depth character design that includes drawing anatomy and gestures of various people, creating intricate posing of the character, and balancing proportions of their designs.

Design in New Media 1 students just completed their personal logos, relating them to Gestalt Principles.

Design New Media 2 students are working on a Pepsi Ad Campaign that will take the teams through the process of researching, pitching, and creating a final commercial for a particular country and culture. This project is meant to replicate a "real world" team advertising project.

Design in New Media 3 students completed extensive peer critiques on their rebranded websites and reel portfolios; they are now starting an independent project that specifically enhances their portfolio.

Design New Media 4 seniors have spent their time researching colleges, working on college applications, creating their artist statements, requesting reference letters, and applying for scholarships and or contests.

Digital Media Foundations students are creating a typography self-portrait.

Filmmaking students are researching and presenting about a Director spotlight discussing the films they have directed, and their consistent style seen across multiple films.

Game Design students are completing their very own created platform game that will be published and playable by others through a downloadable link.

Graphic Design students are creating a personal poster of original work, specifically identifying the Elements of Art. They also have a Guest Speaker this week, Mike Green, a graphic designer and City College professor.

Riana Bucceri and Anna Woerman

DigArts Conservatory

Instrumental Music

CoSA Instrumental Music continues to work remotely. Jazz Band has been learning to transcribe solos from famous recordings which will help them develop their own improvisational skills. Brass ensemble has been working on a challenging Tellemann duet over Zoom as well as solo etudes for their instruments. Woodwind Ensemble has been working on a Mozart trio, solo repertoire, as well as some jazz standards. All students have begun studying instrumental conducting and score study as part of their theory course. For music history, we have been studying the classical period of music, including Mozart, Haydn, and early Beethoven works. We look forward to getting back in person so that we can start making music together again!

Matt Heinecke,

IM Conservatory Chair

Musical Theatre & Drama

This month MTD students have been busy rehearsing remotely for two productions: our Fall Musical and our Repertory Company Show. Songs for a New World is a real triumph! The 13 member cast appear to be singing and standing together, but they were never together! It is entirely filmed and edited by CoSA Dig Arts alumnus Sam Sprague aided by Assistant Director MTD alum Mitch Connelly. It couldn't be a more perfect time for this show... In dark times, a number like 'Hear My Song', with its themes of resilience in the face of hardship, is particularly meaningful.

Rep. Company students lead by Katie Sapper have been writing, performing and directing original scenes for their upcoming show. The concept is to explore the clichés we know and love and turn them upside down! Clichés (pre-recorded) will be available for streaming December 10-13. You don't want to miss it!

Barbara Wolf,

MTD Conservatory Chair

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Theatre Production, Design and Management

The CoSA tech students are working on original themed entertainment projects that focus on immersive experiences. We started by discovering industries that often produce themed entertainment such as museums, aquariums, zoos, science centers, renaissance fairs, and theme parks. After that, students learned about various components of themed entertainment such as story, theme, layout, buildings, landscape, graphics, sound, and smell. Students looked over a few examples of Halloween attractions and they also analyzed their favorite theme park ride from the guest experience point of view. Following that, students are now creating their own original haunted attraction, pumpkin patch, dark ride, drive thru experience, carnival, or any other type of fall or Halloween inspired destination. Through mood boards and creative brainstorming, students are deciding how story, theme, layout, buildings, landscape, graphics, sound, and smell play a part in their attractions. The final step will be creating a ground plan that indicates the layout in which guests will experience their original attraction or creating a rendering of the location itself that shows the buildings and surrounding landscapes.

Curtis Mueller,

Theatre Production, Design and Management Chair

Visual Art

October has been a creative month for Visual Artists. Please visit COSA VISUAL ART online on Instagram to catch some of the recent student work. In Life Drawing, we have worked on exploring composition through “Snapshots of Spaces” where students drew a daily thumbnail sketch of their home environment. The exploration culminated with an in depth charcoal observational drawing of an interior space. Our online community forum continues to be a great way for students to share works in progress, and receive encouragement and feedback during the creative process. Seniors are working diligently to build their portfolio and/or college applications. The Year 3 students are progressing with the development of their personal style, many of which are reaping the benefit of all the years of hard work and dedication. Year 1 and 2 students have been in the process of a Narrative Illustration Workshop in which they developed archetypal characters and researched professional illustrators for inspirational aesthetic. Many of us took advantage of this year’s Adobe Max Virtual to get a glimpse into the creative industry and hear some inspiring stories from illustrators and designers. I continue to be blown away by the personal investment and progress students are making in their Home Studios. Everyone is so encouraging of each other, even from afar, and the creative momentum is picking up speed.

Karrie Jackson,

VA Conservatory Chair

Artwork below by VA students Xavier, Cate, Serena and Ava.

Artwork by VA students Xavier, Cate, Serena and Ava.

CoSA presents Fall Talk & Tour

Open the Door to your future in the Arts!

A slide presentation for prospective applicants and their families is posted here. This is our first event of Admission season. Please spread the word about Talk & Tour within your circles and post to social media! 2021-22 CoSA Applications will be available December 18!

CoSA Musical Theatre & Drama presents:

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The shoe always fits the glass slipper…right? This semester, REP Co. explores the clichés we know and love, from the Breakfast Club to the Bachelor and everything in between, and turns them on their head. Our virtual performance will be available for streaming December 10th- 13th. You won’t want to miss original scenes written by, directed by, and starring the 2020 REP Co.

Link for purchase. Please use presale code: CoSACliches. Show available for viewing for 48 hrs after link purchase. Only $10 per link.



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One notable effect of the COVID-19 pandemic was how immediately the spaces we occupy changed in March 2020. The CoSA Dance studios morphed into living rooms, driveways, and rooftops around the county as dancers took daily classes and devised ways to create and collaborate on Zoom. Now that we are preparing to emerge from our COVID cocoons, our sense of space is changing again. The students and faculty in CoSA’s Conservatory of Classical and Contemporary Dance are taking advantage of this unique opportunity to reflect on the spaces we occupy, the spaces we wish we could occupy, and how our feelings of togetherness and separation are wrapped up in our perception of space. On December 10-13, CoSA Dance will present The Space Between Us, featuring five original faculty dances and five original student dances filmed in various locations around town. The digital dance concert is directed by conservatory chair, Gina Bolles Sorensen.



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ONLY $10 per link--use presale code: CoSADance (case sensitive)

CoSA Musical Theatre & Drama presents:

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ON DEMAND NOW until November 30!

Click to watch a behind the scenes sneak peek.


$25 per download, use the presale code: CoSASongs

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

Conceived by Daisy Prince

It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... or take a stand... or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.

Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge, 57 stories above Fifth Avenue, to meet a startling array of characters that range from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams... and a soulless marriage.

With an exquisitely crafted score that runs the gamut of today's popular music, Songs for a New World is a great way to bring the next generation into the theatre.

Pre-recorded performance under the direction of MTD conservatory Chair Barbara Wolf.

CoSA Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors have been working on video testimonials to promote CoSA. These will be an informative tool for prospective families during our virtual recruitment events. In addition, several ambassadors from multiple conservatories are collaborating on a CoSA Campus Tour Video to be posted on our website. We look forward to seeing the finished product!


Caitie Grady, Craig Noel Award winner & CoSA Alumna (class of 2001) along with Charles Evans Jr, Craig Noel Award Winner serve up a fun and intimate concert of terrific music!

The married, multitalented duo have been seen often on the LAMB’S live stage.


Click to stream on demand or visit

Class of 2021 - Graduation Gear

CoSA Seniors, it is time to order your Grad Gear:

Questions?: Call the Jostens office at 858-486-2020, or email our Jostens rep at


Expanded NHS Tutoring Hours

NHS is expanding tutoring hours to accommodate CoSA students. In addition to regular Monday tutoring hours, the CHS National Honor Society is now offering later tutoring hours every Wednesday from 4:00pm-5:30pm. Tutors will be assigned to students on a first come, first serve basis. Visit the CHS Library Powerschool page for the Zoom access information.

Zoom Tutoring Hours:

  • Mondays, 2:30pm-4:00pm
  • Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm


Miss McGreevy will be offering tutoring for Integrated 1,2,3 and Statistics students only. Pre calc and AP students will need to contact their individual teachers for support. Tutoring will be available on Monday, 11/30, 12/14 and 1/11 from 4:30-5:30 PM. Pre-register HERE.


Please note that we now have a new email address to report absences! When reporting absences via email, please email The preferred method to report absences is to call the attendance line at 619-522-8907, press 1 or x2094, but if you choose to report an absence via email, please use the new Attendance email address above. Don't forget to also email your teacher about your absence. Thank you!

Communication & Useful Links

  • Teachers use PowerSchool to communicate with students and parents. Please check PowerSchool on a regular basis in order to monitor student progress and celebrate successes. Please email your teachers through PowerSchool. PowerSchool and Parent Vue System Log In Instructions
  • Please familiarize yourself with the CoSA website to stay up to date on everything happening at CoSA. Information is updated regularly.
  • Mr. Schmeichel sends a weekly CHS Principal Update: CHS Smore Newsletter.
  • Superintendent Mueller emails regular updates and you can check the CUSD website for current news and information

CHS Reopening Plan

Click on the content block below to read the comprehensive reopening plan.

CUSD School Reopening FAQs

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