At FRA, the arts are a priority, and our arts offerings complement our intellectual, athletics, and spiritual pursuits, lending a creative outlet to let students' minds solve problems in unexpected new ways.
FRA Junior, Spencer Guy, was selected as a member of the Tennessee All-State Band, which was to begin this week, and end with concerts on Saturday at Opryland. After months of preparation and auditions on trumpet, the Tennessee All-State experience was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Spencer deserves a big congratulations still. We are proud of his accomplishments!
Each year, Franklin Road Academy presents the Frankie Awards to recognize students for exceptional work throughout the year in fine and performing arts. It is our pleasure to announce the award winners for the 2019-20 school year.
Senior Sabrina LaFaye, who had six pieces of art displayed at Cheekwood as part of the Scholastic Arts Competition, will have two of those pieces displayed at Carnegie Hall in New York! Sabrina plans to attend Tulane University to take classes in architecture, life science, and art as she looks to pursue either architecture, medical illustration, or both!
Congratulations to Spencer Guy, FRA trumpeter, for his selection to the 2019 Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. Spencer, who is an FRA All-Midstate musician, auditioned and was offered a full scholarship to attend the GSFTA.
Congratulations to our vocal ensemble members who were adjudicated in MTVA's Choral Festival and received a Superior Rating, the highest honor!
Seniors Sabrina LaFaye, Jake Slipkovich, Cathleen Li, and Lee Anna Chen have been recognized for their works submitted in the 2019 Scholastic Art Competition. LaFaye was named as one of the five American Visions Nominees, which is the top honor, and won six Gold Keys, four Silver Keys, and four honorable mentions; Slipkovich won one Gold Key; and Li and Chen were honorable mentions.
Every year, the arts department presents the Frankies, which are given to upper school students who show passion, leadership and study outside of the realm of the classroom. On Wednesday, the 2018 Frankies were given. We also celebrated those seniors who plan to pursue arts in college. Congratulations to all of our talented arts students for a great year!
Congratulations to junior Maddie Cunnigham and sophomore Jaden Holtschlag for being accepted to the Governor's School of the Arts, a four-week long summer program for high school students gifted in music, visual art, theatre, dance, and filmmaking. They were two of 230 students accepted from the 1400 applicants.
Last month, seniors Katherine Holman and Ansley Moore attended the National Unified Auditions in New York. More than 25 top universities from all over the nation, as well as some international universities, were at these auditions, where students auditioned for different positions in the theatre department.
The FRA Fine and Performing Arts Department is excited to announce additional growth in its dance program as it expands into the lower school, threading through all divisions on campus.