The Arts Academy @ Pueblo County High
Announces New Faculty, Courses and Increased Enrollment!
After only two brisk and successful years TAAPCH is entering its third year with the addition of FINE ART and Digital Design courses, a Theatre Manager/Technical Director, addition to the Drama Faculty with Advanced Acting and Technical Theatre courses, Senior Seminar/CAPSTONE and increasing enrollment by over 300% to Academy classes.
“It is imperative that we are offering industry training and college prep for the student of today; they need to know more than subject knowledge to get ahead,” stated Roxanne Pignanelli, Coordinating Director of TAAPCH. Students are trained by licensed teachers, teaching artists, and professionals providing real world experience to their education. All departments will engage students in a track to certification for graduation with a CAPSTONE project to coordinate with internship and knowledge of the industry.
TAAPCH offers 5 key disciplines: THEATRICAL ARTS, INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC, VOCAL MUSIC, DANCE and FINE ART. Each of these areas provides courses that cover the scope of the genre with the pathway for graduation certification.
FINE ART is the newest addition to the Academy. Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Theatrical Set Design, Printmaking and Digital Design are all course offerings in the Fine Art Department. Students will work with several teaching artists from Pueblo and around the state to extend their knowledge with opportunities to show work in the community.
TECHNICAL THEATRE is now being managed by the addition of professional theatre educator, technician, and designer, Jack Salesses who comes to TAAPCH from many years in the professional theatre as well as a faculty post at Pikes Peak Community College and Pueblo Community College. Salesses will oversee the day to day operation of the theatre, mentor students in lighting, sound, set design, stage management and set construction.
Senior Institute, a new addition to the course offerings will provide each graduating Senior in the certification program an opportunity to develop a “CAPSTONE” project that associates them with an industry internship, cross genre studies, production skills, college scholarship and program research as well as leadership in the Academy productions artistic and technical teams.
Our educators are innovators.
Unprecedented in the region, The Arts Academy at Pueblo County High "TAAPCH", offers the first of its kind career track arts instruction in the performing arts (Dance, Music, Band, Theater Arts and Technical Stagecraft). All disciplines will include college prep and industry training. This arrangement allows the students of The Arts Academy a greater range of high school experiences and elective course choices while maintaining the educational philosophy, rigorous curriculum, and small school field training experience. Housed at Pueblo County High School, courses will be in the newly constructed ‘Arts Corridor’, a bond initiative of 2015, with state-of-the-art facilities. College credit is available for many of the courses and the certificate of completion for higher education and vocational pursuits will be awarded to full Academy students.
All faculty members will be required to have spent significant time in the professional entertainment industry as well as being licensed as a certified teacher in the State of Colorado. This will provide students with a learning opportunity from instructors that can impart the "real world" application of the techniques and studies that they are receiving at The Academy.
The considerably unique addition to The Academy is the inclusion of the "teaching artist and clinicians". Professionals from all disciplines offered at the Academy will be scheduled to teach workshops, on a monthly basis, to enhance the instructions with extraordinary presentations from dance, music, theater, technical theater, digital music, instrumental music and performance presentation. Certain workshops will be open to the public (for a small fee) and filmed for a library of digital instruction.
There are many areas needing funding:
Teaching Artist and Conditions
Lighting for Make-up and Dressing Room
Musical Rights and Productions
Travel and Competitions
The TAAPCH Foundation aims to pursue opportunities for students to learn global cultural exchange with students from other countries as they engage in collaboration and cultural competency. The need to teach tolerance and growth will be a focus of the Foundation funding.
Tomorrow’s leaders in the Arts.
Students are exposed to a greater range of high school experiences and elective courses while maintaining the educational philosophy, rigorous curriculum, and small school feel experience. College credit is available for many of the courses and a certificate of completion gives empowerment to our youth when they enter the professional world of the arts.
An Evening with Cole Washburn
“We celebrated our Grand Opening with an 'Evening of Country, Community & Creativity' featuring award winning country artist Cole Washburn.”
— Roxy Pignanelli
Cole Washburn has a vision to reignite a passion for lyrical beauty in songs that capture the heart. Since releasing his debut EP 'Traveler's Moon' Cole's career has sky rocketed. He has garnered 5 nominations and 2 wins for Americana Song and Album of the Year. His love of traveling and connecting with fans has kept him busy on the road touring Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky and Illinois. Washburn has released two music videos for 'Anastasia' and 'The Widow', directed by Michael Davies (HGTV, GNT, The Property Brothers). Short Mountain Distillery has come on as a sponsor and is releasing 10,000 bottles of their select bourbon which will include a 'Traveler's Moon' collector's coin.
Masters Class with George Vincent Humphrey
George Vincent Humphrey is a Heldentenor at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl, Austria, where he has sung Florestan (FIDELIO), Tristan (TRISTAN UND ISOLDE), Siegfried (SIEGFRIED), Siegfried (GOETTERDAEMMERUNG), Cavaradossi (TOSCA), Calaf (TURANDOT), Rodolfo (LA BOHEME), Duca di Mantua (RIGOLETTO), Manrico (IL TROVATORE), Ismael (NABUCCO), and Tamino (DIE ZAUBERFLOETE).
He has also sung Bacchus (ARIADNE AUF NAXOS), Don Jose (CARMEN), Alfred (DIE FLEDERMAUS), with such theaters as the Bavarian State Opera, Dachau Opera, Landestheater Niederbayern, Shanghai Music Festival, Opera Beijing, Northwest Ireland Opera, Alto Adige Festival, and others.
George is a native of Trinidad, Colorado, and was raised in Pueblo where he attended the University of Southern Colorado in 1989 and studied singing with Professor Doyle Muller. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado, and completed his education with a Master of Secondary Choral Music Education at Vandercook College of Music, in Chicago. George is an internationally recognized Bel Canto clinician, and teaches Masterclasses at Colleges, Universities, and Music Conservatories in the United States and Europe.
Sponsor a Project or Academy Need
One person can make a difference. You can impact the lives of our youth. Whether your contribution is in the form of a financial donation or volunteering your time, our needs are critical. We ask for your support today by making a General Donation, Project Sponsorship or by fulfilling a Special Need at The Arts Academy.
Magic on the Mesa
In its 10th anniversary year, Magic on the Mesa provides an opportunity for collaboration and creativity for all the District 70 children from the Mesa of Pueblo. Over 70 students, ages 8 to 18, from all the schools on the Mesa, comprise the cast of young artists and technicians in an evening that celebrates the themes of hope, inspiration, love, tolerance and peace.
Singer Songwriter Series
The Arts Academy has brought back so many programs that had fallen by the wayside over the past years. The Singer Songwriter Series aims to empower young musicians with targeted guitar and composing classes which are now under the direction of Mr. Brook Mead, from the popular band “Martini Shot.”
Teen Suicide Prevention Project
The District has sanctioned the presentation of “No One Hears Unless You Scream” to be preformed at all the D70 high schools with the opportunity to perform at middle schools in the region. Performances are designed to begin the complex and difficult conversation about suicide prevention and anti-bullying.
The Arts Academy
There are many areas at The Arts Academy at Pueblo County High that need funding and support. If you are interesting in supporting one of these needs, donate today!
- Teaching Artists
- New Staging
- Lighting for Make-up and Dressing Rooms
- Instrument Maintenance
- Musical Rights and Productions
- Travel and Competitions