Empowering students and teachers for a brighter future in the Arts. 

 
 
 
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Our Vision

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
  • New Staging
  • Lighting for Make-up and Dressing Room
  • Instruments
  • Instrument Maintenance
  • Training
  • 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.

 
 

Roxy Pignanelli
Administrative Coordinator

Staff members at  The Arts Academy  (left to right) include Kennedy Pugh, Brook Mead, Roxanne Pignanelli and Joey Andenucio.

Staff members at The Arts Academy (left to right) include Kennedy Pugh, Brook Mead, Roxanne Pignanelli and Joey Andenucio.

The Arts Academy at Pueblo County High is a first for the region. It is an innovation 14 years in the making, an educational institution dedicated solely to all aspects of the performing arts.
— Roxy Pignanelli
 
 
 
 

Today’s students.
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.

 
 
 
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visiting artists

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

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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.

George Vincent Humphrey    Internationally Recognized Bel Canto Clinician and Performer George Vincent Humphrey Teaches Masterclass at The Arts Academy at Pueblo County High (TAAPCH)

George Vincent Humphrey

Internationally Recognized Bel Canto Clinician and Performer George Vincent Humphrey Teaches Masterclass at The Arts Academy at Pueblo County High (TAAPCH)

 

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

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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. 

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Singer Songwriter Series

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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.”

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Teen Suicide Prevention Project

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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.  

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The Arts Academy

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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
  • Instruments
  • Instrument Maintenance
  • Training
  • Musical Rights and Productions
  • Travel and Competitions

 More information →