ArtQuest spring exhibit postcard

Spring fine arts performances and exhibits …and reasons to celebrate!


ArtQuest spring exhibit postcardUpcoming spring fine arts performances include:

  • 4/24 CHS Chorus Spring Concert, 7pm
  • 4/29 Johnson Spring Concert, 6pm
  • 4/30 Walker Orchestra Spring Concert, 7pm
  • 5/1 Buford Orchestra Spring Concert, 7:30pm
  • 5/6 CHS Band Spring Concert, 7pm
  • 5/8 Walker/Buford Chorus Spring Concert, 7pm
  • 5/9 Buford Band Spring Concert, 7pm
  • 5/16 Burnley-Moran Spring Concert, 6pm
  • 5/20 Venable Spring Concert, 6pm
  • 5/21 Clark Spring Concert and Fine Arts Night, 5:30pm
  • 5/21 CHS Orchestra Spring Concert, 7:30pm
  • 5/22 Walker Stage Left Theatre Play, 6:30pm
  • 5/30 Minds in Motion Performance, CHS MLK PAC, 7pm


The 2019 ArtQuest program exhibit will be taking place at CitySpace gallery during the month of May. A special opening reception will be held Friday, May 3 from 5:30-7pm as part of the Charlottesville First Fridays Gallery walk tradition. The exhibit features artwork produced in the 2018-19 school year by the 5-12th grade ArtQuest participants. Free and open to the public.

Stage Left Theatre, our after school theater program at Walker Upper Elementary and Buford Middle School recently welcomed Broadway actress and director/choreographer Judine Somerville along with local artist and president/founder of DMR Adventures for a Broadway Masterclass. Students learned performance techniques and worked on auditioning skills while having fun through the fine art of theater.

Collage of photos from the StageLeftTheatre MasterClass.
Scenes from the Broadway Master Class held at Buford Middle School for the Stage Left Theatre after school theater program.


Celebration and congratulations are in order….

CHS student and pianist Dante Walker won the local Omega Psi Phi Talent Hunt at CHS in March and advanced to the next level where he beat some stiff regional competition to win first place again in Dulles. He was competing against dancers, actors, other pianists, and instrumentalists.

CHS musicians celebrate win with multiple trophies in Atlanta.
CHS musicians celebrate win with multiple trophies in Atlanta.

More than 200 CHS Choir, Band, and Orchestra members and chaperones traveled to Atlanta,GA to participate in the WorldStrides 2019 Atlanta Heritage Festival and returned with an abundance of awards. Competing against 18 ensembles from across the nation, they earned the Grand Championship Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a high school music program at the event. Other accolades include: Instrumental Sweepstakes (Best Orchestra and Band), Outstanding Orchestra (CHS String Ensemble), Outstanding Band (CHS Concert Band),five gold medals (Festival Choir, Jazz Band, Concert Band, Combined String Orchestra, and String Ensemble),four Adjudicators Awards (both bands and both orchestras), and two Maestro Awards (soloists Barrett Crusse and Danny Dupes). See news coverage here.

Congratulations to our musicians who represented Charlottesville High School in the 2019 All-Virginia Choir, Bands, and Orchestra at the Richmond Marriott and Convention Center; culminating performances were held at the Carpenter Center.

All-Virginia Choir, Band, Orchestra participants 2019Pictured left to right, top row: Adria Cafferillo, Choir; Reid Dodson, Symphonic Band, Parker Nelson, Choir, Margaret Ann Doran, Choir, and Anna Bon-Harper, Symphonic Band. Seated: Sarah Garretson, Orchestra.

Congratulations to Johnson Elementary School Art Teacher Jocelyn Johnson whose short story, Control Negro, was performed live by storyteller, actor, and author, LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow and Star Trek). More about Burton’s performance and award-winning podcast can be found here. 

Buford School artists swept the 2019 Peace & Dialogue Art Contest hosted by Rumi Forum Charlottesville (RFC). Congratulations to Ella Brown (1st place), Ezhar Zahid (2nd place), and Amare Anderson (3rd place)! Using the theme, “E Pluribus Unum-From Many, One,” students were asked to explore their understanding of diversity and community, and how, in our country, we are many and yet, also one. These students and their families will attend the RFC awards dinner where they will be recognized for their outstanding work.

Collage of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Rumi Art Contest winners.
Rumi Forum Charlottesville 2019 Peace & Dialogue Art Contest.

To see more artwork from students across Charlottesville City Schools, visit the online art galleries for each school: