Honors and Guest Artists

Awards and Honors

2014 SCPA ranked top 5% in U.S. public schools by U.S. News and World Report
2013 SCPA ranked one of the best U.S. public high schools by Newsweek and the Daily Beast
2012 SCPA ranked one of the best U.S. public high schools by U.S. World and News Report
2011 SCPA ranked one of the best U.S. public high schools by the Washington Post Challenge Index

16 National Youth Arts Nominations, 5 Awards 2014
10 National Youth Arts Nominations, 5 Awards 2013
10 National Youth Arts Nominations, 4 Awards 2012
22 National Youth Arts Nominations, 11 Awards 2011
Craig Noel Award, Best Resident Musical In The Heights, 2013
Bravo Award, Best Musical (Contract) In the Heights, 2013
Craig Noel Award for Excellence 2010, Outstanding Resident Musical Hairspray; Outstanding Young Performer, Victoria Matthews (Class of 2012) in Hairspray.
27 Annual San Diego English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition Winner 2012, Brandon Molina (Class of 2012)

Visual Arts
YoungArts Winner, Samantha Allard Class of 2014
San Diego Museum of Art Young Art 2013: The Story of Me Exhibition
Mural Installation at Lindbergh Field 2011
Artist in Residence, Pillars Project 2012
Terminal 2, Lindbergh Field Student Exhibition 2011-2012

National High School Dance Festival Spotlight Performances 2014
National High School Dance Festival Gala Performance 2012
2013 National YoungArts Foundation Finalist Winner, Cleo Person, Dance
National Youth Arts Award 2013, Outstanding Dance Production
National Youth Arts Award 2012, Outstanding Dance Production and Inpidual Dance Performance
National Youth Arts Award 2011, Best Dance Production and Best Performance Cleo Person
Choreography by Jose Limon, Anna Sokolow, Donald McKayle, Fred Benjamin and Christopher Huggins 2009-2012

2014 Reno Jazz Festival Merit Winner
2013 National YoungArts Foundation Merit Winner, Jullanar Gamboa, Vocal Arts (Class of 2013)
2012 National YoungArts Foundation Merit Award Winner 2012, Victoria Matthews (Class of 2012)
School Jams USA/NAMM Jazz Avenue Best High School Band in America Winner 2012
School Jams USA/Namm Premium Blend, Finalists in Best High School Band 2013
National Youth Arts Award 2012, Youth Orchestra The Who’s Tommy
National Youth Arts Award 2012, Musical Direction Hannah Floren (Class of 2013)
National Youth Arts Award 2011, Best Conductor Hiram Garza (Class of 2012)
Anaheim Heritage Music Festival 2012

  • 7 Maestro Award, Outstanding Soloists
  • Outstanding Instrumental, Adjudicators Award (Jazzical and Jazz Band)
  • Outstanding Choral Group and Choral Sweepstakes for Vocal Jazz
  • 1st Place Gold for Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz
  • 2nd Place Gold for Jazzical
  • Special Invite to Festival of Gold at Carnegie Hall


Guest Artists & Master Classes

Tanisha Christie, Filmmaker, Aya Arts and Media, 2012.

Isaias Crowe, Master Muralist: Airport Authority Artist-in-Residence for Mural Design and Installation 2010/11. And, Pillars Project (at SCPA) 2012

Paige Davis, TV Host (Trading Spaces) and Actress (Broadway's Chicago, Beauty and The Beast): Dance for Musical Theatre Workshop Fall 2009

Christopher Huggins, Choreographer Alvin Ailey Dance Company: Choreographer for 4 original pieces 2009-Present

Joffrey Ballet Company Master Class, 2013

James T. Lane, appeared on Broadway in The Scottsboro Boys, Chicago, and A Chorus Line; presented a workshop at SCPA in June 2012.

Sandi McCree, Actress (HBO's The Wire): Summer Arts Intensives Faculty (2009, 2010, 2012), Artist-in-Residence 2010-2011 school year.

Donald McKayle, Two-time Tony Award Winner, Master Choreographer and Dance Icon: Choreography Songs of the Disinherited 2011 and House of Tears 2012

Jeremy McQueen, SCPA Alum and Broadway's Wicked: Workshops in ballet and modern dance 2010.

JC Montgomery, appeared in the original production of The Scottsboro Boys, Bye Bye Birdie, The Little Mermaid, The Color Purple, The Boys from Syracuse, Smokey Joe's Café, Parade, and has had recurring roles on Law and Order and Another World; presented a workshop at SCPA in June 2012.

Patrick Page, Associate Artist The Old Globe, Broadway's Spiderman: Shakespeare Workshop Fall 2009

Stephanie Powell, Dance Instructor Long Beach City College and UC Irvine and Principal Dancer: Re-staged Donald McKayle's master suite Songs of the Disinherited 2011 House of Tear" 2012 for SCPA dancers.

Pablo Francisco Rubalcava, Principal Dancer The Jose Limon Dance Company: New original work spring 2009, Re-stage of Limon Classical Repertoire Missa Brevis, spring 2010; dance workshop 2012

Herbert Siguenza, Founding member of Culture Clash and playwright: Salon (community lecture/demonstration and talkback), acting workshop 2010, 2011; Featured in Zoot Suit with the SD REP & SCPA 2012.

Mauricio Mendoza, Original cast member of the groundbreaking all Latino television series Resurrection Blvd. for Showtime, acting and singing course 2nd Annual Summer Arts Intensive

Sam Woodhouse, Founding Artistic Director of the San Diego Repertory Theatre, Acting Viewpoints at 1st Annual Summer Arts Intensive.

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