Grace King has a number of students who shine in the classroom and the community. We feature three such students in our first column in our feature Humans of Grace King.
Class of 2019 member Stephen Foulkes participated in the New Orleans Traditional Jazz camp this year for the second time in a row and performed on WWOZ’s program Cuttin’ Class. Stephen writes, “I was introduced into the traditional jazz scene my freshman year because of the last band director that’s in a community jazz band called the Gallatin Street Jazz band. We go around to different nursing homes playing jazz. Through that I got introduced into the New Orleans Trad Jazz camp and it helped me with my music playing ability and I’ve enjoyed every minute of playing, improving, and going to different nursing homes and putting a big smile on their face seeing a young face that is so interested in the music they grew up with. ”
Grace King and NOCCA are proud to share the news that current Classical Vocal student Rafael Rovelo received top honors in the recent youth vocal competition coordinated by the New Orleans Opera Association. Rafael Rovelo received first place in the men’s category (a prize of $1,000).
The competition was judged by professionals in the field of opera. High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors were judged on quality of voice, musicality, technical skill, diction, interpretation, and presentation.
The Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition (Wood Competition) is a collaboration between the New Orleans Opera Association, Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts, Tulane University Department of Music, and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Beginning in 2015, the contest is open to all Louisiana high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The Wood Competition promotes artistic excellence, provides financial support to young vocalists, and encourages young local singers in vocal music.
Philip and his family were given VIP tickets and invited by the New Orleans Saints football team to watch them play at the Mercedes Benz Superdome earlier in the season. This invitation came after they’ve been invited earlier in the week by the Saints to watch them practice at their facility on Airline Drive.