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Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Since 1983 the music department at Booker T. Washington HSPVA has attained the following list of national and international awards and accolades:
DownBeat/Musicfest USA Invitational National Jazz Festival: 10 Awards
Monterey Invitational National Jazz Festival: Combo Winner 3 times
International Association for Jazz Education Conference: 17 Performances
8 NFAA Jazz Winners
Musicfest USA 10 National Wins
Grammy National Signature School: 5 times (2000-2011)
DownBeat Student Music Awards: 227
Grammy Awards won by Alumni: 28
Notable Music Alumni:
Erika Badu - Vocal
Matt Marantz - Sax
Norah Jones - Vocal
Luke Marantz - Piano
Michael Palma - Piano
Roy Hargrove - Trumpet
Keith Loftis - Ray Charles
Alan Emert - Brave Combo
Danny O'Brien - Brave Combo
Keith Anderson - Marcus Miller
RC Williams - Piano - Erykah Badu
Bralon Lacey - Bass - Erykah Badu
Shawn Martin Piano - Kirk Franklin
Frank LoCrasto - Piano - Pat Martino
Tim Owens - Vocal - Atlantic Records
Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians
Eric White - Drums - Reprise Records
Olivia Harris - New York Based Vocalist
Andrew Griffith - Drums - Cedar Walton
Robert 'Spud' Searight - God's Property
John Koen - Cello - Philadelphia Orchestra
Roger Roe - Oboe - Indianapolis Orchestra
Aaron Comess - Drums - The Spin Doctors
Nadia Washington - Boston Based Vocalist
Allison Wedding - New York Based Vocalist
Donessa Washington - Vocal - Kirk Whalum
Fred Sanders - Piano - Leaning House Records
Daniel Jones - Musical Director - Janet Jackson
Joe Jackson - Trombone - Leader Airmen of Note
Gabriel Sanchez - Piano - Van Cliburn Competition
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2501 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
phone: (972) 925-1200
fax: (972) 925-1201
To provide and receive intensive training in the Arts and Academics.
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts boasts
the honor of being the first institution in the Dallas Arts District and the
only school. There are no cheerleaders at BTWHSPVA. There is no football
team, no basketball team, and no pep rally on Friday. The building was built
in 1923 and has been declared an historical landmark. The Dallas magnet
system evolved from a court order on desegregation in 1976. Dallas
Independent School District met specific needs to educate gifted artists
with both the potential and aspiration for careers in the arts by
establishing BTWHSPVA as a school solely dedicated to this mission. Since
its inception, BTWHSPVA has received national acclaim as a prototype for
subsequent magnet schools throughout the United States and Canada through
its membership in the Network for Performing and Visual Arts Schools. In
1994, BTWHSPVA was named a Mentor School by the Texas Education Agency and
in 1995 was named a Texas Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department
Located in the Dallas Arts District near the heart of the city, the magnet
school attracts students from throughout the metropolitan area. The
multi-ethnic student body includes approximately 800 students in grades 9
through 12 who attend the school fulltime, enrolling in a full range of arts
and academic classes. Students have been distinguished by receiving a
variety of awards and honors, including Presidential Scholarships. The
instructional staff consists of 54 full-time teachers and approximately 15
part-time teachers and consultants. Approximately 88% of the faculty have
more than ten years of teaching experience, while over 83% have advanced
degrees. Faculty distinctions include Fulbright Scholars, a Christa
McAuliffe Fellow, and two National Tandy Technology Scholars, to name a few.
A variety of grants and business partnerships support the program. The
school is accredited by the Texas Education Agency and the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools.
BTWHSPVA was created to provide a program of excellence in the arts which meets
the needs of the students and the community. BTWHSPVA is not a school for
everyone, but it is the school of choice for students with special talents
and the desire and commitment to develop their potential. Intensive training
in the performing or visual arts allows students to explore the demands of
an artistic career. A rigorous academic program offers all courses required
for the state's three graduation plans, including a host of honors courses
and Advanced Placement courses. Students are selected through audition,
interview, portfolio, or other demonstration of artistic aptitude, and the
student population reflects the ethnic enrollment of the district at large.
On the average, 150 graduating seniors boast - $11 million dollars in
college scholarships in both arts and academic majors.
Getting the Word Out
With volunteer services from the graphics department at J.C. Penney's in
Dallas, a video and brochure advertising the Arts Magnet High School was
produced in 1993. This was followed by a School Handbook distributed to
parents and students which contains valuable course information about the
four clusters as well as an Internet Home Page which posts calendar events.
The position of Public Relations Specialist was added to the faculty in
1995. A revised information brochure was produced by students enrolled in
computer graphics classes in 1999.
The Washington-Lincoln Alumni Association
WLAA has over 300 members in ten chapters throughout the nation. These members
are former students from classes since 1939 who have met for twenty annual
conventions and are committed to community service projects. In 1989 this
group was instrumental in having Booker T. Washington High School declared a
The Arts Magnet Alumni Association
The Arts Magnet Alumni Association was founded by graduates Luis Valdespino
‘88, Sharon Modabberi '79, and Otis Gray '88 in January of 1995, in honor of
the twentieth-year anniversary. The organization has grown quickly and
already has been successful in creating a scholarship fund for promising
This fund was created from an alumni art show and concert held in August
1996 when more than 60 alumni from the past twenty years returned to the
school to donate works of art and produce or perform in the show. Each year,
four graduating seniors are awarded a scholarship from this fund for college
studies. On May 4, 1997 the Advisory Board, along with business and
community leaders, hosted Sundayfest, a fund raiser luncheon and concert at
the Morton Meyerson Symphony Hall. On May 23-25, 1997 the Alumni Association
hosted a reunion for all alumni from the classes of 1977-1997. These events
included an art show, a family picnic, and a concert.
In February of 2000, three Arts magnet Alumni were granted the honor of
placing their handprints along Dallas' Walk of Fame at the Lakewood Theater.
Grammy winner R&B vocalist Erykah Badu, Grammy winner jazz trumpter Roy
Hargrove and Visual Artist Chris Arnolds' handprints will remain on Dallas'
Walk of Fame forever. This event was sponsored by AT&T and Showtime.
||BTWHSPVA has specific purposes and goals:
To attract artistically gifted students from the Dallas community at
To accept an ethnically balanced student body.
To prepare students for college/ university/ professional schools or
for professional career entry.
To recruit and retain a faculty of academic and arts professionals
which reflect a multicultural society.
To educate the whole child by fostering the development of
perception, conceptualization, sensitivity, and creativity.
To provide a general education with an emphasis on societal, civic,
and ethical responsibilities.
To coordinate the content of academic classes with specialized arts
To provide for continuity and upgrading of in-depth course offerings
in each art area.
To provide an educational atmosphere which is conductive to the
development and nurturing of creative artistic talent.
To develop the students' abilities so that they can express their
ideas clearly and specifically within their chosen art form.
To maintain a close working relationship with the Dallas Arts District
and the arts community at large.
BTWHSPVA was created to provide a program of excellence in the arts. The
curriculum reflects a commitment to exemplary standards in both the arts and the
academics. Since its inception, BTWHSPVA has received national acclaim as an
outstanding arts high school and has served as a prototype for subsequent
developing "magnet" schools.
BTWHSPVA shares with only one other school the distinction of having produced
more Presidential Scholars in the Arts than any other school in the Southwestern
U.S. The Presidential Scholar Award is the nation's highest award for excellence in
the arts and academics.
BTWHSPVA annually outscores local, state and national scores on standardized
tests. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and other arts
organizations recognize our students for outstanding achievement. Colleges,
universities, and conservatories offer scholarships in excess of 1.5 million dollars
annually. Over 85% of the graduating seniors attend college, while a select few
from each discipline embark on a professional career immediately following high
Auditions are held on two Saturdays in the spring semester. Applications are
available from the school office beginning in January. Students are admitted to
the school through the audition process which includes the following criteria and
permanent record documentation:
Performance, portfolio review
Recordings Produced By Bart Marantz
|"Arts Jazz Milestones" 1985 LP
||"Arts Jazz Dallas" 1986 LP
|"Arts Jazz Impressions" LP 1987
||"Arts Jazz Dallas" LP 1988
|"Arts Jazz '90" Cassette
||"Arts Jazz '91" Cassette
|"Arts Jazz' 92" Cassette
|"Arts Jazz Stretchin The Time!" CD 1995
||"Arts Jazz 20th Anniversary" CD 1998
|"Arts Jazz In The Pocket" CD 2002
||"Arts Jazz Giant Steps Forward" CD 2003
|"Arts Jazz I Thought About You" CD 2004
||"Arts Jazz Now's The Time" CD 2006
|"Arts Jazz Night & Day" CD 2007
||"Arts Jazz Tribute" CD 2009
|"Arts Jazz Triple Play" CD/DVD 2011