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Master ClassRenowned singer David Sabella has done Broadway, Carnegie Hall, among many other endeavors. On May 13th and 14th, singers at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day had the privilege to learn directly from him during a vocal masterclass.

In front of individual computer screens, vocalists from grades 9-12 each took turns performing a piece of music for him while he listened from his personal New York vocal studio. “I see all of you joining me from your different bedrooms each uniquely decorated” Sabella said as spoke of the importance of personifying a song. “A really good song is one that can survive outside the show it came from.”

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Alumni’s Fashion Design Showcased

Zoe GrinfeldAs the Covid-19 pandemic shuttered schools and universities nationwide, those studying fashion had to move their senior thesis from the runway over to the home. Fashion periodical WWD recently showcased the thesis of Academy Alumni Zoe Grinfield (class of 2016) who is graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design.

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Artist Raise Awareness to Organ Donation

SkylerThree visual artists from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day have been honored for their contributions in helping call attention for the need of organ donors. Donate Life Connecticut is a statewide coalition that brings awareness for the need of organ donation. As teenagers approach driving age, the group felt the need to ask for help in attracting young donors. The result is an annual high school poster contest.

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Sharing Talents, Assisting Medical Community

Making Masks From HomeFour student costume designers and two artist instructors are utilizing their talents to help provide masks for the medical community. Theater Design and Production students Jadyn Moore, Kaci-Ann Headley, Elizabeth Lopez, and Emily Feivelson have all volunteered their time at home in piecing together re-usable facemasks to be used by doctors and nurses at local facilities.

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Alumnus Makes Broadway’s List

Women to WatchThe Broadway Women’s Fund has released its inaugural “Women to Watch” list, a lineup of talented women artists ready to work on Broadway shows. Among them is Katie Gamelia, a 2004 graduate from the Academy



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Dancers Make National Connections

Dance FestivalTwenty four dancers and four faculty members from the dance department attended the National High School Dance Festival at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. The annual festival provides young dancers the opportunity to enjoy three full days of master classes, workshops, performances, and networking, as well as the chance to audition for prestigious college dance programs.

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Broadway Legend Shares Wisdom

Beth LeavellOn February 25th, the Musical Theater Department welcomed Tony Award winner Beth Leavel and Broadway performer Anthony Norman to visit the Academy and workshop with students. Every student in the department participated in Master classes with Ms. Leavel and Mr. Norman...


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