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November 2019 Spotlight:
OSA Annual Fund Kick-Off Concert a Success!!
Early College Credit (ECC)
OSA's "Off the Table" Featured in KQED ARTS
Alumni Spotlight: Zendaya & Angus Cloud
"Cabin Fever" Haunted House
6th Grade Library Walk
OSA Strings Perform for Mercury Soul
Faculty Spotlight: Justin Ouellet
Giving Tuesday: December 3rd! 
Community Highlights
Upcoming Events
OSA Annual Fund Kick-Off Concert a Success!!
The Messengers

Photo: OSA Band "The Messengers"

Thank you for making this year’s Annual Fund Kick-Off Concert a huge success! We partnered with The Uptown Nightclub to host a fundraiser for OSA, an evening that included performances from OSA's Vocal Music, Literary Arts, Dance and Instrumental Music. We raised a historic $55,000 that evening! Thank you to all who came out to support our school and students.

This is a milestone year for OSA as we proudly submitted our 5th charter application for renewal. Now in our 18th years as a school, OSA stands strong as a vibrant presence in the Fox Theater and surrounding area. Last year, we celebrated a 96% graduation rate with students gaining admission to 2 and/or 4 years universities including: Central St. Martin’s, NYU, Pratt Institute, Northwestern, UCLA, Oberlin College of the Arts and Columbia College of the Arts. We simply cannot do this without the generosity of our families, board members and community partners. 

This year, OSA is asking for $2,500 per student. Your tax-deductible gift will be put to use where it is needed most – whether it is bridging the gap in state and local funding or providing investment in OSA’s unique public arts education. Please consider making your gift to OSA today! 

Early College Credit (ECC):
Berkeley City College Partnership

This year, OSA moved to a hybrid block bell schedule. This has been a significant transition that has enabled us to support multiple initiatives. Though this is not a major change for our arts program, having opportunities for academic class to meet for 85 minutes allows more time for project based learning opportunities, local field trips, and labs.

A second priority supported by this change is the development of our Early College Credit (ECC) program. The block periods facilitate a partnership with Berkeley City College. Dr. David Powell, one of City College’s professors that comes to OSA as an instructor for Statistics. OSA is also offering online American Sign Language through Saddleback College. Students in these classes earn high school and college credits simultaneously and free of charge.

Lastly, the block schedule has allowed us the time to implement a weekly advisory class by reducing the amount of transition time between classes. The weekly advisory is a curriculum driven class that provides each of our 792 students with an advisor who provides their advocacy and socio-emotional support for their small group of students. Our students and faculty have adjusted smoothly to this significant transition and we look forward to seeing how each of these initiatives grow in the coming years.

OSA's "Off the Table" Featured in KQED ARTS
Oliver Tuttle playing for Off the Table

Pendarvis Harshaw, host of KQED ARTS Rightnowish, compared OSA's Off the Table to to NPR's Tiny Desk concert series, "but even better" [because], "you're getting the chance to look at the next wave of talent out of the Bay Area". OSA Student, Oliver Tuttle was the artist featured the day Harshaw recorded the Rightnowish episode. 

What is OSA’s Off The Table? A team of OSA students that film, record, and produce a video series featuring various musical artists/groups from OSA. The series highlights youth voice and brings exposure to the powerful creative culture of Oakland youth.
Alumni Spotlight:
Zendaya and Angus Cloud
OSA Alumni's Angus Cloud and Zendaya, starred alongside each other in HBO's, hit show, "Euphoria". Zendaya has been working as and actress for many years and has a long list of credits. Cloud, on the other hand was "discovered" while walking down a street in Brooklyn. His role in Euphoria was his first ever acting job. Zendaya recently won 2 People's Choice Awards for The Female Movie Star and The Drama TV Star of 2019. 
"Cabin Fever"
Haunted House

Production Design’s haunted house, “Cabin Fever” was presented at the Black Box Theater in time for Halloween, with over 600 attendees. Grades 6-12 collectively designed and built a creepy maze design to create a “lost in the woods” atmosphere for students, families and faculty to walk through, if they dared.

Students designed a 3D model of the “house” prior to construction. Middle school Fashion Design students constructed costumes and provided make-up to actors in the haunted house. Audio Production and Engineering provided sound design, and PD completed the sound installation of screams, creaking and other chilling noises.
6th Grade Library Walk
Ms. Bradburn and Ms. Herron together took the entire 6th grade class to the Main Library Branch of the Oakland Public Library in late September and early October. In a continuation of an ongoing relationship with the OPL, students were given tours of both the Children's Library (with Jessie Natchem) and the Teen Zone (with Brian Boeis). After the tours, each student was issued a library card. The OSA English teachers have incorporated this annual library trip into the 6th grade curriculum.
OSA Strings Perform for Mercury Soul with Mason Bates

Grammy award-winning composer and electronic musician Mason Bates is the artist behind Mercury Soul, a national performance series that pairs chamber music with electronic music. Between DJ sets, are performances of classical music.

This November, one of OSA’s high school chamber music string quartets performed Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 No. 15. OSA was one of three schools invited to perform, continuing a 3 year-long relationship with Bates and Mercury Soul. Mercury Soul’s educational outreach is geared toward high school music students, inviting them to be a part of a free show in the afternoon before the evening performance, at SF's DNA lounge.

Faculty Spotlight: Justin Ouellet

As a member of the Instrumental Music faculty at OSA, Justin Ouellet is the co-director of the Symphony Orchestra and co-directs the Chamber Music Studies program. He is a recipient of the 2018-19 Academy of Gospel Music Award for his achievement in Arts Education. 

Voted 2019’s “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” by the San Francisco Classical Voice, “Best of the Bay” violinist Justin Ouellet has garnered a reputation as a fearless performer in the realms of jazz and contemporary music. In addition to cultivating an accomplished career as a classical musician on both violin and viola, Ouellet moves effortlessly between a multitude of genres and styles such as Jazz, R&B, Funk and Blues.

As a classical orchestral and chamber musician, Ouellet has appeared throughout the United States in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, and Philadelphia Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. He has toured internationally to Austria, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico and Switzerland, and has played under the batons of conductors such as multi-Emmy Award-winning Gerard Schwarz, Grammy Award-winning John McLaughlin Williams, and Arnie Roth. 

His debut album, “Episodes of an Aquarius”,  has just been released and can be heard on YouTube, CD Baby and other streaming platforms. The CD Release Show will be at the Sound Room on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 8PM.
Giving Tuesday
December 3, 2019
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving. This year on Giving Tuesday OSA’s goal is to raise $20,000 for Chromebooks and laptops for teachers. 
Community Highlights

Simon Buhller-Riordan, a 10th grader, organized OSA’s participation, along with the Oakland based activist group, Youth vs. Apocalypse, in the September 20th youth-led Global Climate Strike. Students joined adults and young people at the San Francisco Federal Building, Civic Center to demand transformative action to address the climate crisis. 

Instrumental Music attended the October 24th SF Symphony open rehearsal for a program of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7, Leningrad.

While in Oakland to perform at the Fox Theater with Sofi Tukker, LP Giobbi visited with APE to give a masterclass on synthesizers and how she uses them in her music. She also shared her background as a pianist and an instrumentalist with students.

Guest of Mx. Kartane's English classes, Oakland author and mother of two students at OSA, Aida Salazar, pictured here. She recently published her debut novel, "The Moon Within", through Scholastic. She gave a short talk about her journey to becoming an author and did a short reading of her novel last month. 
Mr. Junge’s 11th grade Visual Arts students produced large scale observational drawings of Ms. Kathryn Keslosky, using charcoal. The drawings were installed as community art in Downtown Oakland, outside of the White Box Gallery.
Upcoming Events
12/5: Classical Guitar and Woodwind Chamber Music Winter Concert, Piedmont Piano Company
12/6: Literary Arts Middle School Reading, Sweet's Ballroom
12/7: Theater Performance presents, "La Posada", Marion E. Greene Black Box Theatre
12/9: Piano Winter Recital, Piedmont Piano Company
12/10: Strings Chamber Music Winter Concert, Sweet's Ballroom
12/12: Piano Winter Recital, Piedmont Piano Company
12/12-15: Theater presents, "The Importance of Being Earnest", Marion E. Greene Black Box Theatre
12/13: Digital Media, Multimedia Winter Show, White Box Gallery
12/14: OSA Symphony Orchestra and High School Big Band Winter Concert, Sweet's Ballroom
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