University of Missouri Graphic Design Student Features GCAA Artists in “Audio Chroma”

For several weeks, Matt Washausen of UMSL (University of Missouri – St. Louis) worked with high school students from Grand Center Arts Academy as part of his senior thesis.   The result was: “Audio Chroma.”  In the following video, Washausen discusses his work during the December 16, 2016 exhibition of Audio Chroma at UMSL Fine Arts Building Gallery.






GCAA Middle Schoolers bake up some ideas in Earth Science


I’m posting this article to share pictures of projects my students did this week. As part is our Earth science lessons, they were assigned a strange geologic formation. I used the “Believe It or Not’s” list of 25 strangest geologic formations. These are some of the projects that the kids came up with. They had to research and present them to the class. Some were edible so I don’t have pictures of those because we ate them 😉. The exception is Skaftafell, in Iceland, which is the double layer cake in the picture. We had the wherewithal to take a picture of it first. The other ones represented are Gibson’s steps in Australia; Devils Tower in Wyoming; the Cave of Crystal in Mexico and the Puerto Princesa underground river in the Philippines.

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There were many additional projects, although some of the kids have already taken their projects home …

Laramie Project Featured on GCAA’s Student Media

GCAA’s Theater Department will be featured at GCAA’s Black Box Theater from Dec 1 – Dec 3, 2016. GCAA Today offers an article and video on the play:

The Laramie project is based on a true story in Laramie, Wyoming where a group of artists and reporters from New York travel to Laramie to document the death of Matthew Shepard. The play portrays a word for word reenactment of interviews given by those who were involved in the incident, and investigations conducted to seek the truth about his death.

“Vibes” – GCAA Winter Dance Concert – December 9, 2016

dance-photoPlease join Grand Center Arts Academy for “VIBES”, our 2016 High School Winter Dance Concert. Tickets are $5 in advance, and $10 at the door. There is a small ($1.27) convenience fee for online tickets.

You will experience ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip hop and more! The students have been working hard and they cannot wait to entertain you. They would love to have your support!

Doors open at 6:30 pm. We hope to see you at the Sun Theater!

If you have any questions, please email Ashley L. Tate, GCAA Dance Department Chair at

NOTE: No Refunds are Available. Children (ages 2 and under) can attend for free, if sharing a seat with a paying adult. No photography or videography allowed.

Choreography by: Nicki Beier, Chivas Merchant-Buckman, Thomas Proctor, Danielle Sampson, and Ashley L. Tate.

Carly Lawrence of GCAA Dances at American Music Awards

One of GCAA’s graduates from last year was spotted on the American Music Awards this year. Carly Lawrence danced at the nationally televised show during the performance of the music group, The Chainsmokers.  Lawrence can be seen in the photo (below) of GCAA seniors graduating last year, bottom row, second from the right.  Lawrence can also be seen in the screenshot from the Show (bottom photo).

Congratulations, Carly Lawrence! carly-lawrence-credentials




Men’s Choir Rehearses

This week I visited a rehearsal of one of Wes Smith’s men’s choirs.   Here are a few images from that rehearsal class:




Two GCAA students that will be performing in a professional dance production on Sept 18th

Two GCAA students will be performing in a professional dance production on September 18. Jordan Siemens is a member of the crew, and Carly Lawrence is a guest performer. For details, see below:

Dear Dance Faculty and Mr. Frederickson,

I’m so happy to share that you have two GCAA students that will be performing in a professional dance production on Sept 18th. It’s called “DiversCity” and put on my TigerStyle Crew! (based out of KC, but members live all over the states). Jordan Siemens is a member of the crew, and Carly Lawrence is a guest performer. I was hoping you might be able to share that information with parents and dancers. The crew is also doing 3 stops at 3 studios that Friday Sept 16th and Sat Sept 17th in the STL area. Any dancers attending those workshops have the opportunity to also perform in the production that Sunday night!!! I’ll include that info below in case you can share it; both for the workshops (great opp for other GCAA students) and the show information as well.
Thank you for all you do,

Leah Cordiano-Siemens

Where: West County YMCA- Chesterfield Community Theatre
16464 Burkhardt Pl, Chesterfield, MO 63017

(these times are in flux currently for the “dancer call/rehearsals/breaks”. We will be reposting these shortly, but this is an outline that would be similar)
2:00pm Dancer Call (get them checked in and Warm-Up from 2:15pm-2:30pm on stage)
2:30pm Rehearsals start sometime between 2:30-3pm?
3pm-5:30pm Rehearsals (ish)
5:45pm-6:15pm dinner break for dancers
6:15pm Doors open for VIP SEATING
6:30pm Doors open for General Admission
7pm-8:30pm or 9pm show, pic with VIPS etc..

Opening Day – 2010

GCAA opened its doors for classes in August 2010.  I was there, and many students and families currently attending were there on that special day.

I’d like to share this photo that I found on social media.*   In this photo, Principal Lynne Glickert was greeting the entire student body at the temporary location of GCAA, Third Baptist Church.

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*If anyone knows who took the photo, let me know so that I can give credit where it is due.  I suspect it was taken by a faculty or staff member at GCAA.

School and Smiles are back in session

I stopped by GCAA today to see how things were going on the first day of school for 2016-2017. There was a lot of enthusiasm, as you can see.

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But then I noticed something a bit unusual.  Usually when a high school student graduates from a school, he/she no longer attends that school.

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Not the case with JuJu Vieth (above photo, right side), who was at school on the opening bell, to say hello and goodbye to friends and favorite teachers, before leaving next week to attend Loyola University Chicago, where she will study nursing.

GCAA’s Viktor Freesmeier Selected as National Finalist for the American Songbook Academy

As reported in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

A local high school vocalist has been named a national finalist for the American Songbook Academy®. Viktor Freesmeier, of St. Louis, MO (Grand Center Arts Academy), will join vocalists from across the country for a seven-day Academy on interpreting and performing the music of the Great American Songbook.

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