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Dallas Academy welcomes Booker T. students
by Sarah Jayroe
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Dallas Academy's Department of Performing Arts welcomed to campus performers from the famed Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts on Thursday.

The chamber orchestra, along with 15-year-old student pianist and composer Chase Dobson, performed for the entire Dallas Academy student body and guests. The orchestra performed under the direction of David Large, Booker T. Washington teacher and conductor.

Dallas Academy students were inspired by the talents of the guest performers.

The program included classical works by Handel, Mozart and Schumann as well as original pieces composed by Dobson.

Dobson, along with the strings players, shared with the Dallas Academy community interesting historical information about the composers as well as educational points about the musicianship each piece demanded.

He wowed the audience with his piano performance of two very expressive original compositions. Dobson amazed the audience with his mastery of the piano and his compositions. The show is a part of Dallas Academy's newly created community concert series. Molly Phillips Grogan, Dallas Academy’s music therapist and director of the Department of Performing Arts, along with Jim Richardson, Dallas Academy’s headmaster, are responsible for bringing a diverse array of performers and talents to Dallas Academy. Grogan saw a need to provide cultural enrichment opportunities for her students as well as for the community. The first performance of the Dallas Academy concert series took place this winter when Yale University’s women’s a cappella choir “Whim ‘n Rhythm” performed for the Dallas Academy community. This performance was a huge success and Grogan decided to think locally to find the next cultural opportunity.

Grogan contacted Large this winter and was excited when he volunteered his students to perform at Dallas Academy. Dallas Academy eighth grader June Rule enthusiastically commented after the concert: "I've never seen a real classical concert in person in my whole life. I love classical music and that was amazing!" Grogan’s goal is to introduce new forms of performing arts to Dallas Academy students to encourage future patrons of the arts. Students at Dallas Academy generously donated funds to help support the Booker T. Washington orchestra’s upcoming trip to perform in Carnegie Hall.

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