Save Money in this Sunday's paper

comments

‘Voice’ winner gives Northwest students encouragement

  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/03/07/15/26/gtNZ3.Em.138.jpeg|212
    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    Northwest students that helped with all the prep work for Danielle's appearance get a high-five from Danielle as she makes her way through the corridor. Danielle Bradbery, who won NBC's "The Voice" competition last year, visited Northwest School of the Arts, Friday, March 7, 2014, as part of the "Music In Our Schools" national bus tour. The tour is sponsored by Disney Performing Arts and the National Association for Music Education. Northwest School for the Arts is one of just five U.S. high schools that was recognized for their dedication to excellence in music education. Northwest School of the Arts received one-thousand a dollars grant,also, Danielle matched the grant with an additional thousand dollars.
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/03/07/15/26/RMkcc.Em.138.jpeg|462
    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    Danielle Bradbery, who won NBC’s “The Voice” competition last year, visited Northwest School of the Arts on Friday as part of the Music In Our Schools national tour. The tour is sponsored by Disney Performing Arts and the National Association for Music Education. Northwest is one of five U.S. high schools recognized for dedication to excellence in music education. The school received a $1,000 grant and Bradbery matched the grant with an additional $1,000.
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/03/07/15/26/ocn3m.Em.138.jpeg|201
    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    Danielle Bradbery performs Friday for an auditorium full of students at Northwest School of the Arts. She is accompanied by her traveling musicians, Ben Helson, left, and Justin Eason.
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/03/07/15/26/wxLHO.Em.138.jpeg|253
    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    After receiving the Mousecar award from Walt Disney World Ambassador Rich Tamayo, Northwest School of the Arts principal Melody Sears finishes out the moment with the Micky Mouse Club goodbye: “Now its time to say goodbye to all our company, M-I-C, see you real soon, K-E-Y, why? because we like you, M-O-U-S-E.” Danielle Bradbery, who won NBC’s “The Voice” competition last year, visited Northwest on Friday as part of the “Music In Our Schools” national tour. The tour is sponsored by Disney Performing Arts and the National Association for Music Education. Northwest is one of just five U.S. high schools that was recognized for dedication to excellence in music education. Northwest received a $1,000 grant. Bradbery matched the grant with an additional $1,000.
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/03/07/15/26/LOs1u.Em.138.jpeg|209
    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    Danielle Bradbery, who won NBC’s “The Voice” competition last year, visited Northwest School of the Arts on Friday as part of the Music In Our Schools national tour.

A group of Mecklenburg teenage artists got a pep talk Friday from one of their own.

Danielle Bradbery, a 17-year-old Texas student who last year won NBC’s “The Voice” competition, visited Northwest School of the Arts as part of a tour of some of the country’s top fine arts schools.

The visit, sponsored by the Disney Performing Arts program and the National Association for Music Education (NAME), was profitable for Northwest. Tour sponsors presented a $1,000 check to the school.

“And I’ll match that,” Bradbery said shortly after she performed for several hundred Northwest students in the school’s auditorium.

Officials from Disney and NAME selected Northwest School of Arts as one of five stops on a national tour calling attention to the importance of music education. The other schools were in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Tennessee and included the Houston area’s Cypress Ranch High, where Bradbery is a student.

“Each school, each city has its own form of energy, and Northwest’s arts energy was fantastic,” said Rich Tamayo, an ambassador for Disney Performing Arts.

Tamayo credited the school’s principal, Melody Sears, for the positive spirit. “It is obvious how passionate she is about the arts and this school,” he said.

Sears said Friday’s celebration was another in a series of positive developments for Northwest.

“I believe we are already the best arts school in the nation,” she said. “Now we’re working to make sure the whole country knows it.”

In the past year, Northwest students have traveled to Nebraska to perform “The Color Purple,” and senior Eva Noblezada was picked for a lead role in a London presentation of “Miss Saigon” in May.

“And there has been a lot more,” Sears said.

Bradbery met with students upon her arrival and then headed for the auditorium. There, flanked by two members of her touring band, she performed two of her songs – “Never Like This” and her current release, “Heart of Dixie.”

She also talked on stage with Tamayo and told Northwest students that a love of the arts can open many doors for them.

“Look what it’s done for me,” she said.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more



Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more


Quick Job Search
Salary Databases
Your 2 Cents
Share your opinion with our Partners
Learn More
CharlotteObserver.com