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Arts Strong - Annelise Cassar Tedesco

A series of episodes created and hosted by Annelise Cassar Tedesco featuring guest artists who are joining Annelise to help address student needs in creating arts education opportunities, developing community across generations, and supporting student emotional health. Arts Strong guests share how their connection to art has made them stronger.

 

Arts Strong episodes are filmed with a live student audience and are available on the internet, free of charge, creating increased equity of access to arts education and emotional health resources.

Melanie Lissette Corral

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Melanie, a singer, songwriter and sound recorder, graduated with honors from Arts Strong host school Chalmette High in 2021. She shares her journey from student to professional amid the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

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Elisa Reed

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Elisa, an aerial dance artist and choreographer, shares her journey as dancer, choreographer, teacher and flier with aspiring performing arts students.

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Joy Clark

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Joy, a singer-songwriter and guitarist who is self-taught from the age of 12, celebrates peace and the undeniable power of love through music. Her work is often described as the essence of ease, upliftment, self-affirmation and sensitivity. She shares this inspiration with the performers of tomorrow.

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Kristen Bauer Marchiafava

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Kristen, assistant professor of voice at Southeastern Louisiana University and Chalmette High alumna, joins Arts Strong for a special college edition featuring one-on-one questions from high school students. She shares her journey and teaches a master class in voice, coaching high school students performing works by Caccini, Mozart, Vaughn Williams and others.

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Dylan Trn

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Dylan, a singer, actor and composer, shares his story as a Vietnamese artist. He supports students to consider composition as an extension of their performance passion.

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Joy Meade

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Joy, a talented Operatic soprano and voice teacher, shares her talent, teaching practice and inspirational story overcoming breast cancer amid the COVID-19 pandemic with the next generation of vocal performers. She leads a workshop introducing concepts of alignment and breathing.

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Tyrone Chambers

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Tyrone, an American operatic tenor, shares his journey from growing up in the Greater New Orleans area to pursuing a career dually seated in Germany and the United States. Tyrone conducts a master class in Italian art songs and German lieder.

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Jordan Lord

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Jordan, a film maker with a passion for accessible media for the blind and an alum of St. Bernard Parish Public Schools and The Performing Arts Academy, shares their story as writer and film maker. They inspires students and opens doors for how art can be a means to communicate, grow, and reach people with disabilities in new and powerful ways.

Photo by Chris Berntsen - A photo shows Jordan, a white person  in their early 30s with short brown hair and a blondeish mustache, softly smiling at the camera, wearing a black t-shirt, with a grommet over their heart. In the background of the image is a river and an industrial urban skyline

Giovanna Joseph and OperaCréole

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Giovanna, an accomplished mezzo-soprano and founder of OperaCréole, shares her journey as an artist who has built an opera company from the ground up. Her career and opportunities have continued to grow and she encourages students on this journey and educates students about entrepreneurship and the history of Créole musicians.

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Arts Strong

A series of episodes featuring guest artists who are helping address student needs in art education, creating professional connections, and supporting student emotional health. Arts Strong guests share how their connection to art has made them stronger.

 

Arts Strong episodes are filmed with a live student audience and are available on the internet, free of charge, creating increased equity of access to educational art and emotional health resources.

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Tommy Zanca

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Meet the Arts Strong Accompanist