The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. as superintendent at its meeting Jan. 23. A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Robertson began his career as a math teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in 1988 and progressed in leadership roles including assistant principal of Bayside High School, principal of Salem High School, chief strategy and innovation officer, chief schools officer, chief of staff and acting superintendent.
The music strand of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy is comprised of two sub-strands: one vocal and choral and one instrumental which includes both band and orchestra. Students will be offered performance and classroom opportunities not typically offered at the high school level.
In addition to participation in a required ensemble within the strand, students may select from a wide variety of choral and instrumental ensembles. They may also select from a series of elective classes that will provide them with a comprehensive background in music theory, history, and performance. Seminars will be offered in relevant topics that will further assist students in preparing for college, a career in music, or in simply becoming a literate lifelong music enthusiast.
Beyond the classroom, students will be afforded numerous opportunities for individual and ensemble performance, attendance at professional music performances, and workshops with professional musicians. These opportunities allow students to immerse themselves in a music-rich environment.
To learn more about the instructors, visit the VPAA Instructors page.