High School music student Wooldjina Present, soprano, receives prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Scholarship

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Wooldjina press release picture.New World School of the Arts high school senior Wooldjina Present, soprano in the music division, is among the 2020 recipients of the coveted Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Scholarship. Along with the other winners, Wooldjina will receive $10,000 to help offset the cost of continuing her classical music studies at a high level and will have the opportunity to perform on From the Top’s national broadcasts. “On behalf of the music division, we are so proud of Wooldjina and wish her all the success afforded to her by receiving this award,” said Dr. Daniel Andai, Dean of Music at NWSA.

According to Dr. Jennifer Tipton, adjunct faculty at NWSA and Wooldjina’s private voice teacher, “Wooldjina is an incredibly talented, hardworking, and driven singer. Over the past four years, she has sought out opportunities that expand her musical and academic education. The Jack Kent Cooke Award will allow her to travel to audition for colleges across the country.”

“I am so honored to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award from From the Top,” said Wooldjina. “The financial assistance, leadership opportunities, and workshops and activities will undoubtably help shape my future in the most positive way possible. Thank you to everyone who supported me in making this dream become a reality.”

The selection criteria for the generous scholarship takes into consideration the student’s exceptional musical achievement, academic achievement, strength of character, and unmet financial need.

“Wooldjina Present is a model student in the high school music division,” continued Dr. Andai. “She is a charismatic and confident performer with a beautiful voice. Her leadership skills inside and outside of the classroom make her a valuable asset to the program and to her peers. Wooldjina is versatile in her ability to perform different styles of music, while consistently maintaining a humble demeanor.”

Created in 2005 through a partnership between NPR’s From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, each year, From the Top chooses approximately 20 exceptional pre-collegiate musicians ages 8-18 to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Scholarship which includes up to $10,000 to apply toward instrument purchases, summer camp tuition, college audition travel expenses, private lessons, or other music-related needs; appearance on NPR’s From the Top; and participation in From the Top’s Center for the Development of Arts Leadership Program. Since 2005, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation have awarded more than $3 million in scholarships to exceptional young musicians. From the Top is America’s largest national platform celebrating the stories, talents, and character of young classically trained musicians.
About New World School of the Arts High School Music Division: The high school music program seeks to educate and train the student as a complete musician through professional preparation in performance, theoretical and historical studies. Performance preparation in both vocal and instrumental areas is cultivated by individual instruction and ensemble membership. All students except freshman vocalists receive thirteen private lessons per term. Freshman vocalists study in voice class one hour per week. The five principal string performing ensembles of the high school include Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Camerata, and Jazz Ensemble. Each of these groups rehearses a minimum of four hours per week and performs on the average twice each semester. The academic music curriculum fosters creativity and develops a knowledge of musical heritage. Course work strives to develop the student's growth and maturity in comprehensive musicianship. The study of music history and theory is pursued by taking a variety of classes including foundations of music; surveys of music history in the western world, jazz and pop music in America, and music of the world's people; and seminars in composition aesthetics, jazz improvisation, chamber music, and general musicianship. The Private Lesson program offered by the Music Division is unique. Each student has the privilege of studying on a one-on-one basis with the New World artist faculty. Rigorous daily practice and preparation is expected of each student with their progress closely monitored. Each student is required to perform a solo jury at the end of each semester before the entire faculty of their area.
About New World School of the Arts: New World School of the Arts is a center of artistic and academic excellence in the visual and performing arts, dedicated to training High School and College students interested in careers in dance, music, theater and visual arts. Through its educational partnerships with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and University of Florida, NWSA confers the high school diploma, Associate of Arts degree, and Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees, in programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, Theater and Art & Design. Blind to academic standing at the onset, New World School of the Arts’ acceptance policy is based solely on artistic talent - allowing students from all backgrounds, ethnicities and socioeconomic status to compete for their spot in the school’s coveted arts programs based on their individual talent. Earning respected national merit and leadership-based scholarships such as the Gates Scholarship, Posse Foundation, and Presidential Scholar in the Arts, NWSA students have demonstrated over the years that a rigorous arts curriculum not only helps foster their passion and create the next generation or artists, but it also helps students engage and achieve excellence in any academic discipline.

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature more than thirty years ago as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.