Fine Arts


Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.

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Through CDA’s Fine Arts programs, our children developed confidence to perform and speak in front of large audiences, think outside the box, and be accountable to others. By mastering an instrument, they learned perseverance while making music that glorifies God. our kids learn to take responsible risks when approaching a competition and accept and appreciate constructive criticism. We are grateful for CDA’s extraordinary Fine Arts teachers. 

Fine Arts News

List of 5 news stories.

  • Symphonic Band TPSMEA Concert

    Last Thursday, members of the CDA Collin County Symphonic Band attended the annual TPSMEA Concert and Sight Reading Contest at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas. The students performed 3 selections they'd been working on all semester, and afterwards they were given a brand new piece of music they had never before seen to sight read in front of the judges. The band performed amazingly both on stage and in sight reading and was awarded first division ratings from all three judges across the board for everything they played! This is the second year strong now in the CDA CC Band's history to earn Sweepstakes, or straight 1's, at this contest. Bravo on your hard work this year, band!
  • Collin County Symphonic & Intermediate Band competes at TPSMEA Solo & Ensemble concert

    This past weekend, members of the CDA Collin County Symphonic and Intermediate Bands competed at TPSMEA Solo & Ensemble competition. We had 13 soloists participating, and EACH performer made a superior rating, which is the highest rating possible.  In addition, we had several soloists who performed class 1 (difficult level) literature advance to the State Solo and Ensemble Competition, which takes place May 25!  
    Students advance to state when they make a superior rating on a class 1 solo that is on the (UIL) Prescribed Music List. 
    * denotes students advancing to state 
    The following students received the highest score, Superior (1 rating):
    Brayden Axford
    Seth Bell*
    Joseph Bell*
    MuAnna Chien*
    Henry Colby
    Ray Kim
    Avery Meazell*
    Thomas Myslak*
    Giada Pangborn*
    Benjamin Pruski
    Abraham Watkinson
    Jasmine Yeh*
    Jedidiah Yeh*
    Congrats to ALL of our amazing soloists on their excellent work! Mrs. Clements is so proud of everyone who participated!
  • Collin County Choir Solo & Ensemble Contest

    This past Saturday, February 24, the following students participated in TPSMEA Solo & Ensemble Contest:
    Emma Jones, Julia Naizer, Sarah Mehta, Georgia Kiser, Patrick Teson, Tate Colby & Evan Meyer.
    All our CDA students made “excellent” (2) or “superior” (1) ratings on class 1 repertoire which is the most difficult level of music. All of these students sang in an ensemble that qualified to go to State Solo & Ensemble and soloists, Georgia Kiser & Julia Naizer, also qualified for State.
  • CDA Band Performs at the North TPSMEA All Region Honor Band Clinic

    The CDA band participated in the north TPSMEA All Region Honor Band clinic and concert this past weekend. Our CDA students performed well, were a blessing and a light to those at the event, and they rose to the top of the region band competition!
    At the TPSMEA All Region Honor Band clinic and concert, there were over 20 private schools, some of whom meet several times a week for band class. The CDA Collin County Band Program had 5 rhetoric students and 8 logic students audition and make the All Region Honor Bands. Among the highlights of the weekend, CDA band had 2 students make 1st chair in their section! Congratulations, CDA band students!!!
    Middle School All Region students: Joshua Chua (flute), Thomas Myslak (bassoon- 1st chair), Taylor Smith and Jessica Mullins (clarinet), MuAnna Chien (alto saxophone- 1st chair), Zachary Goh (trumpet), Brian Berggren (trombone) and Ray Kim (percussion)
    High School All Region students: Giada Pangborn and Jasmine Yeh (clarinet), Seth Bell (bass clarinet), Avery Meazell (trumpet) and Caleb Hsiao (euphonium)
    Mrs. Clements would like to extend special recognition to Brian Berggren of our Dallas Campus for being a part of the CDA CC Band and representing CDA Dallas so well!
  • Drama Performs William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

    In December 2023, the Collin County Drama Department performed William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". A great feat for the department, this play brought with it incredible set design that transported one right into the scenery, as well as outstanding performances by the cast and crew. 
    Led by Dean of Students, Mr. Armstrong, the Drama department spent hours rehearsing and creating a magical Shakespearian world. These incredible photos were taken by Emily Faux, Senior '24. 

    For CDA, these are the moments where the Classical and Collaborative nature of the school comes into full illumination. We are grateful for the hard work of these students, leaders, and parents who all were invested in making this show a success. 


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