Annunciation Orthodox School and KIPP SHARPSTOWN
This group is in their 3rd year of collaboration. The group of students consists of their middle school choirs, led my Ms. Natalie Gray (AOS) and Ms. Alicia Jones (KIPP SHARPSTOWN). AOS has been part of Partnerschools for 6 years, the school previously collaborated with the Yellowstone Academy. We will begin with virtual songwriting classes this fall, and we hope to sing together in-person in the spring of 2022.
More info on the Annunciation Orthodox School
Annunciation Orthodox School Teacher
Mrs. Natalie Gray received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from The Catholic University of America and a Post-graduate degree from The University of Georgia in Music Therapy. As a performer, Mrs. Gray’s most notable performance credits include the Tony-award winning Broadway produced Avenue Q as “Christmas Eve”, Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures, A Funny Thing Happened …Forum, Hansel and Gretel as “Gretel” and Much Ado About Nothing as “Hero”. She has performed internationally with a vocal group for the Department of Defense. Mrs. Gray’s performance experiences contribute a great deal to her educational philosophy. Her emphasis of music education for students is to gain a positive experience through the study and the aesthetic value of music and how it relates with others.
KIPP Sharpstown Teacher
Born in Jamaica and raised in Puerto Rico, Alicia Jones moved to Houston from Orlando, FL to become the founding teacher of a title 1 performing arts middle school, KIPP Sharpstown College Prep, where all students are required to take fine arts every day. She received her B.A. in Music and Information Systems from Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL, where she is a proud alum of The Aeolians, and received her M.A. in Music Education from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. She has participated as a high school choral clinician for Kentucky-Tennessee Festival of the Arts and middle school choral clinician for Florida Festival of the arts where she has conducted over 400 voices. Her choir students have performed in Disney World, Carnegie Hall, House of Blues, Jones Hall, Wortham Theatre, Houston Zoo Lights Festival, and has recently performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. She leads the children’s and adult choir at her church and serves as a praise team musician, vocalist, and leader. In her spare time Alicia loves to sing, play the piano, write music, dance, read, cook, travel to beach resorts, be adventurous, and spend time with her husband, 3 children of ages 11, 5, and 3, and her mom who currently has alzheimer’s/dementia.