(this page is under construction-please enjoy some archive awards postings while we update!)

National Youth Theater Awards


Since their inception, both Envision and the National Youth Theater Awards have been linked together. CCA productions, actors, and faculty regularly get selected for top honors in this prestigious Award program. Click HERE to see a listing of the past 6 years. This list includes honors for Cabaret, Urinetown, The King Stag, Crimes of the Heart, The Government Inspector, Grease, Bat Boy: the Musical, Chess, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.




Cinema Students named MTV Global Correspondents


CCA-TV staff members and Envision Cinema seniors Hunter Peterson and Jason Segal have been handpicked to be part of MTV International Founding Global Correspondents, a highly competitive pool of talented individuals to selected to help MTV craft, build and define an entirely new, entirely original project. The correspondents are a diverse group ranging from 17-29 year olds, representing 12 different countries and over 30 different states/regions. All the videos, articles and photo/visual captions created by Hunter, Jason, and the other correspondents will be translated into four different languages and featured on MTV properties worldwide for a global audience.




2012 All State Honor Band and Orchestra Appointments


Congratulations to Harold Chun-clarinet, Ashkan Shahbandi-alto saxophone and Julia Schorn-harp, for being accepted into the 2012 All State honor groups. All three students are members of the Instrumental Music Conservatory. Julia will be the only harpist to play in the orchestra, under the direction of the conductor of the New York Phil.



Envision Cinema Guest Artists to show at Sundance-AGAIN


Envision Cinema Guest Artist Destin Cretton's first festure film, "I Am Not A Hipster," is premiering this month at the Sundance Film Festival.  Cretton works with the Envision Cinema day classes and Envision Cinema Conservatory at CCA.  This is his fifth year working at our school.  Destin previously won the Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival for the short film "Short Term 12."  You can watch a preview of the new film here.  Also, Envision Cinema Guest Artist Brad Kester was a second unit director on "I Am Not A Hipster," and served as an assistant director on "Short Term 12." This is Brad's first year working at CCA.


A short story about the feature film and it's music is featured in the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine:HERE and in Wired: HERE




Envision Cinema Student wins Adobe design contest


Hunter Peterson, an Envision Cinema Conservatory senior, won the $10,000 prize in the first round of the Abode Imagination Challenge. Hunter plans to donate $1,000 of his winnings to the Envision Cinema Conservatory program. Another Cinema Conservatory student, Joshua Masters is in the second finalist round of the competition. He also plans to donate a percentage of the prize to Conservatory if he wins. To read more about the competition and Hunter's award go to:



Grammy Signature School Enterprise Award



CCA's Envision Music program was awarded a 2011 Grammy Signature School Enterprise Award. The award recognizes excellence in music education and helps to fund special projects in Music. The CCA Gamelan Orchestra received a substantial grant to help offset the cost of their new Gamelan instruments.



Envision Cinema honored at 2011 Best Fest America: 48 Hours of Madness


A CCA Envision Cinema Conservatory team was one of only two high school teams honored at the 2011 Best Fest America 48 Hours of Madness Festival. Catie Ellwood, Olivia Klatch, Jacob Morrison, Jesse Ostroff, and Sam Sarokin received Honorable Mention for their adaptation of the short film script "Ghost in the Machine." Teams have 48 hours during one weekend (March 11th-13th) to produce a film based on a script provided. All the competing films were shown at Ultra Star Cinemas Hazard Center Mission Valley on Sunday, March 27th. Watch the winning CCA entry HERE.


Envision Music Student performs live at the Grammy's


Drummer, David James (junior) will play as part of the televised Grammy Awards this Sunday, 2/13. David participated in a national search and was selected 1 of two high school drummers in the country to play at the 2011 Grammy Awards. He is spending this week in rehearsals working with top music industry leaders and is representing Canyon Crest Academy at the 2011 Grammy Awards. David will be playing as part of the High School Jazz Combo. Tune in on Sunday to see David perform live!


All State Band Appointments


Harold Chun, Clarinet and Yenny Zhang, Alto Saxophone, will represent the SDUHSD in this year's All State Band performances in mid-February in Fresno. They were selected from a rigorous screening process and will get to work with guest conductors from leading collegiate music programs.


Grammy Signature Schools Semifinalist


The Envision Music Program has been selected as one of 130 finalists NATIONWIDE for the 2011 Grammy Signature Schools National Award for Excellence in School Music Programs. We were also a semifinalist in 2008! Wish us luck!!


Academy of Motion Picture Arts Fellowship


Envision Cinema Guest Artist Destin Cretton Wins Academy Fellowship Destin Cretton is one of five writers selected as winners of the 25th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each writer will receive a $30,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 4. Destin also won the Jury Award for the short film "Short Term 12" at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.


Gesso Italiano


Students in the Envision Digital Fine Arts program won Best Educational Team at the 2010 Gesso Italiano chalk painting festival in Little Italy. The award comes with a $350 prize. The students have a day to complete a five by five foot square and visitors to the event vote on the winning artwork. The winning team based their design on a Caravaggio painting. All themes in the festival must be Italian related. Two CCA teams participated this year.


CCA Envision Cinema Students Win "Natural High Video PSA Contest."


Grand Prize -- Kia Zomorrodi, Tyler Wait (video featuring Cody Johnson)

Runner-Up Prize -- Curtis Donar, Evan Papai, Alec Sonnier


You can see their award-winning videos at The Natural High® DVD Series is produced and distributed through the Sundt Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization fully supported via donations and sponsorship. The Foundation's mission is to influence the hearts and minds of kids by inspiring them to choose a natural high and reject drugs. The goal is to change culture so that it is cool for kids to say "YES" to life and "NO" to drugs. The renowned Natural High substance abuse prevention DVD series is provided free-of-charge to over 110,000 schools in the United States.





Alumni Outreach


Dear Envision Alumns-email us to share a success or arts related announcement We'd love to turn part of this site into a celebration of your work since being an important part of the Envision Program!


Also-if you don't see your college listed below, email us that information too!




Envision Alums are Majoring in the Arts at these great Universities (we are still building this site-so please email us to add your school!)



Cal Arts

Chapman University

Drexel University



San Francisco State University




Chapman University


Loyola Marymount University

Northern Arizona University

Ohio State

UC Berkeley


University of Michigan

EVA-Digital/Fine Art

Art Institute of Chicago

Brooks Institute of Photography


Cal Arts

Cal Poly, SLO

Carnegie Mellon University


CSU, Long Beach

Laguna College of Art & Design

The New School


Rhode Island School of Design

San Francisco School of the Arts

San Francisco State



College of Creative Studies, UCSB


University of Southern California

University of Oregon

University of Washington

Instrumental Music

Belmont University

Berklee School of Music

Cal Lutheran University

CSU Northridge

New England Conservatory

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

Oberlin Conservatory

San Diego State University

Seattle Pacific University

Sonoma State University

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of Southern California

University of Washington

UT-San Marcos

Williams College





NYU Tisch


University of Arizona


Vocal Music

Azusa Pacific

Berklee School of Music


Boston University

CSU Fullerton


Oberlin Conservatory


Seattle Pacific University

UC Berkeley


UC Santa Cruz

UC Santa Barbara

University of Puget Sound

University of Redlands


Westminster Choir College





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