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    Booker T Washington HSPVA is the DISD magnet school for the performing and visual arts, and is one of the top high schools in the nation for the study of music.  The BTW Music Conservatory offers a wide range of interests for the music student.  These interests include classical and jazz studies with extensive courses in vocal music, instrumental music, music composition and music theory. Students pursue a core course of study with additional electives.

    Awards and Honors

    The BTWHSPVA Music Conservatory has received national recognition and state honors since our inception in 1976.

    • Five Time Grammy Signature School Winner
    • Major performances at Carnegie Hall and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Hall
    • More than 200 Student Downbeat Awards
    • More than 30 Grammy Awards by our Alumni
    • Multiple Grand Champion Awards at the Monterrey Jazz Festival
    • National Scholars of the Arts recipients
    • National Invitational Festival Best in Class Awards and Grand Champion Awards from our Choral, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble programs
    • TMEA Texas All State Students in Choral, Jazz, Orchestra and Wind Studies
    • UIL State Solo and Ensemble Outstanding Musician Awards
    • UIL Sweepstakes Awards for Choral, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

       Our faculty are some of the most respected professional musicians and educators in the nation. ​


    Partial List of Notable Music Alumni

    Keith Anderson – Sax

    Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians

    Aaron Comess - Drums, The Spin Doctors

    Damin Criswell - Major Movie, Commercial, Composer/Writer

    Tiger Darrow - Major Movie, Vocalist, Composer

    Alan Emert – Brave Combo

    Andrew Griffith - Drums, Cedar Walton

    Roy Hargrove - Trumpet

    Sam Harris – Piano

    Joe Jackson – Trombone Leader, Airmen of NoteDaniel Jones – Keyboards

    Norah Jones – Vocal 

    John Koen - Cello, Philadelphia Orchestra

    Bralon Lacey – Bass, Erykah Badu

    Frank LoCrasto - Piano, Pat Martino

    Keith Loftis - Ray Charles

    Luke Marantz – Piano

    Matt Marantz - Sax

    Shawn Martin - Piano, Kirk Franklin

    Danny O'Brien – Brave Combo

    Tim Owens – Vocal, Atlantic Records

    Michael Palma – Piano

    Roger Roe - Oboe, Indianapolis Orchestra

    Fred Sanders - Piano, Leaning House Records

    Robert “Sput” Searight – God’s Property

    Max Townsley - Guitar

    Eric White – Drums, Reprise Records

    RC Williams – Piano, Erykah Badu

    Donessa Washington - Vocal, Kirk Whalum