Alumni (Scholar)

Danna Thomas

Robin Ashley and Tracy Pendleton Morgan Jefferson Scholar
Annapolis, Maryland
B.A. University of Virginia (2011)
M.Ed. Johns Hopkins University (2013)
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Arts & Sciences Council, Music Department representative; Student Council Arts Committee; U.Va. Arts Board, student representative; McIntire Department of Music, jazz intern, tour guides founder; U.Va. Medical School Center for Cell Signaling, independent researcher; Chi Omega; St. Baldrick's Foundation, treasurer; Days on the Lawn; Language Corps volunteer in Cambodia and Vietnam; TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certified; Charlottesville Vineyard Christian Daycare; Breast Cancer Research Swimsuit Calendar fundraiser, Virginia representative; U.Va. Jazz Ensemble, lead saxophone; U.Va. Jazz Chamber Ensemble; U.Va. Clarinet Quartet; Cavalier Marching Band; HOOps Band; Musicians on Call; Jazz vocalist; “MINDS WIDE OPEN: U.Va. Celebrates Women in the Arts”, Executive Chair; Performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Navy Band, and Grammy-nominated jazz musicians Dave Liebman and Terrence Blanchard; “Modern Medication” album, featured alto saxophone; “The Tiptons”, opening performer; Piedmont Council of the Arts “Art Blog:, featured female artist; WTJU “Eclectic Women” radio show, guest host; “Art Works Virginia” state conference, student arts advocate; Bill T.Jones, Billy Bang, and Bill Cole Residencies, volunteer; Fred Frith Residency, alto sax performance; Miss Virginia Dogwood 2010, talent winner; Miss Virginia Finalist 2010; Miss Maryland 2008 Preliminary Pageant; National Alliance on Mental Illness, member and Maryland State Advocate; Children's Miracle Network Telethon, guest host; Mental Health Foundation, national spokesperson and ambassador; Raven Society; Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life Scholarship Recipient; Selected to be featured in a documentary about involvement with the Music For Mental Health Foundation, which will be submitted to the 2012 Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals as well as Showtime Networks;Children's Miracle Network “Miracle Maker” Award; Miss University City 2011 and Miss Maryland 2011 Finalist Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life Scholarship; McIntire Department of Music Performance Scholarship; Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society; Dean’s List; Echols Scholar

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