Davin Pierson Torre was appointed director of the Flint School of Performing Arts (FSPA) in 1995. Since that time, enrollment has grown from 1,800 to over 4,000 students, making the FSPA the largest community school of the arts in Michigan. The school has developed a reputation for excellence and participated in many national initiatives, most recently the Carnegie Hall Lullaby Project and American Ballet Theatre’s Project Plie. Last year, a comprehensive Music Therapy Program was added to the school’s offerings. Accessibility is key to the FSPA’s mission and over two thirds of the student body receives tuition assistance.
Pierson Torre maintains a busy conducting schedule and is in her 31st season as conductor of the Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra has made performance tours to France, Ireland, England, Scotland, Japan, and New York City’s Carnegie Hall.