St. Augustine Woman's Journal - Educational Resource to the Women of St. Johns County Since 2009

Executive Director of St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts 

Annette Danielson


April 1, 2017 | View PDF

Annette is Founder and Executive Director of the St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts (SACSPA). She taught piano lessons at University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth from 1982-1996. After taking a break from teaching, Annette suffered a major accident which lead to a traumatic brain injury losing both short and long term memory and suffering paralysis. Over time with strong therapy and a positive attitude, her neurologist excused her care stating she had reached full basic recovery. Delighted by the progress however determined to comprehend her love of music and reading, Annette continued to work hard on her cognitive care. Slowly but surely she recovered steadily and transitioned back into teaching music. She is a prime example of proving why we should never give up in life.

Over the years, Annette started her own venture with the Saint Augustine Community School of Performing Arts. Through this foundation she inspires the community to help children improve their performing arts skills by finding and nurturing the spirit of creativity and talent that lives within our community. Her most famous effort is directing The Dancing Stars of Saint Johns County. This fundraiser highlights local leaders in a 10 week dance competition in partnership with Arthur Murray Dance Studios, Saint Augustine, Florida. This year the family friendly event is scheduled for July 8th at Flagler Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. and will be hosted by David Hartzel of BayView Healthcare.

Annette is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance and graduate studies in Piano Pedagogy. She is a proud mother of 8 children and 6 beautiful grandchildren. Annette's hobbies include pianist at Moultrie Baptist Church, private piano teacher and vocal instructor. She also finds time to volunteer as a music instructor and choir director at The Saint Augustine School of Performing Art's events and outreaches.

Annette Danielson is proud to be recognized at the 2017 Women Making a Difference by The Enterprising Women's Leadership Institute. They recognize the leadership for women that are often overlooked. "The quiet leadership when women do what needs to be done without public recognition," says Dr. Marilyn Wiles, founder and Board Chair.

Annette's perseverance is an inspiration to us all; especially with her caring hands in our caring community. The drive and integrity behind her passion for music, arts, and the youth of our community highlights Annette as our Woman in Profile.


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