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January 7, 2013
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JP O'Hare

(518) 474-1201


Education Department Announces Auditions for the 2013 New York State Summer School of the Arts

Auditions for the 2013 New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) begin in January and will be held throughout New York State. A complete schedule of audition sites, application materials and program information is available on the NYSSSA website at.

THE SCHOOL OF BALLETwill be held June 23 – July 20 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. The program is directed by New York City Ballet principal dancers Jenifer Ringer and Daniel Ulbricht and provides a professional experience for 60 of New York State’s most gifted young dancers. Through tickets provided by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), students attend all of the New York City Ballet performances and other guest company performances at SPAC and receive daily instruction from internationally acclaimed guest artists.

THE SCHOOL OF CHORAL STUDIESwill be held June 30 – July 28 at SUNY Fredonia. The program offers students an opportunity for concentrated study in individual voice instruction, diction, theory, ear training, music history, and musical theatre. Students also participate in the NYSSSA Choir, under the direction of Dr. Hugh Ferguson Floyd, a nationally acclaimed choral director and performer. The program includes a daily choral rehearsal, private voice instruction, and intensive classes in musicianship, musical theatre and opera scenes, as well as public performance opportunities at the college and at the famed Chautauqua Institution.

THE SCHOOL OF DANCEwill be held July 21 – August 17 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. Under the direction of Carolyn Adams, former Paul Taylor principal dancer, students study with a diverse faculty of nationally acclaimed dancers and choreographers. Students take daily classes in Limon, Graham, Horton, Cunningham and Taylor technique, as well composition work, repertory, and performance. Students also work with well-known companies and choreographers-in-residence such as Robert Battle and Danny Grossman.

THE SCHOOL OF MEDIA ARTSwill be held June 30 – July 27 at SUNY Oswego. Under the direction of Robert Harris, a nationally known media educator and videographer, the program consists of a review of media fundamentals, instruction in new techniques and processes, instruction in aesthetics, surveys of contemporary work, trends and ideas, and an immersion in production work in the areas of film, digital and chemical photography, video, and computer arts.

THE SCHOOL OF ORCHESTRAL STUDIESwill be held July 28 – August 24 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. The program is directed by Maestro Luis Biava, former conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra and current conductor of the Temple University Symphony Orchestra and the Temple University Youth Chamber Orchestra. The School of Orchestral Studies has a unique partnership with the Philadelphia Orchestra and SPAC, providing students with an opportunity to study with the world-class musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra and attend performances at SPAC, while living and working in a professional environment as members of a symphony orchestra.

THE SCHOOL OF THEATREwill be held in July 2013 (dates and location TBA). The program provides students with intensive instruction in acting, movement, improvisation and voice, working side by side with a faculty from the nationally known New York City-based Circle East Theatre Company. Under the artistic direction of Peg Denithorne, daily classes include acting, improvisation, scene study, voice, and movement, along with guest artist workshops in stage combat, mask work, Shakespeare, playwriting, tango, directing, and acting technique.

THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTSwill be held June 29 – July 27 at SUNY Fredonia. Directed by acclaimed artist and Metropolitan Museum of Art educator, Randy Williams, students work in sculpture studies, mixed media, figure studies, printmaking, drawing and painting, landscape drawing and painting and figure sculpture under the direction of noted exhibiting artists and educators. The program includes drawing and painting from live models, 3-dimensional installations, modeling life-size objects in clay, practice with printmaking techniques and field trips.

Each year, more than 400 of New York State’s most talented high school students study with some of the world’s foremost artists in the visual and performing arts. To participate, students are accepted into the schools through a competitive audition process conducted by artistic staff. Tuition rates are maintained at a modest level and tuition assistance is available through state funds, enabling every student who qualifies the opportunity to participate in this life-changing program.

Founded in 1970, NYSSSA assists young artists in planning professional careers in the visual and performing arts. Four weeks of intensive work and interaction with internationally acclaimed artists and performing arts companies, such as the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra, give students a unique opportunity to experience the rigors of their chosen arts field.

NYSSSA serves an important need to foster and enhance the artistic abilities of the state’s most gifted young artists regardless of race, religion or economic status. Follow-up studies on the program have identified former students who now hold positions within top professional companies around the world.

For more information, please contact:

The New York State Summer School of the Arts
Office of Cultural Education
Cultural Education Center, Room 10D79
Albany, NY 12230
(518) 474-8773
or visit our website at