Auditions and portfolio review begin in January

Applications from New York students in grades 8-12 are being accepted by the State Education Department for the 2018 Summer School of the Arts program.

The state arts program consists of seven component schools: theater, ballet, modern dance, orchestral studies, choral studies, visual arts and media arts.

Auditions begin January.

The Summer School of the Arts provides more than 400 of New York’s most talented students the opportunity to study with professionals in the visual and performing arts.

Founded in 1970, the summer arts residential program offers highly competitive pre-professional training to promising artists from a variety of disciplines.

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. Each program culminates in a public final presentation or exhibition.

“I am humbled to lead this amazing program,” said Molly Hennighausen, director of the program. “I am in awe of the students and the tremendous talent, hard work, and commitment they exhibit throughout the program.”

Students are accepted through a competitive audition and review process conducted by the artistic staff. Tuition rates are maintained at a modest level and tuition assistance is available, enabling every student who qualifies the opportunity to participate in the program.

Following is a schedule of the 2018 NYSSSA schools and locations:

The School of Ballet: June 24 to July 21 at Skidmore College and the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs. It provides intensive ballet technique instruction as well as pointe, character, jazz, variations, and pas de deux classes; and a physical therapy program focusing on the needs of developing dancers.

The School of Choral Studies: July 1-28, State University at Fredonia, offering students concentrated study in individual voice instruction, diction, theory, ear training, music history and musical theater; with individual and group instruction.

The School of Dance: July 15 to Aug. 11, Skidmore College and the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs. Students study with a diverse faculty of nationally acclaimed dancers; take daily classes in Limon, Graham, Horton, Cunningham and Taylor technique; as well as composition, repertory and performance.

The School of Media Arts: July 7 to Aug. 3, Alfred State, consists of a review of media fundamentals, instruction in new techniques and processes, instruction in aesthetics, and surveys of contemporary work, trends and ideas. Students are immersed in production work in the areas of 16mm film, digital video, photography, electronic sound art and computer animation.

The School of Orchestral Studies: July 22 to Aug. 18, Skidmore College, provides students with an opportunity to study with world-class musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra and attend performances at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, while living and working in a professional environment as members of a symphony orchestra.

The School of Theatre: July 8 to Aug. 4, SUNY Delhi, provides intensive instruction in acting, movement, improvisation and voice, working side by side with nationally recognized faculty. Daily classes include acting, improvisation, scene study, voice, and movement, along with guest artist workshops in stage combat, mask, Shakespeare, playwriting, tango, directing and acting technique.

The School of Visual Arts: June 30 to July 27, SUNY Fredonia. Students work in sculpture studies, mixed media, figure studies, printmaking, drawing and painting, landscape drawing and painting, and figure sculpture.

For details

Auditions for the New York State Summer School of the Arts will be conducted across the state, beginning in January. A schedule of audition sites and application materials are available at