Summer Music & Arts

A South Huntington Jazz student at the piano gets individualized instruction from composer and musician Kevin Miller.
A South Huntington Jazz student at the piano gets individualized instruction from composer and musician Kevin Miller.
Busy editing the next big Hollywood hit, students are mastering computer-editing programs.
Busy editing the next big Hollywood hit, students are mastering computer-editing programs.
Sculpture and ceramics has this camper creating a diorama of his dream team.
Sculpture and ceramics has this camper creating a diorama of his dream team.
This percussion student will improve quickly behind the individualized instruction of Robbie Deitz (in background).
This percussion student will improve quickly behind the individualized instruction of Robbie Deitz (in background).
Working on an art project in the elementary program, this camper gets instruction on using a small disposable camera.
Working on an art project in the elementary program, this camper gets instruction on using a small disposable camera.
Camp co-director Mr. Frank Yolango (back row center) visits with Walt Whitman students who are manning the snack counter.
Camp co-director Mr. Frank Yolango (back row center) visits with Walt Whitman students who are manning the snack counter.

The summer music and arts program is once again presenting an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to try something new or improve on talents and skills they already have. Over 100 youngsters are taking advantage of this affordable and enriching camp held at Walt Whitman High School. A new class this year is video production and students were busy editing footage and creating the next summer blockbuster.

“We are also continuing our new fellowship with the Long Island Music Theatre Festival (LIMTF) that will be very exciting for students from all over Long Island,” said Music and Arts Co-Director Mr. Allan Deitz. The Long Island Musical Theatre Festival is a non-profit program dedicated to producing a full-length musical with a professional orchestra in two weeks. During that time, students receive training from industry professionals while being surrounded by peers who share the same passion and skill set. Students will have the opportunity to work with a Broadway guest artist, discuss resume building, and learn audition techniques.

This summer, LIMTF will be producing The Drowsy Chaperone, featuring master classes with Tony award winner, Beth Leavel, Broadway’s original Drowsy Chaperone and two-time Tony award winning costume designer, Gregg Barnes.

The LIMTF program will take place at Walt Whitman High School on weekdays from July 21–August 2 from 10 am – 6 pm. Performances will be on August 1 at 8pm and August 2 at 3pm. Parents, guests, and friends are invited to attend.

This summer’s music and arts camp menu includes band, orchestra, chorus, and jazz, with daily rehearsals and small private and small group instruction. “Many of our staff have either graduated from college or are still in college and active in music and the arts,” said Mr. Deitz.  There are special small group instruction classes that include piano, guitar, and percussion. Art classes are busy in several rooms with illustration, sculpture, and basic art that includes photography. Technology is a fast-growing segment of the camp and includes Electronic music composition, photoshop, and video production.

South Huntington has a strong dance program and a group of youngsters are taking full advantage in this summer’s dance classes. There is a special elementary program that gives our second- and third-graders individualized exposure to music, art, and theatre.  “This is a great camp with a long history and a terrific staff,” said Mr. Deitz.

The summer music and arts camp will be giving the following summer performances: The theatre production of "Through The Looking Glass” will be presented on Thursday, July 24th at 7PM. The Summer Dance program will also be performing. Parents, guests, and friends are invited to attend.

On Friday, July 25th a "concert" featuring many of the classes including dance, orchestra, band, the guitar and jazz programs, (and others) will begin approximately 9:30AM.  Parents, guests, and friends are invited to attend.

All performances will take place in the air-conditioned Walt Whitman Performing Arts Center.

 

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