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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong><br />

<strong>Course</strong><br />

<strong>Listings</strong><br />

<strong>2010–2011</strong>


art<br />

About HSA<br />

Since 1964, <strong>The</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong> has given children and young adults<br />

<strong>the</strong> opportunity to experience and train in dance, music, <strong>the</strong>ater and <strong>the</strong> visual<br />

arts. Located in <strong>the</strong> heart <strong>of</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong>, HSA continues <strong>the</strong> tradition set forth by<br />

its founder, acclaimed soprano Dorothy Maynor, who believed that any child<br />

exposed to a deep and full range <strong>of</strong> arts programs would benefit in emotional<br />

and intellectual growth.<br />

HSA’s mission is to enrich <strong>the</strong> lives <strong>of</strong> youth and <strong>the</strong>ir families in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong><br />

community and beyond through training in, and exposure to, <strong>the</strong> arts. HSA is<br />

also committed to meeting <strong>the</strong> challenges <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> 21st century by expanding<br />

programs to ensure that students have access to new arts education<br />

methodologies and cutting edge technology in today’s information-driven<br />

global society.<br />

Through HSA’s numerous partnerships and artists-in-residence, <strong>the</strong> <strong>School</strong> has<br />

also become a cultural destination, presenting a wide variety <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ater, music<br />

and dance productions, as well as visual arts exhibitions in its G-Space Gallery.<br />

Open Enrollment courses provide year-round beginning to advanced instruction<br />

for children ages 4-18 in group settings or in one-on-one private lessons.<br />

Every day, HSA helps young people to develop into self-reliant adults by building<br />

self-confidence, discipline and <strong>the</strong>ir love <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> arts. As HSA celebrates its 46th<br />

year, <strong>the</strong> school, its faculty and staff are delighted to have been a part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

lives <strong>of</strong> thousands <strong>of</strong> students and <strong>the</strong>ir families. We look forward to continuing<br />

to grow and change as our community continues to grow and change, and we<br />

hope that children and adults <strong>of</strong> all ages will look to HSA as a place that nurtures<br />

creativity and ingenuity in <strong>the</strong> four major arts disciplines. Select <strong>the</strong> classes<br />

that interest you and your children and proceed at your own pace while gaining<br />

knowledge, experience and mastery <strong>of</strong> a new arts discipline.<br />

Table <strong>of</strong> Contents<br />

3 Who We Are<br />

4 Attending HSA<br />

5 Letter from <strong>the</strong> Chairman<br />

6 Academic Calendar<br />

6 Board <strong>of</strong> Directors<br />

6 HSA Parents Association<br />

7 How to Register<br />

10 Financial Information<br />

10 Payment Deadlines<br />

10 Forms <strong>of</strong> Payment<br />

10 Withdrawl & Refund Policy<br />

11 Financial Aid<br />

12 Open Enrollment <strong>Course</strong>s<br />

12 Dance <strong>Course</strong>s<br />

18 Music <strong>Course</strong>s<br />

26 <strong>The</strong>ater <strong>Course</strong>s<br />

30 Visual <strong>Arts</strong> <strong>Course</strong>s<br />

36 Classes for Adults<br />

42 Our Intensive Prep Program<br />

45 Dance Prep<br />

47 Music Prep<br />

50 <strong>The</strong>ater Prep<br />

52 Visual <strong>Arts</strong> Prep<br />

54 HSA Faculty<br />

64 Our Donors<br />

66 Historical Timeline<br />

68 Contact Us<br />

Photo Credit: Bill Anderson<br />

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HSA<br />

Attending HSA<br />

HSA is an arts institution students choose because <strong>the</strong>y know <strong>the</strong> training is<br />

unlike any o<strong>the</strong>r <strong>of</strong> its kind. Housed under one ro<strong>of</strong>, HSA’s dance, music, <strong>the</strong>ater<br />

and visual arts programs <strong>of</strong>fer students a complete exposure to <strong>the</strong> arts. <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong> employs nearly 100 pr<strong>of</strong>essional artists as instructors with pr<strong>of</strong>iles that<br />

reflect study at prestigious institutions and exhibitions at <strong>the</strong> highest levels <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> global arts industries. With tenures ranging from one to forty-six years, many<br />

teaching artists now nurture <strong>the</strong> talents <strong>of</strong> second-generation HSA students.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong>’ award-winning, 37,000 square foot facility is<br />

“made for art,” housing three beautiful, Balanchine-designed dance studios,<br />

piano, percussion and computer labs, a well-equipped visual arts studio, main<br />

performance space, instrumental practice rooms, a contemporary sculpture<br />

garden and waterfall courtyard, and <strong>the</strong> adjacent Black Box <strong>The</strong>ater dedicated<br />

to HSA student performances and available to established and emerging<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essional repertory companies throughout <strong>the</strong> year.<br />

Letter from <strong>the</strong> Chairman<br />

On behalf <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Board <strong>of</strong> Directors <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong>, I am<br />

pleased to tell you that <strong>the</strong> <strong>School</strong> has wea<strong>the</strong>red <strong>the</strong> very turbulent––at one<br />

point life-threatening––storm <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> past several months. <strong>The</strong> new Board has<br />

already taken many steps to set a new course for <strong>the</strong> <strong>School</strong> that will lead us to<br />

a greater level <strong>of</strong> impact on our community than we have ever known.<br />

Of course, to succeed in that venture, we will need to face <strong>the</strong> basic issue: how<br />

to maintain our core mission with our historic level <strong>of</strong> excellence in a financially<br />

sustainable manner. <strong>The</strong> voices <strong>of</strong> all <strong>of</strong> our stakeholders will be essential, and<br />

we look forward to your participation throughout this reformative process. We<br />

are especially pleased that <strong>the</strong> President <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Parents Association is now a<br />

member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Board <strong>of</strong> Directors. Ephraim Emmanuel provides all <strong>of</strong> us with<br />

an unprecedented opportunity to improve <strong>the</strong> lines <strong>of</strong> communication with<br />

our students’ parents (our ultimate customers) and has already contributed<br />

enormously to achieving this important goal.<br />

About HSA<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong> has an open door admissions policy. Students,<br />

ages four and up, can select from a wide variety <strong>of</strong> open enrollment courses in<br />

each <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> four disciplines. <strong>The</strong>se open enrollment courses have been designed<br />

with appropriate levels for students at any stage <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir artistic journey.<br />

For those students looking for more rigorous arts training, HSA <strong>of</strong>fers its high<br />

school and college prep programs. Nearly 100% <strong>of</strong> HSA Prep graduates<br />

earn acceptance to prestigious high schools and post-secondary institutions,<br />

including <strong>the</strong> LaGuardia <strong>School</strong> for Music and <strong>the</strong> Performing <strong>Arts</strong>, <strong>the</strong> Ailey<br />

<strong>School</strong>, Berklee College <strong>of</strong> Music, Columbia University, Harvard University, <strong>The</strong><br />

Juilliard <strong>School</strong>, New York University Tisch <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong>, Pratt Institute,<br />

and Vassar College, as well as fellowships for intensive study in <strong>the</strong>ir fields in <strong>the</strong><br />

U.S. and abroad. For more information on <strong>the</strong> Prep Program see page 42.<br />

Charles J. Hamilton, Jr. | HSA Board Chair<br />

<strong>The</strong> road ahead is not going to be easy, but rest assured that we will get <strong>the</strong>re.<br />

As this new Board gains a foothold on <strong>the</strong> <strong>School</strong> and <strong>the</strong> issues facing all <strong>of</strong><br />

us, we will move decisively to provide <strong>the</strong> governance and succeed in attracting<br />

<strong>the</strong> financial support necessary to bring our shared vision to new heights.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> meantime, all <strong>of</strong> us extend our deepest appreciation and thanks to <strong>the</strong><br />

entire faculty, staff, parents, students, and <strong>the</strong> HSA community at large for your<br />

unfailing belief in this amazing institution and your willingness to help us chart<br />

our future, with patience, enthusiasm, intellectual rigor and honesty.<br />

Charles J. Hamilton, Jr.<br />

Board Chair <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong><br />

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HSA<br />

Academic Calendar<br />

Fall 2010<br />

August 4–6<br />

Early Registration for Fall<br />

August 7<br />

Open House & Fall Registration<br />

August 18–20<br />

Returning Student Registration<br />

September 8–10<br />

Registration Continues<br />

September 11<br />

Open House & Block Party<br />

September 16<br />

First Day <strong>of</strong> Classes; Last Day to Register<br />

October 11<br />

Columbus Day (<strong>School</strong> Closed)<br />

November 11<br />

Veterans Day (<strong>School</strong> Closed)<br />

November 13–19<br />

Parents’ Week<br />

November 25–27<br />

Thanksgiving Recess (<strong>School</strong> Closed)<br />

December 21–January 2<br />

Winter Recess (<strong>School</strong> Closed)<br />

January 4<br />

Classes Resume<br />

January 8<br />

Last Day <strong>of</strong> Classes<br />

January 11–15<br />

Make up Classes<br />

General Information<br />

Governance<br />

HSA is governed by a Board <strong>of</strong> Directors. Each board member serves a term <strong>of</strong><br />

three years and is eligible for re-election at <strong>the</strong> conclusion <strong>of</strong> that time.<br />

HSA Board <strong>of</strong> Directors<br />

Charles J. Hamilton, Jr.<br />

Chairman<br />

Janice Savin Williams<br />

Vice Chair & Secretary<br />

Milton Irvin<br />

Treasurer<br />

Mary Schmidt Campbell<br />

Nina A. Cooke John<br />

Ephraim Emmanuel<br />

Steven P. Henry<br />

Jeffrey Laikind<br />

HSA Parents Association<br />

All HSA parents are automatically members <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Parents Association, which<br />

plays a key role in sustaining <strong>the</strong> work <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> school. It sponsors programs <strong>of</strong><br />

special interest to parents, a forum in which to discuss pertinent issues, and<br />

fundraising events to benefit <strong>the</strong> educational enrichment <strong>of</strong> HSA’s students.<br />

Officers are elected annually, and parents are encouraged to join <strong>the</strong> standing<br />

committees. For more information email parents@harlemschool<strong>of</strong><strong>the</strong>arts.org<br />

Registration Information<br />

Registration must be in person at <strong>the</strong> school on designated dates. Applicants<br />

under 18 years <strong>of</strong> age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign <strong>the</strong><br />

student’s registration forms. <strong>The</strong> signature <strong>of</strong> a student or guardian on <strong>the</strong> form<br />

commits <strong>the</strong> registrant to all conditions set forth in this catalog and constitutes a<br />

contractual agreement between <strong>the</strong> signer and HSA.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> time <strong>of</strong> registration, parents and students will meet with program staff<br />

to plan <strong>the</strong> student’s curriculum. An audition date will be scheduled during this<br />

session if necessary. Final class placement will be confirmed prior<br />

to <strong>the</strong> first day <strong>of</strong> class. Parents, please remember to take into account school<br />

and home commitments and not overbook your child’s schedule.<br />

HSA encourages students to purchase <strong>the</strong>ir own instruments. Students may rent<br />

from outside sources and can obtain fur<strong>the</strong>r contact information from Jaison<br />

Coles, Music Program Associate, at 212.926.4100 x313.<br />

Add/Drop Policy<br />

All students are allowed to add or drop one class within 15 days <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> first<br />

day <strong>of</strong> classes. After 15 days, classes may not be dropped and tuition will not<br />

be refunded. Most classes are listed as 14 weeks; however, all HSA programs<br />

continue throughout <strong>the</strong> year and fall students are encouraged to continue<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir studies in <strong>the</strong> spring semester because HSA courses are designed as a<br />

year-long program <strong>of</strong> study. <strong>The</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong> reserves <strong>the</strong> right to<br />

cancel any course due to under-enrollment.<br />

“<br />

I LOVE being a student at HSA.<br />

Learning and loving art is a beautiful<br />

thing and I only get that here.<br />

” –Akilah Safiya<br />

spring 2011<br />

January 5–8<br />

Returning Student Registration<br />

January 12–14<br />

New Student Registration<br />

January 15<br />

Open House & Registration<br />

January 18<br />

Martin Lu<strong>the</strong>r King, Jr. Day (<strong>School</strong> Closed)<br />

January 20<br />

First Day <strong>of</strong> Classes; Last Day to Register<br />

February 21<br />

President’s Day (<strong>School</strong> Closed)<br />

March 2–5<br />

Early Summer Camp Registration<br />

March 12–18<br />

Parents’ Week<br />

April 22<br />

Good Friday (<strong>School</strong> Closed)<br />

April 23–29<br />

Spring Recess (<strong>School</strong> Closed)<br />

April 30<br />

Last Day <strong>of</strong> Classes<br />

May 3–7<br />

Make Up Classes<br />

Summer 2011<br />

July 5<br />

First Day <strong>of</strong> Summer Camp<br />

August 12<br />

Last Day <strong>of</strong> Summer Camp<br />

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HSA<br />

Policies for Students,<br />

Parents & Guests<br />

General Info<br />

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Students, parents and guests must sign in at <strong>the</strong> front desk.<br />

Children under 12 years old are not to be left unattended in<br />

<strong>the</strong> building.<br />

Running, ball playing, shouting or rough playing is not<br />

permitted in <strong>the</strong> school.<br />

Eating or drinking is not permitted in <strong>the</strong> classrooms, studios,<br />

corridors or Ga<strong>the</strong>ring Space.<br />

Sitting in <strong>the</strong> corridors or congregating in <strong>the</strong> stairwell areas is<br />

not permitted. Anyone waiting for students must wait in <strong>the</strong><br />

Ga<strong>the</strong>ring Space.<br />

Students, parents or visitors are not allowed in <strong>the</strong> Faculty<br />

Lounge at any time.<br />

Students are not allowed in <strong>the</strong> Courtyard without supervision.<br />

Gum chewing is not permitted in <strong>the</strong> building.<br />

Students are not allowed in <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>ater, dance studios or<br />

classrooms without a teacher present.<br />

Anyone in <strong>the</strong> building is expected to leave HSA at least 15<br />

minutes before <strong>the</strong> <strong>School</strong> closes.<br />

HSA reserves <strong>the</strong> right to photograph or videotape registered<br />

students for archival and promotional purposes only.<br />

HSA reserves <strong>the</strong> right to discipline or dismiss any student<br />

whose behavior is deemed to be in violation <strong>of</strong> its policies.<br />

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HSA<br />

Financial Information<br />

Payment Deadlines<br />

All fees and tuition are due at registration. This includes financial aid<br />

and work-study students. No one may attend classes until <strong>the</strong>y<br />

are registered and have paid <strong>the</strong> total tuition and all materials and<br />

costume fees.<br />

Additional withdrawal and refund information<br />

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Students who withdraw after <strong>the</strong> beginning <strong>of</strong> a course will<br />

be refunded on a pro-rated basis, based on length <strong>of</strong> time in<br />

<strong>the</strong> course.<br />

After 15 days from <strong>the</strong> start <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> course no refunds will<br />

be given.<br />

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Costume fees: students in <strong>the</strong> Dance Department who are<br />

registered for a full year are charged a costume fee at<br />

registration. Costume fees for all o<strong>the</strong>r students in <strong>the</strong> Dance<br />

Department are due at spring registration.<br />

Financial Assistance<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are four types <strong>of</strong> financial assistance available to students:<br />

Financial Info<br />

2010-2011 Payment Deadline Schedule<br />

Fall 2010<br />

50% <strong>of</strong> tuition and 100% <strong>of</strong> fees* due at registration<br />

Balance must be paid before <strong>the</strong> start <strong>of</strong> classes on September 16<br />

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Materials fees for <strong>the</strong> <strong>The</strong>ater and Visual <strong>Arts</strong> Departments<br />

are non-refundable.<br />

Students registered for <strong>the</strong> full year who drop dance classes<br />

prior to <strong>the</strong> start <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> spring semester on January 20 will receive<br />

a refund for costume fees.<br />

1. Partial Tuition Grants<br />

A limited number <strong>of</strong> partial tuition grants are available for students<br />

with demonstrated financial need. In order to be considered for aid,<br />

applicants must submit a completed Financial Aid form toge<strong>the</strong>r with all<br />

required support documents.<br />

Spring 2011<br />

50% <strong>of</strong> tuition and 100% <strong>of</strong> fees* due at registration<br />

Balance must be paid before <strong>the</strong> start <strong>of</strong> classes on January 20<br />

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Costume fees are non-refundable in <strong>the</strong> spring semester.<br />

Refunds are by check only within four weeks <strong>of</strong> our receipt <strong>of</strong><br />

your request.<br />

Forms are due on October 1 for <strong>the</strong> fall semester and January 28 for<br />

<strong>the</strong> spring semester and are available in <strong>the</strong> Bursar’s <strong>of</strong>fice or online at<br />

www.harlemschool<strong>of</strong><strong>the</strong>arts.org/aid.php. Applicants are required to<br />

pay a $21.00 fee directly to <strong>the</strong> Private <strong>School</strong> Aid Service (PSAS).<br />

Full Year (if paying for entire year in <strong>the</strong> fall)<br />

50% <strong>of</strong> full tuition and 100% <strong>of</strong> fees* due at registration<br />

50% <strong>of</strong> tuition due before <strong>the</strong> start <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> semester on January 20<br />

*All materials/costume fees must be paid in full at registration.<br />

Forms <strong>of</strong> Payment<br />

HSA accepts cash, checks, money orders, MasterCard, Visa, American<br />

Express and Discover Card for tuition payment. A $45 fee will be<br />

charged for all returned checks.<br />

Withdrawal and Refund Policy<br />

To withdraw from a registered course, an adult student or parent<br />

must notify <strong>the</strong> Registrar in writing by filling out an Add/Drop form.<br />

Failure to complete a course or lack <strong>of</strong> attendance does not constitute<br />

withdrawal. If written notice <strong>of</strong> withdrawal is received prior to <strong>the</strong> first<br />

class, <strong>the</strong> student will receive a 100% refund <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> course tuition.<br />

Additional Financial Information<br />

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No one is considered a student <strong>of</strong> HSA or may attend<br />

classes until <strong>the</strong>y are registered and have paid in full.<br />

A surcharge <strong>of</strong> 10% <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> outstanding balance will be added<br />

to accounts that are not paid on time.<br />

No one can register for <strong>the</strong> spring semester if fall accounts<br />

are outstanding.<br />

No one can register for summer programs with an outstanding<br />

balance due to HSA. All summer fees must be paid in full prior<br />

to <strong>the</strong> first day <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> summer program. Fifty percent (50%) is<br />

due at registration.<br />

Full-year students whose accounts are not paid in full by<br />

January 20 will not be permitted to attend spring classes.<br />

Partial grants are restricted to a maximum <strong>of</strong> two course <strong>of</strong>ferings.<br />

Additional courses must be paid in full at registration. A partial tuition<br />

grant, if awarded, will appear as a credit to <strong>the</strong> student’s account,<br />

reducing <strong>the</strong> student’s outstanding balance by <strong>the</strong> amount <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> grant.<br />

Submitting a Financial Aid application does not guarantee that a tuition<br />

grant will be awarded by HSA.<br />

2. Scholarships<br />

Selected students are awarded merit-based scholarships annually.<br />

Awards are determined by audition and review by departmental<br />

committees. Students receiving merit-based scholarships will receive<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficial notification <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> terms and requirements <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> scholarship.<br />

3. Family Discounts<br />

For families registering more than one child, a 10% discount is allowed<br />

for each additional child.<br />

4. Work-Study Grants<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are a limited number <strong>of</strong> work-study grants given to parents.<br />

Applications may be obtained from <strong>the</strong> Registrar or online at<br />

www.harlemschool<strong>of</strong><strong>the</strong>arts.org/aid.php.<br />

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HSA<br />

Dance Program<br />

HSA’s Dance Program <strong>of</strong>fers courses that develop students’<br />

physicality, creativity, technical ability and performance skills.<br />

Classes are <strong>of</strong>fered in African Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Pointe,<br />

Hip Hop and Tap. Students have <strong>the</strong> opportunity to audition for <strong>the</strong><br />

performance ensembles–<strong>The</strong> Children’s Dance Ensemble for ages 8<br />

to 12 years and <strong>the</strong> HSA Advanced Tap Ensemble for ages 15 to 18<br />

years. Most classes perform in <strong>the</strong> end-<strong>of</strong>-school-year recitals held in<br />

a pr<strong>of</strong>essional <strong>the</strong>ater.<br />

HSA’s Dance Program comprises a carefully devised progression<br />

<strong>of</strong> study that continually challenges students as <strong>the</strong>y progress from<br />

one level to <strong>the</strong> next. <strong>The</strong>ir progress is tracked by teachers’ written<br />

evaluations provided at <strong>the</strong> conclusion <strong>of</strong> each semester. Students<br />

are placed in levels that are appropriate to <strong>the</strong>ir age, physical<br />

development and ability. A new student’s initial dance class serves as<br />

a placement tool to determine his or her level in <strong>the</strong> program.<br />

Students in <strong>the</strong> dance program are encouraged to audition for<br />

<strong>the</strong> HSA High <strong>School</strong> and College Prep programs. <strong>The</strong> HSA Prep<br />

program includes a performance ensemble that represents <strong>the</strong><br />

school in outreach and presentation opportunities throughout New<br />

York City. HSA Prep dance students acquire <strong>the</strong> determination,<br />

focus, and self-discipline which allow <strong>the</strong>m to excel in any<br />

career choice.<br />

HSA’s Dance Program stands out for its attention to <strong>the</strong> education<br />

and well-being <strong>of</strong> each individual student. Students receive skilled<br />

instruction and nurturing guidance in achieving <strong>the</strong>ir goals in dance.<br />

Graduates have gone on to become dance majors in colleges such<br />

as California Institute <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong> (Cal<strong>Arts</strong>), <strong>The</strong> Juilliard <strong>School</strong>, New<br />

World <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong>, and University <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong> (Philadelphia,<br />

PA), among o<strong>the</strong>rs.


HSA<br />

Dancewear Supplies at HSA<br />

Looking for dancewear? <strong>The</strong> Dance Department provides<br />

a boutique to serve <strong>the</strong> basic needs for its dance students.<br />

For fur<strong>the</strong>r dancewear supplies such as tap shoes and<br />

pointe shoes, we have <strong>the</strong> addresses <strong>of</strong> dance stores and<br />

will provide a coupon indicating that HSA students receive<br />

a 10% discount on dancewear.<br />

Tights: flesh-tone, convertible $13.00-$15.00<br />

Leotard: black, tank style $17.00-$20.00<br />

Ballet shoes: flesh-tone, canvas Adult sizes 6-12 $20.00<br />

Lapa (African Dance wrap) $7.00<br />

White Elastic belt $1.00<br />

Dance Open Enrollment <strong>Course</strong>s<br />

African Dance<br />

Instructor: Daaimah Taalib-Din<br />

Beginning with warm-up exercises designed to develop strength,<br />

aerobic stamina, coordination, flexibility and rhythmic awareness, <strong>the</strong><br />

class progresses to traditional and culturally grounded African dance<br />

sequences. Students acquire an understanding <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> drums, rhythm<br />

and music <strong>of</strong> a variety <strong>of</strong> African dances. <strong>The</strong>se classes feature <strong>the</strong><br />

energy and spirit <strong>of</strong> live drummers.<br />

African Dance for Parents and Children<br />

Ages 4-6 Saturdays 9:00-10:00 a.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Costume Fee: $120 (2 participants)<br />

African Dance I<br />

Ages 7-10 Saturdays 10:00-11:00 a.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Costume Fee: $60<br />

African Dance II<br />

Ages 11-15 Saturdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Costume Fee: $60<br />

African Dance III<br />

Ages 12-16 Saturdays 12:00-1:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Costume Fee: $60<br />

Ballet<br />

Instructors: Allison Mixon, Cynthia Shipley<br />

<strong>The</strong> fundamentals <strong>of</strong> basic technique and correct posture and alignment<br />

are emphasized as students systematically progress. <strong>The</strong> classical<br />

structure <strong>of</strong> ballet is taught with special attention on muscular strength<br />

and control which leads to <strong>the</strong> grace and refinement that are <strong>the</strong><br />

hallmarks <strong>of</strong> ballet training. Pointe classes are introduced in Ballet II.<br />

HSA prioritizes <strong>the</strong> importance <strong>of</strong> live piano accompaniment for every<br />

ballet class.<br />

Ballet I<br />

Ages 7-10 Saturdays 9:00-10:00 a.m. or<br />

Saturdays 1:00-2:00 p.m. or<br />

Wednesdays 5:006:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Costume Fee: $60<br />

Ballet IA<br />

Ages 9-12 Saturdays 10:00-11:00 a.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Costume Fee: $60<br />

Ballet IB<br />

Ages 10-14 Saturdays 2:00-3:30 p.m. and/or<br />

Tuesdays 5:30-7:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: Once a week $445 per semester<br />

Two classes per week $850 per semester<br />

Costume Fee: $60<br />

Beginner Ballet for Teens and Adults<br />

Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $445 per semester<br />

Children’s Dance Ensemble Audition Only<br />

Instructor: Hattie Mae Williams<br />

Children’s Dance Ensemble (CDE) is designed to give students<br />

(ages 8-12) who show early talent and a strong interest in dance <strong>the</strong><br />

opportunity to study intensively, work on ongoing repertory and perform<br />

frequently. CDE class combines modern technique and age-appropriate<br />

choreography. Auditions are held every year and all members <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

ensemble must re-audition each year.<br />

Ages 8-12 Fridays 5:00-7:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

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Dance<br />

Instructors: Allison Mixon, Cynthia Shipley<br />

Exercises to build physical strength and coordination are provided in a<br />

nurturing atmosphere. Jumping, marching, skipping, and hopping are<br />

merged with musical awareness and rhythm.<br />

Dance I<br />

Ages 4-6 Saturdays 9:00-10:00 a.m. or<br />

Saturdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or<br />

Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Costume fee: $60<br />

Dance IA<br />

Ages 6-8 Saturdays 10:00-11:00 a.m. or<br />

Fridays 4:30-5:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Costume fee: $60<br />

Hip Hop<br />

Instructors: Keith Lewis, Malik Coleman<br />

A structured warm-up sequence including streng<strong>the</strong>ning and stretching<br />

exercises begins <strong>the</strong>se classes, which focus on developing different<br />

qualities <strong>of</strong> movement by emphasizing musicality and body awareness.<br />

Students work on precision, flow and <strong>the</strong> use <strong>of</strong> levels and dynamics, as<br />

well as freestyle dance techniques to develop versatility and confidence<br />

in <strong>the</strong>ir dancing.<br />

Hip Hop I<br />

Ages 7-9 Saturdays 1:00-2:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Costume fee: $60<br />

Hip Hop IA<br />

Ages 9-12 Saturdays 2:00-3:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Costume fee: $60<br />

Jazz<br />

Instructors: Belinda He<br />

After a warm-up sequence that focuses on strength building and<br />

flexibility while finding an ease <strong>of</strong> movement without strain, <strong>the</strong> class<br />

moves on to center exercises that emphasize <strong>the</strong> precise use <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> feet,<br />

torso and limbs and ends with studies in balances and turns. Students<br />

acquire technique that will facilitate <strong>the</strong>ir effective performance <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

choreography, which varies from traditional to street and lyrical jazz<br />

styles.<br />

Jazz I<br />

Ages 11-16 Saturdays 3:00-4:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Costume fee: $60<br />

Modern<br />

Instructors: Keisa Parrish, Hattie Mae Williams, Keith Lewis<br />

Combining a variety <strong>of</strong> contemporary and classical modern dance<br />

techniques, <strong>the</strong>se classes give students a strong technical grounding on<br />

which to support <strong>the</strong>ir dancing. A structured warm-up that emphasizes<br />

<strong>the</strong> building <strong>of</strong> strength and flexibility progresses into various studies in<br />

<strong>the</strong> center and across <strong>the</strong> floor. Live percussion accompanies this class,<br />

which ends with a combination utilizing <strong>the</strong> techniques practiced.<br />

Modern I<br />

Ages 7-10 Saturdays 12:00 -1:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Costume fee: $60<br />

Modern IA<br />

Ages 9-12 Saturdays 1:00-2:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Costume fee: $60<br />

Tap<br />

Instructors: Yvonne Curry, Joseph Webb<br />

<strong>The</strong>se classes begin with a warm-up that focuses on energy and ease<br />

<strong>of</strong> motion. Beginning students can expect to be taught basic taps and<br />

simple steps including <strong>the</strong> shuffle, shim-sham, gallops, and time step.<br />

Students gain focus and rhythmic skills, coupled with improved overall<br />

coordination and balance.<br />

Tap I<br />

Ages 4-6 Saturdays 12:00-1:00 p.m.<br />

Ages 7-10 Thursdays 4:30-5:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Costume fee: $60<br />

Tap IA<br />

Ages 7-10 Saturdays 11:00 am-12:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Costume fee: $60<br />

Tap II<br />

Ages 10-15 Thursdays 5:30-6:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Costume fee: $60<br />

Tap III / Ensemble Audition Only<br />

Ages 15 and up Tuesdays 5:30-7:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $445 per semester<br />

Costume fee: $60<br />

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Music Program<br />

HSA’s Music Department <strong>of</strong>fers a broad curriculum, including most <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> instruments <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> orchestra, piano, guitar, percussion and voice.<br />

<strong>The</strong> philosophy <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Music Department is to prepare <strong>the</strong> individual<br />

to be a pr<strong>of</strong>icient performer and reader <strong>of</strong> Western music as well as<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> various musical styles <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> African Diaspora. To accomplish<br />

this goal, HSA requires all Music students to register for a <strong>the</strong>ory and<br />

ear training class in each semester <strong>of</strong> enrollment.<br />

To add to <strong>the</strong> development <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ory we introduce <strong>the</strong> Rhythmic<br />

Literacy course created by Fred Alston. This class is designed to<br />

enhance rhythmic analysis, diction and composition focusing on<br />

literacy. <strong>The</strong> Department also <strong>of</strong>fers <strong>The</strong> African Presence in Classical<br />

Music, a history class designed to reveal <strong>the</strong> contribution <strong>of</strong> Africans<br />

and African-Americans in <strong>the</strong> development <strong>of</strong> classical music from<br />

its inception.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Department has comprehensive studies in Gospel Music (voice,<br />

keyboard, drums and guitar) as well as a full program in Latin Music<br />

studies. All <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> instructors in <strong>the</strong>se departments are also classically<br />

trained and emphasize music literacy in <strong>the</strong> curriculum.<br />

HSA also <strong>of</strong>fers comprehensive studies in music technology for all<br />

ages. Children as young as 4 can take part in <strong>the</strong> World <strong>of</strong> Music<br />

class, a composing program developed by <strong>the</strong> fa<strong>the</strong>r <strong>of</strong> American<br />

electronic music, Morton Subotnik. HSA’s computer music studio<br />

supports 24 bit/96 kHz recording and houses several flagship music<br />

s<strong>of</strong>tware titles, including Finale, Reason, Cubase and Kore 2.<br />

Our music faculty has studied at some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> world’s finest<br />

institutions, including <strong>the</strong> Curtis Institute <strong>of</strong> Music, <strong>The</strong> Juilliard<br />

<strong>School</strong>, Indiana University at Bloomington, and Oberlin Conservatory<br />

<strong>of</strong> Music. Participants <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> program have gone on to study at <strong>the</strong><br />

Berklee <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Music, Boston University, Harvard, <strong>the</strong> University<br />

<strong>of</strong> Michigan at Ann Arbor.


HSA<br />

Private Music Lessons<br />

HSA <strong>of</strong>fers weekly private music lessons <strong>of</strong> 30, 45 or 60<br />

minutes. Students are required to have an instrument for<br />

regular practice, and some may be rented through HSA.<br />

Instruments Available:<br />

Bassoon<br />

Flute<br />

Brass<br />

Guitar<br />

Cello<br />

Oboe<br />

Clarinet<br />

Percussion<br />

Double Bass Piano<br />

Recorder<br />

Saxophone<br />

<strong>The</strong>ory<br />

Violin & Viola<br />

Voice<br />

Tuition per semester (14 weeks):<br />

30 min $440 45 min $660 60 min $880<br />

Music Open Enrollment <strong>Course</strong>s<br />

<strong>The</strong> African Presence in Classical Music<br />

Instructor: Fred Alston<br />

<strong>The</strong> music <strong>of</strong> western Europe has always been open to absorbing<br />

influences from different parts <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> world. Eastern European and Asian<br />

influences have been well documented, but little has been said about<br />

<strong>the</strong> role Africa has played in <strong>the</strong> development <strong>of</strong> Western Music. This<br />

course traces <strong>the</strong> North African roots <strong>of</strong> Gregorian chant, <strong>the</strong> role <strong>of</strong> 18 th<br />

and 19 th century black composer-performers, as well as arrangers and<br />

producers <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> jazz and popular music era.<br />

Ages 12 and up Saturdays 5:00-6:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Classical Rap (Rhythmic Literacy)<br />

Instructor: Fred Alston<br />

To add to <strong>the</strong> development <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ory we introduce <strong>the</strong> Rhythmic Literacy<br />

course created by Fred Alston, an educational art form which he calls<br />

“classical rap.” First <strong>of</strong>f its kind here at HSA, this class is designed<br />

to enhance rhythmic analysis and composition focusing on literacy.<br />

<strong>The</strong> course will demonstrate how to count rhythms, form a rhythmic<br />

beat, read rhythmic patterns and improve rhythmic diction. Those who<br />

are familiar with rap and pop music can now learn how to interpret a<br />

spoken rhythmic pattern into a written form. This two semester class will<br />

prepare students to enter college level rhythmic courses and reveal that<br />

syncopation is common to both Bach and Hip Hop.<br />

Ages 12 and up Fridays 5:00-6:00 p.m. or<br />

Saturdays 2:00-3:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Materials fee: $6 manuscript book<br />

Chorus<br />

<strong>The</strong> early choral music education repertoire reflects three areas <strong>of</strong><br />

study: 1) singing in foreign languages and in genres including gospel<br />

and Negro spirituals; 2) singing in rounds and preparing students to<br />

sing in parts (SATB); and 3) learning solfege and preparing students for<br />

musical literacy. Songs are selected from traditional vocal repertoire,<br />

personal resources <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> instructor and original material written by <strong>the</strong><br />

instructor.<br />

Primary Chorus<br />

Instructor: Fred Alston<br />

Classes study folk and European and African-American sources. Skills<br />

taught include sight reading, Kodály hand signs and diction.<br />

Ages 6-8 Saturdays 9:00-10:00 a.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Intermediate Chorus<br />

Instructor: Fred Alston<br />

A continuation <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> study <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> fundamentals <strong>of</strong> singing taught in<br />

Primary Chorus. Part-singing and performance skills are emphasized.<br />

Ages 9-11 Saturdays 10:00-11:00 a.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Beginning Teen Chorus<br />

Instructor: Fred Alston<br />

Teen Chorus introduces choral singing to <strong>the</strong> teenager with little or no<br />

prior experience. <strong>The</strong> class provides a foundation in vocal technique<br />

and ensemble performance. Successful participation in this ensemble<br />

will prepare students to audition for <strong>the</strong> College Prep vocal program.<br />

Ages 12-18 Saturdays 11:00-12:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Ensembles<br />

<strong>The</strong> ensemble program is an integral part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> HSA curriculum. Group<br />

playing and singing refines individual skills, encourages cooperation<br />

and <strong>of</strong>fers <strong>the</strong> joy <strong>of</strong> creating music with o<strong>the</strong>rs. All intermediate and<br />

advanced students are encouraged to participate in at least one<br />

<strong>of</strong> HSA’s music ensembles. <strong>The</strong>re is no fee for students to enroll in<br />

music ensembles if <strong>the</strong>y are enrolled for <strong>the</strong> fall and spring in at least<br />

a 45-minute private lesson. In addition, <strong>the</strong>re will be a 20% discount<br />

awarded to students who exercise <strong>the</strong> option to enroll in a private<br />

lesson and <strong>the</strong>ory course and who choose to play or sing in a free<br />

ensemble. Some ensembles will require an audition for placement.<br />

Chamber Symphony String Orchestra audition Only<br />

Instructor: David Burnett<br />

This class provides intermediate and advanced students with an<br />

introduction to playing in a string ensemble. Students utilize music<br />

<strong>the</strong>ory, musicianship, rhythm and sight-reading skills while learning to<br />

interact with fellow musicians and follow a conductor.<br />

Ages 12-18 Saturdays 4:30-6:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 spring semester only<br />

<strong>The</strong> Dorothy Maynor Singers audition Only<br />

Instructor: Lucia Bradford<br />

For intermediate and advanced vocal students, <strong>the</strong> repertoire for<br />

this group explores a wide range <strong>of</strong> choral music including Classical,<br />

Gospel, Spirituals, Folk and Contemporary. Rehearsal<br />

for special events, touring and attending outside performances<br />

is required. Open, by audition, to any student who is taking at least one<br />

course in dance, music, <strong>the</strong>ater or visual arts.<br />

Ages 12-18 Thursdays 4:30-6:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

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HSA Jazz Ensemble audition Only<br />

Instructor: Steve Oquendo<br />

This HSA Ensemble provides pr<strong>of</strong>essional training in performance and<br />

improvisation techniques. Students will become familiar with Jazz<br />

standards as well as Latin/Jazz idioms. Rehearsals for special events,<br />

touring and attendance at outside performances are required.<br />

Ages 11 and up Saturdays 4:30-6:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

HSA Flute Choir audition Only<br />

Instructor: Bernard Phillips<br />

This class introduces intermediate and advanced flute students to <strong>the</strong><br />

experience <strong>of</strong> playing in a flute ensemble. Students utilize sight-reading<br />

skills and musicianship to learn how to interact with fellow musicians in<br />

a chamber music setting. Additionally, students will gain <strong>the</strong> experience<br />

<strong>of</strong> playing <strong>the</strong> bass flute, alto flute and piccolo. Rehearsals for special<br />

events, touring and attendance at outside performances are required.<br />

Ages 11 and up Saturdays 2:00-4:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Saxophone & Clarinet Ensemble audition Only<br />

Instructor: JD Parran<br />

This class introduces intermediate and advanced saxophone and<br />

clarinet students to <strong>the</strong> experience <strong>of</strong> playing in an ensemble. Students<br />

utilize sight-reading skills and musicianship to interact with fellow<br />

musicians in a chamber music ensemble. Rehearsal for special events<br />

and attending outside performances is required. Students will gain <strong>the</strong><br />

experience <strong>of</strong> playing <strong>the</strong> baritone, bass and soprano saxophones.<br />

Ages 11 and up Saturdays 3:00-5:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Guitar<br />

Group and private lessons are available for a comprehensive study<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> guitar. Group classes include instruction in <strong>the</strong> techniques <strong>of</strong><br />

classical, flamenco, folk and jazz guitar styles and explore a variety <strong>of</strong><br />

traditional, folk and contemporary music literature. Private students<br />

may elect to participate in Advanced Guitar Class and Workshop.<br />

Group Guitar Class<br />

Instructor: James Bartow<br />

Classes study folk and art traditions from European and African-<br />

American sources. Skills taught include sight reading, Kodály hand<br />

signs and diction.<br />

Ages 6-8 Saturdays 9:00-10:00 a.m.<br />

Ages 9-12 Saturdays 10:00-11:00 a.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester Materials Fee: $6 manuscript book,<br />

Instrument purchase for advanced students<br />

Advanced Guitar Class & Workshop<br />

Instructor: James Bartow<br />

Students are exposed to <strong>the</strong> masterworks <strong>of</strong> guitar literature.<br />

Contemporary ensemble music in jazz and pop styles is also studied.<br />

Students in this class are members <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> HSA Guitar Ensemble.<br />

Placement in <strong>the</strong> ensemble is determined by ability.<br />

Ages 12 and up Saturdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Materials Fee: $6 manuscript book, Instrument purchase for advanced<br />

students<br />

Kinder Keyboard<br />

Instructor: Sonelius Smith<br />

This course encourages groups <strong>of</strong> young students to discover music<br />

in a fun-filled atmosphere. Basic hand position, fingering and sight<br />

reading are covered. Students must have a piano or keyboard at home.<br />

Ages 4-6 Thursdays 5:00-5:30 p.m. or<br />

Saturdays 12:00-12:30 p.m. or<br />

Saturdays 12:30-1:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $152.50 per semester<br />

Ages 6-8 Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. or<br />

Saturdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon<br />

Tuition: $305 14 weeks / $610 28 weeks<br />

Ages 8-11 Saturdays 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 14 weeks / $610 28 weeks<br />

Morton Subotnik’s World <strong>of</strong> Music<br />

Instructor: Laurie Galbreath<br />

Using electronic composer Morton Subotnik’s World <strong>of</strong> Music s<strong>of</strong>tware,<br />

students can learn <strong>the</strong> basic elements <strong>of</strong> music. In class, students<br />

create finger paintings on <strong>the</strong> computer which are <strong>the</strong>n interpreted into<br />

electronic sounds. Activities that focus on interpreting music and aural<br />

skills will also be presented, and students will have <strong>the</strong> opportunity to<br />

compose music before beginning a formal music education.<br />

Ages 4-6 Saturdays 9:00-10:00 a.m.<br />

Ages 7-10 Saturdays 10:00-11:00 a.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Music Appreciation<br />

Instructor: Eli Asher<br />

This introductory course is designed to enhance <strong>the</strong> basic ability and<br />

understanding <strong>of</strong> music. <strong>The</strong> class gives emphasis to characteristic<br />

styles <strong>of</strong> major historical periods and <strong>the</strong> works <strong>of</strong> key composers<br />

within <strong>the</strong> Western musical tradition.<br />

Ages 12 and up Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m. or<br />

Ages 12 and up Fridays 6:00-7:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Materials Fee: $40 for course book<br />

Musical Explorations<br />

Instructor: Judith Dansker<br />

<strong>The</strong>se beginner courses are ideal preparatory courses for children<br />

wishing to progress to an instrument or voice class. Recorders are <strong>the</strong><br />

primary instrument and may be purchased for $10.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Musical Explorations IA<br />

Ages 4-5 Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.<br />

Musical Explorations IB<br />

Ages 4-5 Saturdays 11:00 noon-12:00 p.m.<br />

Musical Explorations II<br />

Ages 6-8 Saturdays 12:00 a.m.-1:00 noon<br />

Musical Explorations III: Recorder Ensemble<br />

Ages 9-10 Saturdays 1:00-2:00 p.m.<br />

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Percussion<br />

Instructor: Donald Eaton<br />

An in-depth study <strong>of</strong> percussion beginning with private lessons in basic<br />

snare drum technique and progressing to studies on <strong>the</strong> drum set,<br />

mallets (marimba/xylophone) and timpani.<br />

African and Latin Percussion<br />

<strong>The</strong> concentrated areas <strong>of</strong> study are percussion hand patterns and<br />

rhythmic structures from West Africa, Cuba and <strong>the</strong> Caribbean Islands.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

African and Latin Percussion Level I<br />

Ages 4-6 Saturdays 1:00-2:00 p.m.<br />

African and Latin Percussion Level II<br />

Ages 6-8 Fridays 5:00-6:00 p.m.<br />

Ages 7-11 Saturdays 2:00-3:00 p.m.<br />

African and Latin Percussion Level III<br />

Ages 12-18 Saturdays 3:00-4:00 p.m.<br />

African and Latin Percussion Advanced<br />

Ages 12-18 Saturdays 4:00-5:00 p.m.<br />

Prerequisite: Successful completion <strong>of</strong> Levels I, II & III<br />

Suzuki Violin Instruction<br />

Instructor: Elektra Kurtis-Stewart<br />

<strong>The</strong> Suzuki method is based on physical/aural imitation <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> teacher<br />

by parent and student. <strong>The</strong> concept <strong>of</strong> playing ra<strong>the</strong>r than practicing<br />

is emphasized so that students develop a sense <strong>of</strong> enjoyment for <strong>the</strong><br />

instrument. Suzuki students must also register for private lessons, and<br />

students eight and older must also take Music <strong>The</strong>ory. Materials Fee:<br />

$10 book, $2 rosin, $3 strings. Instrument rentals are available.<br />

Suzuki Violin Ensemble: Beginners<br />

Ages 4-6 Saturdays 10:30-11:00 a.m.<br />

Tuition: $152.50 per semester<br />

Suzuki Violin Ensemble: Book 1A<br />

Ages 7-9 Saturdays 9:30-10:30 a.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Suzuki Violin Ensemble: Book 1B<br />

Ages 10-12 Saturdays 11:00-12:00 a.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Music Technology Classes<br />

Instructors: Alon Zierand, Steven Oquendo<br />

This class covers many aspects <strong>of</strong> creating a track, including <strong>the</strong><br />

difference between audio and MIDI, syn<strong>the</strong>sis, sampling, and simple<br />

sequencing.<br />

Introduction to Digital Recording Beginner<br />

Ages 12 and up Saturdays 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 14 weeks / $610 28 weeks<br />

Introduction to Digital Recording Intermediate*<br />

Ages 12 and up Saturdays 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 14 weeks / $610 28 weeks<br />

*Must be tested into <strong>the</strong> class<br />

Music <strong>The</strong>ory & Compositional Studies<br />

In our <strong>the</strong>ory classes, students can focus on learning <strong>the</strong> names <strong>of</strong><br />

notes and scales, as well as reading rhythms, leaving more time in <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

lessons to focus on fingering, embouchure and tone production.<br />

Music <strong>The</strong>ory I: Rudiments <strong>of</strong> Music<br />

Instructors: Fred Alston, Steve Oquendo, Waldron Ricks, Erik Torrente<br />

This course is a detailed study <strong>of</strong> basic musical concepts including<br />

notes and values, simple time signatures, rests, treble and bass clefs.<br />

Ages 12-18 Wednesdays 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.<br />

Ages 8-11 Thursdays 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.<br />

Ages 8-11 Saturdays 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.<br />

Ages 8-11 Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.<br />

Ages 12-18 Saturdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon<br />

Ages 8-11 Saturdays 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.<br />

Ages 12-18 Saturdays 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Music <strong>The</strong>ory II<br />

Instructors: Fred Alston, Eli Asher<br />

Focuses on <strong>the</strong> integration <strong>of</strong> complex musical structures and musical<br />

invention. Topics include note value extensions, compound time<br />

signatures, accents and slurs.<br />

Thursdays 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.<br />

Saturdays 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.<br />

Saturdays 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Materials Fee: $6 manuscript book<br />

Music <strong>The</strong>ory III*<br />

Instructors: Bernard Phillips<br />

This course covers complex musical analysis including triplets and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r “bracketed” note value extensions, compound time signatures,<br />

tempo and musical markings.<br />

Wednesdays 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.<br />

Saturdays 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Materials Fee: $6 manuscript book<br />

*Must be tested into <strong>the</strong> course<br />

Music <strong>The</strong>ory IV*<br />

Instructors: Bernard Phillips<br />

This course focuses on <strong>the</strong> tools and innovations <strong>of</strong> 20 th and 21 st<br />

Century music including, but not limited to, <strong>the</strong> chromatic scale, atonal<br />

music, II-V-I progressions and free improvisation.<br />

Saturdays 1:00-2:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Materials Fee: $6 manuscript book<br />

*Must be tested into <strong>the</strong> course<br />

Music Program<br />

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HSA<br />

<strong>The</strong>ater Program<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong> <strong>The</strong>ater Department utilizes a<br />

traditional arts conservatory approach to prepare students for <strong>the</strong><br />

demands <strong>of</strong> pr<strong>of</strong>essional application, as well as provide a general<br />

understanding and appreciation for <strong>the</strong>ater. <strong>The</strong> <strong>The</strong>ater Department<br />

refines and focuses <strong>the</strong> talent, commitment and enthusiasm <strong>of</strong><br />

children and teens ages 4-18.<br />

By learning basic <strong>the</strong>ater skills, students develop into disciplined,<br />

resourceful, and confident artists. Introductory courses include<br />

Acting for <strong>the</strong> Beginner, Monologue and Scene Study, Introduction<br />

to Shakespeare and Voice and Speech. Also <strong>of</strong>fered are courses in<br />

a myriad <strong>of</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong>atrical techniques: Clown 101, Stage Combat,<br />

<strong>The</strong>ater History, and <strong>The</strong>atrical Technology.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>The</strong>ater Department Faculty is led by world renowned actors,<br />

directors, singers, poets and teaching artists, all currently active in<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir respective fields <strong>of</strong> performance. Resident teaching artists<br />

include founder <strong>of</strong> <strong>The</strong> Workshop <strong>The</strong>ater Company Charles E.<br />

Gerber, Writer/Actor Willie Teacher, Casting Director Judy Bowman,<br />

and Broadway veterans Deborah Kym and Ray McLeod. Recent<br />

guest artists have included Arthur French, cast and crew <strong>of</strong> PBS<br />

television show <strong>The</strong> Electric Company, <strong>The</strong> Movement <strong>The</strong>atre<br />

Company, and a number <strong>of</strong> o<strong>the</strong>rs. Graduates <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> department go<br />

on to attend leading <strong>the</strong>ater programs at top universities, such as<br />

NYU, Lemoyne College, Yale University, Howard University, Syracuse<br />

University, and North Carolina <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong>.<br />

Students marry <strong>the</strong>ory with practice by engaging in a number<br />

<strong>of</strong> performance opportunities. <strong>The</strong>se include acting showcases,<br />

Commercial and <strong>The</strong>atrical auditions, and community events.<br />

Students and alumni <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>The</strong>ater department can be seen onstage<br />

in Broadway’s <strong>The</strong> Lion King and American Idiot, as well as popular<br />

television and film/commercials.


HSA<br />

<strong>The</strong>ater Open Enrollment <strong>Course</strong>s<br />

Acting for <strong>the</strong> Beginner I, II, and III<br />

Instructors: Cherrye Davis, Magaly Colimon-Christopher, Willie Teacher<br />

<strong>The</strong>se beginning level acting classes <strong>of</strong>fer students an introduction to<br />

<strong>the</strong>ater. Students will develop an understanding <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ater and acting<br />

through voice, physical work, text and in-class performance.<br />

Level I Ages 6-7<br />

Level II Ages 8-9<br />

Level III Ages 10-12<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Materials fee: $50<br />

Saturdays 10:00-11:00 a.m.<br />

Saturdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.<br />

Saturdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.<br />

Private Acting Lessons<br />

Private Coaching provides a more intimate training for<br />

audition preparation. Students study closely with an<br />

instructor and work on material needed to audition for film,<br />

television, <strong>the</strong>ater, and university or conservatory training.<br />

Acting for <strong>the</strong> Camera<br />

Instructor: Judy Bowman<br />

This course teaches on-camera technique and skills required to break<br />

into film and television. In class, students will work on-camera with<br />

an instructor and use commercial copy to learn how to nail auditions<br />

and callbacks. Students will also discuss commercials, advertising,<br />

headshots and resumes in <strong>the</strong> commercial casting world.<br />

Ages 10-14 Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Clown 101: <strong>The</strong> Dynamics <strong>of</strong> Play<br />

Instructor: Darrin Person<br />

This class will undertake a brief survey <strong>of</strong> physical <strong>the</strong>ater styles aimed<br />

at developing self-confidence and vocal and physical self-expression.<br />

Derived from clown, commedia dell’arte mask work, and performance<br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tics from around <strong>the</strong> world, students will discover <strong>the</strong> building<br />

blocks <strong>of</strong> ensemble creation using dance, improvisation, text and<br />

games. Students will use <strong>the</strong>ir bodies and imaginations to explore <strong>the</strong><br />

dynamics <strong>of</strong> a performance-audience relationship.<br />

Stage Combat for Teens: A Journey into Extreme Acting<br />

Instructor: Willie Teacher<br />

A safe and effective way to show <strong>the</strong> drama <strong>of</strong> conflict and combat<br />

in performance, this class helps students achieve an understanding<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> role that <strong>the</strong> physical life plays in performance. Directing<br />

and Choreography will be explored as <strong>the</strong> students incorporate<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir newfound physical life skills into original and published text.<br />

Techniques taught and explored include shared weight and balance,<br />

slaps, punches, pushes, pulls, kicks, throws, shoulder rolls, falls, found<br />

objects and unarmed combinations. Students learn how to operate and<br />

create in a safe working environment.<br />

Ages 13-18 Saturdays 12-1:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Teen Acting<br />

Instructor: Magaly Colimon-Christopher<br />

For <strong>the</strong> student with little or no acting experience, this introductory<br />

course includes vocal and physical exercises, improvisational scenes<br />

and ensemble work, as well as scene study and character analysis.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ater Program<br />

Musical <strong>The</strong>ater: Sam Willmott<br />

Monologue: Judy Bowman, Natalie Paul, Charles E. Gerber,<br />

Barbara Grecki, Darrin Person, Willie Teacher, Cherrye Davis<br />

Tuition per semester:<br />

30 min $440 45 min $660 60 min $880<br />

Ages 12-14 Saturdays 12:00-1:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Materials fee: $50<br />

Musical <strong>The</strong>ater I<br />

Instructor: Sam Willmott<br />

Students will explore song and dance from <strong>the</strong> actor’s perspective and<br />

learn how song and dance is employed in Musical <strong>The</strong>ater to express<br />

character, advance <strong>the</strong> plot and tell a story.<br />

Ages 10-13 Saturdays 3:30-5:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $445 per semester<br />

Ages 13-18 Saturdays 1:00-2:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

<strong>The</strong>ater Adventures<br />

Instructor: Crystal Price<br />

An exploration <strong>of</strong> voice, coordination and confidence building designed<br />

for our youngest actors using <strong>the</strong>ater games and language building<br />

exercises.<br />

Ages 4-5 Saturdays 9:00-10:00 a.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

“<br />

My favorite moment was performing Colored Museum.<br />

I had <strong>the</strong> opportunity to play a character<br />

who is completely different from who I really am.<br />

”<br />

–Latisha Fields<br />

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Visual <strong>Arts</strong> Program<br />

<strong>The</strong> Visual <strong>Arts</strong> Department <strong>of</strong>fers an array <strong>of</strong> classes for students<br />

ages four and up. <strong>The</strong> curriculum is designed to <strong>of</strong>fer holistic<br />

instruction in various art mediums, fostering creative expression,<br />

developing technical skill and encouraging broad arts and cultural<br />

appreciation. Younger students are schooled in <strong>the</strong> basics as<br />

<strong>the</strong>y develop <strong>the</strong>ir imagination, color-mixing skills and<br />

hand-eye coordination.<br />

Older students are given personal attention that allows <strong>the</strong>m<br />

to develop more sophisticated skills such as traditional and<br />

contemporary techniques from <strong>the</strong> painting studio to <strong>the</strong> computer<br />

lab. <strong>Course</strong>s evolve to suit popular interests and engage <strong>the</strong> students<br />

in cutting-edge trends in fine arts and applied arts careers.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Visual <strong>Arts</strong> Department encourages individual expression in<br />

students by fostering learning and providing arts appreciation<br />

opportunities. <strong>The</strong> Visual <strong>Arts</strong> program includes classes in drawing,<br />

painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, animation, digital<br />

art, filmmaking, functional art and printmaking and is enhanced by<br />

a faculty <strong>of</strong> pr<strong>of</strong>essional artists, guest lecturers, workshops and<br />

engaging visual arts exhibitions.<br />

Beyond <strong>the</strong> curriculum, <strong>the</strong> Visual <strong>Arts</strong> Department seeks to cultivate<br />

interest in <strong>the</strong> arts community, particularly in <strong>Harlem</strong>, by acting as an<br />

information source for upcoming and ongoing events that would be<br />

<strong>of</strong> interest to parents, students and friends.


HSA<br />

Visual <strong>Arts</strong> Open Enrollment <strong>Course</strong>s<br />

Art Basics<br />

Instructor: Nicholas Rispoli<br />

In this course, <strong>the</strong> energy, curiosity and excitement <strong>of</strong> childhood are<br />

captured through visual discovery. Collage, assemblage, printmaking,<br />

drawing, painting and 3-D art are explored in a joyful, creative<br />

environment. Art fundamentals are taught to older children. Please bring<br />

a smock.<br />

Ages 4-7 Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.<br />

Ages 8-11 Saturdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Materials fee: $50<br />

Camera Antics: An Introduction to Photography<br />

Instructor: Michelle Cheiken<br />

This basic photography class introduces students to 35mm camera<br />

and darkroom techniques, including processing black and white film.<br />

An exhibition <strong>of</strong> student work is displayed at <strong>the</strong> end <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> course,<br />

showcasing creative expressions. Please note that <strong>the</strong> chemicals used<br />

to process film may aggravate asthmatic conditions.<br />

Ages 10-12 Saturdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon<br />

Ages 13-17 Saturdays 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Materials fee: $50<br />

and portraiture as <strong>the</strong>y learn <strong>the</strong> fundamentals <strong>of</strong> rendering, values, line<br />

quality and composition. As drawing is truly <strong>the</strong> basis <strong>of</strong> most o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

visual art practices, <strong>the</strong> class will equip students with a knowledge base<br />

to move forward into more advanced drawing, painting, sculpture and<br />

photography.<br />

Ages 6-10 Saturdays 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.<br />

Tuition: $590 per semester<br />

Materials Fee: $50<br />

Clay Studio<br />

Instructor: Ana Ruiz Castillo<br />

Students will learn <strong>the</strong> basics <strong>of</strong> ceramics with an emphasis on<br />

individual creative use <strong>of</strong> clay to produce colorful sculpture. Both <strong>the</strong><br />

art and craft are explored as children create colorful objects such as<br />

treasure boxes, personalized cups and o<strong>the</strong>r items. Please bring a<br />

smock.<br />

Ages 6-10 Saturdays 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $590 per semester<br />

Materials Fee: $50<br />

Computer Kids<br />

Instructor: Santi Khairassame<br />

Is your child interested in art and curious about computers? This course<br />

introduces students to creating and editing images in Adobe Photoshop<br />

and Illustrator.<br />

Drawing and Painting for Teens<br />

Instructor: Kate Eschelbach<br />

For students who are interested in improving <strong>the</strong>ir drawing skills, this<br />

class focuses on <strong>the</strong> human figure and still life. Students will work in<br />

pencil, charcoal, pastels, watercolor and acrylic paint.<br />

Ages 11-16 Saturdays 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Materials Fee: $50<br />

Illustration Concepts<br />

Instructor: Alexandra Smith<br />

Students will engage in projects that range from illustrating a children’s<br />

book to creating artwork that solves various conceptual issues.<br />

<strong>The</strong> class will also visit artists’ studios and hear guest lectures from<br />

illustrators.<br />

Saturdays 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $590 fall semester only<br />

Materials fee: $50<br />

Introduction to Filmmaking<br />

Instructor: Joshua Bee Alafia<br />

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to <strong>the</strong> exciting<br />

world <strong>of</strong> digital video. Students learn <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>ories and techniques<br />

involved in <strong>the</strong> pre-production, production, and post-production<br />

processes while receiving hands-on instruction with digital cameras.<br />

Students will write, direct, shoot and edit <strong>the</strong>ir own films.<br />

Visual <strong>Arts</strong> Program<br />

Children’s Drawing<br />

Instructor: Ana Ruiz Castillo<br />

This course teaches students <strong>the</strong> fundamental techniques <strong>of</strong> looking<br />

and studying subjects around <strong>the</strong>m and making representations <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>m<br />

on paper. Children will engage in still life, gesture drawing, landscape<br />

Ages 6-9 Saturdays 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.<br />

Ages 10-13 Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Materials Fee: $50<br />

Ages 11-18 Saturdays 1:00-3:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $590 per semester<br />

Materials fee: $60<br />

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Manga Mania: Japanese Comics<br />

Instructor: Raymond Jones<br />

This course introduces budding cartoonists and animation lovers<br />

to comic strip-making specifically in <strong>the</strong> style <strong>of</strong> Japanese Manga<br />

cartoons. <strong>The</strong> incorporation <strong>of</strong> text onto image and development <strong>of</strong><br />

storylines is a great way for young artists to develop writing skills while<br />

engaging in <strong>the</strong>ir favorite drawing style. In addition to instruction in<br />

<strong>the</strong> execution <strong>of</strong> this style <strong>of</strong> drawing, this course will <strong>of</strong>fer a holistic<br />

understanding <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> art form, including <strong>the</strong> history <strong>of</strong> sequential art,<br />

analysis <strong>of</strong> its earliest innovators and an introduction to contemporary<br />

art work derived from this Manga style. Field trips and guest speakers<br />

will help to illuminate <strong>the</strong> many facets <strong>of</strong> Manga cartooning.<br />

Ages 8-12 Saturdays 1:00-2:00 p.m.<br />

Ages 13-18 Saturdays 2:00-3:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Materials Fee: $60<br />

Painting on Fabrics<br />

Instructor: Ghislaine Sabiti<br />

Discover and explore <strong>the</strong> various textile styles <strong>of</strong> Africa, Asia, Europe,<br />

North America and South America. Students will learn how to creatively<br />

craft abstract paintings using mediums such as paint, threads, and<br />

patterned textiles.<br />

Ages 6-12 Saturdays 2:00-3:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Materials Fee: $60<br />

Printmaking<br />

Instructor: Yashua Klos<br />

In this class students have <strong>the</strong> opportunity to create positive and<br />

negative prints <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir drawings and print <strong>the</strong>m with a cold press<br />

onto textured paper, fabric and o<strong>the</strong>r materials. Through printmaking<br />

students learn how newspapers came about as well as <strong>the</strong> images that<br />

are silk-screened onto <strong>the</strong>ir hats, t-shirts, fabrics and more.<br />

Visual <strong>Arts</strong> Program<br />

Ages 12-18 Saturday 3:00-5:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $590 per semester<br />

Materials Fee: $60<br />

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Classes for Adults<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong>’ Classes for Adults <strong>of</strong>fers everyone<br />

<strong>the</strong> opportunity to re-train, re-connect or learn a new art form. <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Harlem</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong> classes for ages 18 and up, are designed<br />

for not only physical fitness but also mental development and<br />

self-esteem awareness. By <strong>of</strong>fering classes in all four disciplines,<br />

adults can challenge <strong>the</strong>mselves to learn something new or re-live<br />

memories <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir childhood.<br />

Explore your creative side with classes such as Adult Acting and<br />

Drawing and Painting. Loosen your body with Pilates or move<br />

your hips with Salsa and Merengue. Feel <strong>the</strong> beat with Afro-Latin<br />

Percussion or learn about <strong>the</strong> African Presence in Classical Music.<br />

If you are looking for more individualized lessons, try our new private<br />

coaching in <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>ater department. Private music lessons are also<br />

<strong>of</strong>fered to adults with a variety <strong>of</strong> instruments to choose from.<br />

A unique option for adults in <strong>the</strong> Dance Department is our HSA class<br />

cards. Adult dance students may purchase a card for five classes<br />

and choose when to attend class throughout <strong>the</strong> semester. It’s a<br />

great way to stay in shape and fit classes into a busy schedule!<br />

This year, HSA is also introducing a Business <strong>of</strong> Art course for adults.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r you are emerging or experienced, <strong>the</strong> course is designed<br />

for <strong>the</strong> artist interested in taking <strong>the</strong>ir craft to <strong>the</strong> next level. Students<br />

will learn pr<strong>of</strong>essional development, effective marketing and selfpromotion<br />

techniques, as well as o<strong>the</strong>r strategies relevant to <strong>the</strong><br />

business <strong>of</strong> being a visual artist.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r you’re looking for continued study in <strong>the</strong> arts or to build a<br />

new skill, <strong>The</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong> has a class any adult will<br />

love to attend.


HSA<br />

Adult Dance Classes<br />

Adult Dance Cards<br />

Adult dance students may purchase five-class cards<br />

for dance classes. Cards may be used for any and all<br />

classes <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> same length and are valid for two months<br />

after <strong>the</strong> date <strong>of</strong> first use. Class cards may be purchased<br />

at any time during <strong>the</strong> semester from <strong>the</strong> Bursar’s Office.<br />

Cards for 60-minute classes $70 ($14 per class)<br />

Cards for 90-minute classes $80 ($16 per class)<br />

Beginner Ballet for Adults<br />

Instructor: TBA<br />

Learn <strong>the</strong> fundamentals <strong>of</strong> ballet, which give you grace, posture and<br />

confidence. Class starts with basic barre work, progressing into center<br />

adagio, turns and jumps.<br />

Salsa & Merengue for Adults<br />

Instructor: Rose Quinones<br />

Have fun and learn <strong>the</strong> basics <strong>of</strong> Salsa and Merengue! <strong>Course</strong> covers<br />

<strong>the</strong> basic steps, combinations and partnering techniques for beginners<br />

and advanced beginners.<br />

Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $445 per semester<br />

Adult Music Classes<br />

<strong>The</strong> African Presence in Classical Music<br />

Instructor: Fred Alston<br />

<strong>The</strong> music <strong>of</strong> western Europe has always been open to absorbing<br />

influences from different parts <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> world. Eastern European and<br />

Asian influences have been well documented, but little has been said<br />

about <strong>the</strong> role Africa has played in <strong>the</strong> development <strong>of</strong> Western Music.<br />

This course traces <strong>the</strong> North African roots <strong>of</strong> Gregorian chant, <strong>the</strong><br />

role <strong>of</strong> 18 th and 19 th century black composer-performers, as well as<br />

arrangers and producers <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> jazz and popular music era.<br />

Adult Group Guitar<br />

Instructor: James Bartow<br />

A guitar class for beginners, this class will introduce students to basic<br />

chords and various strumming and picking patterns. All students must<br />

bring <strong>the</strong>ir own steel or nylon string acoustic guitar.<br />

Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Introduction to Digital Recording<br />

Instructor: Alon Zier<br />

This class covers many aspects <strong>of</strong> creating a track, including learning<br />

<strong>the</strong> difference between audio and midi, syn<strong>the</strong>sis and sampling.<br />

Saturdays 5:30-6:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Music Appreciation<br />

Instructor: Eli Asher<br />

This introductory course is designed to enhance <strong>the</strong> understanding <strong>of</strong><br />

music. <strong>The</strong> class gives emphasis to <strong>the</strong> works <strong>of</strong> key composers.<br />

Private Music Lessons<br />

HSA <strong>of</strong>fers weekly private music lessons <strong>of</strong> 30, 45 or 60<br />

minutes. Students are required to have an instrument for<br />

regular practice and some may be rented through HSA.<br />

Instruments Available:<br />

Bassoon<br />

Brass<br />

Cello<br />

Clarinet<br />

Double Bass<br />

Flute<br />

Guitar<br />

Oboe<br />

Percussion<br />

Piano<br />

Recorder<br />

Saxophone<br />

<strong>The</strong>ory<br />

Violin & Viola<br />

Voice<br />

Tuition per semester:<br />

30 min $440 45 min $660 60 min $880<br />

Adult Classes<br />

Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition $445 per semester<br />

Pilates for Teens & Adults<br />

Instructor: Cynthia Shipley<br />

Pilates is a series <strong>of</strong> controlled movements engaging both mind and<br />

body, promoting spinal flexibility, <strong>the</strong> body’s symbol <strong>of</strong> youth. <strong>The</strong> more<br />

flexible <strong>the</strong> spine remains, <strong>the</strong> more youthful <strong>the</strong> body.<br />

Fridays 7:30-8:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Fridays 6:00-7:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Afro-Latin Percussion for Adults<br />

Instructor: Donald Eaton<br />

<strong>The</strong> concentrated areas <strong>of</strong> study are percussion hand patterns and<br />

rhythmic structures from West Africa, Cuba and <strong>the</strong> Caribbean islands.<br />

Fridays 6:00-7:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m. or<br />

Fridays 6:00-7:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Materials Fee: $40 for course book<br />

Adult Group Piano<br />

Instructor: Sonelius Smith<br />

Learn <strong>the</strong> basics <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> piano keyboard in a group setting. Read basic<br />

music notation while learning correct hand positioning and fingering.<br />

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

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Adult <strong>The</strong>ater Classes<br />

Adult Acting: Actors Gym<br />

Instructor: Willie Teacher<br />

This class is open to actors at all levels <strong>of</strong> pr<strong>of</strong>essional development<br />

who are interested in honing <strong>the</strong>ir craft in a nurturing environment.<br />

<strong>The</strong> objective <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> class is to impart concrete, tangible skills that will<br />

enable <strong>the</strong> actor to work on a wide range <strong>of</strong> texts and within an array <strong>of</strong><br />

performance modalities. Class time will be divided between physical,<br />

vocal and text work.<br />

Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Private Coaching<br />

Musical <strong>The</strong>ater Instructors: Sam Willmott, Deborah Kym<br />

Monologue Instructors: Barbara Grecki, Judy Bowman, Willie Teacher,<br />

Darrin Person, Cherrye J. Davis.<br />

Private Coaching in Monologue and Musical <strong>The</strong>ater provides a more<br />

intimate and personal training for audition preparation. Students study<br />

closely with an instructor and develop according to <strong>the</strong>ir age and level.<br />

Private coaching teaches students <strong>the</strong> chance to work on material and<br />

skills needed to audition for film, television, <strong>the</strong>ater, and university/<br />

conservatory training.<br />

Adult Visual <strong>Arts</strong> Classes<br />

Art Live<br />

Instructor: Byron McCray<br />

This course is an introduction to creating drawings based on in-class<br />

observations <strong>of</strong> a range <strong>of</strong> artist’s models. <strong>The</strong> understanding <strong>of</strong><br />

anatomy, observation <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> human form and fundamental exercises<br />

in gesture, contour, outline, and tonal modeling is expressed through a<br />

variety <strong>of</strong> techniques and materials.<br />

Thursdays 6:30-7:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Materials Fee: $60<br />

<strong>The</strong> Business <strong>of</strong> Art<br />

Instructor: Alexandria Smith<br />

Being a Visual Artist is only half <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> journey. Whe<strong>the</strong>r you are<br />

emerging or experienced, this course is designed for <strong>the</strong> artist<br />

interested in taking <strong>the</strong>ir craft to <strong>the</strong> next level. Students will learn<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essional development, effective marketing and self-promotion<br />

techniques relevant to <strong>the</strong> business <strong>of</strong> being a visual artist.<br />

Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Digital Photography & Technology<br />

Instructor: George Madarasz<br />

Have you always loved taking pictures and wished you could learn<br />

how to do so pr<strong>of</strong>essionally? This course <strong>of</strong>fers aspiring photographers<br />

training in digital photography and graphic design techniques. Using<br />

Photoshop, students learn how to digitally enhance and manipulate<br />

photographic images and create unique and innovative composites.<br />

Thursdays 6:00-7:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Drawing & Painting<br />

Instructor: Begonia Santa Cecilia Aristu<br />

Have you ever dreamed <strong>of</strong> painting people, landscapes and still lifes?<br />

It’s never too late to start! Students will engage in a range <strong>of</strong> techniques<br />

and styles in both <strong>the</strong> studio and <strong>of</strong>fsite. Fundamental drawing and<br />

painting skills are honed in charcoal, watercolor, acrylic and oil paints.<br />

Interested individuals <strong>of</strong> all skill levels are encouraged to enroll.<br />

Personal instruction will allow students to progress at <strong>the</strong>ir own rate.<br />

Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

Adult Classes<br />

30 min. $440 per semester<br />

45 min. $660 per semester<br />

60 min. $880 per semester<br />

Computer <strong>Arts</strong><br />

Instructor: Shanon Weltman<br />

This introductory course is for students with limited digital art<br />

experience. Students learn how to use a Mac computer and creative<br />

s<strong>of</strong>tware applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Painter to<br />

design flyers, posters, calendars, menus and o<strong>the</strong>r projects.<br />

Fridays 6:00-7:00 p.m.<br />

Tuition: $305 per semester<br />

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HSA Prep Program<br />

<strong>The</strong> HSA Prep Program is unique to <strong>the</strong> institution and prepares<br />

students in <strong>the</strong> technical and performance skills necessary to<br />

compete for secondary and post-secondary study. This highly<br />

competitive program <strong>of</strong>fers pr<strong>of</strong>essional training in dance, music,<br />

<strong>the</strong>ater and visual arts. <strong>The</strong> program consists <strong>of</strong> two divisions. High<br />

<strong>School</strong> Prep (grades 6-8) serves students currently in middle school<br />

interested in auditioning for specialized arts high schools. College<br />

Prep (grades 9-12) serves high school students who are planning to<br />

attend a college with a focus in an artistic discipline.<br />

Requirements for admission to <strong>the</strong> HSA Prep Program:<br />

A. Application form (available on our website)<br />

B. Completed essay<br />

C. Latest report card<br />

D. Principal or guidance counselor recommendation<br />

E. Recommendation from principal arts teacher<br />

F. Audition or portfolio review<br />

G. Student and parent interviews<br />

Since 2006, 95% <strong>of</strong> graduating College Prep seniors have been<br />

accepted to accredited universities nationwide including Boston<br />

Conservatory, <strong>The</strong> Juilliard <strong>School</strong>, NYU’s Tisch <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong><br />

and Arizona State University. At <strong>the</strong> high school level, <strong>the</strong> LaGuardia<br />

<strong>School</strong> for Music and <strong>the</strong> Performing <strong>Arts</strong>, Pr<strong>of</strong>essional Performing<br />

<strong>Arts</strong> High <strong>School</strong> and <strong>the</strong> Ailey <strong>School</strong> annually recruit and <strong>of</strong>fer<br />

scholarships to HSA Prep students.<br />

Student Commitment<br />

HSA Prep students must maintain a B average in <strong>the</strong>ir academic<br />

courses, and submit report cards and writing assignments. Students<br />

will act as ambassadors for HSA with mandatory performance and<br />

exhibition opportunities. At <strong>the</strong> end <strong>of</strong> each semester, students will<br />

receive complete evaluations measuring <strong>the</strong>ir artistic growth, class<br />

participation, attendance, behavior and academic performance.


HSA<br />

HSA Prep Dance<br />

Tuition: $2,100 per year<br />

HSA Prep Dance is a highly competitive, pre-pr<strong>of</strong>essional training<br />

program designed to provide serious dance students with <strong>the</strong><br />

opportunity to develop and enhance <strong>the</strong>ir technical abilities and<br />

performance skills. <strong>The</strong> program provides excellent training in ballet<br />

and modern techniques as well as supplementary classes in African<br />

dance, jazz and hip hop. Students perform as <strong>the</strong> HSA Repertory<br />

Ensemble which represents HSA at various New York City events and<br />

performances throughout <strong>the</strong> year.<br />

<strong>The</strong> High <strong>School</strong> Prep Dance program is structured to provide students<br />

with <strong>the</strong> ballet training which is <strong>the</strong> necessary foundation for serious<br />

dance study in competitive performing arts high schools. In addition,<br />

students learn <strong>the</strong> fundamentals <strong>of</strong> modern techniques, such as<br />

Graham, Horton and Limón, which are vital preparation for learning<br />

choreography and repertory.<br />

<strong>The</strong> program <strong>of</strong>fers students <strong>the</strong> rehearsal, workshop and performance<br />

opportunities to experience both <strong>the</strong> responsibilities and <strong>the</strong> joys <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

performing arts.<br />

Our intensive dance program has had a long history <strong>of</strong> success in<br />

training students for careers in <strong>the</strong> field and placing <strong>the</strong>m in prestigious<br />

performing arts high schools and colleges. Due to its competitive<br />

nature, only a limited number <strong>of</strong> students are accepted into this<br />

program each year.<br />

High <strong>School</strong> Prep and College Prep dance students are required to<br />

take one ballet class, one modern class, Repertory Ensemble and one<br />

elective per semester.<br />

HSA Prep Dance Core Curriculum:<br />

Ballet II<br />

Instructor: Allison Mixon<br />

Saturdays 3:30-5:30 p.m. and/or Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 p.m.<br />

This course focuses on reinforcing <strong>the</strong> fundamentals <strong>of</strong> several areas <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> classical technique including <strong>the</strong> importance <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> plie, alignment,<br />

port de bras and moving with <strong>the</strong> whole body connected.<br />

Ballet III<br />

Instructor: Cynthia Shipley<br />

Saturdays 5:00-7:00 p.m. and/or Fridays 5:30-7:30 p.m.<br />

This course will streng<strong>the</strong>n <strong>the</strong> College Prep dancer’s ability to move<br />

<strong>the</strong> body and incorporate all techniques learned in prior courses.<br />

Modern II<br />

Instructor: Keisa Parrish<br />

Saturdays 2:00-3:30 p.m. and/or Thursdays 5:00-6:30 p.m.<br />

This course will focus on different modern techniques and <strong>the</strong> High<br />

<strong>School</strong> Prep dancer will begin to experiment with improvisation to find<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir individual voice in how <strong>the</strong>y move.<br />

Modern III<br />

Instructor: Keith Lewis<br />

Saturdays 3:30-5:00 p.m. and/or Tuesdays 5:00-6:30 p.m.<br />

This course will have a strong focus on improvisation and will allow<br />

dancers to find <strong>the</strong>ir individual voice in how <strong>the</strong>y move.<br />

Repertory Ensemble<br />

Nai Ni Chen Dance Company<br />

Thursdays 6:30-8:00 p.m.<br />

This course is hosted by <strong>the</strong> Nai Ni Chen Dance Company. A company<br />

member will work on advanced choreography with Prep Dancers that<br />

fuses American Modern Dance with traditional Asian Art.<br />

HSA Prep Dance<br />

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HSA Prep Dance Electives:<br />

African Dance III<br />

Instructor: Daaimah Talib Din<br />

Saturdays 12:00-1:00 pm<br />

Beginning with warm-up exercises, <strong>the</strong> class progresses to traditional<br />

and culturally grounded African dance sequences. Students acquire an<br />

understanding <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> drums, rhythm and music <strong>of</strong> a variety <strong>of</strong> African<br />

dances. <strong>The</strong>se classes feature <strong>the</strong> energy and spirit <strong>of</strong> live drummers.<br />

Hip Hop II<br />

Instructor: Malik Coleman<br />

Saturdays 5:00-6:00 p.m.<br />

This course provides a structured movement sequence, emphasizing<br />

musicality as it relates to flow and body awareness. Students will focus<br />

on precision and building confidence in <strong>the</strong> area <strong>of</strong> dance.<br />

Hip Hop III<br />

Instructor: Keith Lewis<br />

Saturdays 6:00-7:00 p.m.<br />

This course provides a structured movement sequence, emphasizing<br />

musicality as it relates to flow and body awareness. Students in this<br />

advanced level will focus on precision and <strong>the</strong> use <strong>of</strong> dynamics, as well<br />

as freestyle dance techniques.<br />

Jazz<br />

Instructor: Belinda He<br />

Saturdays 3:00-4:00 p.m.<br />

After a warm-up sequence that focuses on building strength and<br />

flexibility, <strong>the</strong> class moves on to center exercises that emphasize<br />

<strong>the</strong> precise use <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> feet, torso and limbs and ends with studies<br />

in balances and turns. Students acquire technique that will facilitate<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir effective performance <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> choreography, which varies from<br />

traditional to street and lyrical jazz styles.<br />

Salsa & Merengue<br />

Instructor: Rose Quinones<br />

Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 p.m.<br />

Have fun and learn <strong>the</strong> basics <strong>of</strong> Salsa and Merengue! <strong>Course</strong> covers<br />

<strong>the</strong> basic steps, combinations and partnering techniques for beginners<br />

and advanced beginners.<br />

Tap II<br />

Instructor: Yvonne Curry<br />

Thursdays 5:30-6:30 p.m.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se classes begin with a warm-up that focuses on energy and<br />

ease <strong>of</strong> motion. Students gain focus and rhythmic skills, coupled with<br />

improved overall coordination and balance.<br />

HSA Prep Music<br />

Tuition: $1,680 High <strong>School</strong> Prep | $2,100 College Prep<br />

HSA Prep Music is designed to train students who display <strong>the</strong> talent<br />

and commitment to excellence for entry into an institution <strong>of</strong> higher<br />

learning and/or a pr<strong>of</strong>essional career in music. This program integrates<br />

private lessons, ensemble participation, history, music <strong>the</strong>ory, and ear<br />

training. Students are required to commit to a minimum <strong>of</strong> two to three<br />

days and performance days are additional.<br />

High <strong>School</strong> Prep music students are required to take one weekly<br />

private lesson per semester and be enrolled in an ensemble, <strong>the</strong>ory,<br />

music appreciation and one elective <strong>of</strong> his or her choice. College Prep<br />

music students are required to take one private lesson per semester<br />

and be enrolled in an ensemble or choir, <strong>The</strong>ory and Composition<br />

Levels I-IV, <strong>The</strong> African Presence in Classical Music I & II, Music<br />

Appreciation and one elective <strong>of</strong> his or her choice.<br />

HSA Prep Music Core Curriculum:<br />

Private Music Instruction:<br />

<strong>The</strong> private music lesson (specific to voice/instrument <strong>of</strong> choice) gives<br />

<strong>the</strong> student <strong>the</strong> opportunity to work one-on-one with an instructor.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ory <strong>Course</strong>s:<br />

Composition and <strong>The</strong>ory I: Rudiments <strong>of</strong> Music<br />

Instructors: Fred Alston, Eli Asher<br />

Saturdays 10:00-11:00 a.m. or 11:00-12:00 p.m.<br />

This course is a detailed study <strong>of</strong> basic musical concepts including<br />

notes and values, simple time signatures, rests, treble and bass clefs.<br />

Composition and <strong>The</strong>ory II<br />

Instructors: Fred Alston, Eli Asher<br />

Saturdays 12:00-1:00 p.m.<br />

Focuses on <strong>the</strong> integration <strong>of</strong> complex musical structures and musical<br />

invention including note value extensions, accents and slurs.<br />

Composition and <strong>The</strong>ory III<br />

Instructor: Bernard Phillips<br />

Saturdays 12:00-1:00 p.m.<br />

This course covers complex musical analysis including triplets and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r “bracketed” note value extensions, compound time signatures,<br />

tempo and musical markings.<br />

Composition and <strong>The</strong>ory IV<br />

Instructor: Bernard Phillips<br />

Saturdays 1:00-2:00 p.m.<br />

This course focuses on <strong>the</strong> tools and innovations <strong>of</strong> 20 th and 21 st<br />

Century music including, but not limited to, <strong>the</strong> chromatic scale, atonal<br />

music, II-V-I progressions and free improvisation.<br />

Ensembles:<br />

Chamber Symphony String Orchestra<br />

Instructor: David Burnett<br />

Saturdays 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Spring Only)<br />

Students utilize music <strong>the</strong>ory, musicianship, rhythm and sight-reading<br />

skills while learning to follow a conductor.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Dorothy Maynor Singers<br />

Instructor: Lucia Bradford<br />

Tuesdays 4:30-6:30 p.m.<br />

<strong>The</strong> repertoire for this group explores a wide range <strong>of</strong> choral music<br />

including Classical, Gospel, Spirituals, Folk and Contemporary.<br />

HSA Prep Music<br />

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HSA Flute Choir<br />

Instructor: Bernard Phillips<br />

Saturdays 2:00-4:00 p.m<br />

This class introduces intermediate and advanced flute students to<br />

<strong>the</strong> experience <strong>of</strong> playing in a flute ensemble. Students utilize sightreading<br />

skills and musicianship to learn how to interact with fellow<br />

musicians in a chamber music setting. Additionally, students will gain<br />

<strong>the</strong> experience <strong>of</strong> playing <strong>the</strong> bass flute, alto flute and piccolo.<br />

Music Appreciation I & II<br />

Instructor: Eli Asher<br />

Saturdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. and 5:00-6:00 p.m.<br />

This introductory course is designed to enhance <strong>the</strong> basic ability and<br />

understanding <strong>of</strong> music. <strong>The</strong> class gives emphasis to characteristic<br />

styles <strong>of</strong> major historical periods and <strong>the</strong> works <strong>of</strong> key composers<br />

within <strong>the</strong> Western musical tradition.<br />

HSA Prep Music<br />

HSA Jazz Ensemble<br />

Instructor: Steve Oquendo<br />

Saturdays 4:30-6:30 p.m.<br />

This HSA Ensemble provides pr<strong>of</strong>essional training in performance and<br />

improvisation techniques. Students will become familiar with Jazz<br />

standards as well as Latin/Jazz idioms. Rehearsals for special events,<br />

touring and attendance at outside performances are required.<br />

HSA Prep Music Electives:<br />

African and Latin Percussion III<br />

Instructor: Donald Eaton<br />

Saturdays 3:00-4:00 p.m.<br />

<strong>The</strong> concentrated areas <strong>of</strong> study are percussion hand patterns and<br />

rhythmic structures from West Africa, Cuba and <strong>the</strong> Caribbean Islands.<br />

Saxophone & Clarinet Ensemble<br />

Instructor: JD Parran<br />

Saturdays 3:00-5:00 p.m.<br />

Students utilize sight-reading skills o interact with fellow musicians in a<br />

chamber music ensemble. Students will gain <strong>the</strong> experience <strong>of</strong> playing<br />

<strong>the</strong> baritone, bass and soprano saxophones<br />

Introduction to Digital Recording–Beginner & Intermediate<br />

Instructor: Alon Zier<br />

Saturdays 3:30-4:30 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m.<br />

This class covers many aspects <strong>of</strong> creating a track, including <strong>the</strong><br />

difference between audio and MIDI, syn<strong>the</strong>sis, sampling, and<br />

simple sequencing.<br />

History <strong>Course</strong>s:<br />

<strong>The</strong> African Presence in Classical Music I & II<br />

Instructor: Fred Alston<br />

Saturdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. and 5:00-6:00 p.m.<br />

This course traces <strong>the</strong> North African roots <strong>of</strong> Gregorian chant, <strong>the</strong><br />

role <strong>of</strong> 18 th and 19 th century black composer-performers, as well as<br />

arrangers and producers <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> jazz and popular music era.<br />

Rhythmic Literacy (Classical Rap)<br />

Instructor: Fred Alston<br />

Saturdays 2:00-3:00 p.m.<br />

This two semester class will reveal that syncopation is common to both<br />

Bach and Hip Hop. Lessons will demonstrate how to count rhythms,<br />

form a rhythmic beat, read rhythmic patterns and improve rhythmic<br />

diction. Those who are familiar with rap and pop music can learn how<br />

to interpret a spoken rhythmic pattern into a written form.<br />

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HSA Prep <strong>The</strong>ater<br />

Tuition: $1,680 per year<br />

HSA Prep <strong>The</strong>ater is an intensive training program to which students<br />

are admitted by audition/interview. <strong>The</strong> program is designed to prepare<br />

students for entry into an institution <strong>of</strong> higher education and/or a career<br />

in <strong>the</strong>ater. HSA Prep students are expected to put <strong>the</strong>ir training into<br />

practice by participating in HSA productions and auditions.<br />

High <strong>School</strong> Prep <strong>the</strong>ater students are required to take one ensemble,<br />

one <strong>the</strong>ater education course, one <strong>the</strong>ater movement course, one<br />

elective per semester and private monolgue coaching. College Prep<br />

<strong>the</strong>ater students are required to take Apprentice Ensemble or Advanced<br />

Teen Acting, one <strong>the</strong>ater education course, one <strong>the</strong>ater movement<br />

course, one elective per semester, and private monologue coaching.<br />

HSA Prep <strong>The</strong>ater Core Curriculum:<br />

Acting <strong>Course</strong>s:<br />

Bridge Ensemble<br />

Instructor: Magaly Colimon-Christopher<br />

Saturdays 12:00-1:00 p.m.<br />

An advanced class for <strong>the</strong> younger actor emphasizing creation <strong>of</strong><br />

character, rehearsal and performance. Extra rehearsals for performance<br />

projects and writing assignments are required.<br />

Apprentice Ensemble<br />

Instructor: Willie Teacher<br />

Saturdays 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.<br />

An acting company emphasizing an advanced approach to creating<br />

<strong>the</strong>ater through performance work. Writing assignments required.<br />

Advanced Teen Acting<br />

Instructor: Willie Teacher<br />

Saturdays 2:00-3:30 p.m.<br />

An advanced Acting/Production class emphasizing creation <strong>of</strong><br />

character, participation in <strong>the</strong> rehearsal process and commitment to<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essional performances. Writing assignments will be required.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ater History/Education COURSES:<br />

<strong>The</strong>ater History<br />

Instructor: Cherrye J. Davis<br />

Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.<br />

Reviewing from <strong>the</strong> mid-1800’s to <strong>the</strong> present, this course examines <strong>the</strong><br />

development <strong>of</strong> African-American drama. Through <strong>the</strong> close analysis<br />

<strong>of</strong> texts and field trips, this course will focus on <strong>the</strong> contributions <strong>of</strong><br />

African-American playwrights, actors, designers, critics and producers.<br />

Reading and writing assignments will be required.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ater Technology<br />

Instructor: TBA<br />

Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.<br />

This course focuses on <strong>the</strong> technical and design elements <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ater.<br />

Students explore <strong>the</strong> history and modern methods <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ater-making<br />

and walk away with a more complete knowledge <strong>of</strong> what it takes to<br />

create <strong>the</strong>ater, from back stage to on stage.<br />

Will’s Playshop: Introduction to Shakespeare<br />

Instructor: Charles E. Gerber<br />

Saturdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.<br />

Students will explore, discuss, and speak <strong>the</strong> texts <strong>of</strong> William<br />

Shakespeare, and build a basis for competent classical performance.<br />

Writing assignments will be required and all students will be featured in<br />

a spring production.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ater Movement COURSES:<br />

Clown 101<br />

Instructor: Darrin Person<br />

Saturdays 12:00-1:00 p.m.<br />

This class aims at developing stronger vocal and physical selfexpression.<br />

Using clown, commedia dell’arte, mask work and<br />

performance aes<strong>the</strong>tics from around <strong>the</strong> world, students discover <strong>the</strong><br />

building blocks <strong>of</strong> ensemble creation using dance, improvisation, text<br />

and games.<br />

Stage Combat<br />

Instructor: Willie Teacher<br />

Saturdays 12:00-1:00 p.m.<br />

This class helps students achieve an understanding <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> role that <strong>the</strong><br />

physical life plays in performance. Safe techniques taught and explored<br />

include shared weight and balance, slaps, punches, pushes, pulls,<br />

kicks, throws, shoulder rolls, falls and unarmed combinations.<br />

Voice and Speech<br />

Instructor: TBA<br />

Saturdays 2:30-3:30 p.m.<br />

This class focuses on developing skills to speak with ease and<br />

confidence. Students develop freer, more powerful voices for <strong>The</strong>ater<br />

and public speaking.<br />

HSA Prep <strong>The</strong>ater Electives:<br />

<strong>The</strong>ater Technology<br />

Instructor: TBA<br />

Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ater History<br />

Instructor: Cherrye J. Davis<br />

Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.<br />

Will’s Playshop: Introduction to Shakespeare<br />

Instructor: Charles E. Gerber<br />

Saturdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.<br />

Stage Combat<br />

Instructor: Willie Teacher<br />

Saturdays 12:00-1:00 p.m.<br />

Clown 101<br />

Instructor: Darrin Person<br />

Saturdays 12:00-1:00 p.m.<br />

Voice and Speech<br />

Instructor: TBA<br />

Saturdays 2:30-3:30 p.m.<br />

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HSA<br />

HSA Prep Visual <strong>Arts</strong><br />

Tuition: $1,680 per year<br />

<strong>The</strong> HSA Prep Visual <strong>Arts</strong> program is designed to direct students<br />

through rigorous training in <strong>the</strong> fundamentals <strong>of</strong> studio and digital arts,<br />

including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, computer art and<br />

web design. As students develop <strong>the</strong>ir skills in each <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se fields <strong>the</strong>y<br />

will concurrently amass a body <strong>of</strong> work that meets <strong>the</strong> high standards<br />

<strong>of</strong> collegiate art and academic programs. Students will also be wellversed<br />

in art history and <strong>the</strong>ory.<br />

Formal critiques, portfolio reviews, gallery and museum excursions,<br />

as well as lectures and workshops texture <strong>the</strong> learning experiences for<br />

HSA students and prepare <strong>the</strong>m to excel as visual artists, art historians,<br />

curators, art entrepreneurs, gallery owners and collectors. <strong>The</strong> training<br />

propels <strong>the</strong>m forward as accomplished aspiring artists and, moreover,<br />

as young adults who have attained <strong>the</strong> confidence to excel in any field.<br />

High <strong>School</strong> Prep and College Prep visual arts students are required<br />

to take Drawing & Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Art History, Digital<br />

Design and one elective per semester.<br />

HSA Prep Visual <strong>Arts</strong> Core Curriculum:<br />

HSA Prep Drawing & Painting<br />

Instructor: Begonia Santa Cecilia<br />

Thursdays 5:00-7:00 p.m.<br />

This course <strong>of</strong>fers instruction in <strong>the</strong> fundamentals <strong>of</strong> drawing and<br />

painting techniques. Students will engage in value studies with a focus<br />

on still-life object studies, landscape and figure drawings in charcoal,<br />

India ink, pencil, oils and acrylics. Students also learn <strong>the</strong> basics <strong>of</strong><br />

color <strong>the</strong>ory and building and prepping <strong>the</strong> canvas for work.<br />

HSA Prep Photo<br />

Instructor: Hosea Johnson<br />

Saturdays 1:00-3:00 p.m.<br />

Students learn <strong>the</strong> correct usage <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> digital camera, <strong>the</strong><br />

fundamentals <strong>of</strong> lighting and photo editing s<strong>of</strong>tware. A brief history <strong>of</strong><br />

photography is also included in <strong>the</strong> course.<br />

HSA Prep Sculpture<br />

Instructor: Ana Ruiz-Castillo<br />

Saturdays 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.<br />

Students will gain training in additive sculpture and learn <strong>the</strong> basic<br />

principles <strong>of</strong> working in three dimensions.<br />

HSA Prep Digital Design<br />

Instructor: Shanon Weltman<br />

Saturdays 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.<br />

Students learn basic print and web design techniques while being<br />

introduced to a variety <strong>of</strong> s<strong>of</strong>tware programs including Photoshop,<br />

Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Flash.<br />

HSA Prep Art History<br />

Instructor: Ca<strong>the</strong>rine Lawrence<br />

Wednesdays 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.<br />

College Prep Art History courses involve <strong>the</strong> teaching <strong>of</strong> art forms from<br />

Africa, Europe, Asia and <strong>the</strong> Americas. Students contextualize what<br />

<strong>the</strong>y are learning in <strong>the</strong> studio within a larger historical framework.<br />

Additionally, students will learn <strong>the</strong> fundamentals <strong>of</strong> art <strong>the</strong>ory and will<br />

be introduced to a variety <strong>of</strong> texts and concepts that are pertinent to<br />

<strong>the</strong> study <strong>of</strong> art history. Writing assignments will be required.<br />

HSA Prep Visual <strong>Arts</strong> Electives:<br />

HSA Prep Drawing & Painting<br />

Instructor: Begonia Santa Cecilia<br />

Thursdays 5:00-7:00 p.m.<br />

HSA Prep Photo<br />

Instructor: Hosea Johnson<br />

Saturdays 1:00-3:00 p.m.<br />

HSA Prep Sculpture<br />

Instructor: Ana Ruiz-Castillo<br />

Saturdays 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.<br />

HSA Prep Digital Design<br />

Instructor: Shanon Weltman<br />

Saturdays 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.<br />

HSA Prep Art History<br />

Instructor: Ca<strong>the</strong>rine Lawrence<br />

Wednesdays 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.<br />

Self Portrait, Tanya Lee Bernard | College Prep Visual <strong>Arts</strong><br />

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HSA<br />

HSA Faculty<br />

Dance Department<br />

Kim Brown (Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Creative Movement) first came to<br />

New York from Baltimore to dance with <strong>the</strong> Dance <strong>The</strong>ater <strong>of</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> as<br />

a scholarship apprentice at <strong>the</strong> age <strong>of</strong> 14. In 1980, Ms. Brown received<br />

her B.A. in dance from <strong>the</strong> UMCP. She has studied with Alvin Ailey as<br />

a scholarship recipient and traveled to Europe to teach modern and<br />

aerobics. Ms. Brown joined <strong>the</strong> HSA faculty in 1999 teaching Modern<br />

Dance. She has also been an HSA teaching artist since 2004.<br />

Yvonne Curry (Tap) has been a member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> HSA faculty since 1998.<br />

She earned her BA in Dance from Brooklyn College and worked for<br />

more than 15 years internationally, training dancers for television, stage<br />

and <strong>the</strong>ater. Ms. Curry is also a faculty member <strong>of</strong> Third Street Music<br />

<strong>School</strong> Settlement and has served as Cultural Attaché for <strong>the</strong> American<br />

Embassy in Venezuela. Ms. Curry is a Board member and former<br />

Co-President <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> New York coalition <strong>of</strong> Pr<strong>of</strong>essional Women in <strong>Arts</strong><br />

and Media and a board member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> American Dance Guild. She is<br />

also a member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> International Tap Association and holds a union<br />

membership to <strong>the</strong> Society <strong>of</strong> Stage Directors and Choreographers.<br />

Belinda He (Jazz) is a native <strong>of</strong> Singapore and graduated with an<br />

M.F.A. in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College. During her time in New<br />

York, she has performed at <strong>the</strong> Joyce <strong>The</strong>ater, La MaMa E.T.C., and<br />

Brooklyn <strong>Arts</strong> Exchange. She also choreographs, and has presented<br />

her work in <strong>the</strong> HATCH series at <strong>the</strong> Jennifer Muller studios. Currently,<br />

she is on faculty at Brooklyn <strong>Arts</strong> Exchange, teaching creative<br />

movement and modern. She is also <strong>the</strong> technical liaison for <strong>the</strong> Sarah<br />

Lawrence College Dance Department, coordinating <strong>the</strong> technical crews<br />

<strong>of</strong> each dance concert that <strong>the</strong> department produces.<br />

gurus<br />

Keith Lewis (Hip Hop, Modern) graduated from Brooklyn Technical<br />

High <strong>School</strong> and attended <strong>the</strong> Cornell University College <strong>of</strong><br />

Engineering. He received his Bachelors Degree in Business<br />

Administration with a minor in Philosophy from <strong>The</strong> City University<br />

<strong>of</strong> New York and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2010. He studied<br />

classical ballet with Madame Gabriela Taub-Darvash and at <strong>the</strong> Dance<br />

<strong>The</strong>ater <strong>of</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> and was accepted into <strong>the</strong> certificate program<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Alvin Ailey American Dance Center where he studied ballet,<br />

modern and jazz. He also danced with <strong>the</strong> Alfred Gallman Newark<br />

Dance <strong>The</strong>ater, Melissa Vaughn’s Eclectic Dance <strong>The</strong>ater, Nanette<br />

Bearden Contemporary <strong>The</strong>ater, Vissi Dance <strong>The</strong>ater and studied<br />

African dance with Diarra Abu. He has taught master classes at <strong>The</strong><br />

Ailey <strong>School</strong>, City College, Adelphi University, Marymount College,<br />

and Winthrop University in South Carolina. Mr. Lewis was selected<br />

as a 2003 emerging choreographer for <strong>the</strong> E-Moves series at Aaron<br />

Davis Hall. His work has been performed at City Center in Ballet <strong>Arts</strong>’<br />

annual Choreographers’ Showcase, at <strong>The</strong> Ailey <strong>School</strong>, Borough <strong>of</strong><br />

Manhattan Community College and <strong>the</strong> Dance Now Festival in Marcus<br />

Garvey Park. Mr. Lewis has been on <strong>the</strong> HSA faculty for over ten years.<br />

Allison Mixon (Ballet) was a scholarship student at <strong>the</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong><br />

Cleveland San Jose Ballet, Chautauqua Institution, <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> American<br />

Ballet, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet <strong>School</strong>. In 1999, Allison<br />

moved to New York City to study at <strong>The</strong> Juilliard <strong>School</strong>, under <strong>the</strong><br />

artistic direction <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> late Benjamin Harkarvy, and had <strong>the</strong> honor <strong>of</strong><br />

performing <strong>the</strong> work <strong>of</strong> José Limón, Martha Graham, Jií Kylián, Hans<br />

Van Manen, Adam Hougland, Charlotte Griffin and Robert Battle. In<br />

2003, she graduated with a B.F.A. from <strong>The</strong> Juilliard <strong>School</strong>. Mixon<br />

has performed pr<strong>of</strong>essionally for Paramount Pictures, Disneyland<br />

Entertainment, New Balance, eBay, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Carolina<br />

and Opera New Jersey. In addition to <strong>the</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong>,<br />

Mixon teaches at Columbia Performing <strong>Arts</strong> Centre, New Dance Group,<br />

Elizabeth Modeling & Talent, and MUSE<br />

Dance Company.<br />

Keisa Parrish (Ballet, Modern) began her dance training with Paul and<br />

Arlene Kennedy <strong>of</strong> Universal Dance Designs where she performed with<br />

<strong>the</strong> likes <strong>of</strong> Michael Jackson and Cece Winans. She <strong>the</strong>n moved on to<br />

study with Cyd Glover-Hill, <strong>of</strong> Hawthorne Dance Academy/Art in Motion<br />

who choreographed <strong>the</strong> solo that won her <strong>the</strong> title Miss Hal Jackson<br />

Talented Teen International California State Queen 1995. While earning<br />

a B.F.A. degree from Fordham’s joint program with <strong>The</strong> Ailey <strong>School</strong>,<br />

she became a Radio City Rockette. Ms. Parrish has been teaching<br />

for <strong>the</strong> past 12 years and her various schools include Dancer’s Inc,<br />

Pathway to <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong>, (E)motion by Design and <strong>The</strong> Rockette Experience.<br />

Cynthia Shipley (Ballet, Dance, Pilates) began dancing in Baltimore,<br />

Maryland at <strong>the</strong> age <strong>of</strong> 13 under <strong>the</strong> tutelage <strong>of</strong> Vernice Mat<strong>the</strong>ws. She<br />

later joined <strong>the</strong> Baltimore Dance <strong>The</strong>atre, a modern company where<br />

she began touring nationally and worked with choreographers Eleo<br />

Pomare, Rod Rodgers, Blondell Cummings and Eva Anderson. While<br />

dancing in Baltimore, Ms. Shipley formalized her training by attending<br />

<strong>the</strong> Peabody Conservatory <strong>of</strong> Music and <strong>the</strong>n <strong>The</strong> Dance <strong>The</strong>atre<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong>’s (DTH) four year accredited program. During her career<br />

in dance, Ms. Shipley has taught at <strong>the</strong> Baltimore Dance <strong>The</strong>atre,<br />

<strong>The</strong> Henry Street Settlement, <strong>The</strong> Dance <strong>The</strong>atre <strong>of</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> and <strong>The</strong><br />

National Dance <strong>School</strong> in Nassau Bahamas. Ms. Shipley joined <strong>the</strong><br />

HSA faculty in 1992. She is currently a Level III Pilates teacher with<br />

Romana’s Pilates.<br />

Daaimah Taalib-Din (African Dance) was born and raised in <strong>Harlem</strong><br />

with family roots in Bermuda. She began studying <strong>the</strong> art <strong>of</strong> African<br />

Dance eighteen years ago under Karen Thornton. She later went on<br />

to study under Nafisa Sharriff, Mouminatou Camara, and various<br />

instructors in New York City. For eight years she taught Schomburg<br />

Plaza’s youth different dance styles ranging from Hip-Hop to African<br />

Dance and at Jackie Robinson in Brooklyn. In addition to her classes<br />

at HSA, Daaimah currently teaches African Dance and Fusion at <strong>the</strong><br />

Future Leaders Institute’s Charter <strong>School</strong> and All Saints Catholic<br />

<strong>School</strong> in <strong>Harlem</strong>. She has also toured and performed with Forces <strong>of</strong><br />

Nature Dance <strong>The</strong>ater since 2002. Daaimah is <strong>the</strong> Rehearsal Director<br />

for Seewe African Dance Company and is a member <strong>of</strong> Asabi N’Goma<br />

Dance. She was a former company member <strong>of</strong> Bambara Drum and<br />

Dance Ensemble and recently danced in <strong>the</strong> film Step it Up 3.<br />

Joseph Webb (Advanced Boys’ Tap) performed in <strong>the</strong> Tony Award<br />

winning Broadway production Bring in ‘Da Noise Bring in ‘Da Funk with<br />

notable tap dancer, Savion Glover. Following his Broadway success,<br />

Mr. Webb ventured into acting and appeared in <strong>the</strong> Martin Scorsese<br />

film Bringing Out <strong>The</strong> Dead and numerous print and television ads. He<br />

has also performed on talk shows including <strong>The</strong> Tonight Show with Jay<br />

Leno, <strong>The</strong> Oprah Winfrey Show, and Live with Regis and Kathy Lee. Mr.<br />

Webb is a graduate <strong>of</strong> Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor<br />

<strong>of</strong> Fine <strong>Arts</strong> degree in <strong>The</strong>ater <strong>Arts</strong>. Currently, he is a full time lecturer<br />

at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. He has been on <strong>the</strong> faculty <strong>of</strong><br />

HSA for <strong>the</strong> past six years.<br />

Hattie Mae Williams (Modern, CDE) is <strong>the</strong> artistic director/<br />

choreographer <strong>of</strong> <strong>The</strong> Tattooed Ballerinas created in 2003. She<br />

attended <strong>the</strong> New World <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong> in Miami, Florida where she<br />

received honors in Modern dance and choreography and attended <strong>the</strong><br />

Fordham University/Alvin Ailey B.F.A. program where she graduated<br />

with choreography honors. Hattie Mae Williams was a recipient <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> ARTS award in 1999 from <strong>the</strong> National Endowment <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong> in<br />

Modern and received <strong>the</strong> National Alliance for Excellence award in<br />

choreography in 2000. Since than she has choreographed several<br />

works for various showcases such as Under <strong>the</strong> Spell Productions, a<br />

play about <strong>the</strong> color complex at UCLA, SouthPaw, <strong>the</strong> Florida Dance<br />

Festival, <strong>Harlem</strong> Stage E-Moves, and toured an evening lengths<br />

presentation <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> tattooed ballerinas Spectrum at <strong>the</strong> New World<br />

<strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong>. She has worked among wonderful choreographers<br />

such as Francesca Harper’s Modo Fusion, <strong>The</strong> Kevin Wynn Collection,<br />

Johanna Mendel-Shaw and Avila/Weeks Company.<br />

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HSA<br />

Music Department<br />

Fred Alston Jr. (Piano, <strong>The</strong>ory, Children’s Choruses) choral director<br />

and bassoonist, is an Associate Musician at St. Mark’s Church. He has<br />

appeared as a soloist with <strong>the</strong> Philadelphia Orchestra and <strong>the</strong> New York<br />

Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts. Mr. Alston is an alumnus <strong>of</strong><br />

Indiana University and <strong>the</strong> Curtis Institute <strong>of</strong> Music and was principal<br />

bassoon with <strong>the</strong> New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Alston can be<br />

heard on CTI Records.<br />

Eli Asher (<strong>The</strong>ory) traces his love <strong>of</strong> music <strong>the</strong>ory to his studies<br />

in elementary school where he absorbed <strong>the</strong> language <strong>of</strong> jazz. As a<br />

trumpet player, he has performed with in a wide array <strong>of</strong> venues (Blue<br />

Note, Montreal Jazz Festival, Fasching Jazzclub Stockholm) and in a<br />

wide variety <strong>of</strong> styles, including jazz, Latin, contemporary classical,<br />

Balkan brass bands, and Okinawan pop music, and can be heard<br />

with <strong>the</strong> Respect Sextet on Mode Records. He holds degrees from<br />

Princeton University and <strong>the</strong> Eastman <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Music.<br />

James Bartow (Guitar) A director/producer, composer, singer and<br />

musician, Mr. Bartow has taught at HSA for over 40 years. He was<br />

Director <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Community and Culture Program at HSA and is a faculty<br />

member at Hunter College and <strong>the</strong> Borough <strong>of</strong> Manhattan Community<br />

College. Mr. Bartow was also on <strong>the</strong> faculty <strong>of</strong> Vassar College for three<br />

years. Mr. Bartow was <strong>the</strong> stage manager for <strong>the</strong> 1994 tribute to Dr.<br />

W.E.B. DuBois at Carnegie Hall. He earned his BM and MME degrees<br />

from <strong>the</strong> Manhattan <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Music. A writer and curator, Mr. Bartow<br />

has contributed to numerous exhibitions, publications and recordings.<br />

Rudolph “Rudy” Bird (Drums and Percussions) has had a pr<strong>of</strong>essional<br />

career has spanning over 25 years and has earned him <strong>the</strong> respect<br />

and recognition as a master drummer and percussionist. He has<br />

toured extensively, performing in <strong>the</strong> United States, Europe, Asia and<br />

Africa with such names as Miles Davis, Duke Ellington Orchestra,<br />

Dance <strong>The</strong>atre <strong>of</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> Orchestra, Phylicia Rashad, Lauryn Hill on<br />

her “Miseducation” world tour, and most recently Warner Bro<strong>the</strong>rs<br />

recording artist Leela James.<br />

Lucia Bradford (Voice) is a native <strong>of</strong> Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA<br />

degree and MM in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at Westminster<br />

Choir College. Ms. Bradford is a Marian Anderson Scholar. In 2005,<br />

she’s performed works by Schubert, Rossini and Moses Hogan at <strong>the</strong><br />

Kimmel Center in Philadelphia with <strong>the</strong> renowned Maestro Christoph<br />

Eschenbach at <strong>the</strong> piano. She has performed with <strong>the</strong> Westminster<br />

Opera <strong>The</strong>ater in Menotti’s Old Maid and <strong>the</strong> Thief as Miss Todd and<br />

Bizet’s La Tragedie de Carmen as Carmen. She played <strong>the</strong> role <strong>of</strong><br />

Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen with <strong>the</strong> Houston Ebony Opera Company.<br />

David Burnett (Violin, Orchestra Director) has been on <strong>the</strong> violin faculty<br />

<strong>of</strong> HSA for more than 17 years. He is head <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> string department,<br />

conducts <strong>the</strong> string orchestra and has 52 private students. Mr. Burnett<br />

did his undergraduate studies at Oberlin Conservatory with Marilyn<br />

McDonald. That was followed by studies with Lynn Chang at <strong>the</strong><br />

Boston Conservatory, and <strong>the</strong>n private studies with Daniel Phillips<br />

in New York. Mr. Burnett has a string quartet called <strong>The</strong> West Village<br />

Quartet which has been toge<strong>the</strong>r for over 18 years. <strong>The</strong>y currently have<br />

a residency with <strong>the</strong> Baltimore Symphony.<br />

Janinah Burnett (Voice) has received tremendous acclaim winning<br />

<strong>the</strong> “Ovation Award” with a record 82 consecutive sold-out shows.<br />

Her performances have included Mimi in Baz Luhrman’s adaptation <strong>of</strong><br />

Puccini’s La Bohème, Margru in Amistad and Bess in Porgy and Bess.<br />

Ms. Burnett was a member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> sister group to Three Mo’ Tenors<br />

entitled Three Mo’ Divas and recently toured to Austria, Sweden, and<br />

Japan. Additionally, Ms. Burnett has performed with Ray Charles, Dr.<br />

Billy Taylor, <strong>the</strong> Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and at Oprah Winfrey’s<br />

personal birthday celebration at <strong>the</strong> home <strong>of</strong> Maya Angelou while<br />

attending <strong>the</strong> Eastman <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Music for her graduate degree.<br />

Judith Dansker (Music Explorations, Recorder) received her BM<br />

and MM from Juilliard and has studied with Robert Bloom and Sara<br />

Lambert. She has performed in solo and chamber concerts nationwide,<br />

and at <strong>the</strong> Library <strong>of</strong> Congress, Alice Tully Hall and Frick Museum. She<br />

is a founding member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Galliard Woodwind Quintet and member <strong>of</strong><br />

Trio Sonata. She is a faculty member <strong>of</strong> Simons Rock <strong>of</strong> Bard College,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Hotchkiss <strong>School</strong> and <strong>the</strong> Kent Silver Bay Music Festival.<br />

Bob Dellureficio (Bobby Dee) (Guitar) attended <strong>the</strong> Berklee College<br />

<strong>of</strong> Music. A composer and guitarist, he has been part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> alternative<br />

music scene for almost twenty years. He has performed throughout<br />

Europe and <strong>the</strong> United States. He has collaborated with Woody Shaw,<br />

Gunter Hampel and Dave Douglas among many o<strong>the</strong>rs. He has been a<br />

session guitarist for New York City commercial houses. His recordings<br />

include Bob Dee Band, Double Talk and Bob Dee’s Cosmosis, From<br />

Head to Soul.<br />

Donald Eaton (African Percussion, Conductor Percussion Ensemble)<br />

received a B.A. from City College and has directed <strong>the</strong> Percussion<br />

Ensemble <strong>of</strong> Dance <strong>The</strong>atre <strong>of</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong>. He has worked with Edie Gorme<br />

and Steve Lawrence, Andy Williams and Arthur Mitchell. Mr. Eaton has<br />

studied with ARTS in Education Jagon, Orlando Puntilla, Lui Bauzo<br />

and Mar Gueye. He has performed with <strong>the</strong> Metropolitan Opera and at<br />

Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center and on Broadway.<br />

Fima Farberg (Piano) BA, MM, Leningrad Conservatory. Former<br />

Director <strong>of</strong> Piano Department <strong>of</strong> Leningrad Music <strong>School</strong>. Master<br />

classes in piano. Accompanied ballet, voice. Conducted string and<br />

choral groups. Chief accompanist <strong>of</strong> Leigh Welles <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Dance,<br />

Dance <strong>The</strong>atre <strong>of</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong>, Milton Fehrer <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Dance.<br />

Kaori Fujii (Flute) was born in Tokyo and is currently residing in<br />

New York. She has released a total <strong>of</strong> six albums with JVC Victor<br />

Entertainment, Inc., including, Garota de Ipanema, which was prenominated<br />

for <strong>the</strong> Grammy Awards under seven categories, including<br />

‘Best Instrumental Solo’ and ‘Best Latin Jazz Album’, and at <strong>the</strong> 2007<br />

Latin Grammy Awards, also for ‘Best Latin Jazz Album.’ Kaori has<br />

studied extensively with Jean-Claude Gérard, Jeannie Baxtresser,<br />

Aurèle Nicolet, Wolfgang Schulz, Sir James Galway, and Akiko Mikami.<br />

Charles Jones (Piano) earned his MM at <strong>The</strong> Juilliard <strong>School</strong> and a BM<br />

at North Carolina <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong>. He was soloist with <strong>the</strong> Charleston<br />

Symphony Orchestra as winner <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Young Artists Competition. He<br />

was featured on WNYC’s Young American Artists series as winner <strong>of</strong><br />

Piano Teachers Congress Auditions. Mr. Jones is a recipient <strong>of</strong> a grant<br />

from <strong>the</strong> Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund.<br />

Tsyala ‘Delilah’ Khudad-Zade (Piano) received a Master’s and<br />

Bachelor’s degree from <strong>the</strong> Music College and Tbilisi Conservatory in<br />

<strong>the</strong> former USSR. She is a piano soloist, teacher and accompanist. Ms.<br />

Khudad-Zade taught at <strong>the</strong> conservancy in Alma-Ata, former USSR,<br />

and received a citation and diploma for first accompanist in <strong>the</strong> regional<br />

Tchaikovsky competition among <strong>the</strong> former Soviet Republics.<br />

Elektra Kurtis-Stewart (Violin) graduated from <strong>the</strong> Sibelius Academy<br />

in Helsinki, Finland, majoring in violin. She has performed with <strong>the</strong><br />

Warsaw Grand Opera Orchestra in Poland and freelances with New<br />

York City orchestras. Ms. Stewart also teaches at <strong>the</strong> H<strong>of</strong>f Bar<strong>the</strong>lson<br />

<strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Music and Mind-Builders. She is a certified Suzuki violin<br />

Instructor and leader <strong>of</strong> Ensemble Elektra.<br />

David Miller (Bassoon, Flute) earned a B.S. in Music Education from<br />

Ball State University and completed graduate studies at <strong>the</strong> Manhattan<br />

<strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Music and Long Island University. Mr. Miller was a member<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> National Symphony Orchestra and <strong>the</strong> United States Navy Band.<br />

He freelances in <strong>the</strong> New York City Metro Area and is a bassoonist with<br />

<strong>the</strong> Jupiter Symphony Orchestra.<br />

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Steven Oquendo (Trumpet) has studied at <strong>the</strong> Third Street Music<br />

<strong>School</strong>, HSA, LaGuardia and Manhattan <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Music. Mr. Oquendo<br />

has taught at <strong>the</strong> Celia Cruz High <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Music. He has toured in<br />

Africa, Europe, South America and <strong>the</strong> Caribbean. Mr. Oquendo has<br />

recorded and performed with a range <strong>of</strong> artists including Destiny’s<br />

Child, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Santos and Jon Faddis.<br />

J.D. Parran (Saxophone, Clarinet) is well-known as a player <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

saxophone, clarinet and flute. For two decades, his featured instrument<br />

has been <strong>the</strong> rarely-heard alto clarinet. A native <strong>of</strong> St. Louis, he was<br />

a member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Black Artist Group (BAG). He has performed and/or<br />

recorded with Derek Bailey, Muhal Richard Abrams, Douglas Ewart,<br />

James “Jabbo” Ware, Quincy Troupe, Hamiet Bluiett, Lena Home,<br />

Frank Foster, George E. Lewis, Leroy Jenkins, Don Byron and Julius<br />

Hemphill, among o<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

Marcus Persiani (Piano), pianist and arranger, has worked/toured<br />

with Mario Bauza’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Joseph Bowie and<br />

Defunkt, and Willie Colon and Legal Alien. He has also performed<br />

with Max Roach and Sacred Drums, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Persip,<br />

Curtis Mayfield, <strong>The</strong> Impressions, and Tito Nieves. Mr. Persiani<br />

holds a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from <strong>the</strong> American<br />

Conservatory <strong>of</strong> Music. He is currently performing with <strong>the</strong> Sugar Hill<br />

Quartet.<br />

Bernard Phillips (Flute) was principal flute <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Houston Grand<br />

Opera Orchestra. Mr. Phillips has played solo flute in <strong>the</strong> Broadway<br />

productions <strong>of</strong> Sunset Boulevard and has subbed in many Broadway<br />

shows, including Man <strong>of</strong> La Mancha. He can also be heard on <strong>the</strong><br />

Kulture, BMG and <strong>the</strong> Really Useful recording labels. He holds an MM<br />

from Rice University’s Shepherd <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Music and a BM from <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Music at Florida State University where he was a pupil <strong>of</strong><br />

Albert Tipton. He currently plays piccolo with <strong>the</strong> Sphinx Symphony<br />

Orchestra and <strong>the</strong> Gateways Festival Orchestra.<br />

La-Rose Saxon (Voice) has toured across <strong>the</strong> United States and<br />

around <strong>the</strong> world as a Soprano. Ms. Saxon is a graduate <strong>of</strong> Bennett<br />

College in Greensboro, N.C. She received a masters degree in vocal<br />

music from Manhattan <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Music. Her operatic roles include<br />

Susanna in <strong>The</strong> Marriage <strong>of</strong> Figaro, Miss Silverpeal in <strong>The</strong> Impresario,<br />

Monica in <strong>The</strong> Medium, Nedda in Pagliacci and Frasquita in Carmen.<br />

She has also performed in <strong>the</strong> Off-Broadway production <strong>of</strong> a Ballad for<br />

Bimshire and Broadway’s Tony Award winning Jelly’s Last Jam. She is<br />

presently on <strong>the</strong> voice faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, <strong>The</strong> Brooklyn<br />

Conservatory <strong>of</strong> Music, and <strong>the</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong>.<br />

Sonelius Smith (Piano) pianist, composer, arranger and educator,<br />

taught beginning through advanced piano and <strong>the</strong>ory privately in New<br />

York City during <strong>the</strong> 70’s. He has given educational concerts and<br />

workshops throughout <strong>the</strong> Midwest and <strong>the</strong> East Coast. Mr. Smith<br />

holds a BS from <strong>the</strong> University <strong>of</strong> Arkansas at Pine Bluff.<br />

Beverly Somach (Violin) made her New York debut at <strong>the</strong> age <strong>of</strong> 12<br />

and has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town<br />

Hall and Merkin Hall. She was soloist with <strong>the</strong> New York Philharmonic,<br />

Chicago Symphony and Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra. She is<br />

on <strong>the</strong> faculty <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Henry Street Music <strong>School</strong>, <strong>The</strong> Ridgewood<br />

Conservatory and has conducted master classes throughout <strong>the</strong> U.S.<br />

Yuki Tei (Clarinet, Saxophone) holds music performance degrees<br />

from <strong>the</strong> New <strong>School</strong> University and Aaron Copland <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Music<br />

at Queens College. Mr. Tei has studied jazz with great masters like<br />

Antonio Hart, Sir Roland Hanna, Rick Margitza, Reggie Workman. He<br />

is also a classically trained clarinetist and has studied with Hideaki<br />

Aomori and Alan Kay. He has toured and performed in <strong>the</strong> U.S.,<br />

Europe, and Asia. He leads his own jazz group and plays in chamber<br />

music ensembles throughout North America. He was <strong>the</strong> recipient <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Hiroshima Young Artist Scholarship Award given by <strong>the</strong> Hiroshima<br />

International Cultural Foundation for outstanding performance.<br />

Lauri Galbreath Wallace (World <strong>of</strong> Music) has performed extensively<br />

as a soloist and principal in concerts, operas, and oratorios with<br />

acclaimed national and regional companies and ensembles including<br />

<strong>the</strong> Dallas Opera, <strong>the</strong> New York Philharmonic and Opera Lirica (Italy).<br />

Ms. Wallace has received awards from numerous vocal competitions<br />

and organizations, including <strong>the</strong> National Federation <strong>of</strong> Music Clubs,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Jo Murphree Duncan Memorial Award, and <strong>the</strong> MacAllister Awards<br />

for Opera Singers. Ms. Wallace holds a Bachelors <strong>of</strong> Music in vocal<br />

performance from CUNY.<br />

Simon Walsh (Electric Bass) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist<br />

who has been part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> New York music scene since 1985. He moved<br />

to his favorite city after graduating with a Music Composition Degree<br />

from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 1985.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re, he studied composition with Allan Blank, flute with Francile<br />

Bilyeu, and bassoon with Jonathan Friedman. In New York, Simon<br />

attended electric bass classes with Percy Jones and Patrick Pfeiffer.<br />

He plays <strong>the</strong> bass in many ensembles, from duets to big band, in<br />

countless styles, from gospel to hard rock, and on stages throughout<br />

<strong>the</strong> region. He contributes music to film and <strong>the</strong>atre soundtracks, both<br />

as a player and as a composer. Additionally, he sings in various choral<br />

groups, and writes and arranges music for <strong>the</strong>m. From 1989 to 1994,<br />

he led his own funk-rock combo, Simon Walsh’s Burning Bush, writing,<br />

arranging and singing.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ater Department<br />

Judy Bowman (Acting for <strong>the</strong> Camera) has been casting film,<br />

television, and <strong>the</strong>ater projects in New York City since 1993. After<br />

graduating from Tufts University in 1992, she got a job working in<br />

a talent agency. From <strong>the</strong>re, she moved into casting, working for<br />

casting agencies and also for Simon & Schuster. She formed Judy<br />

Bowman Casting in 2004, and is <strong>the</strong> New York Casting Director for <strong>the</strong><br />

American Repertory <strong>The</strong>atre at Harvard, <strong>the</strong> resident Casting Director<br />

for Rattlestick Playwrights <strong>The</strong>atre, Partial Comfort Productions, and<br />

also works regularly with <strong>the</strong> LAByrinth <strong>The</strong>atre Company (co-Artistic<br />

Director Philip Seymour H<strong>of</strong>fman).<br />

Magaly Coliman-Christopher ( Acting for <strong>the</strong> Beginner, Teen Acting)<br />

earned her M.F.A. in Acting at <strong>the</strong> Yale <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Drama and since <strong>the</strong>n,<br />

she’s performed in many commercials (Sprint, Cingular Cellular, Brita,<br />

Lowe’s, Verizon, Enron, etc), episodic television shows (Law and Order,<br />

Sex in <strong>the</strong> City, Guiding Light) and regional <strong>the</strong>atre productions. She<br />

recently created, wrote and produced <strong>the</strong> web series www.bn4real.tv.<br />

Cherrye J. Davis (Acting for <strong>the</strong> Beginner, <strong>The</strong>ater History: Black<br />

<strong>The</strong>ater) Cherrye, a native <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Bronx, NY, received her B.F.A. in<br />

Drama from New York University’s Tisch <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong>. Recent<br />

productions: Hope Speaks, For Flow, <strong>The</strong> Forgetting <strong>of</strong> Things, Romeo<br />

and Juliet, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide..., Polaroid<br />

Stories, Sideshow, <strong>The</strong> Last Days <strong>of</strong> Judas Iscariot, Peter Pan. She<br />

appeared in <strong>The</strong> Classical <strong>The</strong>ater <strong>of</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong>’s production <strong>of</strong> Hamlet<br />

alongside Arthur French, as well as Osun: Goddess <strong>of</strong> Love. A proud<br />

member <strong>of</strong> <strong>The</strong> Movement <strong>The</strong>ater Company, Ms. Davis most recently<br />

appeared in <strong>the</strong> North American debut <strong>of</strong> K<strong>of</strong>fi Kwahule’s Bintou at <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Harlem</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong> <strong>The</strong>ater. She is <strong>the</strong> writer, director, designer,<br />

and poet <strong>of</strong> two original works, Sold! and Dreams in Scar Space. She<br />

can be seen in <strong>the</strong> short film Cold April, as well as at slams and open<br />

mic sessions around NYC/NJ area.<br />

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Charles E. Gerber (Intro to Shakespeare: Will’s Playshop for Teens) has<br />

been acting, teaching, coaching, and directing Shakespeare in NYC<br />

steadily since 1985. During his more than three decade career, Charles<br />

has portrayed Bottom (twice) most recently at <strong>The</strong> Main Stage in 2003,<br />

Osric on Broadway for Roundabout, Richard II at Ensemble Studio<br />

<strong>The</strong>atre, and Iago, Malvolio, Brutus, Trinculo, Dogberry, and Shylock,<br />

with Moliere’s Tartuffe thrown in for good measure, all at <strong>The</strong> WorkShop<br />

and directed by <strong>the</strong> late Carol Bennett Gerber.<br />

Barbara Grecki (Monologue and Scene Study Preparation) is a<br />

performer, director, writer and teacher. She has studied with Stella Adler<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Stella Adler Conservatory, Mario Siletti, National Shakespeare<br />

Company, Rebecca Taylor and Austin Pendleton, Voice with Victoria<br />

Clark, dance with Jack Herzog Metropolitan Opera Ballet and<br />

movement for actors with <strong>the</strong> late Anna Sokolov. She has appeared in<br />

and directed many productions, as well as having her plays produced<br />

in New York City.<br />

Shaun Neblett (Playwriting) is a <strong>Harlem</strong> based playwright and<br />

youth-<strong>the</strong>ater coordinator. His play This is About a Boy’s Fears was<br />

produced as part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> 1995 Young Playwrights Festival at <strong>the</strong><br />

Joseph Papp Public <strong>The</strong>ater. His plays have been produced at P.S.<br />

122, Provincetown Playhouse, <strong>the</strong> National Black <strong>The</strong>ater and House<br />

<strong>of</strong> Tribes <strong>The</strong>ater. Mr. Neblett is an honored graduate <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Dramatic<br />

Writing Program <strong>of</strong> NYU’s Tisch <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong>, and <strong>the</strong> founder<br />

and Artistic Director <strong>of</strong> Our Id <strong>The</strong>ater.<br />

Darrin Person (Clown 101, Monologue Coaching) received an M.F.A. in<br />

<strong>The</strong>atre at <strong>the</strong> University <strong>of</strong> Missouri-Kansas City’s Pr<strong>of</strong>essional Actor’s<br />

Training Program. Sharing an equal passion for <strong>the</strong> cinema and Vincent<br />

Price films, Darrin currently teaches <strong>the</strong>atre at <strong>the</strong> Susan S. McKinney<br />

Secondary <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong> in Brooklyn. Person’s personal mantra for<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>atre is: “Everyone is born with <strong>the</strong> gift to play make-believe, an<br />

actor is simply someone who refuses to outgrow it.”<br />

Ilse Pfeifer (Voice/Speech) is a dancer, choreographer, vocal coach,<br />

bodyworker and certified Associate Fitzmaurice Voicework® teacher.<br />

Ilse coaches pr<strong>of</strong>essional actors, dancers and singers <strong>of</strong> Film, TV,<br />

Stage and Opera. She conceptualized and produced I gaze at <strong>the</strong><br />

prairie and see things and Mix, both <strong>of</strong> which were aired in part by PBS<br />

in Philadelphia. Her teaching credits include her work as a trainer in <strong>the</strong><br />

two year Fitzmaurice Voicework® certificate program in NYC and LA.<br />

Willie E. Teacher (Acting for <strong>the</strong> Beginner, Stage Combat, Monologue<br />

Coaching) completed his M.F.A. in acting from Brandeis University.<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essional <strong>the</strong>ater credits include Hamlet, Macbeth, Ain’t Supposed<br />

to Die a Natural Death, Funnyhouse <strong>of</strong> a Negro, Topdog/ Underdog,<br />

Antony and Cleopatra, <strong>The</strong> Comedy <strong>of</strong> Errors, and Citizens <strong>of</strong> Harambe.<br />

Television and film credits include Spike Lee’s He Got Game, HBO’s<br />

Oz, <strong>The</strong> Visiting with Nicole Kidman, Invincible with Mark Wahlberg and<br />

Greg Kenear, Sheena, <strong>The</strong> Steve Harvey Show and HBO’s Life Support.<br />

He is a member <strong>of</strong> SAG, AEA and AFTRA.<br />

Sam Willmott (Musical <strong>The</strong>ater) loves all aspects <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>atre world.<br />

As a performer, he has appeared in productions as varied as Zombie<br />

Prom in NYC, Sweet Charity and Babes In Arms at Interlochen Center<br />

for <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong>, West Side Story and Bells Are Ringing. He has acted as<br />

a music director for shows at <strong>the</strong> Laurie Beechman <strong>The</strong>atre and <strong>the</strong><br />

Gene Frankel <strong>The</strong>atre, among o<strong>the</strong>r venues. Willmott’s training includes<br />

NYU’s Tisch <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong>, Steinhardt <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Education,<br />

Interlochen <strong>Arts</strong> Camp, as well as private composition studies with<br />

Dr. Joseph Church and Adam Guettel. Willmott is <strong>the</strong> author <strong>of</strong><br />

Standardized Testing–<strong>The</strong> Musical! and a member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Tony Awardwinning<br />

BMI Lehman Engel Musical <strong>The</strong>atre Workshop. He has been<br />

honored with <strong>the</strong> Kennedy Center American College <strong>The</strong>atre Festival<br />

Musical <strong>The</strong>atre Award, Interlochen’s Maddy Summer Artist Award and<br />

two National Capitol Area Cappies Awards.<br />

Visual <strong>Arts</strong> Department<br />

Ana Ruiz-Castillo (Sculpture, Children’s Drawing) is a sculptor from<br />

Spain and graduated from <strong>the</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Ceramics in Madrid. She<br />

moved to New York City in 1993 where she enrolled in <strong>the</strong> Art Students<br />

League for five years. Ms. Ruiz-Castillo has recently shown her work in<br />

Flushing Town Hall, Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center and Lincoln Hospital<br />

in <strong>the</strong> Bronx. Her solo shows include Ramon Nino Gallery and <strong>the</strong> New<br />

York Public Library.<br />

Kate Eschelbach (Drawing & Painting) attended Manhattanville<br />

College where she received her B.F.A. She is currently working at<br />

Manhattanville College as a graduate assistant; planning to attend<br />

Graduate school in <strong>the</strong> fall. Ms. Eschelbach primarily works in acrylic<br />

and watercolor.<br />

Hosea Johnson (Photography) has captured wonderful celebrity<br />

images <strong>of</strong> superstars like Mary J. Blige, Harry Belafonte, Beyoncé, and<br />

Al Sharpton. Perhaps two <strong>of</strong> his most well-known celebrity portraits<br />

are <strong>the</strong> debut album covers <strong>of</strong> both Brandy and neo-soul vocalist Amel<br />

Larrieux. In addition to photographing celebrities, Hosea Johnson also<br />

shot covers for such notable magazines as Black Enterprise, Network<br />

Journal, Right On!, Word Up, Travel magazine, Odyessey Couleu and<br />

Heart & Soul. Johnson’s has been <strong>the</strong> subject <strong>of</strong> articles in publications<br />

such as <strong>The</strong> New York Beacon, Sister2Sister, <strong>The</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> Times, Liberty<br />

Star News, Rolling Out, Urbanstyle Weekly and New York Trend.<br />

Yashua Klos (Printmaking) received his B.F.A. from Nor<strong>the</strong>rn Illinois<br />

University. Upon graduating, he studied in France for a year, <strong>the</strong>n<br />

returned to his home town <strong>of</strong> Chicago to teach art to children at<br />

community centers, public schools and an alternative high school.<br />

Since moving to New York in 2005, Klos has extended his experience<br />

by teaching families in <strong>the</strong> foster care system to use art making as a<br />

creative family activity. He also teaches NYC public schoolers to work<br />

with physically disabled children at NYU Rusk–in effort to overcome<br />

difference through collaborative art making. Upon receiving his M.F.A.<br />

from Hunter College this fall, Klos plans on teaching college art classes,<br />

as well as continuing to work with families in community-based<br />

programs.<br />

Ca<strong>the</strong>rine Lawrence (Art History) is a New York Art Historian and<br />

Lecturer with double MA degrees in Art History from Hunter College<br />

and International Education from Columbia University Teacher’s<br />

College. She has taught Art History and English at Columbia University,<br />

Cornell University, Hunter College, <strong>the</strong> CUNY Graduate Center and<br />

most recently at <strong>the</strong> NY Institute <strong>of</strong> Technology. Ca<strong>the</strong>rine worked as a<br />

Curatorial Research Assistant in <strong>the</strong> American Wing <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Metropolitan<br />

Museum for <strong>the</strong> 2003 exhibition Hudson River <strong>School</strong> Visions, <strong>the</strong><br />

Landscapes <strong>of</strong> Sanford R. Gifford. She has also given numerous<br />

lectures at <strong>the</strong> Metropolitan Museum <strong>of</strong> Art and has led many tours at<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r New York museums and galleries. In 2007, Ca<strong>the</strong>rine founded<br />

InsideArtnyc.com, which provides art education and lectures for both<br />

newcomers and connoisseurs who are seeking an in-depth view <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

New York Art World.<br />

Byron M. McCray (Art Live) has explored all areas <strong>of</strong> visual art through<br />

involvement in programs at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Museum <strong>of</strong> Art,<br />

as well as Cooper Union’s Summer Drawing Intensive. Following<br />

his graduation from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High <strong>School</strong> for <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong><br />

& Performing <strong>Arts</strong>, McCray received a Bachelor <strong>of</strong> Fine <strong>Arts</strong> from<br />

<strong>The</strong> Fashion Institute <strong>of</strong> Technology. A working freelance illustrator<br />

and graphic designer, McCray has executed numerous projects<br />

for musicians, film makers and major recording labels in addition<br />

to commissioned pieces. He has also been recognized by <strong>the</strong> Art<br />

Students League <strong>of</strong> New York, So<strong>the</strong>by’s, as well as <strong>the</strong> New York<br />

Society <strong>of</strong> Illustrators.<br />

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Nicholas Rispoli (Art Basics) has been teachig at HSA since 2007.<br />

He recently graduated with his M.F.A. in sculpture from <strong>the</strong> New York<br />

Academy <strong>of</strong> Art. He is an adjunct pr<strong>of</strong>essor at Pace University in <strong>the</strong><br />

Fine <strong>Arts</strong> Department. Presently, Nicholas is exhibiting his work in<br />

galleries throughout New York City and Santo Domingo.<br />

Faculty<br />

Ghislaine Sabiti (Painting on Fabrics) is a French Congolese artist<br />

who was raised in France. She spent most <strong>of</strong> her life in South Paris<br />

where she was introduced to art at a very young age. In <strong>the</strong> early 90’s<br />

she studied fine art at Atelier Chantier du Coq where she did many<br />

groups exhibitions. She also graduated with honors in fashion design<br />

at Atelier Chardon Savard, in Paris. Her art is an expression <strong>of</strong> her<br />

life experiences including a focus on <strong>the</strong> people she met through her<br />

multiple trips through Europe, Africa and North America.<br />

Begonia Santa-Cecilia (Art Basics) received her training as a visual<br />

artist from a number <strong>of</strong> institutions including <strong>the</strong> Port Royal Art<br />

Academie in Paris, France; <strong>the</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> Photography and Image<br />

(EFTI) in Madrid and <strong>the</strong> New <strong>School</strong> in New York. She also teaches at<br />

<strong>the</strong> Metropolitan Museum and <strong>The</strong> Cloisters and is currently pursuing a<br />

Masters in Fine Art at City College.<br />

Alexandria Smith (Illustration Concepts, <strong>The</strong> Business <strong>of</strong> Art) is a visual<br />

artist and educator who grew up in New Rochelle. After graduating with<br />

a B.F.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University she went on to exhibit<br />

her work in various museums and galleries including <strong>the</strong> African-<br />

American Museum in Philadelphia and Long Island. Alexandria fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

developed her education at NYU where she earned her M.A. in Art<br />

Education and Parsons where she recently graduated with her M.F.A. in<br />

Painting and Drawing. She currently teaches art all over NYC and is an<br />

adjunct pr<strong>of</strong>essor at Adelphi University.<br />

Sculpture By<br />

Faculty Member Ana Ruiz-Castillo<br />

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HSA programs are made possible with enthusiasm and support from<br />

foundations, government granting organizations, corporations, and<br />

individual donors, including HSA parents, alumni, faculty and staff––all<br />

<strong>of</strong> whom help <strong>the</strong> <strong>School</strong> engage young people in <strong>the</strong> transformative<br />

power <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> arts. <strong>The</strong> following list includes donations <strong>of</strong> $500 or more<br />

received from July 1, 2009 to July 26, 2010:<br />

Donors<br />

$500,000+<br />

<strong>The</strong> Herb Alpert Foundation<br />

$250,000–$499,999<br />

<strong>The</strong> Starr Foundation<br />

$100,000–$249,999<br />

Bloomberg<br />

Carnegie Corporation <strong>of</strong> New York<br />

Estate <strong>of</strong> Robert E. Short<br />

New York State Council on <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong><br />

Open Society Foundations and <strong>the</strong> Fund for <strong>the</strong> City <strong>of</strong> New York<br />

Surdna Foundation, Inc.<br />

Two Anonymous Donors<br />

$50,000–$99,999<br />

<strong>The</strong> Willliam Randolph Hearst Foundation<br />

Henry & Lucy Moses Fund, Inc.<br />

New York City Department <strong>of</strong> Cultural Affairs<br />

Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation<br />

US Dept. <strong>of</strong> Education/Fund for <strong>the</strong> Improvement <strong>of</strong> Education<br />

$25,000–$49,999<br />

American Express Foundation<br />

sustain<br />

DLA Piper US LLP<br />

Durst Family Foundation<br />

New Horizon Foundation<br />

Estate <strong>of</strong> Gitta Perl<br />

$10,000–$24,999<br />

Cynthia H. & Paul Augustine<br />

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation<br />

Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation<br />

Andrea Joyce & Harry Smith<br />

MacDonald-Peterson Foundation<br />

Scott Metzner<br />

Marion Moore Foundation, Inc.<br />

Christopher C. Paci & Sally Rocker<br />

Janice Savin Williams & Christopher Williams/<strong>The</strong> Williams<br />

Capital Group, L.P.<br />

Ka<strong>the</strong>rine Farley & Jerry Speyer<br />

Bernard & Marjorie Sunshine<br />

Gregory Tyson & Christina Schneeclaus-Tyson<br />

$5,000–$9,999<br />

BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.<br />

Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund/EIF<br />

Drucilla Cooper Memorial Fund<br />

Kyle Good<br />

<strong>The</strong> Happy Elephant Foundation<br />

Robert & Patricia Levinson Fund<br />

<strong>The</strong> Overbrook Foundation<br />

John & Nancy Palmer<br />

Reginald Van Lee<br />

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP<br />

Laurence Wilson<br />

Y’all <strong>of</strong> New York, Inc.<br />

$1,000–$4,999<br />

Thomas G. Armstrong<br />

Atlantic Philanthropies, <strong>The</strong><br />

Milton & Sally Avery <strong>Arts</strong> Foundation, Inc.<br />

Tom Bartunek & Ann Keene<br />

Romare Bearden Foundation<br />

<strong>The</strong> Mary Duke Biddle Foundation<br />

Ellen Blair/Sam & Ann Lopin Foundation<br />

Adam & Janet Burke<br />

<strong>The</strong> Estate <strong>of</strong> Yvonne Clarke<br />

Corcoran Cares<br />

Donna & Jeffrey Laikind<br />

John W. Corwin<br />

<strong>The</strong> Debs Foundation<br />

<strong>The</strong> Lori & Mark Fife Foundation<br />

Michael & Anne Golden<br />

Melanie Gray<br />

Myrna & Stephen Greenberg<br />

Warren Habib<br />

Curtis Katz<br />

Anna-Maria Kellen<br />

John D. and Ca<strong>the</strong>rine T. MacArthur<br />

Foundation<br />

Robert & Camille McDuffie<br />

<strong>The</strong> Rona & Randolph M. Nelson Foundation<br />

New York Smart Set<br />

Howard & Marcia Owens<br />

Owning A Dream LLC<br />

Shearman & Sterling LLP<br />

Edward & Genevieve Shorin<br />

Susan Silverman & Michael Braun<br />

Marcia Smith<br />

Gregg Smith & Jerri DeVard<br />

Lisa E. Solomon<br />

Jeffrey Spurgeon<br />

St. Cecile Scholarship Fund, Inc.<br />

Scott Stephens<br />

United Way <strong>of</strong> New York City<br />

Village Voice LLC<br />

Garrett & Melinda Walls<br />

George Wein<br />

Nina & <strong>The</strong>odore Wells<br />

William Ma<strong>the</strong>us Sullivan Musical<br />

Foundation, Inc.<br />

Barry & Karen Wolf<br />

Wolfensohn Family Foundation<br />

$500–$999<br />

Ernest & Kathleen Abrahamson<br />

Clifton & Dolores Bullard<br />

Irving Burgie<br />

Yvette Degannes<br />

Gilles Depardon & Kathryn Ogawa<br />

Caroline Doll<br />

Dennis Duffy<br />

Helen J. Ellis<br />

Andrew Gordon<br />

Patricia E. Gottier & Bruce Kaufman<br />

Algernon Grant<br />

Laura Grant<br />

Dana L. Hamilton<br />

Christopher A. Johnson<br />

Penelope D. Johnston<br />

Marcie & Artie Kempner<br />

Marc & Dinah Kramer<br />

Ann Kraus<br />

Alfred Larkin & Wendy Fox<br />

John Morris & Marcia Santoni<br />

Katharine B. Mountcastle<br />

Ann O’Hare<br />

Eileen Shields<br />

Arthur O. Sulzberger<br />

TD Bank<br />

<strong>The</strong> National Flute Association, Inc.<br />

Michelle Willens & David Corvo<br />

Diane Wohl<br />

Mary C. Wolf<br />

<strong>The</strong> Zankel Fund<br />

Susan Zirinsky & Joe Peyronnin<br />

HSA is a proud member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> National<br />

Guild for Community <strong>Arts</strong> Education<br />

Donors<br />

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HSA<br />

Timeline<br />

Over 45 years <strong>of</strong> excellence in arts education<br />

Music instructor<br />

James Bartow has<br />

taught at HSA for<br />

over 40 years<br />

Donors<br />

HSA Founder, Dorothy Maynor<br />

A student violin performance<br />

in <strong>the</strong> old building c. 1970<br />

1964 1975 1977 1979 1985<br />

1988 1999 2005 2008 2010<br />

HSA founded<br />

by acclaimed soprano<br />

Dorothy Maynor.<br />

First piano classes<br />

held in <strong>the</strong> basement<br />

<strong>of</strong> St. James<br />

Presbyterian Church.<br />

HSA celebrates<br />

10th Anniversary<br />

and breaks ground<br />

for new building.<br />

HSA’s Society<br />

Chorus performs at<br />

<strong>the</strong> United Nations<br />

in a celebration <strong>of</strong><br />

Human Rights Day.<br />

Dorothy Maynor<br />

is <strong>the</strong> first woman<br />

to conduct at <strong>the</strong><br />

United Nations.<br />

HSA launches<br />

Opportunities<br />

for Learning in<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong> (OLA).<br />

<strong>The</strong> program<br />

provides arts<br />

instruction to<br />

children in NYC<br />

public schools.<br />

Dorothy Maynor<br />

retires from HSA<br />

and internationally<br />

acclaimed mezzosoprano<br />

Betty<br />

Allen becomes<br />

Executive Director.<br />

Betty Allen and faculty<br />

member James Bartow<br />

create <strong>the</strong> Community<br />

and Culture in <strong>Harlem</strong><br />

program, which features<br />

public concerts,<br />

lectures, art exhibitions<br />

and highlights <strong>the</strong><br />

achievements <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

black community.<br />

HSA introduces<br />

<strong>the</strong> ARTScape<br />

summer camp<br />

program.<br />

Gala opening<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> 25th<br />

anniversary <strong>of</strong><br />

HSA kicks <strong>of</strong>f<br />

with benefit<br />

concert at <strong>the</strong><br />

Apollo <strong>The</strong>ater.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Ford Foundation<br />

names HSA one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

eight leading African-<br />

American, Asian, Latino<br />

or Native American arts<br />

organizations in <strong>the</strong><br />

United States.<br />

HSA students<br />

perform with<br />

Alicia Keys<br />

as part <strong>of</strong> VH1‘s<br />

“Save <strong>The</strong> Music”<br />

campaign. HSA<br />

students join<br />

singer/songwriter<br />

John Legend for a<br />

Black History<br />

Month performance.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Upper Manhattan<br />

Empowerment Zone<br />

awards $1,500,000<br />

to HSA to support a<br />

three-year capacitybuilding<br />

initiative.<br />

HSA instates<br />

a new Board <strong>of</strong><br />

Directors<br />

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How to reach us:<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong><br />

645 Saint Nicholas Avenue @ 141 st St.<br />

New York, New York 10030<br />

Tel: 212.926.4100<br />

Fax: 212.491.6913<br />

On <strong>the</strong> Web<br />

www.harlemschool<strong>of</strong><strong>the</strong>arts.org<br />

Guided Tours<br />

Tours <strong>of</strong> HSA for students and parents are available during our<br />

fall and spring open houses (see pages 6-7 for dates and times).<br />

For o<strong>the</strong>r dates and times call 212.926.4100 x304.<br />

Office <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Registrar<br />

<strong>The</strong> Office <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Registrar is open Tuesday through Friday from<br />

10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from<br />

September through May and weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.<br />

during June, July and August. <strong>The</strong> <strong>of</strong>fice is closed from 1:00 p.m.<br />

to 2:00 p.m. daily.<br />

Office <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Bursar<br />

<strong>The</strong> Office <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Bursar is open Tuesday through Friday from<br />

10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 p.m. from<br />

September through May and weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.<br />

during June, July and August. <strong>The</strong> <strong>of</strong>fice is closed from 2:00 p.m.<br />

to 3:00 p.m. daily.<br />

By Subway or Bus<br />

A, C, B, D to 145th Street<br />

M3 to 141st Street<br />

Produced by <strong>The</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Arts</strong><br />

Interior Photography: Mesiyah McGinnis, Kaitland O’Bryan<br />

Graphic Design: Kaitland O’Bryan<br />

Printed by Patane Press, Inc., New York, NY<br />

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