Applications are being accepted for the 2015 New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA). Auditions begin in January and will be held throughout New York State. A complete schedule of audition sites, application materials and program information is available on the NYSSSA website.
Started in 1970, NYSSSA is a program of the New York State Education Department which provides talented high school students unique opportunities to work with some of the world’s foremost artists in the visual and performing arts.
The program features studies in seven subjects:
- The School of Ballet, held June 28 – July 25 at Skidmore College and the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs
- The School of Choral Studies, held July 5 – August 1 at SUNY Fredonia.
- The School of Dance, held July 26 – August 21 at Skidmore College and the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs
- The School of Media Arts, held July 4 – July 31 at SUNY Oswego
- The School of Orchestra Studies, held July 26 – August 22 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs in conjunction with the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA)
- The School of Theatre, held July 12 – August 8 at SUNY Delhi
- The School of Visual Arts, held July 4 – July 31 at SUNY Fredonia
Founded in 1970, NYSSSA provides talented high school students the opportunity to study with some of the world’s foremost artists in the visual and performing arts. Four weeks of intensive work and interaction with internationally acclaimed artists and performing arts companies, such as the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra, give students a unique opportunity to experience the rigors of their chosen arts field.
Students are accepted into the schools through a competitive audition process conducted by the artistic staff. Tuition rates are maintained at a modest level and tuition assistance is available, enabling every student who qualifies the opportunity to participate in this life-changing program. NYSSSA serves an important need to foster and enhance the artistic abilities of the state’s most gifted young artists regardless of race, religion or economic status. Follow-up studies on the program have identified former students who now hold positions within top professional companies around the world.