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Overview

The YAA Academy is a daytime intensive for the dedicated student, at any level, who wants to hone their skills in the artistic process of Musical Theatre (Acting, Dance, Voice), or A Cappella (new in 2019!)

Specific classes may include:

  • MUSICAL THEATRE

    • Acting — improvisation, character development, and scene study

    • Dance — ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip-hop techniques

    • Voice — vocal technique, interpretation, music theory, and acting/movement for singers

  • A CAPPELLA (NEW for Senior Academy!)

    • vocal style, full ensemble, vocal quartets, and music theory (Session 1 only).

    • featuring world-renowned A Cappella guru: DEKE SHARON (Music Director for Pitch Perfect, The Sing Off) from Camp A Cappella as Guest Mentor

DEKE SHARON (Pitch Perfect, The Sing Off)

DEKE SHARON (Pitch Perfect, The Sing Off)


Dates

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Senior Academy

  • SESSION 1: June 28 - July 11, 2019
    Limited spots still available!

    • The Senior Academy meets every day, Monday thru Sunday from 8:30am - 4:00pm.

    • Program begins on Friday, June 28.

    • Program will not meet on Thursday, July 4 or Sunday, July 7.

  • SESSION 2: July 13 - 26, 2019
    Limited spots still available!

    • The Senior Academy meets every day, Monday thru Sunday from 8:30am - 4:00pm.

    • Program begins on Saturday, July 13.

    • Program will not meet on Sunday, July 21.


Junior ACADEMY

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  • SESSION 1: June 28 - July 11, 2019
    Limited spots still available!

    • The Junior Academy meets every day, Monday thru Sunday from 8:30am - 4:00pm.

    • Program begins on Friday, June 28.

    • Program will not meet on Thursday, July 4 or Sunday, July 7.

  • SESSION 2: July 13 - 26, 2019
    Limited spots still available!

    • The Junior Academy meets every day, Monday thru Sunday from 8:30am - 4:00pm.

    • Program begins on Saturday, July 13.

    • Program will not meet on Sunday, July 21.


Senior Academy

The Senior Academy is for rising 9th to 12th graders and rising college freshmen. Participants will select one MAJOR and one MINOR concentration in Acting, Dance, Voice, or A Cappella (new in 2019!).

Participants will appear in a final performance based on their major:

  • SESSION 1:

    • Musical Theatre: Elegies: A Song Cycle by William Finn

    • A Cappella: Concert performance of classic & new a cappella vocal music

SENIOR ACADEMY: Musical Theatre Production (Session 1)

SENIOR ACADEMY: Musical Theatre Production (Session 2)


Junior Academy

The Junior Academy is for rising 5th to 8th graders. Students will receive combined Musical Theatre training in Acting, Dance, and Voice. 

Junior Academy participants will appear in a final production:

JUNIOR ACADEMY: Musical Theatre Production (Session 1)

JUNIOR ACADEMY: Musical Theatre Production (Session 2)


Majors

Junior Academy majors will automatically receive combined Musical Theatre training in voice/acting/dance.


Daily Classes for all Senior Academy students will be in their chosen major designed to challenge students and to propel them forward in their discipline. Senior Academy students will also be able to choose a secondary discipline as a Minor.

MUSICAL THEATRE

  • Voice

    • Daily classes in musical theatre, classical and/or contemporary singing will include: Music Theory, Voice Class, Acting and Movement for Singers.

  • Dance

    • Daily classes may include: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern and Hip Hop.

  • Acting

    • Daily classes may include: Acting Games, Improvisation, Monologue Coaching. as well as Scene Study and Character Development. Students will work on both contemporary and classical audition pieces.

A CAPPELLA (Session 1 only for Senior Academy students)

  • vocal style, full ensemble, vocal quartets, and music theory


Sample Schedule

VOICEACTINGDANCEA CAPPELLA
8:30amMorning Meeting
8:45amMusic TheoryMovementBalletVocal Styles
9:45amMovementImprov/Acting ExercisesJazz
10:45amActingMonologuesModernMusic Theory
11:45amVoice ClassScene StudyHip-HopVocal Quartets
12:45pmLunch
1:30pmMinor Class
2:30pmProduction RehearsalFull Ensemble
3:45pmAfternoon Meeting
4:00pmDismissal

The Setting

The 140-acre wooded campus at Sandy Spring Friends School, in Northern Montgomery County, Maryland, featuring a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, fully-equipped 300-seat proscenium theater, dance studio, and multiple rehearsal rooms. Optional School Bus service available. Recreational activities include swimming, zip-lining, and more!


Artistic Faculty and Staff

Terry Eberhardt, Summer Intensives Director

Karen Collins BlakeSummer Intensives Administrator

Deke Sharon, A Cappella

Anthony Colosimo, A Cappella

Kathryn Bailey,  Summer Intensives Operations Manager

Garry Tiller, Stage Director, Acting

Kristina Friedgen, Stage Director, Acting

Paul Heinemann, Music Director

Montel Butler, Voice

Madeline Rodrigue, Dance

Deke Sharon, A Cappella

Anthony Colosimo, A Cappella

Rolando SanzProducing Artistic Director

Click here to read more about our Summer Intensives Faculty & Staff.


Video Auditions for Placement

All students regardless of previous experience will be admitted to our Summer Intensives. However, a video audition to best place you in a class level is required.

Once you have registered and paid a deposit for the intensive, you will be contacted with instructions for video placement auditions. All auditions will be by video for Summer 2019.

Requirements

Students must audition in only one of the disciplines below and must come prepared with the following requirements:

  • Voice - 2 contrasting songs in musical theatre and/or classical voice.

  • Acting - 2 contrasting monologues, contemporary and classical.

  • Dance - 1 minute prepared dance solo in any style.

  • A Cappella - 1 verse each of two contrasting songs with NO accompaniment


Video Placement Audition Deadlines

  • Scholarship/Financial Aid:

    • Those who wish to be considered for a scholarship or financial aid need to submit their video audition to us no later than Friday, March 1, 2019.

  • All others need to submit their video audition to us by Friday, June 7, 2019.

After registering, we will contact you with video submission instructions.


Orientation

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm

  • Location: Performing Arts Center at Sandy Spring Friends School

Attendance is mandatory for all participants and their families.


Tuition

Senior Academy

  • $1,295 per two-week session (Early-Bird Registration before December 31, 2018)

  • $1,395 per two-week session (Regular Registration after January 1, 2019)

Junior Academy

  • $1,295 per two-week session (Early-Bird Registration before December 31, 2018)

  • $1,395 per two-week session (Regular Registration after January 1, 2019)

 

Payment:

  • A deposit of $500 is due upon registration (refundable until March 1, 2019).

  • 2nd payment of half of the remaining balance is due by April 1, 2019 (non-refundable).

  • Final balance due on June 1, 2019 (non-refundable).

Tuition Includes:

  • All Academy classes, rehearsals and masterclasses with resident and visiting faculty

  • Daily lunch in the Dining Hall (Monday thru Friday)

  • Outdoor recreational activities including a day of Swimming and Zip-lining at Adventure Park

  • One sleepover night with the Overnight Students on the first Friday evening of the program (Senior Academy only)

  • A performance for friends and family on the final afternoon/evening of the program.

Click here to pay your tuition.


Limited Tuition Assistance Available

Limited need-based tuition assistance is available. Please inquire by email.


Transportation

Sandy Spring Friends School offers optional school bus transportation to and from campus during normal operational hours for an additional cost. They offer busing from a variety of locations in DC and Montgomery and Howard counties, such as: Rockville, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Kensington, Columbia and downtown DC.

For bus pricing and more information please click here.

**Please note that students taking the bus will miss the first and last 15 minutes of our program.


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