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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 Acting, Dance, Voice, or Instrumental Music.

Specific classes may include:

  • Acting — improvisation, character development, and scene study
  • Dance — ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip-hop techniques
  • Instrumental Music — full ensemble, chamber music, solo repertoire, and music theory
  • Voice — vocal technique, interpretation, music theory, and acting/movement for singers


Senior Academy

  • July 14 - 26, 2018
    • Daily from 8:30am - 4:00pm.
    • Day off: Sunday, July 22, 2018


  • July 14 - 27, 2018
    • Daily from 8:30am - 4:00pm.
    • Day off: Sunday, July 22, 2018

Senior Academy

The Senior Academy is for rising 9th to 12th graders and college freshmen. Participants will select one MAJOR and one MINOR concentration in Acting, Dance, Voice, or Instrumental Music (new!).
Participants will appear in a concert performance of Edges by Pasek & Paul on the final day of the program.


Junior Academy

The Junior Academy is for rising 5th to 8th graders. Students will receive combined training in Acting, Dance, and Voice. They will rehearse and perform a staged production of the musical, Krazy Kamp!



Junior Academy majors will automatically receive combined 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.


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


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

Instrumental Music

Daily classes may include: Full Ensemble, Chamber Music, Solo Coachings, Music Theory.


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.

Sample Schedule

8:30amMorning Meeting
8:45amMusic TheoryMovementBalletChamber Music
9:45amMovementImprov/Acting ExercisesJazz
10:45amActingMonologuesModernMusic Theory
11:45amVoice ClassScene StudyHip-HopSolo Repertoire
1:30pmMinor Class
2:30pmShowcase RehearsalFull Ensemble
3:45pmAfternoon Meeting

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

Joe Fischer,  Summer Intensives Operations Manager

Karen Collins BlakeSummer Intensives Administrator

Carole Graham LehanStage Director  

Lori Schwartz Reichl, Instrumental Music

Madeline Rodrigue, Dance

Garry Tiller, Acting

Rolando SanzProducing Artistic Director

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

Placement Auditions

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

Once you have registered and paid a deposit for the intensive, you will be contacted with instructions for placement auditions. Video auditions will be accepted for those who live outside of the DC area.


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. Pianist will be provided.
  • Acting - 2 contrasting monologues, contemporary and classical.
  • Dance - 1 minute prepared solo, and taught choreography at audition. Please bring soft dance (jazz) shoes.
  • Instrumental Music - 2 contrasting classical or jazz etudes.

Placement Audition Dates

  • Thursday, April 19 from 7:00-9:00pm  
    • Location: Academy of the Holy Cross  (Kensington, MD)
    • Students wishing to be considered for Financial Aid must audition on or send in a video by this date.
  • Thursday, May 17 from 7:00-9:00pm
    • ocation: Red Bridge Studios (Savage, MD)
  • Sunday, June 3 from 3:00-5:00pm
    • ocation: Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Olney, MD)


Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm

  • Location: Performing Arts Center at Sandy Spring Friends School

Attendance is mandatory for all participants and their families.


Senior Academy

  • $1,295 for Early-Bird Registration before December 31, 2017
  • $1,395 for Regular Registration after January 1, 2018

Junior Academy

  • $1,295 for Early-Bird Registration before December 31, 2017
  • $1,395 for Regular Registration after January 1, 2018



  • A deposit of $500 is due upon registration (refundable until March 1, 2018).
  • 2nd payment of half of the remaining balance is due by April 1, 2018 (non-refundable).
  • Final balance due on June 1, 2018 (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
  • A Showcase for friends and family on the final 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.


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.