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The YAA Conservatory is an an Overnight intensive for the highly disciplined student who wants classes focused on artistic process PLUS the applied training of a full musical theatre production. For rising 9th-12th graders and college freshmen. 

  • Study Acting, Dance, Voice, or Instrumental Music (new!) at the Senior Academy during the day. 
  • Rehearse evenings and weekends for a fully-staged production of Jason Robert Brown's  Parade.


July 14 - 27, 2018 (inclusive)


Daily Classes for all Conservatory students are designed to challenge students and to propel a student forward in their chosen Major.

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
10:00pmSocial Activity
11:00pmLights Out

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.

Residential Life

Conservatory students enjoy double dorm rooms with A/C and private bathrooms on single-sex floors with 24-hour adult supervision, security and staffed infirmary.

Recreational Activities

Extra-curricular activities will include:

  • Swimming
  • Zip-lining
  • Theatre field trips
  • Movie nights
  • Campfires
  • ...and more

Artistic Faculty and Staff

Terry Eberhardt, Summer Intensives Director

Joe Fischer,  Operations Manager

Karen Collins BlakeSummer Intensives Administrator

Carole Graham LehanStage Director  

Lori Schwartz Reichl, Instrumental Music

Madeline Rodrigue, Dance

Garry TillerActing

Rolando SanzProducing Artistic Director

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

Placement Auditions

All students regardless of 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.
  • Instrumental Music - 2 contrasting classical or jazz etudes
  • Dance - 1 minute prepared solo, and taught choreography at audition. Please bring soft dance (jazz) shoes.

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 parents.


The Conservatory

  • $3,145 for Early-Bird Registration before December 31, 2017
  • $3,395 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
  • Participation in the Conservatory's full production of Parade.
  • Double overnight accommodations in the Westfield Residence Hall
  • 3 meals daily in the Dining Hall + evening snacks
  • All daytime classes PLUS all afternoon and evening rehearsals and social activities
  • Extended recreational activities including:
    • Weekend Swimming
    • Nighttime Zip-lining at Adventure Park
    • Scavenger Hunts
    • Rock Climbing Wall
    • Movie Nights
    • Karaoke Nights & more...
  • Field trips including attending a professional performance of a mainstage musical at a nearby theater and teaser performances in the community
  • A two-week overnight summer intensive experience that you won't soon forget!

Click here to pay your tuition.

Limited Tuition Assistance Available

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


By Car

Parents of Conservatory Students will drop students off at the Sandy Spring Friends School campus on the first day of the intensive and pick them up on the last Friday. Pickup/Dropoff details are available in the Intensives Handbook.

By Air/Train

The nearest Airport and Amtrak train station to the campus is Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). We can make arrangements with families who are coming in from out-of-town for pickup at the BWI airport or train station.