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NOCCA Offers Virtual Summer Session For Louisiana High Schoolers From Across The State


New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), Louisiana’s arts conservatory for high school students, proudly announces an incredible opportunity for students from across the state. A first-of-its-kind virtual summer program where students can take part in classes remotely with NOCCA’s artist-teachers. NOCCA invites students from all corners of the state to be a part of excellence.

Students must apply to the program by choosing the class that most interests them and submitting needed requirements for consideration. Virtual classes will meet weekday mornings, June 6-16, 2022.

Current 8-11th graders are encouraged to apply for topic based courses including (all details can be found at www.nocca.com):

Entertainment Production and Design

Intro to Scenic Design/Model Making as well as Intro to Costume Design & Rendering 

Writing as Rewriting

In this workshop, students create new work from existing mythical, historical, literary, and pop culture sources. Daily writing will experiment with poetic techniques that generate new writing, as well as inspire students to develop their own voice while engaging with other texts.

Acting With Your Whole Self

This class will explore theatrical storytelling through movement, ensemble work, games and performance.

Students will have the chance to create short solo performance pieces based on a topic of their choosing. Through the development of their piece they will learn basic acting skills. We will play games, get to know each other and ourselves and work as a team.

The training will culminate in the presentation of a short showcase of student-created work.

Visual Arts Re-imagining Photography through Digital Collage

We will be using photographs as the starting point for our digital collage work. Whether you are using a new smartphone or a DSLR camera, we will choose an image into which we will bring our collage elements, using the free online equivalent of Photoshop – Photopea. Class sessions will cover selection tools and techniques, adding adjustments, masking and using best practices. Classes will be a combination of instruction and studio time to work on your collages, culminating in a print of your work mailed to you.

Visual Arts 3D Sculpture

In this Visual Arts workshop, students will learn how to create a clay sculpture and soap carving using traditional methods which include additive sculpture building, and the subtractive carving processes. Sculptors have been using these basic techniques for over 400,000 years! We will bring them into the present in this workshop. Join in the fun and make two fabulous works of sculptural art. Let’s create together online!

Media Arts Time Based Self Portrait 

Use your smartphone to make a well-crafted video or audio self-portrait.

Classical Vocal Music

Students will learn classical vocal warm ups and vocal technique, taught by NOCCA Vocal faculty members. Students will work on an Italian Art Song and an English Art song, both of which are appropriate for future college auditions for Vocal Music Programs. Students will also be coached in how to improve their audition presentation. Students will have the opportunity to learn and/or improve their Music Theory knowledge, as well as sight reading and ear training. 

Classical Instrumental Intensive Solo-Performance

Summer Program in Classical Piano, Classical Violin & Viola, and Classical Brass Instruments (French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba). Accepted participants will enjoy an intensive solo performance program designed for intermediate and advanced high school students from Louisiana who are motivated and serious about their art. Participating high school performers from around the state will enjoy an intensive one-on-one and group instruction provided by the NOCCA Classical Instrumental faculty, participate and perform in Masterclasses and take part in a Virtual Recital at the end of the Summer Program. Participants will be expected to know their pieces sufficiently well by the beginning of the Program so they are capable of mastering their intended repertoire during the 9 days of individual and group study under the instruction of the Program faculty. Participants will also be expected to attend all classes and are recommended to allow enough time, at least one hour daily, for practicing and preparation on their own in order to implement and master the recommended technical and musical improvements as instructed by the Program faculty.

Summer Jazz Instrumental Studies

The course offers the opportunity to improve your improvisation skills and knowledge of Classical and Jazz Theory.

Culinary Summer Series

Watch and learn cooking with live-streamed demonstrations and open Q & A before and after presentations. Recipes and ingredient/equipment lists will be uploaded for student access. 

Dance Conditioning

Students will engage in fundamental and supplemental practices that will enhance and support their dance technique. Students are expected to bring their passion for dance as well as a motivated and positive attitude every day for virtual classes.  Ballet Fundamentals and Conditioning, Yoga, Jazz/Modern Conditioning. 

A Singer’s Guide To Power & Style: Owning the Moment in Musical Theatre

Love to sing?  Love Musical Theatre?  Love to show the world how powerful your voice can be?  If so, then welcome to your virtual summer home!  

We are looking for singers who are ready to break out of the box, ready to increase their vocal flexibility and power, and ready to dominate the room with all of that sweet, sweet musical theatre knowledge.  

Students will survey the world of Musical Theatre – from the great, popular songs that are still relevant today (Gershwin, Berlin, Ellington), through the dominance of great Classic Broadway shows (Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Loesser), to the revolution of Contemporary Musicals (Lloyd-Webber, Schwartz, Sondheim)  through the new wave of Contemporary Musicals (Miranda, Tesori, Pasek and Paul).  And beyond – what does the future hold for this thrilling theatrical art form?  And whose voices are going to be heard?  YOUR voice will be one of them, and this workshop will help your voice be more knowledgeable, powerful, and distinct.  You know what to do!

It is free for students to apply. Students outside the Greater New Orleans Area, those who would not be able to attend NOCCA during the school year, strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are open and students may apply online at www.NOCCA.com.

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