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Summer Intensives

Join Duke Ellington School of the Arts for a summer of intensive training in Summer 2016!

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Auditions, interviews, and/or fees are required for many of the programs. Please contact program coordinators for more details.

For the serious student interested in pursing a career in the arts, this intensive provides unparalleled technical training for beginning, intermediate and advanced students. We boost a distinguished faculty and special guests/choreographers.
• July 5th to July 29th
• Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
• Ages: 10 years old – 12th grade
• Contact: Charles Augins

Instrumental Music
The students will receive music theory instruction, group instrumental lessons, and ensemble performance. All instruments are welcome, including beginners. We will start at second grade for String (Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass) students and fourth grade for brass, woodwind, percussion, and piano instrumentalists.
• July 11th to August 4th
• Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 1:00pm
• Ages: 2nd Grade – 12th grade
• Contact: Isaac Daniel

Literary Media and Communications
The Literary Media & Communications Department Summer Intensive Narrative Workshop helps youth discover the power of the narrative alongside the visual and written text. The workshop will inspire confidence in students’ creative expression. This summer’s intensive narrative workshop will focus on expanding students’ media skillsets, encouraging them to use a range of platforms – video, web, text etc. – to tell their stories. Each student will formulate an idea with the help of the instructors. Students will then explore that idea through fiction, nonfiction, journalism and essay, video and new media with the goal of producing a multi-generic art project at the end of the course. The workshop will meet Monday through Friday. In the morning, students will engage in critiques and discussions with their peers and instructors in order to build stronger narratives. After lunch, professional working artists will lead hands on introductions to the different mediums of storytelling. The workshop will also introduce students to daily reading in order to encourage the development of the students as writers. Instructors will introduce students to a variety of texts and critically analyze these texts in order to encourage growth and development within the group. The goal of the workshop is to encourage youth to explore multi-media and artistically experiment with different forms. This workshop is for youth who are open to being creative and desire to earn new skills to enhance their stories.
• June 20th to July 7th (previously July 14th)
• Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 1:00pm (previously 9:00am – 2:00pm)
• Ages: 14 years old – 18 years old
• Contact:

Museum Studies
Come and explore the world of art and culture by making your own art, and learning to curate it. Experience an interactive tour at a selected museum and visit an artist’s studio. Learn to take compelling photographs and embellish them using Photoshop. As a culminating activity, challenge yourself to produce an exhibition of your very own art. Family and friends will come to view your creative visual expressions. The Museum Studies Summer Intensive is certain to be an adventure to remember.
• June 20th to July 1st
• Mon–Fri, 10am–4pm
• Ages: 10-15 years old
• Contact: Marta Reid Stewart

Join us for a rigorous and exhilarating 2-week Summer Intensive where students explore the skills they will need to be successful in the theatre. Our summer intensive offers a wide range of classes including: Acting, Speech, Dance, Movement, Playwriting, and Improvisation. In addition, students participate in master classes with working actors and directors, see a professional production, and get a backstage tour of the Kennedy Center. On the last day of class, students will perform an original piece that they created for family and friends. The Intensive is strongly recommended to anyone interested in auditioning for Duke Ellington and required for all incoming Theatre Department students.
• June 20th to July 1st
• Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
• Ages: 6th grade to Incoming Students
• Contact:

Vocal Music
Vocal Intensive daily classes will include vocal techniques lessons, music reading and writing, movement lessons, and acting lessons. There are two study “tracks,” one for incoming Ellington students and another for students aged 10 – 14 who have a sincere interest in being a vocalist/performer. On the final day of the Intensive there will be a free presentation for parents and friends that will demonstrate what we have been doing in classes.
• June 27th to July 15th
• Mon–Fri, 9am–1pm
• Ages: 10-14 years old
• Contact: Dr. Monique Holmes