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Workshops feature photography, steel-pan music and musical theatre instruction: WCSU offers High School Summer Arts Intensive program

Image of Summer Arts Intensive posterDANBURY, CONN. — The School of Visual and Performing Arts at Western Connecticut State University will offer secondary school students three workshop opportunities to enrich their arts education in the High School Summer Arts Intensive program from Wednesday, July 17, through Friday, July 19, 2019, at WCSU.

Students who will enter grades 9 through 12 this fall are invited to register for one of three separate workshops providing intensive three-day immersion in the fields of photography, steel-pan music and musical theatre. Each workshop will feature instruction by professionals in the arts who will conduct sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Each intensive session will conclude with a final workshop presentation on July 19.

Class capacity is limited to 16 students for each workshop. Early-bird registration is available through April 15 at a rate of $195 per student, with regular registration at a rate of $245 continuing from April 16 to July 1 or until workshop capacity is reached. All registrations must be submitted online at

The High School Summer Arts Intensive program is presented by the Art, Music and Theatre Arts departments of the School of Visual and Performing Arts. Professionals in the arts will conduct these workshops as part of the summer program:

  • Photography Intensive: Participants will be immersed in various forms of film and digital image-making through a hands-on introduction to early photographic history and photographic processes. Instruction will cover diverse topics including cyanotypes, pinhole cameras, paper negatives, and both wet and digital darkroom techniques.
  • Steel Pan Intensive: Participants will receive an introduction to Caribbean music and the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, the steel pan. Students will learn performance techniques, lead sheet harmonization, music reading and improvisation. The workshop will conclude with student performance in a brief concert.
  • Musical Theatre Intensive: Participants will explore musical theatre acting, choreography and singing. Instruction will include rehearsal and presentation of monologues as well as performance of various genres of dance and musical theatre.

For more information, contact Lori Robeau at (203) 837-8403 or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.



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