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Usdan 11/15 Info Event: Full Jazz Program
(Published: November 02, 2015)

(PHOTO): JANE MONHEIT SINGS AT USDAN


Usdan (www.usdan.org), the nationally acclaimed summer arts day camp that for almost 50 years has introduced the arts to more than 60,000 children, announces its schedule of Information Events and Campus Visits for the summer 2016 season.

Usdan offers a full Jazz Program, a department founded in 1986 by Dr. Billy Taylor. Among the artists who have performed and taught at the camp are Dr. Taylor, Arturo O'Farrill, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis and Usdan alumna Jane Monheit

The first Information Event for the 2016 season, which begins Monday June 29, 2015, will be held on Sunday November 15 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Usdan's magnificent 200-acre woodland campus, 185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights, NY 11798.

In addition to Usdan's frequent Information Events, Usdan offers weekend and weekday Campus Visits available by appointment. For directions to Usdan, visit www.usdan.org. For an appointment, call 631-643-7900 (Visitors must be 21 years of age or accompanied by a parent).

Usdan offers more than 60 programs in music, dance, theater, visual arts, creative writing, nature and ecology and chess, annually hosting more than 1,400 students from towns throughout the Tri-State New York area. No audition is needed for most courses, and transportation is provided in air- conditioned buses that depart from most New York-area neighborhoods. One-third of Usdan's students receive scholarship assistance based on merit or family need. Video from many of Usdan's programs and special events, may now be viewed on Usdan's website, http://www.usdan.org as well as on YouTube. Also, families can check out Usdan's Facebook site, where additional information and late-breaking news is featured.

Usdan includes among its alumni actors Natalie Portman and Olivia Thirlby and singers Jane Monheit and Mariah Carey. Usdan is open to all young people from age 4 to 18. Although the mission of Usdan is for every child to establish a relationship with the arts, the unique stimulation of Usdan has caused many to go on to arts careers. Alumni include members of Broadway shows and major music, theater, and dance ensembles such as the Boston Pops and the New York City Ballet. In addition to its regular programs, Usdan offers special opportunities for advanced high school-age performing and visual artists. These include Music Staff Internships and a Musical Rep Theatre Ensemble. Usdan is an agency of the UJA-Federation of New York.

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