Usdan Center, with expanded Jazz Program, Holds 5/19 Final Open House For 2013 Season

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Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the nationally renowned Long Island summer arts day camp, will hold its final, free Open House for its 46th, 2013 season on Sunday May 19 from 11 AM to 2 PM. Families may obtain information on the Center’s programs and tour the 200-acre woodland campus, at 185 Colonial Springs Road in Wheatley Heights (Huntington).

For Open House information, contact the Center at (631) 643-7900, or (212) 772-6060, visit , or write to Families who cannot attend the Open House may make appointments for other days.

Usdan continues to add new programs. Most programs at Usdan Center, more than 40 in music, dance, theater, visual arts, creative writing, nature and ecology and chess, are open to all students within various age groups with no audition needed.

NEW PROGRAMS : a special three-week session July 22-August 9 (in addition to the four and seven-week programs beginning June 24); an expansion of the Center’s jazz program, encompassing three separate jazz ensembles: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, giving students more personalized attention at their specific levels as well as increased opportunity for performance; and Select Chamber Choir, to perform jazz and classical music.

In addition, jazz stars regularly appear at the Center, performing and teaching master classes. Some of the artists who have appeared are Jimmy Heath, Arturo O'Farrill, Randy Brecker, Bobby Watson, Jane Monheit, Jon Faddis, Clark Terry, Ted Rosenthal and Marian McPartland. The Jazz Department was created in 1986 by Dr. Billy Taylor.

Many of Usdan’s programs and special events, including excerpts from its August 1, 2012 Gala Concert, may now be viewed on the Center’s website, It is fully coordinated with Usdan’s YouTube and Facebook sites, where additional information and late-breaking news is also featured.

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, whose alumni include actors Natalie Portman, Olivia Thirlby and Jackie Hoffman, and singers Jane Monheit and Mariah Carey, has introduced the arts to more than 60,000 Tri-State Area children since its founding in1968. The Center is open to all young people from age 6 to 18. No audition is needed formost programs – rather, admission is based on an expression of interest in the arts. Each summer, 1,600 students are transported to the Center in air-conditioned buses each day. One-third of Usdan’s students attend on scholarship. Although the mission of the Center is for every child to establish a relationship with the arts, the unique stimulation of the Center 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 artists in music and dance. Usdan Center is an agency of the UJA-Federation of New York.

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