Usdan Center, With Expanded Jazz Program, Holds Free 1/27 Open House; Tuition Freeze Extended Due To Hurricane

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Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the nationally renowned Long Island summer arts day camp, announces that its tuition freeze, an opportunity for families to pay last year’s rates, a $100 tuition savings, has been extended due to the continuing effects of Hurricane Sandy on New York City and Long Island communities. The tuition will now be in effect through January 31, 2013.

Usdan’s new programs for 2013 include a three-week session July 22-August 9. This will be in addition to the four-week program beginning June 24 (the regular beginning of the season) and the full seven-week program. There will also be an expansion of the Usdan’s Jazz Studies Program with three separate jazz ensembles: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, giving students more personalized attention at their specific levels as well as increased opportunity for performance at the Center’s 1,000-seat McKinley Amphitheater. Visiting jazz faculty in 2013 will include Grammy-nominated jazz singer Jane Monheit, an alumna of Usdan’s summer program.

Usdan Center’s next, free Open House for the 2013 season will take place on Sunday January 27, 2013 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Usdan’s magnificent 200-acre woodland campus. The Center is located at 185 Colonial Springs Drive, Wheatley Heights (Huntington) Long Island. Usdan features more than 40 programs in music, dance, theater, visual arts, creative writing, nature and ecology and chess.. For information, contact the Center at (631) 643-7900, or (212) 772-6060, visit, or write to

At Sunday Open Houses, visitors are greeted at the Administration Building by faculty and staff who introduce visitors to course options at Usdan, and also review the application process. These greetings are followed by self-guided tours. Families who cannot make the Open House may make arrangements for other days. For appointments for weekend or weekday tours, call Gail London at (631) 643-7900.

Many of Usdan’s programs and special events appear on the Center’s website, The website is also Usdan’s portal to its Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr feeds, as well as to the Center’s extensive library of student performances on its YouTube channel –

Future Open Houses will take place on Sundays: March 17, 2013, April 21, 2013 and May 19, 2013; and on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. All Open Houses will be from 11 AM to 2 PM.

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts is the nationally renowned summer arts day camp on Long Island for children ages 6-18. Usdan's 40,000 alumni include actresses Natalie Portman, Jackie Hoffman, OliviaThirlby, Stacey London, and Lisa Gay Hamilton; singers Jane Monheit, Taylor Dayne, and Mariah Carey; Tony-Award nominated playwright Michele Lowe,Grammy-Award winning producer Adam Abeshouse, Broadway personality SethRudetsky, Juilliard conductor Adam Glaser, and members of major American orchestras, dance and theater companies. An Open House for Usdan's 2013season takes place this Sunday December 2nd (see information below.) Usdan has introduced the arts to more than 40,000 Tri-State Area children since its founding in 1968. The Center is open to all young people from age 6 to 18, and its program features more than 40 three, four and seven-week programs in music, dance, theater, visual arts, writing, nature & ecology, and chess. No audition is needed for most programs - rather, admission is based on an expression of interest in the arts. Each summer, 1,600 students are transported to the Usdan in air-conditioned buses each summer day, and one third 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 careers in the arts.

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