Usdan Center with full Jazz Program, Open House For 2014 Season


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Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (, the nationally acclaimed Long Island summer arts day camp which has just finished its 46th successful season, announces the first of its Open Houses for the 2014 season. It will take place on Sunday October 27 from 11AM to 2PM. Usdan is attended by students ages 6 to 18 from New York City and throughout the Tri-State area, transported by air-conditioned buses. About a third of students attend on scholarship.

Usdan's Jazz Department, founded in 1986 by Dr. Billy Taylor, teaches and presents jazz at all levels. Among the artists who have performed and taught workshops at the Center are Jimmy Heath, Arturo O'Farrill, Randy Brecker, Bobby Watson, Marian McPartland, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis and Jane Monheit.

In addition to the Center’s frequent Open House dates, Usdan also offers individual weekend guided tours available by appointment. Weekday self-guided walks are also available on the Center’s magnificent 200-acre woodland campus at 185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights (Huntington), New York 11798.

For an Open House appointment, call 631-643-7900. (Visitors must be 21 years of age or accompanied by a parent.) Families who cannot attend an Open House may make individual appointments for visits on weekends or weekdays throughout the Fall and Winter.

Usdan Center offers more than 40 programs in the arts, and no audition is needed for most courses.

Video from many of Usdan’s programs, including Jazz Ensemble performances, may now be viewed on the Center’s website as well as on YouTube. Also, families can check out Usdan’s Facebook site, where additional information and late- breaking news is featured.

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, whose alumni include actors Natalie Portman and Olivia Thirlby and singers Jane Monheit and Mariah Carey, has introduced the arts to more than 60,000 Tri-State Area children since its founding in 1968.

In addition to its regular programs, Usdan offers special opportunities for advanced high school- age performing and visual artists. These include Music Staff Internships, a Summer Ballet Intensive. Usdan Center is an agency of the UJA-Federation of New York.

Usdan’s 47th season begins June 30, 2014. For more information, write to [email protected], Call (212) 772-6060 or (631) 643-7900.

This story appears courtesy of Reva Cooper.
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