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New Performing Arts School

Providence Launches New Performing Arts School for All Community Members, Not Just Registered College Students

Aug. 31, 2010 – Providence College’s Performing Arts Department is pleased to announce the launch of its new Performing Arts School beginning in September.

The Performing Arts School will be based out of and run by Providence College, but it will offer classes to anyone ages six and up. The intention is to offer a variety of classes to a wide range of ages, making acting and singing classes available to community members who may not be working toward a College degree.

President Gus Konkel says, “It is important to us at Providence that we be of service to our local community. This Performing Arts School builds on?the education we've been doing for quite a few years, opening our school?up to everyone in the surrounding community with an interest in?performing arts--no matter what age they are, and whether they are going?to the college or not.”

“Providence is already attracting a number of voice, piano, guitar, and string students from the community,” says Dr. Karen Sunabacka, professor of music theory and composition at Providence.

“We will be using current applied music faculty as well as hiring new music instructors and theatre alumni for this new program. This new school will provide a rich range of opportunities for both teachers and potential students in the communities of DeSalaberry, Hanover, and beyond.”

This community-oriented school will offer individual music lessons and some theatre classes, including child, teen, and adult classes in beginning acting, introduction to dance and movement, and improv.

“This would be a natural extension of what our Theatre Department has been doing in the community for the past number of years,” says Val Hiebert, director of the Theatre Department, who will be coordinating the theatre classes of the Performing Arts School.

Lessons and classes will take place at the Providence College campus in Otterburne. To find out more about the Providence Performing Arts School and the program options, please contact Dr. Karen Sunabacka at 204-433-7488.

Pictures: Dr. Karen Sunabacka from Providence’s Performing Arts Department teaches a cello student this summer.


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