THE MUSIC HALL ACADEMY

Inspiring the joy of music, theater and dance through classes, lessons, residencies, camps, seminars and performances.

Kevin J Kearins, the Music Hall Academy Director, is celebrating his 40th anniversary as Artistic Director of KJK Productions, the nonprofit arts organization he founded in 1982! Since then, Kevin has produced more than 75 Mainstage and over 200 children’s theater productions in the tri-state area and has implemented a successful after school theater program in dozens of districts schools throughout Westchester County. He has had extensive training, both nationally and in Europe, in all aspects of Voice, Theatre and Arts Administration. Mr Kearins holds a Bachelors and Masters in Education/ Theatre and is a member of SSDC (the professional national union of Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers).

The Music Hall Academy is committed to providing children and youth with access to the performing arts.

We consider the arts to be an irreplaceable tool for personal growth, a gift that keeps giving throughout our lives. For us, the journey is the goal, every lesson and rehearsal an exploration and an adventure. The performance is the “cherry on top” at the end of this process. The Academy programs include:

  • Free School Residencies: Theater residencies are offered at no cost to the Tarrytown school district.
  • Youth Theatre Productions: Musical Theater productions take place several times a year.
  • Vacation Camps: Camps are offered during winter, spring and summer breaks.
  • Theatre Classes: Theater classes like Mythology Playwriting and Shakespeare classes are taught by theater professional Peter Royston.
  • Private Music Lessons: Private instrumental instruction with professional teachers of The Mozartina Conservatory are given to children and adults
  • Masterclasses & Seminars: Masterclasses and seminars are offered several times a year.
  • School Shows: School children are introduced to live theater through school shows.

We are proud to be able to offer a Pay-What-You-Can scholarship policy for most of our programs, enabling students to participate regardless of financial limitations.
Please consider supporting the Academy with a tax-deductible donation through our
Education Fund so that the educational and scholarship programs may be sustainable.

Programs are added on a continual basis. Join the Music Hall Mailing List to stay informed.

Last update: October 27, 2022

ACADEMY MEMBERSHIP

Academy Membership 2023 is free of charge to our 2022 students:
* Free Rush Tickets to Music Hall Concerts & Events 
* Early Registration for most Academy Programs
* Invitations to Broadway Show excursions
* Free Group Acting Seminar

* Free Group Audition Seminar
* Free participation in Holiday Festivities & Community Events
* Free participation in the annual Academy Fundraiser Showcase
* Invitation to the annual Academy Garden Party
* Complimentary t-shirt for select programs
* 10% off Music Hall merchandise


Theater

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CAST OF THE WIZARD OF OZ!

Free School Theatre Residency for Washington Irving School and its 3rd-5th graders
November 1 – 17, 2022

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ENCANTO!

Winter Break Theatre Program
Enjoy the music and dance numbers from Encanto!
For grades 3-8
February 20-25, 2023, 9am – 3pm
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SHAKESPEARE THEATRE CLASSES

SHAKESPEARE CABARET
Instructor: Peter Royston
For grades 4-7
Tuesdays for 7 weeks starting February 28
Welcome to the Shakespeare Cabaret! With colorful costumes, brilliant face paint makeup and safely supervised sword fights, The Shakespeare Cabaret makes Shakespeare accessible and fun. Kids explore, speak, memorize and, most importantly, get up on their feet and act the Bard’s famous monologues and scenes.
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SHAKESPEARE IN FOCUS
Instructor: Peter Royston
For grades 8-12
Thursdays for 7 weeks starting March 2
The focus of this class is on Shakespeare’s greatest works from Hamlet and Macbeth to The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale. Older actors work with the instructor on breaking “The Shakespeare Code” and investigating Shakespeare’s rhythms, language and history. In addition to learning and taking ownership of famous Shakespearian works, students will create songs, improvisational scenes and artwork based on Shakespeare’s plays.
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REMEMBER THE MAGIC OF DISNEY

Spring Break Theatre Program
Enjoy the music and dance numbers from your favorite Disney movies!
For grades 3-12
April 3-8, 2023, 9am – 3pm
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13: THE MUSICAL

Youth Theatre Production
Director: Jordan Singer
For grades 6-12
Sundays in March & April 2023
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HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2

Youth Theatre Production
Director: Jordan Singer
For grades 3-12
May 30 – June 17
Performance: Thursday, June 17 at 7:30pm
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MARY POPPINS

Summer Break Theatre Program
Director: Jordan Singer
For grades 3-12
July 24 – August 4, 2023
Mondays – Fridays 9am – 4pm
Performance: Friday, August 4 at 2pm
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Circus Arts

AERIAL SILKS CLASSES WITH AMANDA JANE

For ages 6-12

Amanda Jane, a teacher and performer for many years, fell in love with the circus while she was a student and the rest is history. She has performed with Westchester Circus Arts, Imagine Circus, and Zabo Circus as an aerialist, living topiary and Illusionist’s assistant; and has performed as a Target Girl with the world-famous knife thrower The Great Throwdini. She appeared as an aerialist in shows at Legoland, NY and is the 2022 first place winner of Bridges and Butterflies Annual Holiday Showcase.

* Tuesday Classes: 4:15pm – 5:15pm & 5:15pm – 6:15pm
* Class sizes limited to 5 or 6 students
* $400 for 10 classes ($40/class)
* $600 for siblings (10 classes, $30/class)
* $50 for drop ins
* $100 for private class
* 48-hour cancellation policy

Email academy@tarrytownmusichall.org to register


Music Lessons

CELLO LESSONS – PRIVATE, WEEKLY LESSONS WITH HALIE MORRIS

For ages 8+

Halie Morris, well-versed in a variety of musical styles, received a B.M. in Violincello Performance and B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Oberlin College & Conservatory and a M.M. in Violincello Performance from Northwestern University. In recent years, she has performed in various venues, ranging from Joe’s Pub, BAM, and Third Street Music School to the crypts of Greenwood Cemetery. A chamber music enthusiast, she was previously a member of the Bar Hop String Quartet. She has performed with numerous ensembles, including PROTESTRA, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Orchestra of the Bronx, North Carolina Opera, New Music Raleigh and Wet Ink Ensemble. 

* Private 45-minute or one-hour lessons
* 6 Performance Classes on 10/22, 11/19, 1/21, 3/18, 4/22 and 5/20 at The Mozartina Conservatory free of charge.
* Students are invited to perform in the Mozartina Student Recitals on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at the Music Hall free of charge.
* Lessons are held at The Mozartina Conservatory, 43 Prospect Avenue, Tarrytown

Trial lessons are available and new students may sign up at any time, enrollment is on an ongoing basis

Email academy@tarrytownmusichall.org to register


Sean Satin, Guitar Teacher for The Music Hall Academy, Tarrytown, NY

GUITAR LESSONS – PRIVATE, WEEKLY LESSONS WITH SEAN SATIN

For ages 5+

Sean Satin began formal training under Jorge Morel. Shortly after, he was accepted into the Manhattan School of Music where he earned a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance. While there, he studied with Oren Fader and Mark Delpriora and also played in master classes for Eliot Fisk, Eduardo Fernandez, David Starobin, and James Smith. Sean later went on to earn an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as doing post-graduate work. While at Columbia he taught applied guitar to the undergraduate division.  Sean has performed throughout the U.S.A and Europe including a concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Sean performs extensively in a wide variety of musical styles from classical to rock. Sean works extensively with the Tilted Axes ensemble and Composers Concordance where he has been involved in countless new music premieres. Mr. Satin has 20 years of teaching experience – all styles and ages, he is currently on faculty at multiple prestigious institutions.

FALL 2022 SEMESTER – 17 lessons
45-minute lessons ($935) or one-hour lessons ($1020)

SPRING 2023 SEMESTER – 15 lessons
45-minute lessons ($825) or one-hour lessons ($900)

* Private 45-minute or one-hour lessons
* 6 Performance Classes on 10/22, 11/19, 1/21, 3/18, 4/22 and 5/20 at The Mozartina Conservatory free of charge.
* Students are invited to perform in the Mozartina Student Recitals on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at the Music Hall free of charge.
* Lessons are held at The Music Hall

Trial lessons are available and new students may sign up at any time, enrollment is on an ongoing basis

Email academy@tarrytownmusichall.org to register


HARP LESSONS – PRIVATE, WEEKLY LESSONS WITH MIA THEODORATUS

For ages 8+

Mia Theodoratus is a curious and adventurous creator of sound using harps, lyres and electronics. She has degrees from UT, Austin and CALARTS. In addition to the Music Hall Academy and Mozartina Conservatory, she teaches at the Irish Arts Center and Sarah Lawrence College. After moving to NYC, Mia went electric and played legendary venues like CBGB’s, Coney Island High, Jackie 60, Mothers and the Cooler. Her improvising skills coupled with her classical chops led her to play with the Citizen’s Band at Art Basil, Gelatin (music for Bunter Abend-Golden Gate), duo with Adam Dugas (Dueling Harps performed at Disney Hall, Abron Arts Center, NYC) and LifeBall in Vienna. Performance Highlights include Patty’s day concert for President Barak Obama, National Shakespeare’s Oedipus Athens, Greece, Whitney Biennial, Butch Morris’s Skyscrapers. Compositions- Flight of the Conchords and Rubicon on AMC, lyre on TedEd on Sapho. Her newest adventures are Harps in the Age of Enlightment (single action and dital harp salon concerts) and Greek lyre.

* Private 45-minute or one-hour lessons
* 6 Performance Classes on 10/22, 11/19, 1/21, 3/18, 4/22 and 5/20 at The Mozartina Conservatory free of charge.
* Students are invited to perform in the Mozartina Student Recitals on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at the Music Hall free of charge.
* Lessons are held at The Mozartina Conservatory, 43 Prospect Avenue, Tarrytown

Trial lessons are available and new students may sign up at any time, enrollment is on an ongoing basis

Email academy@tarrytownmusichall.org to register


VIOLIN OR MANDOLIN LESSONS – PRIVATE, WEEKLY LESSONS WITH JOYCE BALINT

For ages 6+

Joyce Balint holds a B.M. from Manhattan School of Music and is the mandolin soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She has performed as a violinist and mandolinist with many musical organizations including The Paris Opera, Boston Symphony, New York City Opera, Caramoor Festival Orchestra, the Amore Opera, Dallas Opera and the American Symphony. She studied with Alfred Krips and Einar Hansen (former members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra), Joseph Szegeti and Janos Starker (master classes), Roman Tottenberg (orchestra technique) and Robert Bloom (chamber music ensemble technique). “Joyce Balint shines in string recital” was the headline of The New York Times review of her Carnegie Hall Recital Hall debut.

* Private 45-minute or one-hour lessons
* 6 Performance Classes on 10/22, 11/19, 1/21, 3/18, 4/22 and 5/20 at The Mozartina Conservatory free of charge.
* Students are invited to perform in the Mozartina Student Recitals on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at the Music Hall free of charge.
* Lessons are held at The Mozartina Conservatory, 43 Prospect Avenue, Tarrytown

Trial lessons are available and new students may sign up at any time, enrollment is on an ongoing basis

Email academy@tarrytownmusichall.org to register


Special Events

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Academy students are invited to perform in Tarrytown’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 3 at 4:30pm. Free of charge for Academy students. Rehearsal: tbd

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SAVE THE DATE! THE ACADEMY FUNDRAISER SHOWCASE

To benefit the Academy Education Fund
Sunday, January 29, 2023, 5pm

Relax, mingle and enjoy fine wine, dining and performances. Academy students are invited to perform alongside Broadway performers. More information available soon.
Rehearsals: Sundays, January 8,15 & 22

Please email us if you are able to donate auction items or wine for the wine pull!

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