THE MUSIC HALL ACADEMY

Bring it On! - TMH Summer 2023

Inspiring the joy of the performing arts through instruction and performances.

Kevin J Kearins, Music Hall Academy Director, is celebrating his 41st 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 the educational arm of the nonprofit Music Hall and is committed to providing students 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. Our offerings include:

THEATRE for Kindergarten through college
* School Residencies: We bring theater to schools, including to the Tarrytown school district at no cost
* Youth Theatre Productions: Musical Theater productions year-round
* Vacation Camps: Winter, spring and summer break camps
* Classes and Lessons: Acting, Voice, Literary Arts, Mythology Playwriting, Science Fiction, Shakespeare
* Masterclasses: Masterclasses with Broadway performers and industry professionals
* Special Events: Invitations to participate in holiday, community and annual events
* Broadway Show Excursions: Invitations to participate in excursions to Broadway shows
* Student Rush Tickets: Free rush tickets to Music Hall world class performances by such artists as Joshua Bell, Tommy Emmanuel, Mandy Patinkin, etc.
* School Shows: Performances for thousands of school children who are bussed to The Music Hall

MUSIC for 1st grade through adults
Music teachers are handpicked by Helen Ringeisen of The Mozartina Conservatory (est 1976), have degrees from such reputable schools as The Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes School of Music, or experience performing on Broadway.
* Music Lessons: Private instrumental instruction by qualified, professional teachers –
cello, guitar, harp, mandolin, piano, trumpet, ukulele, violin.
* Voice Lessons: Private and semi-private voice lessons taught by Broadway performers
* Ensemble / theory classes
* Free annual performance on the stage of the Tarrytown Music Hall
* Six free performance classes where students have the opportunity to perform for one another
* Special Events: Invitations to participate in holiday, community and annual events
* Student Rush Tickets: Free rush tickets to Music Hall world class performances by such artists as Joshua Bell, Tommy Emmanuel, Mandy Patinkin, etc.

CIRCUS ARTS for 1st grade through adults
Circus Arts teachers are selected by Hilary Sweeney of Westchester Circus Arts.
* Aerial Silks Classes
* Circus Arts Summer Camps
* Masterclasses
with circus professionals
* Student Rush Tickets: Free rush tickets to Music Hall world class performances by such artists as Joshua Bell, Tommy Emmanuel, Mandy Patinkin, etc.

We appreciate TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS to help facilitate our financial aid programs. Please help us facilitate a child’s artistic education and transformative experience!

The Academy is proud to offer:
* a PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN policy for theater students, enabling all students to participate regardless of financial limitations.
* a limited number of SCHOLARSHIPS for music lessons. To be eligible, students must be self-motivated, show aptitude or have previous experience on the instrument and demonstrate financial need.

Meet our ACADEMY FACULTY and peruse the ACADEMY NEWS to see what our students have been up to this year.

Programs are added on a continuous basis. Join THE ACADEMY EMAIL LIST to stay informed!

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THEATER

Winter Break Camp 2024: FINDING NEMO KIDS

For grades 1-8
Monday-Friday, February 19-23, 2024, 9am – 3pm
Showcase: Friday, February 23 at 2pm
Full cost: $400
Creative Team: MacKenzie Wolcott, Lauryn Ciardullo, Nicholas Tinger

Disney’s Finding Nemo KIDS is a musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo, with new music by award-winning songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his kid Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves.
Featuring memorable songs such as “Just Keep Swimming,” “Fish Are Friends Not Food,” and “Go With the Flow,” Finding Nemo KIDS brings a vibrant underwater world to life on stage in a story full of family, friendship, and adventure. 
Register

Theatre Class: HISTORICAL FICTION

For grades 4-8
Thursdays, Feb 29, March 14, 21, April 4, 11, 18, 26, 7pm-8:30pm
Full Cost: $400
Instructor: Peter Royston

HISTORY IS A STORY! Rather than seeing history as a dull series of dates and facts, bringing history to life encourages young people to think of history as an exciting story – one that they are an important part of! In our bringing history to life workshop, young people will explore important events in the timeline and work together to translate history into stories and short plays. Be a part of the story!
Register

Teen Youth Theater Production 2024: SISTER ACT

Sunday Rehearsals in March & April
For grades 7-college
Full cost: $400

In-person Auditions: Tuesday, February 27 from 6pm-8:30pm at the Music Hall

Below are all materials to be used at the Auditions:

You must use the track without Vocals for your auditions. Please choose a song from the list below that you feel best suits your vocal part. 

Audition Song #1: Fabulous Baby!  Start-1:12 
Audition Song #2: I Could Be That Guy 2:00-2:20
Audition Song #3: The Life I Never Led 2:00-End

Contact Angie for the tracks.

Rehearsals:
Sunday, 3/03: 10am-3pm
Sunday, 3/10: 12pm-5pm
Sunday,  3/17: 12pm-5pm
Sunday, 3/24: 12pm-5pm 
Sunday, 4/07: 12pm-5pm
Sunday, 4/14: 12pm-5pm 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 4/15, 16, 17: 4pm-8:30pm 
Performance:
Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Register

Youth Theatre Production 2024: CAMP ROCK

May & June 2024
For grades 1-6 (Juniors)
For grades 7-12 (Teens)
Full cost: $400

Juniors
Casting videos due May 5
Saturday, 5/11: 2pm-6pm
Saturday, 5/18: 2pm-6pm
Saturday, 6/01: 2pm-6pm
Saturday, 6/08: 2pm-6pm 
Monday, 6/10: 4pm-8pm
Tuesday, 6/11: 4pm -8pm
Wednesday, 6/12: 4pm-8pm 
Thursday, 6/13: 4pm-7:30pm, 7:30pm performance

Teens
In person auditions, date tba
Sunday, 5/05: 5pm-8pm
Saturday, 5/11: 10am-2pm
Sunday, 5/19: 12pm-4pm
Sunday, 5/26: 12pm-4pm
Sunday, 5/27: 5pm-8pm
Sunday, 6/02: 12pm-4pm
Monday, 6/03: 4pm-9:30pm
Tuesday, 6/04: 4pm-9:30pm
Wednesday, 6/05: 4pm-9:30pm
Thursday, 6/07: 4pm-7:30pm, 7:30pm performance

Disney’s Camp Rock The Musical, a combination of The Disney Channel’s “Camp Rock” and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” (starring teen idols, Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers) fires up the stage with over a dozen songs, including “This Is Me,” “Can’t Back Down,” “It’s On” and “We Rock.”
Register

Two-Week Summer Camp 2024: THE LITTLE MERMAID

July 29-August 9, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm
For grades 1-12
Full cost: $800

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”
Register

One-Week Summer Camp 2024: THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS

July 15-19, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm
For grades 1-8
Ful cost: $400

The jungle is jumpin’ with a jazzy beat in Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie.
Register

MORE COMING IN 2024, TBA SOON:

* Summer Camp for Pre-K-2nd grade
* Summer Mainstage Theater Production for teens & college students
* High School Program
* Theater Classes
* Master Classes
* Trips To Broadway Shows
* Special Events


VOICE LESSONS

VOICE LESSONS WITH LAURYN CIARDULLO

For grades 3-college
Private (one student) or semi-private (two-students) lessons
Wednesdays: 1/03, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/07, 2/14, 2/28, 3/06, 3/13, 3/20, 4/03, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/01, 5/08, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/05, 6/12/24
Instructor: Lauryn Ciardullo
30-minute lessons: $75
45-minute lessons: $100

Lauryn, an original cast member of Disney’s hit Broadway show Aladdin, works with all ages, but specializes in guiding younger performers who are interested in taking their vocal talent and musicality to the next level. Vocal lessons start with a warm-up that emphasizes vocal technique, breath support, range and tonality. Musical theater, pop, jazz and classical music repertoire are offered.
Register

VOICE LESSONS WITH ASHLEY BROWN

For grades 8-college
Private (one student) or semi-private (two-students)
by appointment starting 1/08/24
Instructor: Ashley Brown
30-minute lessons (accompanist included): $90
45-minute lessons (accompanist included): $135

Broadway: originated Mary in Mary Poppins (Outer Critics, Drama League and Desk nominations), Beauty & The Beast (Belle). National Tours: Mary Poppins (Garland Award), Sound of Music (Mother Abbess) and On The Record. Chicago Lyric: Oklahoma (Laurey) and Showboat (Magnolia). Encores!: The Golden Apple (Mrs. Juniper/Madame Calypso). The Muny: Sound of Music (Maria) and Cinderella (Marie/Fairy Godmother).
By audition, sign up with interest


MUSIC LESSONS

YOUNG MUSICIANSHIP CLASSES

For Pre-K – 2nd grade
Wednesdays at 3:30pm: March 6, 1, 20, April 3, 10, 17 (no classes on March 27)
Based on the teachings of Dalcroze, Kodaly and Orff, the class introduces young children to music fundamentals through joyful explorations of pitch, rhythm, dynamics, movement and more.
Instructor: Jill Geddes
Classes are held at The Mozartina Conservatory, 43 Prospect Avenue, Tarrytown.
Lessons: $20 each

Enrollment is on an ongoing basis – students may sign up at any time
Trial lessons are available for $20
A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available

Register

FAMILY UKULELE CLASSES

For grades 2 and up and a parent
Saturdays at 11am for six weeks: March 2, 9, 16, 23, April 6, 13 (no classes on March 30)

This one-hour ukulele class is a wonderful way for parents and their children to bond while learning to play a musical instrument together, and the ukulele is a fun and joyous instrument to play! Parents and kids learn to tune, strum chords and play songs. Ukuleles are supplied or students may bring their own. Included in the class are felt ukulele picks to help with strumming and a digital tuner that clips onto your uke. 
Instructor: Jill Geddes
Classes are held at The Mozartina Conservatory, 43 Prospect Avenue, Tarrytown.
Lessons: $30 for the student & parent, additional children or parents are $15 each

A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available

Register

CELLO LESSONS

For grades 3 and up
Private, weekly 45-minute or one-hour lessons
15 week semesters
Ensemble/theory classes available
Six Performance Classes at The Mozartina Conservatory free of charge
Annual performance (June 2, 2024) on the stage of The Tarrytown Music Hall free of charge
Performing experiences at community events
Instructor: Talia Dicker
Lessons: $71.60 ($1074 for the 15-week semester)

Enrollment is on an ongoing basis – students may sign up at any time
Trial lessons are available for $55
A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available

Register

CELLO LESSONS

For grades 3 and up on Tuesdays
Private, weekly 45-minute or one-hour lessons
15 week semesters
Tuesdays, 9/19, 9/25, 10/03, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/07, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/05, 12/12/23
1/03, 1/10, 1/17/24
Ensemble/theory classes available
Six Performance Classes at The Mozartina Conservatory free of charge
Annual performance (June 2, 2024) on the stage of The Tarrytown Music Hall free of charge
Performing experiences at community events
Instructor: Halie Morris
Lessons: $71.60 ($1074 for the 15-week semester)

Enrollment is on an ongoing basis – students may sign up at any time
Trial lessons are available for $55
A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available

Register

GUITAR LESSONS

For grades 1 and up on Saturdays
Private, weekly 45-minute or one-hour lessons
15 week semesters
Saturdays, 9/16, 9/30, 10/07, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/04, 11/11, 11/18, 12/02, 12/09, 12/16/23 (no 9/23)
1/06, 1/13, 1/20/24
Ensemble/theory classes available
Six Performance Classes at The Mozartina Conservatory free of charge
Annual performance (June 2, 2024) on the stage of The Tarrytown Music Hall free of charge
Performing experiences at community events
Instructor: Sean Satin
Lessons: $55 ($750 for the 15-week semester)

Enrollment is on an ongoing basis – students may sign up at any time
Trial lessons are available for $55
A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available

Register

HARP LESSONS

For grades 3 and up on Tuesdays
Private, weekly 45-minute or one-hour lessons
15 week semesters
Tuesdays, 9/19, 9/25, 10/03, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/07, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/05, 12/12/23
1/03, 1/10, 1/17/24
Ensemble/theory classes available
Six Performance Classes at The Mozartina Conservatory free of charge
Annual performance (June 2, 2024) on the stage of The Tarrytown Music Hall free of charge
Performing experiences at community events
Instructor: Mia Theodoratus
Lessons: $71.60 ($1074 for the 15-week semester)

Enrollment is on an ongoing basis – students may sign up at any time
Trial lessons are available for $55
A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available

Register

DRUM & PERCUSSION LESSONS

For grades 4 and up on Mondays
All styles of percussion playing
Private, weekly 45-minute or one-hour lessons
15 week semesters
Ensemble/theory classes available
Six Performance Classes at The Mozartina Conservatory free of charge
Annual performance (June 2, 2024) on the stage of The Tarrytown Music Hall free of charge
Performing experiences at community events
Instructor: Glenn Rhian
Lessons: $71.60 ($1074 for the 15-week semester)

Enrollment is on an ongoing basis – students may sign up at any time
Trial lessons are available for $55
A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available

Register

PIANO LESSONS

For grades 1 and up
Private, weekly 45-minute or one-hour lessons
15 week semesters
Ensemble/theory classes available
Six Performance Classes at The Mozartina Conservatory free of charge
Annual performance (June 2, 2024) on the stage of The Tarrytown Music Hall free of charge
Performing experiences at community events
Instructor: Helen Ringeisen
Lessons: $71.60 ($1074 for the 15-week semester)

Enrollment is on an ongoing basis – students may sign up at any time
Trial lessons are available for $55
A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available

Register

TRUMPET LESSONS

For grades 4 and up on Mondays
All styles of trumpet playing
Private, weekly 45-minute or one-hour lessons
15 week semesters
Ensemble/theory classes available
Six Performance Classes at The Mozartina Conservatory free of charge
Annual performance (June 2, 2024) on the stage of The Tarrytown Music Hall free of charge
Performing experiences at community events
Instructor: Brian Pareschi
Lessons: $71.60 ($1074 for the 15-week semester)

Enrollment is on an ongoing basis – students may sign up at any time
Trial lessons are available for $55
A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available

Register

TRUMPET LESSONS

For grades 4 and up on Tuesdays
All styles of trumpet playing
Private, weekly 45-minute or one-hour lessons
15 week semesters
Ensemble/theory classes available
Six Performance Classes at The Mozartina Conservatory free of charge
Annual performance (June 2, 2024) on the stage of The Tarrytown Music Hall free of charge
Performing experiences at community events
Instructor: Franz Hackl
Lessons: $71.60 ($1074 for the 15-week semester)

Enrollment is on an ongoing basis – students may sign up at any time
Trial lessons are available for $55
A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available

Register

COMING SOON: JAZZ IMPROVISATION CLASSES

For grades 4 and up on Tuesdays
Group lessons
Instructor: Franz Hackl

UKULELE LESSONS

For grades 1 and up
Private, weekly 45-minute or one-hour lessons
15 week semesters
Ensemble/theory classes available
Six Performance Classes at The Mozartina Conservatory free of charge
Annual performance (June 2, 2024) on the stage of The Tarrytown Music Hall free of charge
Performing experiences at community events
Instructor: Jill Geddes
Lessons: $71.60 ($1074 for the 15-week semester)

Enrollment is on an ongoing basis – students may sign up at any time
Trial lessons are available for $55
A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available

Register

VIOLIN OR MANDOLIN LESSONS

For grades 1 and up
Private, weekly 45-minute or one-hour lessons
15 week semesters
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
Ensemble/theory classes available
Six Performance Classes at The Mozartina Conservatory free of charge
Annual performance (June 2, 2024) on the stage of The Tarrytown Music Hall free of charge
Performing experiences at community events
Instructor: Joyce Balint
Lessons: $71.60 ($1074 for the 15-week semester)

Enrollment is on an ongoing basis – students may sign up at any time
Trial lessons are available for $55
A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available

Register


CIRCUS ARTS

AERIAL SILKS CLASSES

For grades 1-8 on Mondays
Class sizes limited to 5 or 6 students
Instructor: Nicki Miller
$40/class

Spring 2024
Monday classes: 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm
1/08, 1/22, 1/29, 2/05, 2/12, 2/26, 3/04, 3/11, 3/18, 4/08, 4/15, 4/29, 5/06, 5/13, 5/20, 6/03, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24/24
Register for Monday Spring Classes

AERIAL SILKS CLASSES

For grades 1-8 on Tuesdays
Class sizes limited to 5 or 6 students
Instructor: Jesse Cody
$40/class

Spring 2024
Tuesday classes: 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm (advanced)
Wednesday classes: 6:30pm
1/09, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/06, 2/13, 2/27, 3/05, 3/12, 3/19, 4/02, 4/09, 4/16, 4/30, 5/07, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/04, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25/24
Register for Tuesday Spring Classes

CIRCUS ARTS CAMP 2024

One-week circus camps in collaboration with Westchester Circus Arts
Skill-building, Act Creation, Performance & FUN!
For ages 6-12
Fee: $525 for the one week camp

August 12-16, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm (Week 1)
FULL

August 19-23, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm (Week 2)
More information and registration for Week 2


SPECIAL EVENTS

ZUMBA PARTY CLASS

Sunday, March 10, 12 noon at The Music Hall
For ages 14 – adult
Instructors: Odilis Almanzar & Katy Pineda
Programmed & hosted by Jordan Singer
Join this high-energy Zumba party for a dynamic and exhilarating workout experience! Immerse yourself in the infectious rhythms of Latin and international music as our certified instructors guide you through easy-to-follow dance routines. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or a beginner, this class is designed to boost your cardio fitness, enhance your coordination, and leave you with a smile on your face. Get ready to sweat, have fun, and dance your way to a healthier, happier you!
Cost: $20
Register


All sales are  final – exchanges are offered.

The Academy’s programs and scholarships are generously supported, in part, by:
Anonymous Donor
ArtsWestchester & Westchester County government with  the support of County Executive George Latimer
Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns
Howard Ashman Trust for Theatre Arts Inc
The Kids’ Club of the Tarrytowns
The Miles Hodsdon Vernon Foundation Inc
The Tammy & Keith Anderson Foundation

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