TU to host Maryland Summer Center for Gifted and Talented Students

Program for middle school students to focus on performing and digital arts

TOWSON, Md. (March 20, 2008)—Towson University will become the newest location for the Maryland Summer Center for Gifted and Talented Students, a program designed by the Maryland State Department of Education in partnership with public and nonpublic agencies. The program provides Maryland’s diverse gifted and talented students with advanced, rigorous, experiential learning opportunities that nurture their talents and abilities in unique learning environments.

Middle school students entering grades 6–8 have the opportunity to experience instruction by TU faculty while developing new skills and having fun. All programs include guest artists, workshops, performances/presentations, collaboration with other student artists and field trips. Participants will enjoy the new facilities at TU’s Center for the Arts and Media Center while participating in programs in the following areas:

Summer Music Institute: June 16–27
Students will enjoy an extensive range of performance opportunities as well as intensive training in solo works and collaborative experiences in ensembles, chamber music, duos, trios, etc. Pianists will also learn the art of accompaniment for choirs, singers and instrumentalists. Students will be trained in the art of collaboration and as soloists under the guidance and expertise of distinguished TU faculty. Students will have opportunities to meet and make music with other outstanding student musicians.

Triple Threat Musical Theatre Workshop: July 14–25
Talented students will develop skills exploring a variety of musical theatre dimensions including movement and choreography, vocal techniques, characterization and stage deportment. Students will work individually and collaboratively on a variety of musical theatre selections. The class will culminate in a public performance.

Digital Film School: July 14–25
Students will experience an intensive and fun two weeks of film school, full of hands-on experience shooting and editing digital video. In week one, students learn how to shoot with digital video cameras, write and create scenes, and edit their videos on the latest computer video-editing software. During week two, the students will be immersed in digital video editing, with an emphasis on creating short projects entirely on the computer with images and sound.

Digital Audio Production: July 14–25
Students interested in working with audio and sound for music, radio, movies and television, audio dramas or stories have the opportunity to work in a recording studio. Learn how to write short stories and scripts, use different microphones, record and edit, add audio special effects, and create a final project for CD, Web or podcast.

How to Apply

Auditions and interviews are required for all sections. For more information, including audition dates, audition requirements, and directions to Towson University, please visit the Maryland Department of Education Summer Centers Web site.

The deadline for applications is April 15. Tuition is $400 per section plus a materials fee of $30.  Limited scholarships are available. The program is administered by Susan Rotkovitz, director, Maryland Summer Centers at Towson University and Steve Satta, site coordinator, Maryland Summer Centers at Towson University.


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