For Teenagers With Talent College Arts Courses On Weekends

Posted: August 02, 1987

Artistically talented teenagers will have an opportunity to expand their study at the New Jersey School of the Arts when its fall semester gets under way in September at Glassboro State College.

Auditions for high school students interested in taking part in the program will be held Saturday and Aug. 12 at the college.

The School of the Arts was started by the state Department of Education in 1979 "to offer an opportunity for additional study for students with talent in the arts," said Jacqueline Goldberg, coordinator for the school's South Jersey program. The School of the Arts also offers programs at Montclair State

College in North Jersey, she said.

This fall, 12-session courses in creative writing, theater, vocal music,

piano, dance (including jazz, ballet, modern dance and choreography) and visual arts (photography, drawing and ceramic design) will be offered at Glassboro, Goldberg said. Students meet on Saturdays and on three Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Sept. 19, she said.

The informal classes are conducted by professional instructors and performing artists, Goldberg said. "Active work" rather than lecturing is stressed, she said.

The cost of the 60 hours of instruction is $325, Goldberg said. Scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the fee. Goldberg estimates that about 50 percent of the students receive contributions from their school districts to help defray the cost of attending the program.

The atmosphere is one of the most positive aspects of the program, Goldberg feels. Artistically oriented students are sometimes out of the mainstream of high school life, she said.

They will get to meet other students like themselves, Goldberg said. "Some students say they feel more comfortable in our atmosphere rather than their own school."

Students who are interested in attending the school need to submit an application along with a letter of recommendation. The deadline is Sept. 11, Goldberg said. After applying, students are screened through an interview or audition, she said.

"Basically, what we're looking for in a student is a commitment to be creative and to grow - to be open to new ideas," said Goldberg.

"These are serious students," she said. "Most of these students will go on to be professional artists."

Registration is being accepted for the fall semester of the New Jersey School of the Arts, held at Glassboro State College in Glassboro. The school is open to students in grades 9 through 12. Classes in visual arts, piano, creative writing, theater, vocal music and dance will be offered beginning Sept. 19. The fee is $325. More information can be obtained by calling 633-3941.

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