Fans of dance, classical and jazz music, and musical theater are invited to visit the Wyoming Seminary Upper School campus in Kingston often this summer, as the students and teachers participating in the Performing Arts Institute (PAI) present a series of free recitals, concerts and performances in June, July, and August.
Now in its 15th year, PAI attracts more than 250 talented high school students for an intensive three-to-six week learning experience in instrumental and vocal music, theater and dance. Highly respected musicians and teachers from around the country and around the world present classes in advanced technique, music theory and performance skills.
The schedule of 30 performances will begin on Monday, June 24 with a Counselor Recital at a new time of 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of Wyoming Seminary, 228 Wyoming Avenue, just north of Kingston Corners. The schedule concludes with a Grand Finale on Saturday, August 3 at 7 p.m. in both the Great Hall and the Buckingham Performing Arts Center, North Sprague Avenue, on the campus of the Upper School.
Among this season’s highlights are a free performance by rising vocalist and guest artist Melanie Goelitz on Tuesday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall; a free performance of fascinating world music by the unique Quey Percussion Duo and Friends on Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall; a free concert on Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. on the River Commons, featuring nationally acclaimed jazz drummer, educator, author and percussion product designer Steve Fidyk; and an exciting production of the huge hit musical “Les Miserables,” featuring direction by prominent opera director Gary Race, on Wednesday and Thursday, July 31 and August 1 at 8 p.m. in the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens and will be available in advance and at the door.
Among the many accomplished musicians and artists serving this year’s Institute as faculty are Elizabeth Landon, principle flute of the Charlotte Symphony; Dr. Janet Orenstein, violinist with the Guild Trio; Col. Tim Foley, director of the “President’s Own” Marine Band from 1996-2004; and Scott Devereaux, tuba section member of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
The students work closely with these faculty members and have an opportunity to demonstrate what they’ve learned in performances which are open to the public, said Nancy Sanderson, PAI director.
“This summer PAI students and faculty will present at least four performances each week, offering the community an amazing opportunity to appreciate just how talented our young people are,” she said. “These concerts give the students a forum to build their confidence, raise their performance levels and enhance their knowledge of the repertoire.”
PAI is still taking applications from serious students of dance, music and theater for the institute’s instrumental, dance and musical theater programs, as well as the Junior PAI program designed for middle-school students.
Visit the PAI website at www.wyomingseminary.org/pai to hear the high quality of PAI performances. For more information about the summer program or the concert series, call the Office of Summer Programs at Wyoming Seminary at 270.2186.