Students to perform for Winter Spotlight

More than 500 students from seven public schools have been selected to perform at the fifth annual Young Audiences Winter Spotlight to be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.

The performance is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and is on a first-come, first served basis.

“We realize the tremendous talent of the students we work with every day,” said artistic director Roscoe Reddix, Jr., Young Audiences’ Director of Arts Integration. “This spotlight allows them to share their gifts with the rest of our community. ”

The one-night event will spotlight students from seven Young Audiences after-school programs in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.

Highlights include marching bands from Martin Behrman Charter Academy for the Creative Arts and Sciences, O. Perry Walker High School, and William J. Fischer Accelerated Academy; African dance and drum and ballet from Woodmere Elementary and Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy of Global Studies; Brazilian dance, steel pan, choir, hip hop dance and ballet from Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts; and a cheerleading performance from Marrero Middle School.

Since 1962, Young Audiences of Louisiana has delivered innovative arts-based programs to children throughout the state and in November 2012, was granted authorization to open the first arts-integrated charter school in Jefferson Parish.

“This charter school will allow Young Audiences to expand our vision of creating academic programs that connect the joys of discovery and creativity to provide students with the 21st Century Skills they need for success,” said Young Audiences Executive Director Rickie Nutik.

“This Winter Spotlight gives families a chance to preview the quality of artistic programs that our new school will offer.”

St. Scholastica pupils
volunteer for a day

Seniors at St. Scholastica Academy in Covington volunteered their time and talents recently, devoting an entire day to making a difference.

The senior class along with SSA teachers divided in groups and served at various sites run by Youth Rebuilding New Orleans: one group at Second Harvest Food Bank in New Orleans, one group working with the Madisonville hurricane clean-up, one group at Danielle Inn (a home for unwed mothers) and a group helping freshman retreat.

Teachers who went with the students were Charles Bridges, Mario Chavez, John Harty, Brittany Huguet, Steve Kraus, Barbara Link, Matt Lopez, Rosa Negron, Leah Persons, Doreen Picone, Chris Pool, Sam Sanders, Margie St. Pierre, and Lauren Waclawczyk.

The annual senior outreach day is organized by Service Outreach Coordinator Aimee Boudreaux MacIver ’96, and is a highlight of the senior year.

This is the opportunity for the students and staff to incorporate the SSA Benedictine tradition of the four pillars, prayer, work, study and community, into their everyday lives.

NOCCA students set winter jazz concert

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts will present a free holiday music concert featuring student performers in the jazz instrumental music program, Wednesday in Lupin Hall on NOCCA’s campus, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. The concert is free and open to the public.

Students will perform jazz pieces with some holiday favorites. For more information, call (504) 940.2854.

Application season starts for NOCCA

Application season is under way for NOCCA’s half-day, after school, and full-day programs. During the school year, accepted high school students attend NOCCA either at 1:15 p.m. or 4 p.m., receiving elective credit for their coursework. These programs are audition-based, tuition-free intensive arts training sessions in arts disciplines including: classical instrumental music, culinary arts, creative writing, dance, drama, media arts: filmmaking and audio production, musical theater, jazz , theater design, visual arts and vocal music.

Also, middle school students (sixth and seventh grades) are encouraged to apply for NOCCA’s Middle Afterschool Programs in classical instrumental music, dance, drama, musical theater or vocal music.

To apply, download and complete a NOCCA Arts Application, available at Students who mail in a completed application by Jan. 25 will be scheduled for an audition in the spring.

NOCCA also offers a full-day Academic Studio high school that includes not only outstanding training in the arts, but also college and TOPS-preparatory study in the academic subjects of English, foreign language, math, science and history.

The Academic Studio takes a project-based approach to learning, working across the full spectrum of the arts, science, and humanities. Classes revolve around small-group learning led by certified educators whose passion for their given subject matches their students’ passion for art.

Students currently in eighth grade are eligible to apply. Prospective students must complete an application (available at by Jan. 25. Because NOCCA expects more students to apply for the Academic Studio than there are spots available, qualified participants will be selected via lottery.

Compiled by The Advocate’s New Orleans bureau