Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) invites all Nassau and Suffolk County students with artistic talent, passion and ambition to an open house on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prospective students from across Long Island are welcome to tour the campus at 239 Cold Spring Rd., in Syosset to experience classes focused on each area of the visual and performing arts.
Attendees can join a theater improvisation skit, sketch in an art class, take a dance class, listen to a musical performance and participate in much more to get better acquainted with LIHSA. During the open house, parents of prospective students will also have the opportunity to speak with faculty, guidance, current parents and students.
“We are incredibly proud of the instruction and experiences offered at the Long Island High School for the Arts,” said Dr. Robert Dillon, district superintendent of Nassau BOCES. “Each year, we look forward to our annual open house to showcase the school’s programs, as well as the talent our students possess. We encourage all students interested in pursuing the arts to come down and take advantage of this opportunity to learn how LIHSA can help you reach your dreams.”
Established in 1973, LIHSA is part of the public education system and is paid for by local school districts. It offers specialized training and instruction to students interested in pursuing careers in dance, drama, musical theatre, filmmaking, special effects, instrumental and vocal music, digital music, fine arts and digital media. As part of their professional-level training, students regularly receive one-on-one access to experienced professionals working in the industry. Students have recently benefited from master classes and workshops lead by pop-rock icon Billy Joel; actor and director Ralph Macchio; Eric Bloom of legendary classic rock band Blue Oyster Cult; alumnus Michael Trusnovec, lead dancer in the Paul Taylor Dance Company; sculptor Frank Porcu; and world-renowned violinist Patrick Yim; to name a few. They also get to perform alongside Broadway stars during the school’s annual fundraiser, Broadway Supports LIHSA.
Alumni of the school have gone on to develop successful careers in all arts fields. In addition to landing starring roles on Broadway, alumni have danced with national touring companies, illustrated for New Yorker magazine, designed successful swimsuit lines and embarked on technical careers working for companies such as Cirque de Soleil and at landmarks such as Lincoln Center. Graduates have also earned prestigious scholarships and grants to continue their education at some of the nation’s most highly esteemed colleges and conservatories, including the Juilliard School, Boston Conservatory, Cooper Union and the American Academy of dramatic Arts.
—Submitted by LIHSA