Performing Arts Conservatory begins ninth season expanding programs and faculty
Updated 11:33 am, Sunday, September 4, 2011
The Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan begins its ninth season with expanded offerings in music theatre, voice, acting, dance and piano classes taught by skilled professional performing teaching artists.
Under the direction of Melody Meitrott Libonati, the Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan is expanding its programs for the fall semester, which begins after Labor Day.
The "Conservatory" specializes in all styles of private voice instruction, Broadway style dance (jazz and tap), musical theater, pop and rock and glee club group singing, acting and piano.
The 16 instructors on staff are experienced teachers and skilled professional performing artists.
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This fall the Performing Arts Conservatory is adding four highly experienced and talented professional artist instructors. They will cover a broad range of performance classes including Pop & Rock, High School Scene Study, Beginning Acting for elementary students, Musical Theatre, private voice and our new High School student audition prep program for college.
Joining the Conservatory this fall are Nick Sadler, Jodi Stevens Bryce, Matthew Porretta and Christine Occhino. All instructors are trained professionals with industry experience and their rich bios are online at PerformingArtsConservatory.com.
Sadler, a professional Broadway, film and TV artist, Juilliard Graduate and New Canaan resident, will teach acting scene study to high school students and heading the new college audition program for high school students.
Porretta, also from New Canaan, who has played leading roles in many films including Will Scarlet in "Robin Hood: Men in Tights," starred in the Robin Hood TV series and Broadway and a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, will teach private voice performance and work with Sadler and other conservatory instructors on the College Audition Program for high school students.
Stevens Bryce, a Broadway star whose work includes Lucy in "Jekyll and Hyde" and "Urban Cowboy," and a TV actress and recording artist, will teach acting for beginners, musical theatre and private voice.
Occhino, a vocal performance graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music with a bachelors degree in vocal performance and music business is a recording professional and will teach pop and rock as well as private lessons in pop, R&B, rock and country music.
"Our goal is to awaken, nurture and expand each student's creative potential by offering professionally taught classes, workshops and performance opportunities" Libonati said. Performing, directing and teaching for more than 20 years, she has developed diverse and age appropriate programs at the conservatory. The skills taught to students at the conservatory offer a lifetime of artistic expression and appreciation. Libonati is also the artistic director of The Summer Theatre of New Canaan, a professional regional theater company that has received outstanding reviews for its past seasons.
In addition to the many students who simply enjoy performing arts classes in voice, theatre and dance, students can prepare for a career in the arts educationally or professionally. Two of the conservatory's students, Grace Hardin, of Ridgefield High School, and Katie Oxman, from New Canaan High School, have won best actress awards in two of the past three years since the inception of the Connecticut High School Music Theatre Awards. Both were finalists in the national competition.
The high quality programs and nurturing environment enhances each student's creativity, adventure and joy while building confidence, a strong sense of self, discovery of personal talents and is the foundation needed to pursue a career in the performing arts.
"Our experienced and highly qualified instructors, most have been with PAC for 5-8 years, work closely with the students and with the Conservatory to build a tailored program," Libonati said. "This consistency of highly trained instructors is part of what differentiates our programs."
For more information, visit www.performingartsconservatory.com or call 203-966-6177. The fall semester registration is going on now.