Foothills Performing Arts Center
24 Market St.
Oneonta, NY 13820
Foothills Performing Arts Center is pleased to offer a variety of classes to the community for anyone with an interest in performance, music, vocal repertoire, and drama. For more information, please call (607) 431-2080.
Orpheus Theatre was founded in 1984, and has been firmly rooted in the community ever since. By offering workshops for children and teens, Orpheus continues to expose children to the world of theatre: teaching lessons, providing performance opportunities, and instilling a genuine love for theatre in area youth. Orpheus Theatre has recently begun working with President Carol A. Blazina of Foothills to establish a home for Orpheus Children’s Theatre for workshops, rehearsals and productions. Orpheus’ Executive Director and children’s theatre coordinator, Sarah Lynn Serafin stated that “Orpheus is committed to enhancing children’s programming and our relationship with Foothills to benefit children and teens throughout the region.” For more information visit http://www.orpheustheatre.org
Foothills Performing Arts Center is pleased to offer MUSIC TOGETHER, an award-winning music and singing program for infants and children up to age five.
In a Music Together class, children and their parents or caregivers (nanny,babysitter, grandparent) meet for 45 minutes each week for ten weeks to experience new songs, chants, movement activities, and instrumental jam sessions. Both adults and children sit in the circle and participate, led by a teacher with early childhood and music skills. The teacher helps adults understand how to participate and the importance of relaxing and enjoying the activities with their children.
Children have many opportunities to create and to play—making up rhythm patterns, making up new words to songs, and making up movements to express a sound. Some children simply stare and “study” the activity as they absorb the musically rich environment. Others sing, play, and dance freely because they know the songs and chants from the songbook and recording they take home. All experience a comfortable, encouraging environment that respects individual temperaments and learning styles. Twelve to fourteen activities are included in each class ranging from free movement to songs in unusual tonalities and unusual meters.
Music Together is a music and movement approach to early childhood that develops every child’s opportunity for basic music competence by encouraging music experience rather than learning of information about music. Families are encouraged to attend class together, so younger children and older children in the same family can learn music and movement activities to enjoy at home. Parents also enjoy the classes because their skills and appreciation increase, too.
Classes are offered every Wednesday beginning April 10, 2013 at 4:30pm. Call the Foothills box office at (607) 431-2080 for class time and availability.
For more information, please call Pamela West-Finkle at (607) 652-2330 or visit her website at www.communitymusicnetwork.com
An in-demand violin and viola teacher, violinist Debrah Devine has been teaching strings in upstate New York for eight years. She maintains four private teaching studios, in Norwich, Cooperstown, Mt. Vision and right here at Foothills Performing Arts Center.
Debrah studied Violin Performance at SUNY Fredonia and CUNY Brooklyn College with Cornelius Dufallo and Liang Chai. Debrah's talent has placed her on stage with many regional orchestras. She also has a diverse and active freelance career. Debrah takes the time to guide her students through auditions, competitions and performances, and stays in touch with them between studio lessons via Skype. Her students have gone into careers in music performance and education.
Students are only taken by audition. To find out more or to register to audition, email Debrah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Little Delaware Youth Ensemble (LDYE) is a teaching ensemble for string musicians from ages 8-18 that rehearses weekly at Foothills Performing Arts Center.
Founded in 2000 by Julie Signitzer and a group of dedicated parents, LDYE's mission is to enable talented elementary and secondary school musicians from rural Central New York and the Southern Tier to develop their full potential as orchestral performers by providing them with the opportunity to rehearse and perform under the guidance of experienced professional performers and music educators.
Each season, LDYE members present three public concerts and host a two-day workshop with renowned guest musicians. By providing musical leadership of the highest quality, experience with original repertoire from widely varied genres, and the stimulation of a cooperative learning environment, LDYE has established a unique culture of excellence.
If you'd like to audition to join the LDYE, or invite them to perform for you, please contact Julie Signitzer at email@example.com or call (607) 435-3857.