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CENTRAL CITY OPERA AND COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY CONDUCT STATEWIDE AUDITIONS SEEKING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR 2011 SUMMER PERFORMING ARTS INTENSIVE
Valerie Hamlin, Central City Opera Publicist/Assoc. Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 108, vhamlin@centralcityopera.org
September 21, 2010

CENTRAL CITY OPERA AND COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY CONDUCT STATEWIDE AUDITIONS SEEKING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR 2011 SUMMER PERFORMING ARTS INTENSIVE

CENTRAL CITY OPERA AND COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY CONDUCT STATEWIDE AUDITIONS SEEKING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR 2011 SUMMER PERFORMING ARTS INTENSIVE

Audition Dates Range from October 16 to 31

Valerie Hamlin, Central City Opera
Denver, CO
Sep 21, 2010
11:53am

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CONTACT: Valerie Hamlin, Central City Opera Publicist/Assoc. Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 108, vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

CENTRAL CITY OPERA AND COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY CONDUCT STATEWIDE AUDITIONS SEEKING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR 2011 SUMMER PERFORMING ARTS INTENSIVE
Audition Dates Range from October 16 to 31

Denver, Colo. - Central City Opera and the Colorado Springs Conservatory will partner for the 8th year on the Summer Performing Arts Intensive program in Central City in July of 2011. For the first time, the organizations will hold auditions throughout the state of Colorado seeking 20 of the nation’s top high school performing artists, ages 14 through 19, to participate in next year’s program. Auditions will take place beginning Oct. 16 in Steamboat Springs and will travel across the state to areas including Fort Collins, Greeley, Montrose, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Colorado Springs and Pueblo before the final date in Denver on Oct. 31. (A complete list of locations, dates and times is at the end of this release.)

Audition requirements:
• Two (2) contrasting vocal selections
• One (1) monologue from standard dramatic repertoire
An accompanist will be provided. To schedule an appointment in one of the tour sites listed at the bottom of this release, please contact the Colorado Springs Conservatory at (719) 577-4556 or csc@coloradospringsconservatory.org by Oct. 15.

Students will be notified of participation by Dec. 1, 2011. A $500 non-refundable fee is due upon notification of participation. Students selected for the program pay only $2,500 in tuition, which includes all room, board and tickets for festival productions. The program is underwritten by the generosity of Central City Opera, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado and Inasmuch Foundation, as well as individuals from across Colorado.

Summer Performing Arts Intensive
Since 2002, around 20 students from across Colorado, as well as from across the nation, selected by audition, have come together to study for two weeks during the month of July. Students embark on a rigorous agenda that includes scenes study in musical theater, drama, and opera. Students also function as a team to compose an original opera. Study for the first ten days takes place in Colorado Springs on a college campus. Public performances take place in Colorado Springs before departing to Central City for the final four days of study. Once in Central City, students see all of the Central City Opera Festival’s main stage productions and take workshops and master classes with Artistic Director Emeritus John Moriarty and Music Director John Baril, as well as additional Festival artists in residence. Other Intensive faculty includes teaching artists drawn from professional theater, opera and dance companies, including composer-in-residence, Roger Ames, who leads the students in composing their original work. This year’s proposed theme, used as a basis for both the scenes program and the student composed original opera, is “How I Love Thee,” focusing on the lives of Central City Opera contributors and well-known Colorado philanthropists, Julie and Spencer Penrose. Dates for the 2011 Summer Performing Arts Intensive are July 17 to 30, 2011.

Colorado Springs Conservatory
The Colorado Springs Conservatory was the 2008 "Award for Excellence" recipient of the El Pomar Foundation. This statewide award recognizes the Conservatory's inclusion of the Performing Arts Intensive summer program. The mission of the Colorado Springs Conservatory is to inspire, motivate and challenge all students to aspire to their highest potential as artists and human beings through arts immersion studies and community arts advocacy participation. The school encourages students to challenge their approach to learning through a commitment to the arts. In addition to the Performing Arts Intensive, special programs include opera productions, a jazz program, "WAM" (What Art Means), theater and musical theater, pre-school and outreach recital programs. For more information, visit www.coloradospringsconservatory.org.

Central City Opera's Education and Community Programs
The Performing Arts Intensive is one of Central City Opera's year-round Education and Community Programs that strive to enhance existing curriculum for young students and lifelong learning for everyone. The company has visited more than 100 communities across Colorado with these programs, entertaining and educating approximately 80,000 people each year. Central City Opera is one of the most active opera companies in the nation in education and community services. For more information on Central City Opera and its programs, visit www.centralcityopera.org.

(Photos available upon request.)
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2011 Performing Arts Intensive Audition Tour Dates and Locations

October 16, 2010
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Steamboat Springs, CO

October 17, 2010
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Fort Collins, CO

October 17, 2010
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Greeley, CO

October 23, 2010
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Montrose, CO

October 24, 2010
10:00-12:00 p.m.
Grand Junction, CO

October 24, 2010
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Glenwood Springs, CO

October 30, 2010
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Colorado Springs, CO

October 30, 2010
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Pueblo, CO

October 31, 2010
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Denver, CO

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