Experience the Performing Arts at Northern Vermont University–Johnson
Friday, October 19, 2018

North is creative. Committed. Expressive. And at NVU-Johnson, our performing arts students and faculty are always striving to take their work to the next level. We invite you to share your talents and discover what it's like to study the performing arts at Johnson during our 2018 Performing Arts Festival.

You’ll attend rehearsal, meet our faculty and students, tour campus, learn about our performing arts degrees, and find out about our transition to becoming Northern Vermont University–Johnson. We'll provide snacks and lunch and at the end of the day, you'll share what you learned with other participants and enjoy a showcase performance by our current students. 

You will be able to choose from five different performance tracks, and will remain with that track throughout the day. 

Choose Your Track 

Isaac Eddy, Assistant Professor of Theater
Students will work on acting techniques not typically covered in high school theater programs, including the physical approach of Jacques Lecoq and the script analysis techniques of Sanford Meisner and David Mamet. The group will create an ensemble based on trust and affirmation and come away from the experience with new acting and directing tools that they can apply to their current high school performances. Students should wear loose-fitting clothes.


Concert Band
Steven Light, Director of Music Education and Concert Band
Students will rehearse and perform two selections mirroring the Johnson Concert Band’s current semester themes of nature and culture. In addition to preparing these pieces, the group will spend time experimenting with polyrhythms. Students should bring their instruments, but music will be provided.

Choral Ensemble
Bethany Plissey, Director of Choral Activities & Dr. Justin Rito, pianist
Students will rehearse for an end-of-day performance of Dr. Justin Rito’s choral work, “Come Unity,” which will see its Vermont premier at the Performing Arts Festival. Students will also sing  Sibelius’ Finlandia Hymn, and Handel’s Hallelujah, Amen from Judas Maccabeus. Students will learn the importance of sight singing and the benefit of music learning through solfege to the choral ensemble.  Students should come prepared with C-based solfege written in their scores for the composition by Dr. Rito and the Handel selection. Students must purchase the music in advance, and be familiar with it when they arrive for festival day. Purchase information is listed below.

Technical Theater
Sara Nelson, Director of Technical Theater (enrollment cap: 20 students)
Throughout the day students will experience workshops in scenic painting, lighting, found object costumes, and props. Students will learn quick and easy techniques for basic scenic painting treatments; cover basic lighting techniques as well as learning about programming a lighting board and basic special effects cues; and use everyday objects (boxes, plastic bags, soda bottles, twine, newspaper, etc.) to fashion costumes and props in a short period of time.

Maris Wolff, Professor of Dance (enrollment cap: 20 students)
Dancers will explore the great variety of movement that can be inspired by poetry. Each school will pick a poem written by someone in their school, and bring that poem to the workshop. Then the group will play with different techniques to use those words to stimulate creative movement. Students will create dance phrases, which they will put together to create a dance which they will perform at the end of the day. Email a copy of your poem to maris.wolff@jsc.edu no later than October 21.

Please note: Some tracks have limited space available, so register as soon as possible to guarantee a place for your students.

Choral Track Materials

Register for this event today! Registration closes on October 25, 2017.

Teachers, if you are registering your students, please include their names under their track (and if applicable, instrument or vocal part) so we can welcome them by name.