High School Students Invited to 'Pursue Your Passion' with AU Music & Theatre

High School Students Invited to 'Pursue Your Passion' with AU Music & Theatre

9/30/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University Departments of Music and Theatre are inviting high school students to “Pursue Your Passion” at an experiential opportunity on Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to any high school student interested in learning more about music and/or theatre at Ashland University.

Registration is due by Oct. 14 with limited spaces available. Participants can register online at www.ashland.edu/PursueYourPassion.

At “Pursue Your Passion,” high school students will spend an afternoon and evening with the faculty and students from the AU Music and Theatre Departments. Participants will explore music and/or theatre through workshops led by Ashland faculty; attend a live stage performance of Lillian Hellman’s The Autumn Garden or an Ashland Symphony Orchestra concert featuring Dr. Thomas Reed, professor of Music, as clarinet soloist; and socialize and dine with current students at AU’s award-winning dining facility. Visitors also have the option for the total AU experience with an overnight stay in a residence hall.

Attendees can elect to participate in two of the following workshops led by AU music and theatre faculty including:

PANIC - Auditioning and Interviewing for University Theatre Programs
Learn what makes a great audition and interview, what materials need to be collected and prepared,  and how to craft a professional theatrical resume. For those who have a memorized monologue, coaching will be offered to make it stronger.

Act Before You Think: The Values of a First Rate Actor 
Explore the inspiring values of a first rate actor that give the beginning thespian a solid base from which to grow and develop his or her talent. These values will come alive through the experience of group exercises and simple scene work.

What is Music? A Brief Introduction to the Mysteries of Music History
Thinkers throughout history have wrestled with the definition of music and why it is important. See how your responses compare to the greats of music history and how attitudes to music have changed over time. The results may surprise you.

All Modes Lead to Music 
There's more than one way to learn music and this workshop explores the many pathways to musical success.

For more information about the “Pursue Your Passion” event, contact Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames at tdurbin@ashland.edu or 419.289.5821.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###