Arts and Athletics Academy at The Elisabeth Morrow School




We are proud to introduce our newest “masterpiece,” The Summer Arts and Athletics Academy, exclusively for EMS students.

Our current instrumental musicians entering grades K–9 in the fall of 2022 will enjoy a focused and intensive week of practice, with guided lessons complemented by engaging athletic and artistic experiences to further develop their love of music, learning, adventure — and, of course, providing them with a much-needed opportunity to be together!

Spaces are limited to 100 students for the Summer Arts and Athletics Academy for Senior Ensemble (Grades 4–9) and 20 for Junior Ensemble (Grades K–3). Scroll down to learn about the ensembles, view a sample schedule, and see the list of electives.

Registration opens in late spring. Tuition includes programming and a t-shirt for each participant. Meals are not included; participants may bring lunch from home or order through our campus lunch provider. On Friday, we will have a special pizza party for all students.

PROGRAM FACULTY

Instrumental Music

Amelia Gold, James Blumer, Brittany Sklar, Lorra Baylis, Will Curry, Everhard Paredes, Misako Sato, Janey Choi, Seojin Yang, Isaac Park, Jon Boudrot, Clara Boudrot, Wayne Du Maine, Debbie Johns, John Ferrari, Jon Roth, Pat Zuber 

Arts and Athletics

Andy Escala, Cesar Rodriguez, Alex Diaz, Rebecca Sonia, Sarah Smith, Rurik Nakerud, Stephanie Nebel

Ensemble Programs

In both the junior and senior ensemble programs, participants will enjoy an individualized music program that directly addresses their passions and interests, inspiring and moving them forward both artistically and personally. While deepening their learning in areas they feel passionate about, they’ll have many opportunities to also try something new.

Elisabeth Morrow School cello teacher Ani Kalayjian and students

Junior Instrumental Ensemble Program

In the Junior Instrumental Ensemble Program, students will have instrumental group lessons and ensemble classes as well as opportunities to experience multiple areas of the arts. Qualifications: Open to EMS students entering Kindergarten–Grade 3 in fall 2022 who currently play a string instrument.

Daily sample schedule for Junior ensemble students
(Kindergarten–Grade 3):

8:30–8:55 a.m. Arrival 

9:00–9:20 a.m. Morning meeting/warm-up

9:30–10:10 a.m. Instrumental Music Class 1

10:15–10:35 a.m. Snack 

10:45–11:25 a.m. Art experience

11:35 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Instrumental Music Class 2

12:20–12:50 p.m. Lunch 

12:55–1:25 p.m. Movement experience

1:35–2:15 p.m. Instrumental Music Class 3

2:20–3 p.m. Class Time 

3:05 p.m. Dismissal

Morrow House students playing the cello

Senior Instrumental Ensemble Program

In the Senior Instrumental Ensemble Program, students will have a hand in crafting an individual program that directly addresses their passions and interests. In addition to daily instrumental group lessons and ensemble classes, students will select three electives during the day focused on athletics, dance, film, STEAM, theater, and visual art. Qualifications: Open to EMS students entering Grades 4–9 in fall 2022 who currently play an instrument in the EMS ensemble, orchestra, band, or guitar programs.


Daily sample schedule for Senior Ensemble students
(Grades 4–9):

8:30–8:55 a.m. Arrival 

9:00–9:20 a.m. Morning meeting/warm-up

9:30–10:10 a.m. Instrumental Music Class 1

10:15–10:35 a.m. Snack 

10:45–11:25 a.m. Elective 1 

11:35 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Instrumental Music Class 2

12:20–12:50 p.m. Lunch 

12:55–1:25 p.m. Elective 2 

1:35–2:15 p.m. Instrumental Music Class 3

2:20–3:00 p.m. Elective 3 

3:05 p.m. Dismissal

Participants must choose three electives during the registration process.

ATHLETICS

  • GOAL! — Come learn and play some of the sports that are played at The Elisabeth Morrow School’s middle school: soccer, hockey, basketball, team handball, volleyball, and lacrosse.
  • Fun and Games — Have fun playing your favorite games: Capture the flag, Pin bombardment, Gaga, and more.
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game — Learn new skills and build friendships while playing and having fun! Join us for softball, Wiffle ball, baseball, and kickball.

DANCE

  • Styles of Dance — Learn a different style and combination of dance each day: jazz, hip hop, lyrical/contemporary, theater dance, and tap.
  • Creating Choreography — Create your own work and, at the end of the week, teach their choreography to the class.

FILM

  • iOS Film for Young Cinematographers — Through daily workshops, gain a better understanding of how you can get the best out of your iPad for making movies with family and friends. BYO iPad to take your work home and tinker each day.
  • Storybook Narration in iMovie — Create a short storybook, complete with hand drawings, before capturing each image digitally and constructing an iMovie experience complete with voiceover! BYO iPad to take your work home and tinker each day.

STEAM

  • Tinkering Days — Use various tools and components in rapid prototyping challenges, design races, and some personal design ideas during this open Maker Space. Materials may be transported home but may not be returned to school.
  • Design Challenge — Calling all makers, designers, engineers, scientists, and curious learners: engage in hands-on designing to create and test prototypes to solve real-world problems.

THEATHER

  • Musical Theater Workshop — Discover music from Broadway shows, then interpret your favorite song, sing it, and record it!
  • Make Your Own Mini Musical — Find out what it takes to write a musical from start to finish by writing and producing your own mini-musical.
  • Improvisation and Theater Games — Learn fun theater games through improvisation and have a great time creating character, thinking off the top of your head, and being goofy!

VISUAL ART

  • Mask Making — Make your own mask from scratch by picking out different fabrics, playing with decorative stitching, and finding the right fit by experimenting with different mask sizes.
  • Paper Making — This exciting, hands-on activity is eco-conscious and rewarding: Using old construction paper and more recycled materials, you’ll create handmade paper that we will infuse with wildflower seedlings.
  • Digital Photography — Learn the secrets to taking an excellent photograph by exploring light sources, color, and unusual angles. BYO camera/device to photography class.

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