Students Take Center Stage at Arts Schools Network Conference in Denver

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The Arts Schools Network's 2014 National Conference in Denver, held from October 22-25, will feature even more than insightful sessions, site visits, and networking events. This year, ASN will focus a special spotlight on students.

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The Arts Schools Network's 2014 National Conference in Denver, held from October 22-25, will feature even more than insightful sessions, site visits, and networking events. This year, ASN will focus a special spotlight on students.

Special features of the conference will include information on ensuring access to arts education for all students, advice for students on college and career planning, and especially, student performances. For the first time, ASN will feature performances by students from member schools from across the nation.

The highlight of the conference will be the fully staged collaborative performance of "Carmina Burana," with full orchestra, chorus, soloists, and dance by students from Denver School of the Arts in Denver, Colo.; Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., and Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, Calif. It will be conducted by Dr. Larry Livingston, Director of Orchestras, University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, Calif.

"Carmina Burana" is open to the public and will be performed on Thursday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The center is the second largest performing arts venue in the nation (after Lincoln Center in New York City.) General admission tickets for $50 are available on the DSA website, dsa.dpsk12.org. ASN members may also purchase tickets through ASN conference registration.

Additional student performances will include the ASN award-winning Electric Rock Orchestra from Idaho Arts Charter School, the jazz combo from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, as well as theater, dance, choir, and film showcases from the Denver School of the Arts, Creative Arts Academy at Kunsmiller, and Noel Community Arts School.

On the educational side of the conference, there will be a separate educational strand for students on counseling for college and careers, and a plenary session will speak on access to arts education for special needs and minority students. Betty Siegel, Director, The Office of VSA and Accessibility, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program, Education Division, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, will present "VSA, Why You Should Be Thinking About Students with Disabilities (All of the Time).”

More information about the ASN National Conference in Denver, including registration, schedule, and accommodations, are available on the ASN website, artsschoolsnetwork.org.

Arts Schools Network is a non-profit association founded in 1981, dedicated to providing leaders in arts schools with quality resources, support, and networking opportunities.

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