Hastings College set to host Open Space for the Performing Arts

Hastings College is hosting its inaugural Open Space for the Performing Arts, a performing arts immersion program for high school students, Sunday, June 23 through Sunday, June 30.

Open Space logoThe program allows selected students to work with Hastings College Department of Music and Theatre professors in acting, technical theatre, instrumental performance, piano performance and vocal performance.

Sessions during the week will focus on advanced techniques and styles within a specific area of music (instrumental, piano, vocal) and theatre (acting, technical theatre).

Students also spend time rotating through hands-on “electives” in other areas of the performing arts — from improv to composition to jazz. Electives help students broaden their experience and gain a more comprehensive understanding of the performing arts.

Students live in residence halls on campus during the experience, and have social and other opportunities to engage in the greater Hastings community.

In a competitive application process, Hastings College faculty selected 27 students from Nebraska and Colorado to attend Open Space for the Performing Arts this year.

A performance culminating from the students’ work during the week is open to the public in Perkins Auditorium located in Fuhr Hall of Music (723 E. 9th Street) at 1:00 p.m. on June 30. Updates during the week will be posted to the Open Space Facebook page (facebook.com/hcopenspace).

Students selected for 2019 Open Space for the Performing Arts are listed below.

  • Rachel Bower, Falcon Homeschool Academy, Peyton, Colorado
  • Tessa Burkey, Crete High School, Dorchester, Nebraska
  • Caitlyn Cabela, Creek Valley High School, Chappell, Nebraska
  • Albino Canales, Scottsbluff High School, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • Isak Chancellor, Broken Bow High School, Broken Bow, Nebraska
  • Jacob Clouse, Crete High School, Crete, Nebraska
  • Kathryn Crandall, Valor Christian High School, Aurora, Colorado
  • Colby Crow, Scottsbluff Senior High School, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • Jacob Darling, Central High School, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jacob Fuqua, Kearney High School, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Kendall Greene, Doherty High School, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Turner Griffin, Grand Island Senior High, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Hallie Gutzwiller, Elm Creek High School, Elm Creek, Nebraska
  • Matea Jerkovic, Lincoln Southeast High School, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Brooke Jorgenson, Southern Valley High School, Orleans, Nebraska
  • Karl Ludwig, La Junta High School, La Junta, Colorado
  • Alexander Marousek, Hastings High School, Hastings, Nebraska
  • Graycee Oeltjen, Broken Bow High School, Broken Bow, Nebraska
  • Emily Pedley, Denver Academy, Denver, Colorado
  • Diandra Polt, Osmond High School, Osmond, Nebraska
  • Carter Pursley, Aurora High School, Aurora, Nebraska
  • Maria Pytlik, Aquinas Catholic High School, Brainard, Nebraska
  • Ashley Rodriguez, Kipp Denver Collegiate High School, Denver, Colorado
  • Jaiden Schilke, Kearney High School, Kearney, Nerbaska
  • Jasmin Wengler, Franklin Public Schools, Riverton, Nebraska
  • Cassandra Wing, Grand Island Senior High, Grand Island, Nebraska

Open Space for the Performing Arts follows Open Space for the Visual Arts, which was held earlier this month. Details on both can be found at hastings.edu/openspace.

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu.

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