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WHAT IS NYSSSA? NYSSSA is a summer arts residential intensive program for students interested in ballet, choral studies, modern dance, visual arts, media arts, orchestral studies or theater. The curriculum includes individual and group instruction by college professors and/or working performers and artists. Students spend six to eight hours a day, six days a week, working in their areas of concentration.

WHEN DOES IT TAKE PLACE? Dates of the four-week long sessions vary depending on discipline area. Dates for summer 2018 programs are posted on the website,


WHERE ARE NYSSSA SESSIONS HELD? NYSSSA occurs at four host campuses: Skidmore College (Ballet, Dance and Orchestral Studies); SUNY Fredonia (Visual Arts and Choral Studies); SUNY Delhi (Theatre); and Alfred State College (Media Arts). All students live in a college dorm for the entire session.


WHO CAN APPLY? Student must be in grades 8-12 (students in grades 6 and 7 may apply for the School of Ballet) and a full-time resident of New York State. All students are required to audition or submit a portfolio. Auditions are held across the state in January and February; audition dates are posted on the website.


HOW ARE STUDENTS SELECTED? The selection process varies depending on the school. All students must audition and fully complete the application process. Selections are determined by Artistic Faculty. Students may apply for more than one school.


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? NYSSSA is funded in part by the New York State Education Department and there is a tuition charge of $2,200 per student. Families are responsible for transportation costs to and from the campuses and for spending money. Tuition assistance information is provided to accepted students.

For more information, to set up an audition or to fill out an online application, visit


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