2019 Summer Program: Vocal Arts Institute
The Indianapolis Opera is proud to introduce the Vocal Arts Institute, a program for students from grades 9 to 12 that explores the art of solo performance through classical repertoire, folksong, and musical theater. Students will also enjoy classes in movement, sight singing, and theory, and will learn the International Phonetic Alphabet–a useful tool in the learning of diction for any language. In addition to academic studies, the students present several performances at the Basile, as well as in the community.
Students receive individual attention through private lessons and daily master classes. Our highly acclaimed faculty bring their extensive experience on stage and in the classroom to benefit these young singers.
The Vocal Arts Institute is in its 20th season. Our students have performed consistently well in solo competitions such as ISSMA and the Prelude Awards. They have also been well prepared for their college entrance auditions and are now pursuing degrees at schools such as the University of Indianapolis, Indiana University, DePaul University, DePauw University, Butler University, Carnegie Mellon University, Ball State University, The University of Cincinnati (CCM), Northwestern University and Florida State University.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Dr. Rachelle Woolston, Indy Opera Ed. Director
Dr. Steven Rickards, Vocal Arts Institute Founder
A Recipe for Jazz by Cathy Morris
Students will be introduced to jazz, funk, blues, Latin, and Cajun styles of music played on electric violins, keyboards, percussion, electric bass, and drums. This program includes exciting student interaction and audience participation.
Arabiqa by Karim Nagi
If we can see past the fear-based news, we learn that the Arab world is full of exciting sounds, fascinating instruments, dynamic dances and costumes. Egyptian-Muslim-American musician & folk dancer Karim Nagi provides a dynamic and joyful performance that helps students and teachers hear & see the artistic side of the Arab world. The students will rhythmically clap, speak Arabic words, and be uplifted by Karim’s infectious positive energy
Artist in Residence: Jason Wesaw (Pokagon Band of ...
Each year the Eiteljorg Museum hosts Native American and Western artists for one to three-week residencies. Artist experiences are available both at the museum and can be combined with gallery tours, and in your school classroom or other venue. Artists talk with students about their culture and their art and then lead them in an art making activity.
Jason Wesaw will be in residence at the Eiteljorg September 11 – 27, 2019. Jason is a ceramic, fiber and mixed media artist who has devoted his life to the study and preservation of Potawatomi culture. Today Jason prefers to share Potawatomi culture through his work in clay, which he feels is a union between traditional ways and contemporary techniques. He hand harvests much of his clay from deposits near Lake Michigan. He then pit fires in a traditional manner, and uses designs reminiscent of traditional storage jars from his culture. Through his works, Jason strives to pay respect to tradition, while allowing others to see that his culture, just as everything, is evolving on a regular basis with new generations.
Chancleta: Dance & Music
This Cuban art form is presented with a high level of student interaction. Students will learn the chancleta, a dance created by African slaves popular in the eastern part of Cuba. Students will learn the traditions rhythms as both dancers and drummers.
Cultural Dance of West Africa
Ronne Stone will introduce students to traditional dance techniques and symbols of West Africa and participate in group and solo dance opportunities.
Eiteljorg Guides will give students a well-rounded orientation to the museum’s exhibitions and collections with highlights in the Western art, contemporary art and Native American galleries. Special exhibitions can also be included.
Early Childhood School & Outreach Programs
Whether it’s at the museum or in your classroom, we offer hands-on, exploratory and interactive programs on a variety of topics that provide your students a fun way to learn about Indiana’s art, history and STEM connections.
This program combines exhibit exploration time with a STEAM-based program. Your students will take a journey through one of the museum’s exhibits to explore the space including real objects and artifacts from the museum’s collection. Our outreach program brings a piece of the exhibit to you! Young ones will be inspired by interactive story time and engage in hands-on STEAM exploration and creation. Preschool Journeys at the museum are 1 hour 15 min. in length. Outreach programs are 1 hour in length. In-museum cost: $6 per student/$6 per chaperone, free for teachers. This amount includes the exhibit tour/program only and does not include admission to the entire museum. Outreach cost: $150/1st session; $100/additional sessions.
Playing with Patterns
October 1 – December 21, 2018
After exploring Art of the Brick, the world’s largest exhibition of LEGO® art, students will be inspired to take part in hands on projects. They will not only become engineers with building blocks, but also artists and scientists as they create their own STEAM-based project.
More than a Box
October 1, 2018 – May 24, 2019
Imaginations will run wild in Cardboard Engineering — an experience dedicated to hands-on exploration and creation. Students will be inspired by engineering, art and objects throughout the gallery as well as a story time. Next its hands-on experiments and collaboration on STEAM based projects.
Colors and Textures
February 18 – June 21, 2019
Inspired by The Color of Style experience, students will observe colors and textures,
and be introduced to new artists and designers. Following the exhibit exploration, students will collaborate on a hands-on creation and experience various sensory explorations such as color mixing and textile engineering.
Ice Age Animals
Step back in time with the help of Frozen Reign to see what life was like in the Ice
Age in Indiana. Students will be introduced to many Ice Age animals and explore this interactive space. Next, students will be able to participate in hands-on experiments and STEAM-based projects.
Explore the basics of paleontology, archaeology and biology with a visit to the R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab. In this space, students will observe real artifacts and objects and work with a digital microscope called the Micro Eye. Next, they will have a chance to become the expert and participate in hands-on activities inspired by nature.
Artful Play (outreach program only)
Inspired by Hoosier artist Lois Main Templeton, students will be able to explore the world of abstract art and become an artist for the day. First, they’ll examine an artwork by Templeton and with the help of her book, “Who Makes the Sunrise?”, they’ll take part in interactive storytelling. Also, students will participate in several STEAM based activities and collaborate on a large art project.
Educational Theater & Outreach Performances
Participate in interactive live theater performances at the Indiana State Museum or in your own classroom. Your students might even find themselves in the thick of the action!
PreK – Grade 2
Fred the Mastodon
In this lively puppet show meet Fred the Mastodon, an Ice Age mammal, who wanders the Indiana landscape searching for his herd. Audience members have a chance to participate in the show as other Ice Age animals are introduced, including dire wolves, owls and bison.
Fickelsteen Frog, a reporter for The Daily Croaker, has been assigned a feature story — he is looking for the answer to the question: What is a reptile? He wanders the countryside searching for reptiles and to find out what makes them slither.
Grades 3 – 12
This unique experience offers two live performances in one 45-minute presentation. Choose from Levi Coffin, Elwood Haynes, Thomas Say, Johnny Appleseed, Sully the Irish Canal Worker and Young Abe Lincoln. A question and answer session is included in the program.
Grades 4 – 12
The Liar’s Bench
Bovine hairballs? Vern’s Varmint Trap? A cotton mill cog from the 19th century? What does the word Hoosier really mean? The audience is divided into teams as students vie to be the first to decide if, for example, that strange-looking contraption is really a pasta holder from a South Bend restaurant or a miniature golf ball display piece.
On The Air: The Hoosier Hour
World War II is brought to life through the antics of the folks at radio station WISM as they attempt to struggle through their weekly broadcast of songs, skits and commercials with the specter of food and gas shortages, staff shortages and the ever-present war.
These interactive one-act and vignette theater pieces highlight notable Hoosiers of the past 200 years. Create an hour-long presentation that covers 200 years of Indiana’s statehood with topics including young Abe Lincoln, Thomas Say, Amanda Way, Eugene Debs, the first pro baseball game and others. Scripts will be made available by request as pre-visit resources for a more hands-on experience.
Field Trip Experience
From stepping back in time to examining primary sources, your students will love how hands-on they’re encouraged to be.
Travel back in time with our You Are There series.
Explore primary source documents in Destination Indiana. Pinch, swipe and tap their way around the state using our newly updated technology to investigate more than 300 visual journeys into Indiana history, geography and culture.
Assume the role of conservators and mend paper in the W. Brooks and Wanda Y. Fortune History Lab. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how science and history work together.
Enjoy live music performances and learn about a famous Hoosier in the Cole Porter Room.
Discover context clues and make inferences as they analyze primary source documents in INvestigation Station. Option not available for all groups. Please inquire when booking your field trip.
Follow the North Star
Follow the North Star is a participatory museum theater experience that demonstrates the wide ranging social attitudes towards African-Americans in pre-Civil War Indiana. Participants travel back to the year 1836 and assume the role of fugitive slaves seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad through the state. Traveling as a group, you will encounter a variety of characters, ranging from sympathetic allies to racist antagonists, who will speak to you as
though you were enslaved. It is a powerful experience that generates empathy, provokes discussion, and immerses students in this important part of our nation’s history.
IMA at Newfields School Tours
Newfields invites students and educators to use its exhibitions, collections, historic campus, and programs as extensions of classroom learning. No matter what the area of study, we offer spectacular resources, many designed to meet Common Core and Indiana Academic Standards, for learning about our worlds and the people in it.
Newfields offers a variety of group tours (preschool through higher education) of the Galleries (including special exhibitions), the Garden, Lilly House, and the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park: 100 Acres led by a trained guide. Schools interested in structuring their own exploration of Newfields can schedule a self-guided tour.
India Culture Comes to You: Dances of India
This hands-on program covers a wide range of multidisciplinary activities. The topics include, but are not limited to, multiculturalism, history, religion, citizenship, geography, music, dance (classical, folk & contemporary), mythology, choreography, art, sculpture, language arts, costumes and makeup artistry. Each one is created or modified as per the request from the organizers and the length of the time allotted. All the presentations are interactive, informative and entertaining. Program will include a wealth of visual aids to maximize the learning.
Interactive Museum Theater Add-Ons
You can expand your self-guided school tour with an add-on program for a
small extra charge.
The Rhodes Family Incident
Little-known historic events that happened in your own community can provide important
perspectives and inspiration that relate to life now. In “The Rhodes Family Incident,” two
contemporary college students who grew up in Westfield, Indiana, are surprised to discover a
historic racial incident involving escaped slaves that happened in their hometown. This
discovery challenges their views of their community and their own identity. The play,
written by Crystal V. Rhodes, was inspired by research into African-American history in
Hamilton County and can prompt students to rethink what they know about Indiana history, their communities and even themselves.
Willa Brown: Aviation Pioneer
Willa Brown (1906–1992) started her career as a teacher after attending Indiana State Teachers College. Looking for greater challenges, she went on to become the first African-American woman to become a licensed pilot and the first woman in the U.S. to be both a licensed pilot and mechanic. She went on to train some of the Tuskegee Airmen, along with running for Congress and working as an activist.
Freedom Summer 1964
Two student trainers from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), one of the most important organizations of the Civil Rights Movement, will introduce audiences to their methods for practicing non-violent protest. This is a participatory theater piece.
Latin Jazz by Cathy Morris
Rumbas, mambos, bossa novas, and the sambas of Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic give students an introduction to Latin jazz. They will learn about the instruments, cultures, and regions where Latin jazz originated.
Major Martin Delany-104th Colored Infantry-1865
Delany was a freeborn in S. Carolina. Because the law prohibited formal education, Delany was self-taught and went on to be a teacher, newspaper publisher, medical doctor, and U.S. military commander. Delany will retell his story during this live fact-based presentation reinforced with audience participation.
Music from Around the World by Cathy Morris
Students will become familiar with the string family of instruments, and will listen to the rhythms and melodies of Spain, Germany, Scotland, Mexico, Argentina, Russia, and Japan.
Once Upon a Time in Africa
Choose from five versions of African folktales: West African, East African, North African, South African, or a mix from all across the Continent.
Preview Dress Performance: Elixir of Love
We invite high school and college students to attend the preview dress rehearsal performance of our mainstage opera at no cost. This semester we are presenting Elixir of Love, by Gaetano Donizetti, sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Prince Among Slaves
Students will meet Abdul Rahman Ibrahima, a West African Muslim prince and military commander. Rahman was captured by his enemies, sold to slave traders, endured the Middle Passage, and eventually taken to a plantation near Natchez, Mississippi. After 40 years of enslavement, he was freed by order of President John Quincy Adams and continued on to strengthen the abolitionist movement.
School & Outreach Programs
Whether it’s at the museum or in your classroom, we offer hands-on, exploratory and interactive programs on a variety of topics that provide your students a fun way to learn about Indiana’s art, history and STEM connections. All programs fulfill select Indiana Academic Standards.
Ice Age Survival
What adaptations helped animals survive during the Ice Age? Do we see these adaptations in present day animals? Students will investigate and discuss what adaptations future animals will have based on our changing environment.
Students will explore how creations from Indiana innovators sparked ingenuity and even improvements of their inventions. Students will challenge themselves and see if they can improve an object they use every week.
Explore how objects move as students engineer a cardboard creation to solve a challenge. Students will use the design process to brainstorm solutions, build prototypes and test their creation just like real Indiana engineers.
Pioneers used simple machines and engineering to create a new life in Indiana. Students will learn how simple machines and innovations made their life easier then and how Indiana is pioneering the way of the future now.
Rocks and Minerals
Indiana is home to a wide variety of rocks and minerals. How did they end up here? How do we use rocks and minerals every day in small and big ways? Students will explore the rock cycle and investigate rocks and minerals through hands-on activities.
How does a living creature become a fossil? Why doesn’t everything become a
fossil? What clues do fossils leave behind? Students will investigate these questions as they explore the process from living creature to its discovery as a fossil.
Explore how objects are affected by forces and energy as students engineer a cardboard creation to solve a challenge. Students will use the design process to brainstorm solutions, build prototypes and test their creation just like real Indiana engineers.
Voices from the Past
How can we learn from past civilizations? What can we do with this information? How
can the past shape our future? Students will explore stories uncovered through
the archaeological process and see how Indiana’s past impacts us today.
What energy is needed at school and home? Students will explore how we use the Earth’s resources, both renewable and non-renewable, to provide the energy we need to learn, explore and live.
Explore Newton’s Laws of Motion as students engineer a cardboard creation to solve a challenge. Students will use the design process to brainstorm solutions, build prototypes and test their creations, and reflect on the process just like real Indiana engineers.
Self-guided School Tours
Experience the Hoosier spirit and Indiana heritage with a visit to Conner Prairie. It’s the ideal place to immerse your students in the state’s history with hands-on activities and plenty of opportunities to interact with staff portraying characters from the past. Spend time outdoors, try hands-on activities and get some exercise. Each visit covers academic standards in multiple subject areas including social studies, language arts, and science. For an educational, authentic and entertaining look into the history that shapes us today, come to Conner Prairie!
Areas include the 1823 William Conner House, 1836 Prairietown, Lenape Indian Camp, 1863 Civil War Journey, 1859 Balloon Voyage exhibit, Treetop Outpost and Nature Walk, Create.Connect (combining history, science and design) and Makesmith Workshop (focusing on making things).
Spring Break Camps
School break camps provide an engaging experience for students during their time out of school. Each day offers a different topic for new experiences. Camps are sold by day, allowing parents to choose the date and theme that works for their families.
Monday, March 25 | Cardboard Creations
Build a robot, sail the ocean, fly to the moon or make your own wings. If you can think it, you can create it with cardboard!
Tuesday, March 26 | Science of Color
Brighten up your day as you experiment with the colors of the rainbow, play with color mixing, examine how light breaks up into colors and create a spectrum of colorful art.
Wednesday, March 27 | Duct Tape Fashion
Use your imagination to transform this common household material into colorful, creative and sometimes sticky fashion accessories. Be prepared to strut your stuff and show off your designs!
Thursday, March 28 | Garden to Lunchtime
Spring into the planting season as you design your own lunchtime garden. Plant your own mini garden, learn about the proper care of your seedlings, craft your own containers and more. Will you grow a salad or pizza garden?
Friday, March 29 | Only in Indiana
What makes Indiana unique? What does it mean to be a Hoosier? Discover the wonders of Indiana as we explore the history, science, art and culture that’s found only in Indiana.
Monday, April 1 | Astronomy
Explore the solar system and the stars in the sky as we investigate the field of astronomy.
Tuesday, April 2 | Pinewood Car Making
Design, build and decorate your very own wooden car and test it on our two-story, 125-foot track during Pinewood Derby.
Wednesday, April 3 | Citizen Science
Become a citizen scientist for the day as you explore the natural world and help scientists understand the world around us.
Thursday, April 4 | X Marks the Spot
Learn about maps, use a compass and go on a scavenger hunt to pinpoint where X marks the spot on this museum adventure.
Friday, April 5 | Poetry in Motion
Celebrate National Poetry month as we explore and experiment with the rhythm and rhyme of words.
Student Humanities Presentations
Our student matinees in the Humanities brings to life original productions based on classical beginnings or living history presentations.
The best-known production of our matinees in the Humanities is Indy In Revue: The Story of Indianapolis. This student matinee uses audiovisual tools, narration, dance and popular song to bring the story of Indianapolis to life. Indiana schoolchildren learn state history in the fourth grade, and this production enhances their curriculum with a focus on the city’s history, creativity and innovation. Shows are held at different venues throughout the city of Indianapolis – most recently at the historic Athenaeum and Herron High School.
In addition to Indianapolis students, fourth-graders from the metropolitan area’s seven contiguous counties and from Terre Haute and Evansville attend the Revue during field trips. Claude McNeal Productions often arranges additional outings, such as visits to the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana State Museum or the Children’s Museum.
The Humanities Theatre Group has performed for more than 100,000 primary, secondary and higher education students. Other productions include:
• The Greeks: In the Beginning
• The Renaissance Era: Europe Awakens
• The Modern Era: The Age of Technology
• Painting the Universe: How the Humanities Shape Our World
• French Cabaret Masters
• Cigar City Chronicles: The Story of Tampa, performed for elementary, middle, and high school students in Tampa Bay, Florida
Experiencing History Where It Happened: Living History and Re-enactment as Public History Tools:
“Indy In Revue” is a living history of our capital city. It brings to life the people, sites, innovations and culture that make up the community’s collective memory. The production is used as a learning tool to allow our students and adults to experience history, and instead of just reading about it, they are watching the events unfold in front of their very eyes.
Living history presentations such as “Indy In Revue” have become an increasingly important tool for accomplishing the goal of presenting a community’s history and cultural memory to its ever-changing audiences in a manner that is attractive, engaging, and authentic. The show serves the dual function of serving both history and the community. Using living history presentations as a learning tool makes the process of contextualization much more effective for students. Connecting to place makes historical inquiry more accessible, and challenges the idea that history is an abstract concept far removed from the present. Learning the story of the events that occurred in a particular location and being able to witness the impact of those
events, enhance the learning experience, also allowing for the discourse of place in history, and providing a sensory experience beyond the written text.
Back in early 1993, author, playwright, founder and then Artistic Director of American Cabaret Theatre, Claude McNeal, wanted to create an original cabaret-style production that centered around the origins of our capital city. As an educator and artist, McNeal’s fascination with place, culture, and history has always been in the forefront of his original works. Around the same time, David Bodenhamer, Executive Director at the Polis Center at IUPUI (a research unit of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI), was putting together the first-ever
“Encyclopedia of Indianapolis”. McNeal, a tenured professor of English at that time with the School of Liberal Arts, then approached Mr. Bodenhamer about collaborating with our production team as a consultant on a new production entitled “Indy In Revue”. McNeal and his team spent the next two years researching and developing content for the production, with Bodenhamer helping to provide historical context and lending historical accuracy and authenticity. After an extensive rehearsal process, the production opened to the public as part of A.C.T.’s season of shows in September 1995.
For the next eleven years, “Indy In Revue” was presented annually to Indiana fourth-graders as part of our ongoing educational programming at the cabaret. From 2006-2009, presentations were held at the historic Madame Walker Theatre. In 2011 and 2012, we collaborated with Herron High School to present the show once again, this time as part of the annual “Spirit & Place Festival” sponsored by IUPUI.
Tanoshi Taiko Drumming
With movement and storytelling included this performance is an interactive introduction to the Japanese drumming tradition of Taiko. Students will learn basic drumming rhythms and partipcate as the performers tell the folk tale of how Taiko began.
The Madam Walker Story
Learn the story of Madam C.J. Walker, the self-made millionaire, as told from a “different” point of view. Learn about her early life and the legacy she created. Freetown Village has created a special interactive, one-character portrayal to bring this history to life.
Her name is synonymous with specialized products for African-American hair. But Madam Walker was more than an entrepreneur with savvy business acumen. She was a civil and political rights activist who lobbied an American president to make lynching a federal crime. She was a philanthropist whose generosity led to the largest donation ever by an African-American for the construction of an Indianapolis YMCA.
Madam Walker left an imprint on the Indianapolis community and across America. Her rich legacy gives us a glimpse into early African-American entrepreneurship.
Thomas Edison: Inside the Inventors Minds
Thomas Edison had 1,093 patents, more than any other American, living or dead. This interactive one-man play by Hank Fincken will discuss the process that led to the electric light, the gritty nuts and bolts day to day business of the inventive business with its failures, team-approach, and eventual success.
This program meets standards in Social StudiesU.S. History & Culture
We Are the People (North American Indians)
Eiteljorg Guides will help students compare Native American resources, traditional and contemporary environments, arts and cultures from across North America. A portion of this tour will concentrate on the art, history an cultures of the Miami, Potawatomi, Delaware and other Native peoples of Indiana. View art and artifacts from the museum’s collection as well as those on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. This tour is IDOE Academic -standards based, aligned with the visual arts, language arts and social studies subjects. See the Mihtohseenionki Teachers’ Resource Guide here: https://eiteljorg.org/for-educators/educator-resources/. Older students and adults will enjoy this tour, also.
Winter Break Camp
School break camps provide an engaging experience for students during their time out of school. Each day offers a different topic for new experiences. Camps are sold by day, allowing parents to choose the date and theme that works for their families.
Wednesday, Jan. 2 | Cultural Celebration
How do different cultures celebrate holidays and how do they compare to one another? We will have a fun, hands-on morning exploring different cultural celebrations.
Thursday, Jan. 3 | Winter Science
How do snow crystals form? Why do some animals hibernate? How do animals stay warm during the cold, blustery season? Investigate these questions and more as we discover the science of winter.
Friday, Jan. 4 | Art with Bricks
We’ll get creative using bricks of all shapes and sizes to create a variety of print patterns, sculptures and artwork in a rainbow of colors.
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