arts

THE MISSION OF THE ARTS PROGRAM IS TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR CONSERVATORY AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE AS AN ARTIST.

SPCPA provides comprehensive training in Theatre, Musical Theatre, Dance, Music, Creative Writing, and Visual Arts. All arts classes are taught by current working professional artists, and focus on technique, practice, study and the creation of original work. Through master classes and J-Term, students have the opportunity to engage with many artists and arts organizations in the Twin Cities and beyond.

A CONSERVATORY IS...

RIGOROUS
The bar is high and students are expected to approach their work purposefully and with passion.
DISCIPLINED
Conservatory training is a daily ritual. We commit to the work even on the days we don’t feel like it.
AUTHENTIC
Students receive training from artists who are presently working professionally, and who bring practical and current training ‘from the field’ into the classroom.
FOCUSED
Conservatory-style training is intensely focused. Students choose a major and take their arts courses within their chosen discipline.
TECHNIQUE BASED
Learning skills is the primary daily activity.
LEVELED
Students track with other students working at a similar technical level. Students move through levels based on faculty recommendations.
PRESCRIBED
Students choose their arts major, but not their arts classes. The professionals know which courses students need to take in order to be fully prepared upon graduation.
PRE-PROFESSIONAL
Students learn the skills and techniques necessary to eventually work as professional artists.
PRE-COLLEGE
SPCPA encourages interested students to transition to college conservatory training programs before considering a career in the performing arts.
CLASSICAL
Students study the roots of things in order to understand how to move their art forms into the future.
CONTEMPORARY
Students are given opportunities to apply foundational training to create new, cutting-edge work.
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J-Term

For the first three weeks of January each year, J-Term replaces a student’s regularly scheduled academic and arts classes. Students are immersed in daily preparation for an arts project. J-Term culminates in a weekend of public performances and exhibitions.

ARTS HAPPENINGS

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We were thrilled to host MARIA BAUMAN for a Master Class for dance students this week. There is a performance on Sept. 29 that is free and open to the public – first come, first served-see the poster for details. Thank you Nora Jenneman and the University of Minnesota Dance Department!

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We were thrilled to host MARIA BAUMAN for a Master Class for dance students this week.  There is a performance on Sept. 29 that is free and open to the public - first come, first served-see the poster for details.  Thank you Nora Jenneman and the University of Minnesota Dance Department!

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The 11th and 12th grade musical theatre students, rehearsing Mein Herr from Cabaret (and staging Three Penny Opera), wish you all a happy end of the work week! Bye bye, toodle-oo, farewell, Es war sehr gut, Auf Wiedersehen!

Photos: Junia Morrow.
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The 11th and 12th grade musical theatre students, rehearsing Mein Herr from Cabaret (and staging Three Penny Opera), wish you all a happy end of the work week!  Bye bye, toodle-oo, farewell, Es war sehr gut, Auf Wiedersehen! 

Photos: Junia Morrow.
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This year the Visual Art Department is offering a course called Public Art: Research and Publications, generously funded by the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski and Alexandra Nicome, archivists for artist Seitu Jones visited class to discuss archives, research, and public art. During the class, students will conduct their own research project and collaboratively make experimental publications engaging public history and/or public space.

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This year the Visual Art Department is offering a course called Public Art: Research and Publications, generously funded by the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski and Alexandra Nicome, archivists for artist Seitu Jones visited class to discuss archives, research, and public art. During the class, students will conduct their own research project and collaboratively make experimental publications engaging public history and/or public space.

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Did you know that SPCPA offers a Stage Combat class for Theatre students, taught by someone certified to teach/choreograph Stage Combat and who is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors? Aaron Preusse, like all other SPCPA arts teachers, also practices his craft professionally. You can check out his work in multiple productions currently running. PASSAGE at Pillsbury House Theatre, FOR THE PEOPLE, at the Guthrie Theater, and DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE at Commonweal Theatre Company. Aaron will also be choreographing fights for the SPCPA J-Term project, SHE KILLS MONSTERS, in January.

PASSAGE also features the work of multiple artists with current and previous SPCPA connections: Suzy Messerole, James A. Williams, Aamera Siddiqui, Alex Hathaway, and Signe V. Harriday!

Aaron’s full bio: www.safd.org/MemberProfile/Details/31887
Check out each company’s facebook page for ticket info!

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Did you know that SPCPA offers a Stage Combat class for Theatre students, taught by someone certified to teach/choreograph Stage Combat and who is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors? Aaron Preusse, like all other SPCPA arts teachers, also practices his craft professionally. You can check out his work in multiple productions currently running. PASSAGE at Pillsbury House Theatre, FOR THE PEOPLE, at the Guthrie Theater, and  DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE at Commonweal Theatre Company.  Aaron will also be choreographing fights for the SPCPA J-Term project, SHE KILLS MONSTERS, in January.  

PASSAGE also  features the work of multiple artists with current and previous SPCPA connections:  Suzy Messerole, James A. Williams, Aamera Siddiqui, Alex Hathaway, and Signe V. Harriday!

Aarons full bio:  https://www.safd.org/MemberProfile/Details/31887
Check out each companys facebook page for ticket info!

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Thanks again to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts for the use of their Concert Hall for an all school assembly this morning. The primary purpose of the event was to gather together as a community and collectively clarify the school’s mission, vision, and values. To celebrate each other. And to shine a light on what makes SPCPA unique. The kick-off event included a number of performances by SPCPA’s professional artist faculty. Here’s a fun one. This is a performance of an Adam Levy composition, 7 KIDS, featured on Turn Turn Turn’s latest record. Adam Levy (Social Studies and Music teacher – Guitar, Vocals), Paul Coate (Music Theatre Dept chair – guitar, vocals), Rachel Holder (Vocal teacher- vocals), Mike Vasich (Music Dept Chair – keyboards), Alma Engebretson (Music teacher – Bass), SPCPA 12th grader Aidan Dehler (guitar – wait for the killer solo), and SPCPA 12th grader Zach Huntley (Drums). Enjoy.

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This is the coolest!!!!! What amazing talent to guide our youth. Thanks to Brian for all his work!

Awesome!!!

Love this! SPCPA sure knows how to rock the school year

Oh yes!

First day of Afro Contemporary Dance, taught by Marciano Silva Dos Santos, of Contempo Physical Dance. Marciano wasted no time-they were up and dancing right away!

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Excellent!!!

I am glad to be part of this wonderful SPCPA dance program among incredible Faculty members and many talented and respectful students.

We’re back! Today was New Student Orientation Day – a full day for 130 new students, faculty, and senior ambassadors (wearing the lavender SPCPA shirts). Tomorrow all returning students join us.

Enjoy the poem below written TODAY by new 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Creative Writing students. In poetry, "exquisite corpse" poems are written by a group of poets, each of whom can only see the line before theirs. (Teachers Ariane Sandford and Michael Kleber-Diggs each contributed one line).

Imprints of Imperfections, an Exquisite Corpse

Late summer, the leaves have not yet started
dreaming of sleep, though not the sort of sleep
that lasts forever. Always in a sleeping mind,
never able to reach sleep, my mind reflects
shadows in the dark, always attempting
to shut it off, but never totally succeeding.
The thought forever ingrained in my mind —
imprints of imperfections constantly reminding me
that I am imperfect. But imperfect beauty —
for all the stars and nebulas are different.
Imperfection is the definition of perfection,
the stars align, perfectly imperfect. And yet
the stars, as we see them, still long to be
the sun.

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Were back!  Today was New Student Orientation Day - a full day for 130 new students, faculty, and senior ambassadors (wearing the lavender SPCPA shirts).  Tomorrow all returning students join us. 

Enjoy the poem below written TODAY by new 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Creative Writing students. In poetry, exquisite corpse poems are written by a group of poets, each of whom can only see the line before theirs.  (Teachers Ariane Sandford and Michael Kleber-Diggs each contributed one line).

Imprints of Imperfections, an Exquisite Corpse 

Late summer, the leaves have not yet started 
dreaming of sleep, though not the sort of sleep
that lasts forever. Always in a sleeping mind, 
never able to reach sleep, my mind reflects 
shadows in the dark, always attempting
to shut it off, but never totally succeeding.
The thought forever ingrained in my mind —
imprints of imperfections constantly reminding me 
that I am imperfect. But imperfect beauty — 
for all the stars and nebulas are different. 
Imperfection is the definition of perfection, 
the stars align, perfectly imperfect. And yet
the stars, as we see them, still long to be 
the sun.

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I see our exchange student! Actually still have two students waiting for a welcome family! If you can help DM me and I can connect you with the local Representative 😉 We love hosting

SPCPA rising sophomore, CYRUS CARLSON, participated in the opening of the new MN Zoo Tree Top Trail exhibit this past week. His art is featured as a permanent mural in the new Hanfil nature center and welcomes people to the center. CY’s piece is titled “The Forest Moves Through Us.” Each panel is 40”x60.” Congrats, Cyrus!

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SPCPA rising sophomore, CYRUS CARLSON, participated in the opening of the new MN Zoo Tree Top Trail exhibit this past week. His art is featured as a permanent mural in the new Hanfil nature center and welcomes people to the center.  CY’s piece is titled “The Forest Moves Through Us.” Each panel is 40”x60.”  Congrats, Cyrus!

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Wow! Very impressive!

That's so cool! Congratulations👏

Congrats to current SPCPA student, JUNIE EDWARDS! Junie has written a new play that is receiving a staged reading at Pillsbury House Theatre later this week. Junie will be a 12th grader this upcoming school year. It is extraordinary for a high school student to get a staged reading of their play at a professional theater- head over to Pillsbury House Theatre and support this project on Thursday night! The reading is free and no reservations required.

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Congrats to current SPCPA student, JUNIE EDWARDS!  Junie has written a new play that is receiving a staged reading at Pillsbury House Theatre later this week.  Junie will be a 12th grader this upcoming school year.  It is extraordinary for a high school student to get a staged reading of their play at a professional theater- head over to Pillsbury House Theatre and support this project on Thursday night!  The reading is free and no reservations required. 

#spcpacommunity  #spcpaarts

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Congrats!! Very cool

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