The Children’s Performing Arts Academy is an arts development program provided by Newark Symphony Hall. The mission of the academy is to provide a platform to explore the world of artistic expression for children and their community. Our goal is to not only teach young aspiring artists how to develop their potential, but to also enhance children’s self confidence, personal growth, group collaboration and leadership skills.

The academy includes the Newark Symphony Hall Youth Chorus.

Led by the Hall’s Arts Education and Community Programs Manager Cisely Martin-Breeden, the Children’s Performing Arts Academy and Youth Chorus is a place where children can learn how to release their natural creativity and build confidence through vocal performance, drama, and dance.

With Martin-Breeden at the helm, the arts inspire a sense of unity and spread a message of hope in the face of adversity our community’s young students might meet inside a traditional classroom and throughout their daily lives.

Summer Program

Our affordable summer program offers 6 weeks of vocal performances, drama and dance classes for children ages 8 to 15. Taught by professionally trained teaching artists, the education each child receives is designed to stir their individual artistic growth and spark a passion for the arts that will help them develop a healthy relationship to their education and development inside a traditional classroom and out. Each summer program concludes with our end-of-summer performance onstage at Newark Symphony Hall.

Former Students Seen on Stage & Screen

Our students have gone on to obtain major roles on Broadway in productions such as The Lion King and Kinky Boots, as well as televised segments on the Food Network series Chef Junior. We’ve also had students perform in featured roles in theater pieces produced and directed by Tony Award winner Savion Glover.

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