Saturday, September 12: Brahms Meets Jazz

Some of New Orleans’ best classical and jazz musicians go head-to-head when BRAHMS MEETS JAZZ One night only: Saturday, September 12 at 7pm at NOCCA, 2800 Chartres Street   On Saturday, September 12 at 7pm, some of New Orleans’ finest classical and jazz musicians join forces for an unforgettable, one-night-only…

Thursday, September 10: Del Shores: My Sordid Life

Del Shores: writer, comedian, and the creator of SORDID LIVES returns to New Orleans for one night only! Thursday, September 10 at NOCCA, 2800 Chartres Street, 7:30pm Del Shores, the acclaimed writer/director/producer for theatre, television, and film, returns to New Orleans for a one-night-only performance of his hilarious one-man show…

Items of note

As of May 15, the class of 2009 earned $8,750,000 in scholarships and aid to college (not including TOPS), a $91,000 per student average.  Sixty percent of graduates will be studying out-of-state, and 40% will attend colleges in Louisiana. * * * * * On June 15, 14 NOCCA Jazz…

Visiting Artist: Michael Cerveris

In May, Tony Award-winning actor, singer and musician  Michael Cerveris led master classes with both Musical Theatre and Vocal Music students.  The Vocal students were preparing their performances for the Classical Music Singers Competition in Chicago.  Excerpts from that class are below. “In truth, technical correctness brings everyone to the…

Visiting Artist: Wynton Marsalis

On April 24, 2009, alumnus Wynton Marsalis conducted a workshop, excerpted below, with NOCCA Level IV Jazz students for students from across New Orleans as part of the Jazz & Heritage Festival’s education outreach held at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall. The NOCCA septet had just opened with   “Stablemates” by Benny…

Visiting Artist: Delfeayo Marsalis

During one of many classes Delfeayo taught this year, he led students on both a technical and personal development track. “By what measure will you consider yourselves successful?” Delfeayo asked each student before making them think further. “If I have mastered my instrument,” answered one student.  “If you have mastered…

Visiting Artist: T. S. Monk, Jr.

On April 22, 2009, The Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz presented The Blues and Jazz: Two American Classics.  Bringing together master artists and NOCCA students, the Monk Institute presented Antonio Hart (above left at piano), Guitar Slim, Jr., Lisa Henry, Richard Johnson, Derek Nievergelt and Otis Brown, III, with remarks…

The Financial Aid Program: Some of our successes

The NOCCA Institute awarded $60,000 in Term-Time and Summer Study Financial Aid support to this year’s graduates during their years of study at NOCCA.  They earned $5.4 million in scholarships and aid to college.  Eighty percent of students receiving assistance from TNI earned college awards, with the remaining earning TOPS…

Celebration Speaker: Wendell Pierce

Alumnus Wendell Pierce returned to NOCCA on May 14, 2009 to give the commencment address at Celebration. Below are excerpts from his remarks. * * * * * Tonight is a profoundly  special night – a celebration of your hard work and accomplishments. It is a celebration of family. Look…

A New Horizon, Chapter 3: Master Planning

A new vision for learning has animated a new vision for NOCCA’s learning environment and facilities. The current construction of the classroom addition for Media Arts, Musical Theatre, and Theatre Design – scheduled to open  this October – completes the build-out of NOCCA’s present campus.  With the charge to help…

A New Horizon, Chapter 2: The Academic Studio

Both discovery phases have led us to the development of the Academic Studio:  a learning environment that will capitalize on NOCCA’s distinctive initiation model of education and strengthen all of student learning by connecting science, math and the humanities to intensive arts-training. At NOCCA, students are required not only to…

A New Horizon, Chapter 1: NOCCA’s Creative DNA

Since 1973, NOCCA has provided the highest quality professional training to young artists.  Yet the world in which today’s young people will be living and working is changing dramatically, making our job of preparing them more complex.  Following Katrina we sought a definitive answer to the question “What do we…