Alumni Updates

This column is where you’ll find information about alumni-related events, relevant news, arts-related job openings, alumni awards and other accolades, as well as calls for volunteers to help our alma mater NOCCA and its fund-raising non-profit, the NOCCA Institute.  If you have an item to submit for consideration, please email…

Tuesday, March 23: Special preview of 110 in the Shade

The NOCCA Institute hosts a very special sneak-preview performance of 110 in the Shade! Tuesday, March 23 at 7pm * * * * * The NOCCA Institute is hosting a very special, members-only preview of 110 in the Shade on Tuesday, March 23 at 7pm. Members who have contributed $50…

The NOCCA Institute presents the 2010 Visiting Artist II Exhibition

NOCCA’s “On the Edge” gallery series continues the 2009-10 season with an exhibition by Visiting Artists March 11-April 23, 2010 • Opening reception: March 11, 6pm – 8pm The Ken Kirschman Artspace and The NOCCA Institute are proud to announce the 2010 Visiting Artist II Exhibition. The opening reception for…

Visiting Artists: John Goodman, Lolis Eric Elie, Wendell Pierce, Clark Peters, and Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

It was as if Drama, Musical Theatre, Theatre Design and Media Arts students had five living textbooks in front of them, so deep was the information the actors and writers from HBO’s New Orleans production of Treme could offer. Joining in the workshop were actor and NOCCA alumnus Wendell Pierce,…

Friday, March 5: NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods and “The Children’s Suite”

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS NOW! On Friday, March 5, at 8:00pm, legendary composer, conductor, and saxophonist Phil Woods comes to NOCCA!  The NEA Jazz Master will present one of his master works, The Children’s Suite, performed by Mr. Woods and a 15-piece orchestra. Based on the classic verses of…

Victor Kirschman: A Great Friend of NOCCA

Victor Kirschman was truly great man and a longtime friend of NOCCA. We asked Ashley Kirschman to write a short summary of the man who offered boundless passion, enthusiasm, and support to his family, friends, and generations of young artists. * * * * * On August 29, 2009, New…

The NOCCA Institute presents the 2010 NOCCA Faculty Exhibition

The 2010 NOCCA Faculty Exhibition January 14 – February 26, 2010 Opening reception: Thursday, January 21 New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans New Orleans, LA — The Ken Kirschman Artspace and The NOCCA Institute are proud to announce its 2010 NOCCA Faculty Exhibition. The show…

Visiting Artist: Midori

“How long have you been playing this piece?” Midori asked students as they finished a Haydn piano trio. As part of her Orchestra Residencies Program work with the Louisiana Philharmonic and Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras, the renowned violinist and educator had come to NOCCA to offer some hands-on guidance…

Wednesday, December 23: Home for the Holidays at House of Blues

The NOCCA Institute and the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists host HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS fundraiser at House of Blues Featuring performances by Theresa Andersson, Kermit Ruffins, Trombone Shorty, and more! Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at House of Blues, 225 Decatur Street Purchase tickets at www.HOB.com/neworleans! Home for…

Visiting Artists: Dave Eggers & Jonathan Demme

“This is where I would have gone to school if I lived only 400 or 500 miles away or if I could have designed a school,” Dave Eggers told audience members as he opened his NOCCA Institute Center Stage presentation of his latest literary and film works, Zeitoun and Where…

Wednesday, December 2: fiction writer Barb Johnson and Nigerian poet Niyi Osundare

Please join us on Wednesday, December 2, as we welcome two outstanding authors to NOCCA: Fiction writer Barb Johnson and Nigerian poet Niyi Osundare. The two authors will read from recent and past works and answer questions from those in attendance. The event will take place at 7pm in the…

Dress Rehearsal With Yo-Yo Ma

Students were hard pressed to decide which part of a career-inspiring afternoon they enjoyed more: Yo-Yo Ma’s rehearsal with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra or the time he spent with them afterward answering questions. His joy, his body, his bow, his cello were as one as he and the orchestra moved…

Visiting Artist: Court Watson

As set and costume designer for the World War II Museum’s Stage Door Canteen, New York City-based Court Watson laid out set design after set design for NOCCA’s Theatre Design students. With credits including Jekyll & Hyde and West Side Story (Magdeburg, Germany), Frau Luna (Salzburger Landestheater), Rockville and Elton…

Visiting Artist: Carl Allen

“One of my favorite questions is ‘What if?” Juilliard’s Artistic Director of Jazz Studies Carl Allen shared with NOCCA’s Jazz students during a recent master class. “What if I did this instead of that?  Where is the balance between volume and intensity?” he probed as he tried to help students…

Visiting Artist: Sarah Vowell

“I like my main characters to be hugely flawed,” acclaimed author and columnist Sarah Vowell told NOCCA Creative Writing students and guest students from Lusher Charter School on a recent visit. “The truth is so rich” she explained as she shared with students the great disconnects she finds all around…