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…

Friday, November 6: Author, publisher, and teacher Dave Eggers

The NOCCA Institute presents celebrated author Dave Eggers! Friday, November 6 at 8pm at NOCCA On Friday, November 6, The NOCCA Institute’s CENTER STAGE series presents an evening with Dave Eggers! Eggers is a literary triple-threat: part author (his debut work, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, was a finalist…

The NOCCA Institute hosts first gallery exhibition of the 2009-10 season

“On the Edge” gallery series kicks off the 2009-10 season with an exhibition by visiting artists October 8 – November 27, 2009 * Opening reception: October 8, 6pm – 8pm The NOCCA Institute is proud to announce the 2009 Visiting Artist I Exhibition. The opening reception for this show will…

Visiting Artist: Fabio Bidini

To start the new school year off as well as a new concert season, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra brought acclaimed pianist Fabio Bidini to NOCCA for an intensive master class with classical music students. “When you play the first finger, the fourth finger already has to be over the note,”…

Friday, October 9: Acclaimed Author Sarah Vowell

The NOCCA Institute hosts An Evening With Sarah Vowell Friday, October 9, 2009  •  All tickets: $10 • New time: 8:00pm PURCHASE TICKETS NOW BY CLICKING HERE! On Friday, October 9, The NOCCA Institute’s 2009-10 CENTER STAGE series presents an evening with Sarah Vowell — one of America’s best-loved young…

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…