The Korean Week Festival was a great success!  We would like to thank Board of Trustees Member Heather Choi for being the inspiration for this festival without whose vision, it would not have been possible.  The week long festival began with a  Korean Traditional Dance Seminar with Soo Jin Kim. Korean traditional Dance originated in ancient shamanistic rituals thousands of years ago. In modern Korea, there are at least six different kinds of dance: Court, Folk, Shamanistic, Confucian, Buddhist, and Modern concert dance.  Today, these classifications usually refer to the style of dance rather than the occupation, class, or religion of the dancers. Dances and dance styles formerly restricted to royal audiences (the court) have become Korean classical dances.  Korean classical court dances tend to be slow in tempo, dignified and refined.  They were performed by professional dancers at the palace for the king, queen and their guests. In contrast, Korean folk dances are lively and earthy.  They were performed by regular citizens to express emotions at different times (good harvests, weddings, funerals).  
October 17- Visual Arts Master Class:  Korean Traditional Mask

A Traditional Face mask workshop conducted by EunKyoung Park. Students learned about the mask tradition.  Masks are known as "Tal" in Korean, but they are also known by many other names such as "gamyon", "kwangdae", "chorani", and "talbagaji". A "talchum" is really more than its literal meaning of "mask dance," but is also a drama in which persons, animals or supernatural beings are portrayed through the media of masks and dance. Masks and mask dances developed in Korea in prehistoric times. Traditional masks fall into two categories: religious masks and artistic masks. Some religious masks were considered sacred, the focus of worship in shaman shrines and revered periodically with rites in which offerings were made. Other religious masks were used to ward off evil spirits. Artistic masks were mostly used in dance and drama. However, these also had religious functions to some extent. Of special note are the masks featured in a mask dance-drama developed in the Hahoe region.

October 18 - 6:30 pm- Traditional Korean Tea Ceremony 
Dado is a Korean word literally meaning "the way of tea" or tea ceremony.  The ceremony was performed by world famous artist Seiryun Chun.  
The process of pouring water and placing tea into a teapot is known as tooda.  The first serving of a new batch of tea is poured directly into the cups, a little at a time, back and forward three times until the cups are filled, in order to spread equally the stronger tea that emerges from the bottom of the teapot. No water must remain in the pot, or it would develop an undesirable bitter taste.  Korean green tea is usually drunk holding the cup in both hands. The first step is to view the color of the tea, the second to inhale its fragrance, the third to taste it on the tongue, the fourth to follow its taste in the throat, and finally there is the lingering aftertaste in the mouth to be enjoyed.  

The ceremony was followed by a Gayageum performance by  Hyunsu Suh.  The gayageum or kayagum is a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument with 12 strings, though some more recent variants have 21 or other number of strings.  It is probably the best known traditional Korean musical instrument.  It is related to other Asian instruments, including the Chinese guzheng, the Japanese koto, the Mongolian yatga, and the Vietnamese đàn tranh. When played, the sound varies between traditional Eurasian stringed instruments and the Appalachian banjo.

October 19 - 5:30 pm Traditional Korean Knotting Jewelry with textile artist Kum Joo Ahn. "Maedeup", the Korean traditional knot, has developed into a distinctive decorative art and has had practical use throughout its long history.  It was used for household and ritual items but also in court ceremonies and to adorn  musical instruments, fans, dresses, flags and palanquins - there are 36 types of knots.  Not only are they symmetrical with the same pattern on both sides but also using one piece of string whose knot begins and ends at the same point.  The students created a bracelet which they got to take home.

October 21 - 11 to 2 PM Our amazing week culminated with an Outdoor Concert and Festival of Music, Drumming and Dance Performances and Korean food.   View the highlight video below.  Many dignitaries and special guests attended as our children's choir, Scholarship dance ensemble and Soloist Aadithya Ashok performed as well as the award winning Heavenly Drummer dance ensemble, Tenor Seunghwam Oh, Pianist Minju Choi, and gayageum player Huynsu Suh.  It was a trememdous treat.  Watch the highlight video below.
View Korean Week Highlight Video


The NSA Chorus under the direction of Beatriz DeMello, made it's Carnegie Hall debut October 1, 2017 as part of the World Choral Festival.  The students were invited in connection with our Korean festival and sang traditional Korean songs "Spring In My Hometown "Arirang" and traditional hymn Amazing Grace.  

The excitement began as soon as the students arrived at the hall.  As every group assembled to perform, our students warmed up, and went over last minute details.  Patricio Molina, director of the conservatory division, accompanied our choir on stage.  Above are photos of our choir lined up backstage and waiting to be called on stage for the performance.  It was a thrilling experience for all the participants!
Click below to see a recording of the dress rehearsal of our debut.  
Carnegie Hall Performance
Carnegie Hall Performance video
This short video, filmed and edited by Rob Davidson, was created as a preview of our upcoming 50th anniversary celebration in 2018. Click here to enjoy why NSA is so important in our community.

Larry Tamburri is interviewed by Steve Adubato.  In this interview they discuss the importance of arts education in Newark.

Newark School of the Arts was also featured in Fios1 News. The story features our Music Director, Nadine Herman, and other programs in our school.  

Korean Festival
We're on TV! One On One Clip
Carnegie Hall Debut
Mosaics Unveiling
Special Events
Nadine Herman is awarded Educator of the Year
Benefit Concert for Houston Symphony members who lost their homes in Harvey to take place at NSA September 27th. Houston is rebuilding.  Come enjoy wonderful music and give generously to this cause.

You are invited to our Mosaics Unveiling

This past summer our students participated in a 4-week, full-day summer mosaics workshop in partnership with GlassRoots. The Project was commissioned by NewarkArts, and it sponsored by PSE&G. The student's work resulted in a public installation at the PSE&G's Federal Street Switching Station in Newark. The Project "Windows to the City" was unveiled on Monday, December 11, from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM. 
James Blake from GlassRoots and Sheila McCoy from NewarkArts Install the mosaics on Orchard  Street.


Shirley Close was our guest artist for our Vocal Master Class here at the school. She presented a digestible take on the technical and physiological skills involved in vocal training. Close is an acclaimed Soprano and voice teacher that has maintained a highly successful career in opera, oratorio and concert for over 30 years across the world. Her Master Class was full of helpful tips on how to practice and maintain good vocal health for students of all levels . We truly appreciate Ms. Close sharing her breadth of knowledge with us and are glad that our students can benefit from such an esteemed guest.

Crystal Newby Reynolds is a professional dance artist that came in to explain and demonstrate the specialized art of Liturgical Dance. This dance is often used to convey emotion and devotion in forms of worship through powerfully yet elegant movement. We were very honored to have her educate our students and present for all of us. Liturgical dance will be offered next semester as the new year begins, aligned with our 50th anniversary.

Candace Hundley Kamate is our newest faculty member and our African Dance instructor. Candace and her dance class gave a high-energy demonstration of the dance art that included vibrant costumes, African drums and a short talk about the history associated within the African diaspora. We're excited to grow this program and look for even more going forward in the Spring semester. For event listings, check our website at: www.newarkschoolofthearts.o

January 2
January 2 - 27  Registration Open for New students
Spring Semester
Financial Aid Forms and ICAN
Scholarship forms available
January 22 - 27  Make-Up Week
January 20 - Dance Hour Drama and Dance
12:15 PM - New Hall
January 20 - Carollo Scholarship  Concert
4:00 PM New Hall


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