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Northshore School of the Arts sign-up deadline extended to Jan. 9 -- limited emrollment remaining

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – The deadline for high school juniors and seniors to sign up for Southeastern Louisiana University’s Northshore School of the Arts has been extended to Jan. 9.

     “We have had great response to the NSA group music theory and theater classes that will be offered this spring at Southeastern’s St. Tammany Center in Mandeville and the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker,” said NSA Director Charlotte Collins. “But since there is still room for a few more students in the classes, we are giving applicants until Jan. 9 to sign up.”

     The university’s professional high school arts program offers high school juniors and seniors in St. Tammany, Livingston and Tangipahoa parish public schools the opportunity to take group music theory and theater classes, as well as individual private music lessons with Southeastern faculty. Students who complete NSA classes with a minimum grade of “C” can earn college credit at Southeastern.

     “Taking NSA’s music theory or theater courses will give high school students a head start on their college coursework, since the courses fulfill the three-hour arts elective required in many curricula,” Collins said.

     Collins said NSA’s theater course will be taught this spring by Southeastern theater instructor James Winter, an award-winning professional actor, director, playwright and producer. Winter will offer the course at the St. Tammany Center on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. and at the Livingston Center on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

     Lucian Zidaru, an adjunct member of Southeastern’s Department of Music and Dramatic Arts faculty and an international pianist and music editor, will teach the music theory course at the St. Tammany Center on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and at the Livingston Center on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

     High school students may also contact NSA to enroll in applied music courses – individual instruction in piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, or percussion by Southeastern faculty. Applied music instruction is offered at the St. Tammany and Livingston Centers and on the university’s main campus in Hammond.

     “We’re very proud of the growth of the Northshore School of Arts since its inception in 2006,” said Collins. “Since all NSA courses are taught after school hours, they work well with the busy schedule of today’s students and supplement the instruction already in the schools. Serious young artists are always looking for new ways to refine their talent, and the NSA is an amazing opportunity.”

     Additional information and NSA application forms are available at, where parents and students can also subscribe to email updates. Prospective students can also contact Collins at 985-549-2568 or

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