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Northshore School of the Arts hosts Nov. 8 open house at Livingston Center

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – High school juniors and seniors and their parents can learn about Southeastern Louisiana University’s Northshore School of the Arts (NSA) and get a head start on the application and audition process at an informational open house Nov. 8 at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.

     The open house for Southeastern’s innovative professional high school arts program, which offers courses in the evening and on Saturdays, is scheduled for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the center, 9261 Florida Blvd.

     “Area residents have asked for the convenience of an informational event on a Saturday,” said NSA Director Charlotte Collins. “We are pleased to host this session at the Livingston Center, where we will offer music theory and theater classes for the first time this spring.”

     Through the Northshore School of the Arts, students in Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Tammany public schools may take Southeastern music, theater and art classes – plus one-on-one instruction in music with voice faculty. Those who complete NSA classes with a minimum grade of “C” can earn college credit at Southeastern.

     NSA music theory and theater courses will also be offered at the university’s St. Tammany Center in Mandeville. Students can take “Applied Music” – one-on-one lessons with college faculty in piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, or percussion – at both centers and on Southeastern’s main campus in Hammond.

     “The open house,” said Collins, “will not only be a great opportunity for students and parents to become acquainted with our program in general, but also to get a head start on the application process. Our instructors will be on hand to offer art portfolio reviews and tips and information on the audition process for our theater and music courses.”

     Collins said music theory instructor Lucian Zidaru and theater instructor James Winter will be available at the open house to discuss their programs with students and parents.

     Winter is a member of the Southeastern theater faculty and a professional actor, director, playwright and producer, while Zidaru is an adjunct member of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts faculty who has taught piano at the Livingston Center through Southeastern’s Community Music School.

     Collins said a visual arts course, which she will teach, is also in the planning stages to be offered on the main campus.

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

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