Why Study Music?
Training in music and theatre instills discipline, develops organizational and social skills, improves coordination, encourages creative thinking and problem solving, and promotes an appreciation for culture and art that lasts throughout a person's life.
Whether a student is planning a professional career in the theatre or just looking to explore their creative and artistic side, PCPA has a program to suit their needs. In a 10-year study of over 25,000 students by the U.S. Education Department:
Students who study music test higher in math and on standardized tests.
Students studying theatre have higher reading skills.
▲ Former PCPA Student Makes Broadway Debut (Oct 21, 2015)Holly Curran, voice student of Valerie Pineda, makes her Broadway debut this fall in the acclaimed Lincoln Center Theatre revival of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge. Curran understudies the lead role of Catherine.
▲ Broadway Actors Mary Callanan (r) & Karen Elliott (l) Visit Summer Conservatory (Jul 14 & 17, 2017, respectively) As part of our ongoing Broadway Masterclass Series (past participants include Michele McConnell current Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera and Fun Home's Tony-nominated Beth Malone), Mary Callanan (currently in Bandstand on Broadway) spent the afternoon discussing her career, sharing her performance experiences, and lending advice to our student performers.
The following week, Karen Elliott (Broadway's Les Miserables, Nat'l Tour of Sister Act) spent the day as a guest artist and teacher. After briefly speaking to our students about her training and experience, she spent the rest of the day privately coaching individual students and small groups. This invaluable one-on-one time with Broadway caliber performers is one of the many perks of the Pineda Summer Conservatory experience.
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Voice lessons Spring 2018 semester begins MORE
On The Town, Summer 2016
Photo credit: Howie Frisch
VOICE LESSONS & CLASSES
Registration is now open for the Spring Semester 2018, Jan 13 - Jun 9. For voice lessons, limited time slots are available and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis with preference given to returning students. Register today to ensure your spot.
The PCPA family continues to grow as we open our first satellite location in Richmond, VA. Pineda Conservatory Richmond will begin offering private voice lessons for all ages and experience levels beginning the Fall of 2016.
We welcome our new Richmond students to our ever-expanding Pineda Conservatory family.
MUSICAL THEATRE CLASSES
Registration is now open for the Spring Semester 2018, Jan 20 - June 9 for Sunshine and Starlight Musical Theatre Programs. Both programs taught by Rachel Valovcin.
Sunshine Musical Theater Program
Grades 1-3 | Saturdays 9-10AM
First United Methodist Church, Scotch Plains
Starlight Musical Theater Program
Grades 4-7 | Saturdays 10-11:30AM
First United Methodist Church, Scotch Plain
Tuition for both programs: $400 (2 payments due 1/20 & 3/15)
Both programs culminate in a production of "James and the Giant Peach JR" on June 9 (times TBA).
Rachel Valovcin is currently a 2nd grade teacher in Newark, NJ. A Metuchen native, Rachel is thrilled to join the Pineda family! She has been performing in shows since the age of 5 when she starred as Ariel in a production of The Little Mermaid and the theatre bug bit! Since then, she has gone on to teach music at Camp Harmony and continues to perform across NJ. Her latest show was Hairspray with Mystic Vision Players in Linden where she played Tracy Turnblad. She cannot wait to see the talent and excitement of the students in the program and looks forward to creating a creative and exciting theatrical environment!
Instructor, Sunshine & Starlight Musical Theater Programs
▼ Broadway Actor Scott Willis Visits Summer Conservatory (Jul 26, 2016) Scott Willis, currently starring as Monsieur Baurel in Broadway's An American In Paris, shared career advice and stories from his long and varied stage career with the Center Stage students today at the CDC. His visit is part of the Center Stage Program's continuing summer series of visiting Broadway performers that have included Michele McConnell (current Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera) and Tony-nominated Beth Malone (Fun Home). Tickets for An American in Paris