Fine Arts College Information Night is Just Around the Corner

Our annual Fine Arts College Information Night is coming up on October 10th, 2016, 7-9 pm at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City. If you are a student or parent wondering what the future may look like pursuing the arts (music, theater, dance, visual art), please join us for an evening of information and panel discussions.


College Information Night is Here!

Make sure to join us tonight at our annual Fine Arts College Information Night. Registration begins at 6:30 pm at Howard High School in Ellicott City, followed by a short plenary session at 7:00 pm before breaking out into panel discussions for music, theatre, visual art, and dance. At 8:30 pm, there will be an additional session open for financial aid and scholarship information. Our event is growing still, and we would love for you to experience everything College Night has to offer.

New York Times Lauds Music as Key to Success in Other Fields

Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement. But what is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in other fields?

The connection isn’t a coincidence. I know because I asked. I put the question to top-flight professionals in industries from tech to finance to media, all of whom had serious (if often little-known) past lives as musicians. Almost all made a connection between their music training and their professional achievements.

The phenomenon extends beyond the math-music association. Strikingly, many high achievers told me music opened up the pathways to creative thinking. And their experiences suggest that music training sharpens other qualities: Collaboration. The ability to listen. A way of thinking that weaves together disparate ideas. The power to focus on the present and the future simultaneously.

Will your school music program turn your kid into a Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft (guitar)? Or a Woody Allen (clarinet)? Probably not. These are singular achievers. But the way these and other visionaries I spoke to process music is intriguing. As is the way many of them apply music’s lessons of focus and discipline into new ways of thinking and communicating — even problem solving.

For the full article, please click here.

Long Reach High School Student Art Show

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Columbia Art Center Association presents the Long Reach High School Student Art show at Long Reach Shopping Center.  Student works from Jillian Jenkin’s Art I and Art II are on display from February 22 through February 28.  Join us for a special reception on February 24th, 6:30-8pm.

Long Reach Shopping Center
6100 Foreland Garth
Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: 410-730-0075
Fax: 410-997-2902

Howard County Arts Council’s 2011 Arts Scholarship

Need money for college?  Apply for the Howard County Arts Council’s 2011 Arts Scholarship.

The Council will award a minimum of $10,000 in scholarship funds to students entering college in the 2011-2012 academic year. Scholarships must be used for enrollment in an accredited college program for a degree in the arts.  Applicants must be a legal resident of Howard County. Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered by Monday, December 13, 2010.

Download the application form here.



The Glee Effect

It appears to be a national trend forming in high school arts programs. It is all because of the Fox TV show “Glee”. Across the nation, more and more students are succumbing to the “Glee Effect” and there seems to be an uptick in enrollment in school choirs and theatre programs. Here is a sampling of articles that were in the press recently.   The first article quotes a Marriotts Ridge Student in the first paragraph.

‘Glee’ puts high school choirs at center stage – Baltimore Sun

The ‘Glee’ effect: Singing is cool again

As one choral teacher gleefully puts it: Singing is cool again.

Glee: How “Glee” is changing high school choir

The “real Will Schuester” explains the way Fox’s hit show is pushing boundaries in a world known for jazz hands

High school choir programs growing fast and gleefully – Wire – Lifestyle –

Gabriel Herrera has never had a Slushy thrown in his face.