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In-School Opportunities

2020 Programs announced in September.
See below for recent programs:


Charlotte Blake Alston, storyteller
This dynamic storyteller breathes life into traditional and contemporary tales from African and African-American traditions, weaving in music performed on traditional African instruments. Meticulously researched and told with flair, Alston’s stories transport young people to other cultures and other times and provide unforgettable lessons in history that translate easily into classroom connections.
In-School Performances, Workshops
Monday-Thursday, February 4-7, 2019

American Shakespeare Center on Tour The American Shakespeare Center recovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education. The ASC is known throughout the U.S. for creating exciting, imaginative, and inclusive theatre with an emphasis on clarity, language, Shakespeare’s staging conditions, and continued experimentation.
Workshops for Theater & English Students
Monday, February 11, 2019


Gaudete Brass
Since 2004, the Gaudete Brass has committed itself to presenting brass chamber music through compelling concerts, adventurous recordings, and in-depth education outreach. This quintet not only performs with high-level artistry but also engage their audiences, telling the story of their music.
In-School Performances, Masterclasses, Workshops
Monday-Friday, March 11-15, 2019

New England Conservatory Ensemble
Musicians from the prestigious New England Conservatory combine to present a wide range of repertoire, teaching students lessons about history, teamwork, and dedication along the way.
In-School Performances, Masterclasses, Workshops
Monday-Friday, March 18-22, 2019

Specializing in original transcriptions and new music, District5 has developed a unique repertoire that showcases the virtuosity, colors, and endless possibilities of the wind quintet. The DC-based ensemble is dedicated to innovative ways of presenting classical music and was the recipient of a 2016 Chamber Music America Classical Commission.
In-School Performances, Masterclasses, Workshops
Monday-Friday, March 25-29, 2019

Catalyst Quartet
Hailed as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…playing with earthy vigor,” the Catalyst Quartet is comprised of top laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players. The mission of the ensemble is to advance diversity in classical music and inspire new and young audiences with dynamic performances of cutting-edge repertoire by a wide range of composers.
In-School Performances, Masterclasses, Workshops
Tuesday-Thursday, April 30-May 2, 2019


Richard Alston Dance Company
Led by one of the world’s great choreographers, this British troupe of graceful dancers brings music to vivid life in their performances, and is equally committed to passing along the joy of dance to the next generation through their outreach activities.
In-School Performances, Masterclasses, Workshops
Monday-Friday, March 18-22, 2019

Dance Theatre of Harlem
A “Classically American” dance company, the Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of creative expression and artistic excellence. Heading into their 50th anniversary season in 2019, Dance Theatre of Harlem has achieved unprecedented success, bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences in New York City, across the country, and around the world.
Masterclasses, Workshops
Tuesday-Thursday, April 30-May 2, 2019

Over their more than 40-year history, this inimitable company has created an art form all its own. The only common threads among the scores of works they have created is the absolute originality of each, and the commitment to showcasing the marvels of the human body in motion. They have enlivened the Oscars, done commercials for the Super Bowl, and blown away audiences around the world. Now this beloved group returns to Virginia Arts Festival with a sampling of its newest adventures!
Masterclasses, Workshops
Wednesday-Thursday, May 8-9, 2019