Registration Open for Academy of the Arts

Academy students performing Registration is now open for the 10th year of the Academy of the Arts at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, according to Dr. Rosilee Russell of Fort Smith, Academy executive director.


The Academy offers preschool, youth symphony, art, choral and theatre programs and private lessons on subjects including music, theatre, dance, conducting, composition, music theory and music history.


New additions to the Academy’s program this year include a new teen acapella group influenced by the movie “Pitch Perfect” and a drum ensemble for grade school students called “Drums Alive.”


The Academy also offers the On Stage series, a yearlong schedule of choral, orchestral and theatrical productions by professional artists as well as Academy students. Numerous classes, lessons and activities for the On Stage series begin in September.


Russell said she expects approximately 700 students to register for the Academy this fall, including the after-school outreach classes that meet at several elementary schools.


“I am so excited for the Academy to be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year,” Russell said. “I expect great things from the students and faculty and look forward to many wonderful performances this season.”


An estimated 350 students attend weekly classes on campus, and 35 faculty members teach for the Academy. Russell said the faculty are professionals in their field who love to work with children and teens.


“This provides every student with an outstanding artistic experience,” Russell said.  “Students tend to come out of their shell and develop self-confidence through our programs.”


For more information, call 479-788-7253 or email


Amy Fairbanks, University Relations Coordinator
Date Posted: 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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