This summer the YES Academy will take place in Suleimaniya from June 20 to June 30, 2013.
NEW in 2013!
NEW!¬†Rap/Spoken Word/BeatBoxing/DJing/MCing with Charyse Bailey of Mahogany Jones LIVE from Detroit!
NEW! BreakDance with Cricket from New York City: Cricket is one of the few b-boys who has been dancing on the streets of New York since the beginning of Hip Hop in the early 80′s
NEW! Classical Guitar¬†with the amazing Susan McDonald from Austin, Texas
NEW! Hip Hop Graphics: Our first visual arts workshop with b-boy Cricket who is also an accomplished graphic artist and creator of comics and Japanese Manga
NEW! Conducting and YES Pro Orchestra with ¬†Reuben Blundell conductor of the Hunter Symphony at Hunter College in ¬†New York: ¬†Conducting class and YES Pro Orchestra
NEW! Drama Workshop based on a production of Tom Stoppard’s 15-Minute Hamlet with Michael Parks Masterson
NEW! Suzuki and Roland Method Teacher Training with Dr. Greg Hurley: Learn to teach the Book 1 of Suzuki Method with Dr. Greg Hurley
Returning in 2013:
Composition with Dr. Patrick Clark
Violin/Viola and Cello with Marc Thayer, Dr. Greg Hurley and Bruce Walker
Jazz and Rock bands with Dr. Gene Aitken
Piano with John Ferguson
Hip Hop Dance with Michael Parks
All classes are free. This program is a gift from the United States to the next generation of performing artists in Kurdistan and Iraq.¬†
We do not have dormitory rooms or meals this year. If you can commute to Suleimaniya daily, or stay with family or friends or provide hotel and meals for yourself, you are welcome to attend.
Apply now! Application deadline is June 19. Live auditions will be held on June 19 and 20 in Suleimaniya at the Institute of Fine Arts.¬†If you want to participate in 2013, please join our Facebook Group,¬†YES Academy Kurdistan¬†¬†now¬†for all updated information.
We expect over 200 participants and look forward to counting you among them.
All participants will have the opportunity to perform in our gala shows:
Guitar and Strings Gala : ¬† ¬† June 28 featuring Susan McDonald, guitar and Reuben Blundell Conductor with the YES
Jazz, Rock and Theater: ¬† ¬† ¬†June ¬†29 featuring Suli rock and jazz bands and a production of 15 Minute Hamlet
Unbreakable Hip Hop: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† June 30 featuring Mahogany Jones Live (Rap, Vocals), Cricket (B-boying) and Michael
Parks (Hip Hop Dance)¬†
As we celebrate the seventh ¬†year of the Academy, we would like to thank all those who make this possible: The Embassy of the United States in Baghdad, The Institute of Fine Arts in Suleimaniya, The Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, Friends of American Voices and ¬†the Kurdistan Regional Government.
If you want to participate in 2013, please join our Facebook Group,¬†YES Academy Kurdistan¬†¬†now¬†for all updated information.
See you soon!
John Ferguson, American Voices