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[02 Jan 2010|05:45pm]

[ mood | sad ]

From the Usdan facebook page:

"Elliott Bean, longtime and beloved conductor of Usdan's Senior Chorus, passed away on January 2nd. Elliott conducted memorable performances at the old "Assembly" building, and at the McKinley Amphitheater. His studio was alive with energy, as Elliott coaxed and cajoled his students toward the highest possible artistic ...goals, while also caring for them with the affection of a parent. His chosen successor, Karen Lehman, now carries on these traditions. Elliott's favorite Usdan tradition was the annual end-of-season performance of "We Are One". These performances will be recreated at his funeral on Tuesday, January 5th, at Setauket Methodist Church in East Setauket NY. Elliott will long be remembered at Usdan. Do. Do Re Mi. Do Re Mi Re Do.......

Elliott Bean, beloved conductor of Usdan's Senior Chorus, passed away on January 2nd. Please see the article below. A wake for Mr. Bean will take place on Monday, January 4th, from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, and again from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Bryant Funeral Home, 411 Old Town Road, East Setauket, Phone: 631-473-0082. A funera...l will take place on Tuesday, January 5th, at Setauket Methodist Church in East Setauket NY."

I stayed at Usdan every summer until I was 18 because of Mr. Bean and the wonderful chorus program he nurtured. Every great memory from my childhood summer included Mr. Bean. I will miss him tremendously.

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Roland Dyens, Songe capricorne, classical guitar Nataly Makovskaya [09 Nov 2009|12:25am]


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A newbie here! [22 Jul 2008|07:30pm]

 Hi everyone! My name is Laura and I'm not is USDAN yet but I hope to be next summer. My dad and I took a tour of it yesterday and I really love that place - the aura of it is so different than anything I've ever seen before. I plan to major in drama and minor in writing and I think USDAN  will help me reach my voice-over career. Also one of the councelors in the office told us that that there's a boy in 7th grade who's interested in doing voice-overs or who has lessons in it at the camp? Could someone shed some light on that if they know that person? Thanks. USDAN sounds like an awesome place. I hope I'll make some friends there. I can start doing that here lol.
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performers needed for new music festival! [25 Jan 2007|12:12pm]


I think a lot of you are probably musicians so...yes. I am an organizer for a new music festival called Make Music New York. On June 21st, 2007, the entire city of New York (all five boroughs) will be covered in music. Professional and amateur musicians will fill up sidewalks, parks, and community gardens, making public space throughout the five boroughs impromptu musical stages, dance floors, and social meeting points. We have a permit that will allow musicians to perform in any outdoor area of their choice within the city.

This event is based on a worldwide music festival often called Fete de la Musique (it originated in Paris in 1982) that takes place in over 250 cities every year. For some reason, this celebration of live, free music has not made its way to New York until this year.

Because this is a new festival we need as much help as possible. If you would like to perform or if you know anyone who would be interested in performing, please e-mail me at sarah@makemusicny.org. I am specifically in charge of organizing world music artists, but I will find performance space for musicians of any genre. All performers will be listed in local New York City newspapers and posters will be provided.

If you would like more information about Make Music New York, please visit our website: www.makemusicny.org. Once again, if you have any questions or would like to sign up (!), please email me at sarah@makemusicny.org


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Brief Introduction [23 Nov 2006|12:15am]

Wow. I just happened to stumble across this community tonight in a bit of nostalgia, remembering back when I was hanging out with all my cool friends from other schools on Long Island... I had a great time all those years ago, and am one of those "old school" folks from the 5 summers of 1984 through 1989.

My name is Beth, and I'm a former Band major (I, II, and III), as well as Video (the year the studios opened), and Orchestra (IV). I played piccolo and flute, and minored in Painting (2x), Chorus, and Creative Writing (2x). I used to hang out with some pretty cool people from Ward Melville High School (would have been the class of 1990 through 1992 or so), as well as friends I made from that summer in the Video class.

It's been some years, and USDAN brings back some great memories. I'm glad to see that the place is still going strong, and would be interested in hearing about how the place has changed (aside from the new assembly over by the bus depot... Wow.... big change from the assembly area where you couldn't hear a *thing* when it rained....).

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone.
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[29 May 2006|06:59pm]

does anybody know what period senior chorus minor usually is? thanks :)
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[23 May 2006|04:40pm]

I attended Usdan for 6 years (god I feel old). I was there from age 10 to age 15. I'm now 19 and Usdan has offered me a job working with the orchestra.

Have any of you been in the orchestra?? What's it like? What is Gary Hodges like? These are things I must consider before giving them an answer. lol
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[30 Apr 2006|08:20am]

Hey all you usdan people

i was wondering if anyone has gone on the summer tour with

American Music Abroad

or if anyone knows anyone that has gone or IS GOING this summer on it?

please let me know! thank youuuuuu
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Also Livening Up the Dead Board [19 Feb 2006|07:01pm]
Hey everyone! How's your year been? Only about 4 months until Usdan...can't wait! This summer will probably be my last summer (it's a rep summer for me!) because I'm going to be going to Europe next year for my sweet sixteen, and maybe doing some intellectual programs at Yale, Harvard, Brown or UPenn. Exciting, huh? So yeah, this summer better be the best summer of my life, because it's my last summer to really have fun at summer camp before trying to get into college.
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[18 Feb 2006|02:02pm]

[ mood | nostalgic ]

wow this community died for the winter.
i'm new here, but not really, being that i used to be a member of this community 2 years ago during a month long live journal phase. but i'll introduce myself anyway.

i'm emma, 16, major in senior jazz band on piano.
i am going back next year, for what will be my 6th summer.
and last year was probably my best year there.

haha thats all. :)

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[27 Oct 2005|10:53pm]
People auditioning for Musical Rep-What song and monologue are you using? I've pretty much decided on mine, but I want to hear what other people are doing.
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Usdan in the 70's [23 Oct 2005|07:47pm]

I went to Usdan in the 70's and was part of the drama program, actually the musical theater program, when it first started and the theater first built. Those are some of the best memories of my childhood. Anybody else out there who was in the program then? I would love to share memories.
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:D [23 Oct 2005|03:38am]

Just when Usdan seems to fade into obscurity, lost beneath layers of school and everyday life... they send an application for next summer!
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[20 Sep 2005|07:06pm]
usdan being over=not cool

especially since im not going back next year
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[07 Sep 2005|06:34pm]
Hey everyone! How's school? Is anyone here auditioning for Rep besides me?
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[24 Aug 2005|09:05pm]
Hey everyone! It's been almost two weeks, so how have you all been coping?
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[15 Aug 2005|11:03pm]

[ mood | melancholy ]

This is my 14th summer spent at Usdan and the last day of camp still makes me sad. Thanks to those kids(and their parents) who were nice to us in the office. Until next year...

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[13 Aug 2005|03:27pm]

[ mood | crying.. ]

i cant even begin to describe how amazing this summer has been and i cant believe its over again and i really wish it werent because ive gotten so much closer with my friends this year and now its all over..but it seriously was the best summer of my life<3 a lot of people have been saying that actually but i really feel that way and im just really sad about it ending :( i was up until 1 in the morning really depressed and crying but im still happy that i said what needed to be said to some people and i know im going to keep in touch with all of my best friends and everyone but i still feel really empty because it always takes getting some getitng used to for me to realize that i wont be going to usdan everyday and seeing everyone all the time,for now :[ and that makes me really sad. and i know these things have to come to an end at some point, but it just hurts so much . :[[[[[[

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[13 Aug 2005|12:06am]

It's difficult to put into words how much this summer meant to a lot of us. The beginning was very stressful for everyone, as we were auditioning and working with some of the most talented people we will ever be likely to meet. Things settled down after a couple of weeks and we spent the remainder of the summer strengthening old friendships, building new ones, pushing ourselves to perfection in all of our classes, skipping assembly, and enjoying the free ice cream.

I can honestly say that this has been one of the best summers of my entire life. I've been going to Usdan for seven years now. Last summer, for me, consisted of spending time with friends that had absolutely nothing to do with Usdan, and that was fine. But this summer's experience truly impacted my life, because of the friends I made, the thrilling experience that comes with running down the swim hill at full speed while screaming my head off, and the self-satisfaction that results from being involved in a fantastic show with exceptionally talented and competitive people and knowing that I did the best I could do.

For those of you coming back to Usdan for the new season, I wish you a happy school year and fully expect you to report back to this community with the list of shows the theatre department is doing next summer. And for those of us who aren't coming back, there really isn't much else to say, except for a fond little farewell and the acknowledgement that we've spent this summer (and many previous ones) at one of the best camps in the world.

Until next year. ♥
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[12 Aug 2005|04:58pm]
It's over. I can't believe it. This summer was amazing and I'm probably not coming back! I'm so sad!
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