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About the Summer Arts Academy

The Morehead State University Summer Arts Academy nurtures students' development in the arts in a setting that allows interaction with expert faculty and the opportunity to work with other students who share a specific interest in music, theater, art and design, and writing.

All students will select a course of study appropriate to their medium, but all will receive the same opportunities.

The Academy consists of six full days of activities, including individual and group instruction in your chosen area (music, theater, art and design, and writing & media). Recreational activities will include an art hop night, movie night, bowling night and performances/presentations by the Morehead State University Summer Arts Academy faculty.



Music students will enjoy spending up to five to six hours daily with faculty in their respective areas. Students will participate in group instruction, private lessons and masterclasses throughout the week. Students will learn specific techniques to take with them, improving their musicianship.

Music students can select two (2) electives during registration/check-in on Sunday, June 11.


  • Music Technology: Students will enjoy getting hands-on experience with music creation and notation software such as Garage Band, Finale, and Sibelius and will explore how to use a soundboard to produce live audio
  • Choir: Students will have the opportunity to explore their vocal capabilities with others in this vocal ensemble.
  • Dalcroze Eurhythmics: This is a process for awakening, developing and refining innate musicality through the rhythmic movement of the body, air training and improvisation.
  • Jazz Improvisation: This elective focuses on the foundations of jazz improvisation, exposing students to the wide world of jazz in a large group setting. All skill levels and instruments (including voice) are welcome.
  • Conducting: This elective will introduce the student to basic instrumental conducting. The student will practice conduction in front of the ensemble during the week.


Theatre students will engage in the study of acting from both aesthetic and practical viewpoints. Through fundamental techniques associated with the acting process, students will discover methodologies that will prove beneficial in developing their craft.


Students who enroll in Art and Design will have the unique opportunity to work in four areas during the week.

  • Ceramics: Students will use basic hand-building methods to create functional and sculptural pieces from clay. The works will then be fired and glazed/decorated.
  • Digital Art: Students will explore our modern digital landscape as we create 2D characters.
  • Printmaking & Art Activism: Students will explore art for social change using techniques in printmaking.
  • Photography: Students will explore the basics of photographing and create artworks using historical alternative photographic processes.


Explorations in creative writing and convergent media will lead to individual multi-genre passion projects. Students who enroll in Writing and Media will have the unique opportunity to explore a variety of media to tell their story and share it with an authentic audience., write and record radio stories and learn about podcasting.

Contact Information

Ben Cantrell

208 Baird Music Hall
Morehead, KY 40351

PHONE: 606-783-2403