ORLANDO — Central Florida Vocal Arts is planning a busy spring and summer this year, and is inviting the public to enjoy a host of activities that will include musical storytelling, a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser and their first ever Summer Institute for aspiring young artists.
“There has never been a better time to get involved with CFVA,” the non-profit musical advocacy group noted in a news release. “So grab a ticket to a performance, sign up for a class, make a donation or heck, even have pancakes with us (keep scrolling, this will make sense ).”
What Kind of Storytelling is CFVA Doing?
CFVA is partnering with the Winter Park Library for an hour of storytelling through song on two upcoming Tuesdays, March 21 and March 28, for a program suitable for kids ages 7 -11.
“We will explore a new story every week and, together, students will learn a song that embodies the emotional experience of the story’s characters,” the non-profit notes. ” Students will develop basic singing skills and confidence, while cultivating emotional intelligence and empathy.”
The storytelling sessions will be led by their teaching artist, Beth Hall, who frequently performs with CFVA, having played roles in their productions of A Tale of Two Cities, Guys and Dolls, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and others.
“When she is not on stage, she is teaching music and theater to young performers,” CFVA noted. “She enjoys teaching almost as much as she loves singing. Bringing the love of music to the littlest ones brings so much joy to her heart.”
What is CFVA’s Upcoming Fundraiser?
Next up for CFVA is a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at Audubon Park Church on Sunday, March 26 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. This fundraising event will feature live entertainment provided by CFVA.
Tickets for both adults and children are available for half hour time slots, with vegetarian options available on request. CFVA’s suggested donation is $10 for adults and $6 for children.
At 10:30 a.m. at the conclusion of the breakfast, CFVA will be offering a special workshop titled The Power Of Your Voice, so stick around.
“Our collaborative goal is to raise $1,000 at this breakfast,” CFVA noted.
What Will the CFVA Summer Program Be Offering?
Moving from spring to summer, CFVA will be hosting its premiere performing arts Summer Program this year as a week-long, holistic training program “with a focus on singing, dance, acting, production and more,” the group notes. “Students of all experience levels will be challenged in a nurturing environment with individualized instruction. We are currently registering for both of our Summer Institute programs this June at Renaissance Theatre Company and spots are filling fast.”
Renaissance Theatre Company is at 415 E. Princeton St. in Orlando, right off Loch Haven Park. Registration will be limited to the first 50 registrants.
The summer program runs from June 5-10 and is designed for students ages 7-12, and then from June 12-17 for students ages 13-18. Scholarships will be available for students who could use financial assistance, so apply here.
There will also be a $25 siblings discount which can be applied to different sessions when two or more Summer programs are purchased by the same household. To receive the discount, use the discount code SUMMERSIBLING.
What is Central Florida Vocal Arts?
Central Florida Vocal Arts and Opera del Sol were launched with the mission of helping to create a community in Central Florida that is thriving thanks to the contributions of arts education, performance and appreciation.
As the non-profit group notes, “We are re-imagining the future of vocal arts.”
The non-profit music advocacy organization is also dedicated to providing the highest quality training to young artists and creating performance opportunities for artists of all ages.
Their Opera del Sol program offers innovative productions in unexpected places.
Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright, and author of the book A Christmas Eve Story. Contact him at Freelineorlando@gmail.com.