Arts school accepting applications for next school year

November 16, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown is accepting applications for the 2010-11 school year.

The two-page application is available on the Washington County Public Schools and Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Web sites. Applications also may be obtained at any middle or high school, or at the Washington County Public Schools Central Office at 820 Commonwealth Ave. in Hagerstown.

Principal Michael Thorsen said the applications are due by Dec. 15, and auditions will be held Jan. 9, 16 and 23.

"It's open to anybody who wants to apply," Thorsen said.

If everything goes as planned, the successful applicants will be announced on March 1.

The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts opened in August to high school students who want to pursue a secondary education with an emphasis in the arts. The school combines a traditional academic program with specialized training in dance, music (instrumental or vocal), theater and visual arts.


Thorsen said about 160 students attend the school, which has a capacity of 300. Students from outside the county and state are welcome to apply, Thorsen said, but they are required to pay tuition.

He said attending the school costs $4,173 a year for students who live in a different Maryland county, and $10,735 a year for students from out of state. Students who don't live in Washington County also have to provide their own transportation, Thorsen said.

A workshop to provide assistance for the application process will be held for those interested in music and visual arts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at South Hagerstown High School. A workshop for those interested in dance and theater is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at North Hagerstown High School.

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