HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 3, 2014 – For the second year in a row, students from High Point University took stage alongside students from NYU, Berklee College of Music and other top-tier performing art schools at Costa Rica’s highly selective Promising Artists of the 21st Century Program.
The Promising Artists program started in 1986 and is recognized by the U.S. State Department. Each year, The Costa Rica Centro Cultural invites students from top-tier institutions considered the best of the best from the U.S. to spend the week performing, teaching classes and gaining cultural experiences.
Roxy Daneman, Ashley Siebeneichen and Madison Jordan danced, sang and shared their talents in the San Jose National Theatre and several other venues after receiving an exclusive invitation to participate. They produced and performed a U.S. musical theatre showcase featuring popular scenes and melodies from a variety of hit Broadway shows.
“There are no proper words to express how much this trip helped me to expand as a performer and a professional in the field of performance,” says Daneman. “Not only was I able to push myself to work hard for a week full of performances, I was able to expand my cultural horizons by traveling to a foreign country. I am so thankful to everyone involved in the Promising Artist of the 21st Century program and to all of the people who helped me to grow so much along this journey.”
“The students represented themselves and the arts at HPU very well,” says Scott Macleod, assistant professor of music at HPU. “Audiences in Costa Rica do not get much exposure to Broadway musical theatre, and they received the performances with great enthusiasm. This provided a tremendous learning opportunity for our students as well.”
This is one of many robust learning opportunities in the Department of Music for students to perform in front of thousands at events and on stages across the world. Others include performances as Carnegie Hall, St. Peter’s Basilica and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In 2010, the university became the 110th school in the world to earn the All-Steinway Designation.