HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 4, 2013 – Music students from High Point University just returned from Costa Rica where they participated in the country’s unique and highly selective “Promising Artists” program.
The students invited to take part in the program each year are considered some of the best of the best from the U.S. HPU students spent the week performing, teaching classes and gaining cultural experiences.
The three HPU students produced and performed a U.S. musical theatre showcase featuring popular scenes and melodies from a variety of hit Broadway shows. The students who represented HPU were: senior Courtney Feiman who has been nominated for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her roles in Urinetown, Kiss Me Kate and Les Liaisons Dangereuses; junior Madison Jordan who recently won first place at the Southeast Regional Musical Theatre NATS (National Association of Teachers Singing) competition in Charleston, S.C.; and sophomore Joshua Stein who has also performed at Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater and Parkway Playhouse.
“This trip was a fantastic opportunity for us. Everyone in Costa Rica was so eager to learn and fun to be around, and it was easily one of the best experiences of my life,” said Jordan.
“This was also a great opportunity for their careers,” says Scott MacLeod, assistant professor of Music at HPU. “They had the opportunity to perform solo pieces internationally, which looks great on resumes. They were able to experience Costa Rica, and putting the showcase together allowed them to learn more about commitment and independence than they would have been able to in a classroom.”
The Promising Artists program started in 1986 and is recognized by the U.S. State Dept. Each year, Costa Rica invites students from top-tier institutions including The Julliard School, New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.
“Our students exhibited professionalism and courtesy for the entirety of their stay, reflective of the strong values that HPU instills in its students,” added MacLeod. “I heard a great deal of positive feedback from our hosts and audience members, who hope that we can continue our artistic relationship in the future.”