Paul Sanasardo

Students at New Trier will wield swords, learn hip hop dance moves, perform with a world-renowned alumni violist, and experiment with drone photography thanks to the New Trier Fine Arts Association (NTFAA). Recently, the parent volunteer group approved over $45,000 in funding to benefit the 1,950 students who take at least one class per day in Art, Dance, Music, and Media, Speech & Theatre.

"Through our grants, NTFAA brings the outside artistic world into the New Trier classroom. Students work alongside professionals in opportunities tailor-made for their curriculum. We are privileged to support these endeavors," said NTFAA Board President Ami Campbell.

All student artists will benefit from this year's grants:

Art : Students will work with Carmen Lozar to create sculptures in glass; work with Chicago freelance illustrator Hugo Trejo as he shares his creative process and experience working on the business side of art with clients; collaborate with artist Sarah Nishiura who will share her own art to create student-made objects centered around the importance of family history and the ways in which craft helps bring those histories to life; participate in an annual all-day workshop in Raku, a Japanese pottery firing technique, with guest artist Carl Mankert; engage with Joe Matrino as he demonstrates drone photography and videography and discusses professional workflow and use for fine art photography and fine art commercial work.

Dance : Modern dance legend Paul Sanasardo will lecture students and provide a demonstration with the help of David von Erlicher. In addition, students will dance with multiple professional dancers. They will explore modern dance with A. Raheim White, hip hop with British dancer/choreographer/teacher/film editor Bismark, musical theater with New Trier alum and teaching artist Nancy Teinowitz, and take part in Menz Dance classes led by former Giordano dancer Jon Lehrer. Advanced students will perform original choreography in a professional theater in Chicago.

Music : New Trier alumnus Yoshihiko Nakano will conduct clinics with the orchestra students and perform the Telemann Viola Concerto in G with Concert Orchestra on November 1 st and the Paganini Sonata for the Grand Viola with Symphony Orchestra on November 6 th . Dr. Dennis Zeisler, recently retired from Old Dominion University in Virginia, will rehearse with the wind ensembles and serve as the guest conductor for the Wind Ensemble Invitational Concert on March 15, 2019. Ron Carter, legendary jazz educator, will lead clinics for jazz students. NTFAA will also support the 36 th Annual New Trier Jazz Festival, which hosts 50 visiting high school and middle school jazz ensembles from around the country and Canada. Students will spend the day performing for world-renowned jazz clinicians, attending workshops and master classes, and taking in concerts.

Media, Speech & Theatre : Students will work with Victor Bayona of R&D Choreography in a stage combat workshop; visit The Writer's Theater in Glencoe to tour and participate in the MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights , a one-woman show that follows a Chicago student's personal transformation through studying the civil rights movement; and explore the history and style of Kabuki with Chicago actor and DePaul University adjunct professor George Keating. NTFAA also supported the Trevian Invitational Debate tournament, in which over 250 students from 15 states competed in three days of policy debate. New Trier debaters volunteered at the event.

In addition, NTFAA will support students with confidential financial assistance to attend trips, including the Swing Choir's travel to New York to participate in a jazz festival at Symphony Space.

Dozens of New Trier arts students will also immerse themselves in a variety of programs thanks to NTFAA's Summer Scholarship program, which awarded 55 scholarships for the summer of 2018.

Founded in 1976, the NTFAA is a nonprofit parent organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the student experience in the Fine Arts. For more information, visit

"Paul Sanasardo is a living legend of modern dance. At 90 years old, his enthusiasm, energy, and love of the art form is evident and ongoing. Providing a lecture and demonstration to the students of Dance Labs 1 and 2, Paul spanned a history ranging over 70 years of dance in America and demonstrated his technique with the help of David Von Erlicher." Christopher Rutt, Head of New Trier's Kinetic Wellness Dance Division