Usdan Center for the
Creative and Performing Arts
Lose Yourself for a Summer. Find Yourself for a Lifetime.






New To Usdan?

Usdan Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit summer day school for the performing and visual arts. Now in its 47th Season, the Center is situated on a magnificent 200-acre woodland on Long Island. Welcome to Usdan!

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We have a wide variety of courses for you, more than 50 in all. From Musical Theater, to Cartooning, to Fashion Design, to Orchestra, to Ceramics and more, Usdan is organized for You.

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You are invited to see Usdan students enjoying our 200-acre woodland campus, studying in their classes, and performing on stage. Welcome to Usdan!

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We'll send you a full color brochure, a DVD, and a 2014 Usdan calendar. Choose your classes and meet the teachers. It's all in this mailing.


Questions about Usdan? Many are answered here. For additional information, you are invited to speak with an Admissions Counselor. Call 631-643-7900, or 212-772-6060. You'll speak with Kerry, Yolanda, Bobbie, Patrice, Megan, or Andrew.

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Here you will find open house dates, information about tours and directions to our campus.


Thank you for considering a gift to the Usdan Center. For forty-seven years, donors have provided life-changing summers of discovery for our students.

Usdan's "Olympic Spirit"

The video below shows the Brass Ensemble performing John Williams’ "Olympic Spirit" last summer, and it appears here in tribute to our 230 American athletes. Full story

Remembering Henry Gates

Henry Gates passed away this week. He was a longtime conductor of bands at Usdan and the husband of beloved Junior Chorus conductor Elaine (Panik) Gates. Full story

Usdan Center is proud to announce new offerings for the 2014 Season

Sewing and Fashion Production, Theater Dance, and Audition Workshop will be offered in the 2014 season. Full story

Bethpage Federal Credit Union Sponsors Student Musicians

Five students have scholarships this summer thanks to a grant from Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Each of the five has been "adopted" by a Bethpage branch manager and will represent his or her local branch as a member of one of Usdan's bands, choruses, or orchestras. Speaking about the third season of the collaboration, Executive Director Dale Lewis said: “We are proud to partner with Bethpage Federal Credit Union, one of our region’s preeminent leaders in community service and corporate philanthropy. We are grateful to Kirk Kordeleski, President and CEO, and his staff for their generous support of five of Long Island’s top student musicians.” This year's class of Usdan/Bethpage Federal scholars were introduced to their Bethpage branch sponsors at a June 12th reception at Usdan. The students and their sponsoring branches are: Jordan Williams a Junior at Elwood John Glenn High School. Jordan's scholarship is sponsored by Bethpage's Huntington branch, and he will study Trumpet and Chorus.Band IV. Cara Jacobson is being sponsored by the Credit Union's Melville branch. Cara us a Junior at Half Hollow Hills East High School and she will perform with the Senior Chorus and the Select Chamber Choir. Abraham Pierre is an Eight Grade student at Robert Moses Middle School. He is being sponsored by the North Babylon branch, and will study Tenor Saxophone and will perform in one of the Jazz Ensemblez. Joseph Tanay-Noto is being sponsored by the Commack branch. He is a Junior at Commack High School and is a cellist. Joseph will perform with Orchestra IV and the Senior Chorus. Jordi Ariel Lotito is a violinist, and a Senior at WT Clarke High School. Jordi will be sponsored by the Levittown branch, and she will perform with Orchestra IV and the Senior Chorus. Full story