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Louis H. Farrell School principal Nick Cirulli Jr., along with students, break ground on a construction site that will be the home of new classrooms. — submitted photo

Chanel Hill Tribune Staff Writer

Under Construction: Classroom addition at the Louis H. Farrell School

The School District of Philadelphia recently celebrated an official groundbreaking at Louis H. Farrell School. The groundbreaking was the start to a 15,800 square foot two-story classroom addition. The addition includes 12 classrooms, a Life Skills Support classroom, new toilet rooms, and an elevator. Each classroom will include new interactive panel boards and technology and new flexible furniture to support 21st century teaching and learning needs. Two new rooftop units will provide heating and cooling to the new addition. The addition will be ready for the 2018/19 school year.

“This exciting new addition will bring enhanced learning opportunities to students at Louis H. Farrell School,” said superintendent Dr. William R. Hite. “We are thrilled to be able to make this kind of school investment to ensure students have a state-of-the-art, comfortable space to learn and grow.”

Kimmel Center and University of the Arts to launch jazz program

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the University of the Arts will launch a new jazz music program.

“Philly’s Creative Jazz Institute” will be geared toward some of the top middle and high school jazz musicians in the region, across the country, and around the world. The program, which will run from July 9-21, is the latest project in an ongoing partnership between the Kimmel Center, University of the Arts, neighbors on the Avenue of the Arts, and leaders in Philadelphia’s arts scene.

“We are thrilled to cultivate our partnership with University of the Arts through the brand new ‘Creative Jazz Institute,’ a summer program for talented students with burgeoning jazz interest,” said Anne Ewers, president and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “Arts education and commitment to community are part of our core Kimmel Center mission; this program enables us to reach and support the next generation of jazz musicians in Philadelphia truly transforming lives daily through the arts.”

The program’s curriculum will feature work with celebrity artists-in-residence, daily master classes, trips throughout Philadelphia to experience live music, and collaboration with students in the University of the Arts concurrent dance and music business programs for pre-college students.

The program will also allow instrumentalists and vocalists to interact with top-level artists-in residence, while exploring technique and repertoire. Students will work with University of the Arts faculty and top jazz performers to uncover a range of possibilities through jam sessions and ensembles, with an emphasis on improvisation and performance.

High School students who complete the requirements will receive three college credits. Full and partial scholarships will be available to young musicians based on need and/or merit.

Students are accepted into the program in one of the following performance areas: Bass (upright or electric), Drum Set, Percussion (African, Latin, Vibraphone, etc), Guitar, Flute, Clarinet, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, or Voice.

Students may audition in-person or submit a digital audition via YouTube or Vimeo. Those auditioning must present a prepared 1-2 minute piece that demonstrates a range of technical and improvisational abilities, as well as participate in a sight reading exercise.

In-person auditions will take place March 10 at The Pre-College Summer Institute Open House and May 5 at the Creative Jazz Institute. In-person auditions can be scheduled by phone at (215) 717-6430 or by email at

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