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Kent Blossom Music and Arts Festivals

Since the inception of Blossom Music Center in 1968, The Cleveland Orchestra has partnered with Kent State University and its College of the Arts to develop Blossom as a complete environment for the arts. Each summer, Kent Blossom combines performance with education and joins working professionals with talented students to teach, explore and produce great art. This important relationship between a premier performing ensemble and a public university has also served as a model for other collaborations.

The Kent Blossom partnership provides advanced summer study and professional training programs in art, music and theatre held in conjunction with The Cleveland Orchestra’s summer season at Blossom. These programs emphasize intensive, individualized study with prominent visiting master artists and resident Kent State faculty, including principal members of the Cleveland Orchestra, and also offer public exhibitions and performances to community audiences. Students are selected through nationwide competitive auditions, interviews and portfolio reviews. Undergraduate and graduate credit is available in all areas of study and scholarships are provided to many participants.

In addition to the Kent Blossom summer programs, the partnership provides unique educational and artistic opportunities during the academic year through Kent State University and the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music. These include access for students to attend select Cleveland Orchestra concerts and rehearsals, administrative internships with the Orchestra, the inclusion of the University Choruses in the Orchestra’s annual Christmas concerts, Cleveland Orchestra performances on the Kent State campus, and masterclasses given by Orchestra musicians on the Kent State campus.

Kent Blossom Music Festival

The Kent Blossom Music Festival is an education program bringing together music students from all over the world to study alongside The Cleveland Orchestra for six weeks. Students develop professional skills through personal study and classes with visiting master artists, members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Kent State University faculty. A focus on major works of the chamber music repertoire is augmented by studies in orchestral repertoire and techniques and solo master classes. Participants also attend open rehearsals and concerts of the Cleveland Orchestra. The program features a professional concert series as well as 13 free concerts featuring the Kent/Blossom Chamber Players. For more information call 330-672-2613, email or visit Kent/Blossom Music.

Kent Blossom Art

Kent Blossom Art emphasizes the exchange of creative concepts and techniques drawn from diverse visual media including painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass and printmaking. The program includes lectures and studio demonstrations by visiting professionals, concentrated work by students, and criticism by visiting and resident faculty. Exhibitions of faculty and student work are held at Eells Gallery at Blossom Music Center. For more information call 330-672-2192.

Kent Blossom Theatre

Kent Blossom Theatre offers performance and production training in a professional summer company. Students work within a 10-week period to create a production season alongside equity actors and professional guest directors, designers and technologists at the Porthouse Theatre Company. Those artists also lead a range of studio and workshop experiences with participating students. Professional performances are realized at the Porthouse Theatre at Blossom Music Center. For more information, call 330-672-3884, email or visit Porthouse Theatre.