Artists Were Creative Kids Once

We are really grateful to the schools that bring their students to our performances and the sponsors who underwrite the tickets to keep the prices low or free. We also offer the opportunity for students to meet and be coached by artists who talk about their creative lives. There are lots of pictures in our […]

Students Chat With Pianist Alpin Hong

On April 24, third graders from Bloom-Vernon schools visited to have a chat about music with pianist Alpin Hong. While he was in town to perform a concert. Later that day, students from SSU’s BFA Musical Theatre program also had an opportunity to discuss careers in the arts with Alpin. Check out the pictures from […]

Sharon Isbin Lecture

Sharon Isbin: How I became a concert guitarist – Including first studies age nine in Italy to later mentors Segovia and Rosalyn Tureck, the role of science and an early passion to be a rocket scientist, competitions, recordings, crossing musical genres, composer commissions, electronic innovations, film and television, Grammys, directing festivals and radio series, fundraising, entrepeneurial spirit, teaching, creating guitar departments […]

SOMC Provides Information on “Healthy Kids”

The Southern Ohio Medical Center, sponsor of the Broadway Series, offered a lobby display on “Healthy Kids” before and during intermission at “Annie”.   The information focused on healthy living by exercising and eating a proper diet.   Wellington, the hospital mascot, was in attendance to the thrill of many kids.   Congratulations to R.J. Wagner, who was […]


The Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association (SOPAA) is committed to the fine arts education of young people in the Southern Ohio area.  During the 2009-2010 concert season, our focus has intensified. We have stressed the student ticket sales by meeting with all vocal and instrumental teachers in Scioto and Jackson County.  A ticket-delivery program was […]

Doc Severinsen Meets South Webster

On the afternoon of September 17, 2009, the South Webster High School Band Trumpet section and band director, Ryan Erwin, came to the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts for a special open rehearsal of Doc Severinsen and El Ritmo de la Vida.  The group spent about an hour watching the rehearsal, and then were […]

Doc Severinsen Fun Extras

Johnny Carson with Doc discussing Thanksgiving Doc Music Sampler Video Musical Tribute to Johnny Carson

Moscow Festival Ballet “Swan Lake” Fun Extras

Five Basic Ballet Positions History of Swan Lake “Les ballets du Trockadero” de Monte Carlo – Funny Ballet Skit Swan Lake ballet parody – Les Ballets du Trockadero Swan Lake – Act 2,  ABT Pas de Quatre Moscow Festival  Ballet Biography

Moscow Ballet “Swan Lake” Synopsis

SWAN LAKE Full-length Ballet in Four Acts Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikowski Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov Premiere: March 4, 1877 Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow ACT I The Garden of Prince Siegfried’s Castle Prince Siegfried has come of age and entered upon a new world of affairs of war and the burdens of manhood. […]