New York State Summer
School of the Arts



We are Pleased to Announce

Program Dates for NYSSSA 2016

Click on the individual school link below (or at the top of our site) for more information about each program. 

Please note audition information will be available in late fall. 

Applications are currently not being accepted for Summer 2016.


FOCUSED: Creative Youth in the Empire State, a short documentary produced by Mountain Lake PBS, was filmed Summer 2014. PBS Broadcast dates across NYS will be posted.

Focused will air on Mountain Lake PBS- Sunday, October 25th at 6pm

Click HERE for more information on the Documentary

Copies of the program may also be purchased through PBS at this site!

Focused Poster


School of Ballet 

July 3- July 30, 2016

National Museum of Dance and Skidmore College.  Saratoga Springs, NY

2016 Audition Schedule (click for more information)

Capital District Area - January 16, 2016 National Museum of Dance

Western Region - January 24, 2016 SUNY Brockport
          New York City Area -February 7, 2016 School of American Ballet

School of Dance

July 24- August 19, 2016

National Museum of Dance and Skidmore College. Saratoga Springs, NY

Click here to see a short video about the School of Dance!


School of Orchestral Studies

July 24- August 20, 2016

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.  Co-Sponsored by NYSSMA and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Click here to watch a full concert of the 2014 School of Orchestral Studies


School of Media Arts

June 26-July 22, 2016

SUNY Oswego.  Co-Sponsored by NYSATA and NYSMATA

Click here to watch a Mountain Lake PBS Clip about the Schools of Media Arts and Choral Studies


School of Visual Arts

July 2- July 29, 2016

SUNY Fredonia.  Co-Sponsored by NYSATA


School of Choral Studies

July 3- July 30, 2016

SUNY Fredonia.  Co-Sponsored by NYSSMA

Click here to watch a Mountain Lake PBS Clip about the Schools of Choral Studies and Media Arts


School of Theatre

July 10- August 6, 2016

SUNY Delhi


What is NYSSSA?



Click here for our NYSSSA FAQ

The Summer of 2016 will mark the 47th year of operation for the schools that form the New York State Summer School of the Arts. This program, with its seven component summer residential Schools, are administered by the New York State Education Department.  Recognized as one of the finest programs of its kind in the nation, over 15,000 high school age students have become part of this unique summer experience.   Alumni of the program will attest to the success of the schools in helping high school students with special talents identify and pursue career choices in all fields of the fine arts and performing arts at an early age. The Schools provide opportunities for all New York State students who qualify through auditions, to receive the highest level of training and instruction.

The Summer Schools of the Arts are directed and staffed by internationally acclaimed artists and companies such as the New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Students work in small groups and in one-on-one sessions with professionals and with other students of similar ability.    NYSSSA's goal is clear: to provide intensive, preprofessional training programs for New York State's most gifted and motivated young artists and those who are considering careers in the arts or entertainment industries. A student's time at NYSSSA could be life changing!

The schools provide intensive training in an environment where students experience the rigorous discipline of the daily life of a professional artist.  The program is open to all New York State high school age students who qualify through auditions.  NYSSSA Programs qualify students for one full unit of high school credit with the student's home district approval.  Appropriate documentation is sent to the student's school at the close of the program. 

Tuition assistance, based upon financial need, is available. NYSSSA is proud to represent the wide spectrum of cultural, ethnic, social, and economic diversity that is New York State.


School of Media Arts