Saturday, July 12

2pm and 7pm

Worsham Theatre (UK Student Center)

Tickets at the Door $5 and $8

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 Saturday, August 2


Memorial Hall (Funkhouser/Limestone)

Tickets at the Door $5 and $8

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Parent Information Session


PageLines- aatada.jpgSchmidt Vocal Arts Center (412 Rose Street)

*Learn more about classes and programming options for your 1st-12th grade student at the Academy for Creative Excellence Year-Round performing arts training program.

Let us know you’re planning to attend and receive updates by emailing!


If you want to inspire a life-long love for opera and musical theatre and offer your student an opportunity to be engaged in the highest possible standard of performing arts training and performance experience in the central Kentucky area, this program is for you!

Mary Joy Nelson has been teaching youth and children in the performing arts for over 15 years.  She is currently the founding director of the Academy of Creative Excellence for the University of Kentucky Opera Theatreand for UKOT/KCTC Broadway Bound summer programs.   As a choral director, clinician, and vocal coach, she has worked students through the UK Opera Theatre children’s choruses, “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” youth performance ensembles, Saskatchewan Choral Federation, North Battleford Children’s Choir and Teen Choir, North Battleford Community Youth Choir, and Centenary United Methodist Youth choirs.  As a musical and vocal director, she has worked for the UK Theatre Department, Woodford County Theatre, and SummerFest.  She has served as the program director for the Saskatchewan Express Musical Theatre studio summer programs, and ArtSchool Saskatchewan. She is frequently sought out as an adjudicator for the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association. In fall 2010, she served as the Youth Coordinator for the World Equestrian Games opening ceremonies, working with Global Creative Connection’s production team to assist 156 students in preparing to perform in the opening ceremonies of the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY.




The Academy for Creative Excellence would like to thank the following entities for their support: