Soundwaves. A community day & fundraiser

A day honoring water and our connection to the natural world.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022
12-5 p.m.
Come for some, or stay for all.

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts
185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights, NY 11798


A new, afternoon-long format of experiential events lets you engage with the art and beauty of the Usdan campus the way the students do: immersively.

Participate in all or part of the planned events. The Festival Performance and the picnic at midday offer a classic Usdan daytime experience; in the late afternoon, the World Premiere performance at the pools and post-show swim and mocktails offer a more festive vibe.


Come enjoy any or all!

11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Early Arrival
Get here early for a stress-free start to the day.

12 - 1 p.m. Festival Performances
Enjoy performances from Usdan's young artists and special guests. The festival performance will also be livestreamed. You can RSVP for the livestream here.

12 - 2 p.m. Picnic Lunch
Unwind in Usdan's beautiful picnic areas. You are welcome to bring your own food or request a prepared picnic when purchasing tickets. Parents and caregivers can join their children for lunch.

1 - 2 p.m. Open Studios
Take a walk among the trees and visit students in 60+ studios. Appreciate a full display by the Visual Art department, catch the dress rehearsal of Seussical the Musical, or see what students are creating throughout the campus.

1:55 - 3 p.m. World Premiere by Students & Renowned Orchestral Ensemble The Knights
Join us at the pools for a water-inspired music and dance piece created by Artists in Residence The Knights in collaboration with young Usdan artists.

3 - 5 p.m. Splash Bash
A post-show party with swimming, mocktails, live music, and nibbles at the pools.


Prepare for High Heat + Fun + Festive + Practical

  • Prepare for a very hot day - sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhats, and insect repellant are strongly encouraged. The campus includes misters and water bottle filling stations.
  • Wear swimsuits if you want to sit on the pool's edge to experience the 1:55pm World Premiere. Bring swim gear if you just plan on swimming after 3pm, as you can change after the show. We will be selling towels.
  • Expect to get your steps in - wear comfortable shoes.
  • Masks are optional when outside, but encouraged if you would like to enter studios and see student work. Be mindful that Covid rates in the region are currently high and that these variants are highly contagious.


Pick Your Price

Though we are working to raise money to support Usdan, it is very important to us that this event be welcoming and accessible to our whole community. While you are always welcome to pay-what-you-wish, we hope you will give as meaningfully as you can.

We recommend giving $100 per party member. Suggested sponsorship levels range from $60-500. The balance of donations above $60/person (the true cost of attending) are tax deductible.

All sponsorship levels grant access to the same events. There will be further opportunities to give at the Community Day & Fundraiser.

Suggested Sponsorship Levels

  • $500 - Magic Mermaid
  • $250 - Funky Frog
  • $100 - Terrific Turtle (recommended gift per guest)
  • $60 - Glorious Guppy (true cost of attending per guest)


If you are able (and excited) to have a transformative impact on Usdan's young artists, we invite you to sponsor the event at a Leadership Level. Leadership Level sponsors will be recognized on the website, gala invitation, and at the event in remarks by Executive Director Lauren Brandt Schloss. Please contact Manager of Donor Relations Stella Shepherd at if you have any questions about sponsorships.

Leadership Levels

  • Ocean Level : $25,000
  • Harbor Level: $15,000
  • Cove Level: $7,500
  • Lake Level: $5,000
  • River Level: $2,500
  • Tidepool Level: $1,750
Illustrated image of a diving board next to a blue theater mask floating in the water in a green tube.



A steward, champion, and advocate for clean water, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone leads from the clear understanding that water is at the heart of everything on Long Island. His exemplary work healing our waterways recognizes that the emergency in our oceans is the greatest crisis this county has faced in a generation. He is tackling it head-on.


A fierce advocate for justice and the arts, Lesley has held leadership positions at Juilliard, Lincoln Center, Harvard, and the NY Bar Foundation. Lesley's 2021 work with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music led to the air-lift rescue of all 273 members of the music school from the Taliban. Lesley studied violin at Usdan for 6 summers, where she found herself for a lifetime.


As of July 18, 2022


  • Marilyn A. and Russell C. Albanese
  • Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP
  • Jeffrey Schoenfeld
  • Esme Usdan and James Snyder
  • Andrea Pollack and Adam Usdan
  • Eva, John, Sam, Simon, and Josh Usdan


  • Lillian and Joel Cohen
  • Jennifer Drukier


  • Maura and Peter Charles
  • The Klipper Family Foundation
  • Suzanne and Bob Nederlander, Jr.
  • Jennifer London and Joshua Socolow


  • Debra and Dale Lewis
  • Carol and Andrew Marcell


  • Jody and John Arnhold
  • Lanette Rizzo
  • Lauren, Jonathan, Greta, and Sam Schloss


  • Amanda Fugazy and Scott Brennan
  • Brown & Brown of Garden City, Inc.
  • Laura Granelli Gerde and Eric Gerde
  • Huntington Coach Corporation
  • Sheree and James Incorvaia
  • Angela Jaggar
  • Michele Lowe
  • Caroline McIntyre
  • Nancy and Vincent Notar-Francesco
  • Sarah and Daniel Schweber
  • Lillian Jagendorf and Dan Shannon
  • Suffolk Transportation Services, Inc
  • Chaeri and Dylan Tornay
Illustrated image of a diving board next to a blue theater mask floating in the water in a green tube.