Previous Education Events

The Hylton Center has provided diverse arts experiences both in-person and virtually for school-aged children through our Education Initiative. Here are some past highlights:


Virtual Field Trips: 

  • Sonia De Los Santos – Video Series – Fall 2022
  • Kattam and his Tam-Tams: Rhythms of West Africa – Video Series – Spring 2023

In-Person Field Trips: 

  • Mummenschanz – 50 Years
  • Artist-in-Residence – Creole for Kidz and the History of Zydeco with Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience
  • Jazz at Lincoln Cnet Presents – Let Freedom Swing: Jazz and Democracy

Residency Workshops and Masterclasses:

  • Mark Morris Dance Group: Mason School of Dance and Colgan High School Masterclasses, Lecture Demonstration with Lifelong Learning Institute – Manassas, Dance for PD® class
  • Artist-in-Residence Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience: discussion with Colgan High School Music Technology students, Creole for Kidz performance at Potomac Shores Middle School, discussion with Folklore Theory and History class at Mason, lecture-demonstration with Lifelong Learning Institute – Manassas, virtual panel discussion with Mason Arts Management students and alumni
  • Norm Lewis:  High School Musical Theater Masterclass


Virtual Field Trips:

  • Dan and Claudia Zanes: Songs of Streets and Sunshine
  • Third Coast Percussion: WAVES: The Science Behind Sound

Teacher Professional Development:

  • Dan and Claudia Zanes: Building Community through Music

Residency Workshops and Masterclasses:

  • Sphinx Virtuosi (Artist-in-Residence at Center for the Arts): High School Orchestra Workshops
  • Ballet Hispánico (First Hylton Center Artist-in-Residence): Masterclasses and Workshops with George Mason University School of Dance, Hunters Woods Elementary School, Hylton High School, Lifelong Learning Institute – Manassas, Round Elementary School.
  • Leslie Odom, Jr.:  High School Musical Theater Q&A


Virtual Field Trips:

  • Sound Impact: Time Travel
  • A Place To Be: The Land of Music
  • Third Coast Percussion: Think Outside the Drum
  • Step Afrika!: 5 Days with Step Afrika!
  • Billy B: Spring in the Virginia Woods
  • American Shakespeare Center: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • George Mason University Jazz Faculty Celebrate America’s Jazz Legacy
  • Barter Theatre: Peter Pan


  • Broadway Princess Party – Courtney Reed and Adam Levy: Virtual High School Musical Theater
  • Professional Development for Teachers:
  • Tom Sweitzer: “The Power of 12 Musical Notes: Music’s Potential During Times of Uncertainty, Stress, and Exhaustion”
  • Sheila Arnold: “Healing the Sting: Teaching African-American History and Slavery to Culturally Diverse Audiences”
  • Hylton at Home Story Corner
  • September 2020 – “It’s Showtime: A Pepper and Frannie Story” read by Mary Lechter and Kevin Murray, Mason School of Theater
  • October 2020 – “Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins” read by Caroline Rocher Barnes, Mason School of Dance
  • November 2020 – “Because” read by Anthony Maiello, Dewberry School of Music and Conductor of American Festival Pops Orchestra
  • December 2020 – “Flibbertigibbety Words: Young Shakespeare Chases Inspiration” read by Rick Davis, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts and Executive Director, Hylton Performing Arts Center
  • February 2021 – “The Trouble with Ben” read and performed by members of Sound Impact
  • March 2021 – “Boys Dance” read by Joshua Burnham, Principal Dancer and Assistant Ballet Master, Manassas Ballet Theatre
  • April 2021 – “What a Wonderful World” read and sung by Dr. Darden Purcell, Director of Jazz Studies at George Mason University Mason
  • May 2021 – “Khalida and the Most Beautiful Song” read by Sheyna Burt, violinist and Hylton Center Executive Board Member


Workshops and Masterclasses:

  • LADAMA: In-school percussion workshop
  • Matt Haimovitz: High School cello masterclass

Monday School Matinees:

  • Lightwire Theater: Moon Mouse
  • Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: The Rainbow Fish and Other Tales

In-Person Field Trip Performances:

  • Christylez Bacon and Wytold: Beats, Bows, and Remixes
  • A Place To Be: Reach Out


In-Person Field Trip Performances:

  • Christylez Bacon & Wytold: Classical Remix
  • A Place To Be: Abira and the Mountain
  • Classical Brass


In-Person Field Trip Performances:

  • Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
  • Virginia Opera: Encore


In-Person Field Trip Performances:

  • A Place to Be Same Sky Project: Behind the Label
  • Quintango
  • Exit 12 Dance Company


  • New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players: vocal masterclass


In-Person Field Trip Performances:

  • Time for Three
  • A Place to Be Same Sky Project: Behind the Label