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Those living in Westchester County and especially Armonk, NY have a real gem right at their doorsteps. It is a world famous college with a performing arts center.  Purchase College is part of the SUNY (State University of New York) system.  The tuition is low for in state students.  However, if you apply for the performing arts program majors you face some very stiff competition.

World famous performers, editors, producers, and film makers have graduated from Purchase College.  I remember taking my older daughter to colleges and she was interested in theater arts.  We took a tour and the dean of the school spoke to us.  He said that this is a studio school.  If you are majoring in film editing you will be in the dark for 4 years.  Needless to say, it takes commitment to graduate.

What does that mean for us living in Westchester County and Armonk, NY?  We have a vibrant performing Arts center nearby although Broadway is not that far.

The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College is a four-theatre complex located on the campus of Purchase College, SUNY. It is the major professional, non-profit arts presenter in the Southeastern New York–Southwestern Connecticut region. The Center presents a broad range of performances that engage, challenge, and educate as well as entertain, offering music, dance, theatre, family programming, comedy, and film.

Most recently, before Covid, we went with our neighbors to a performance of the Vienna Choir Boys.  There are some nice country restaurants right outside the campus for a before theatre meal.

They also have "Arts-In-Education" programs, which creates opportunities for K -12 students and multi-generational learners to participate in the artistic process. The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College also has an active and collaborative relationship with the student population Purchase College students  because they can take advantage training with the artists.

The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College is another reason Armonk, NY in Westchester County is a great home address.

This is a post in Hannah Williams and Kathy Streib's April Contest.

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Comments (26)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Grant... I had no idea that SUNY at Purchase had such an extensive performing arts center. It sounds wonderful and if I lived in your area I'd be taking advantage of it often.

Apr 14, 2021 04:43 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Grant - while I had previously known of Purchase College I wasn't aware of its reputation in theater arts.  What a nice not-so-hidden treasure found in your backyard. A terrific community asset.      

Apr 14, 2021 04:56 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Grant. What a wonderful program to have so close by. When we first moved back to Chicago, we loved going to see live performances. We long for there return. Enjoy your day!

Apr 14, 2021 05:54 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Wednesday morning, Grant.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Apr 14, 2021 06:09 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That definitely sounds like a wonderful place.  I have never attended a boy's choir event but I am sure they are amazing.

Apr 14, 2021 06:14 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, sure sounds like you have a gem of a theater production nearby, and not have to drive into the City.

Apr 14, 2021 07:15 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Grant. Sounds like a wonderful place that may be at full brilliance once again soon

Apr 14, 2021 07:32 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Grant, wow, I wish I could make it back there to take this place in.  We have a pretty good theaters here in Denver.


Apr 14, 2021 08:57 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376


The performance Arts is such an important function of our lives. Where would we be without entertainment and there are so many different variations. 


Thank you so much for your entry in our April Challenge 

Apr 14, 2021 11:32 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Your hometown is lucky to have a performing arts center to bring the arts and culture of the world home to you Grant 🙂

Apr 14, 2021 02:00 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Grant the performing arts have taken a big hit because of COVID-19.  Hopefully we will see a return of performance later this year.

Apr 14, 2021 02:21 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

SUNY purchase always has a lot of credibility in the arts realm. I can dig it! I also think I may have already commented on this, but it's really good

Apr 14, 2021 05:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Grant- thank you for participating in the April Challenge. Larry and I used to go to plays and the traveling broadway shows in downtown Houston all of the time. I'm always glad to see the arts supported and very happy to see things beginning to open up. 

Apr 14, 2021 06:09 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Larry and Sheila - yes, and glad to have it so close by.

Nina - it is one of the hiddle gems here.

Michael - when I took my daughter there there was a major character from LA Law that  had graduated there.

Wayne - that hopefully will happen end of the year.

Roy - enjoy your day.

Brian - yes they really were amazing.

Joan - yes, you can leave the house much later than if you go to the city.

Rocky - I am sure that it will be shortly.

Will - yes I am sure you do have good ones.

Hannah - I also remember some local playhouses in Bucks County.

Paul - we do appreciate what we have.

George - the picture of the lobby is empty.  The are doing vaccinations there.

Laura - people in the state who know the SUNY system know this.

Kathy - hopefully opening up here by the end of the year.

Apr 15, 2021 03:12 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday morning, Grant.

I hope you are enjoying a productive week.

Apr 15, 2021 06:42 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

That is a gem. What a wonderful, local post you've shared with us, Grant. 

Apr 15, 2021 09:29 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Roy - thank you.

Debb and Bernie - It really is a gem.

Apr 17, 2021 03:25 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


What a gem of a place this is. I've heard of Purchase College and it's reputation! How lucky for residents and visitors! Great overview!

Enjoy your weekend!


Apr 30, 2021 08:36 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, it will be nice once our theaters open again.  Our sporting events have.

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