NOCCA YEAR-END EVENTS: As the school year draws to a close, the various departments at the New Orleans Center for Performing Arts are planning showcases for their work. These Celebration Season events are open to the public and take place at NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans.

  • Visual arts exhibit, opening reception, 6 p.m. Friday, May 8. Free.
  • Drama senior recital, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Free.
  • Jazz senior recital, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13. Free.
  • Middle school vocal concert, 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, Marsalis Jazz Studio. Free.
  • Musical theater senior recital, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, Lupin Hall. Free.
  • Classical instrumental student recitals, 4 p.m. Monday, May 18, Reily Recital Hall. Free.
  • Classical instrumental chamber concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, Marsalis Jazz Studio. Free.
  • Media arts festival, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, Lupin Hall. Free.
  • MUSICAL THEATER SHOWCASE, 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21, Lupin Hall. Free.

NOCCA CLASSICAL MUSIC: Classical vocalist Emily Sheets, a junior in the Academic Studio at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, participated in the recording of the National Public Radio show “From the Top” at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

The program showcasing Sheets will air on WWNO (89.9) in May. Each one-hour episode presents five performances, along with interviews, revealing the heart and soul behind extraordinary young musicians.

In addition, “From the Top” selected Sheets for a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, which includes a scholarship up to $10,000. While in Miami, Sheets will take part in an arts leadership retreat, which encourages students to think outside the box about how they can use their musical gifts to serve their community.

JEWISH COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL: Linda “Mateh Esther” Brownstein, a speech/language pathologist from Portland, Oregon, recently shared her expertise with Jewish Community Day School and the community.

Nearly a dozen parents registered their children for a free, 30-minute screening of their child’s speech/articulation and their child’s development and literacy benchmarks.

Brownstein conducted a free parent workshop, “The Magic of Moving in Natural Time: From Early Childhood to Early Literacy,” and led the monthly Jewish Babies Club in “One Word at a Time” promoting language development geared toward parents and their children 3 years and under.

She spent each day in classrooms observing lessons and helping shape moments that enhanced students’ opportunity for communication with their teachers and peers.