A unique program of summer fun and exploration in the arts for students currently in Pre-K, Kindergarten or First Grade. Children are placed into groups of 10–12, each with a college-age counselor who guides them throughout the day. The Discovery program is situated in the woodland setting of Usdan’s newest building, the state-of-the-art Ross Discovery Center. Daily activities are drawn from a curriculum that includes chorus, painting & ceramics, swim, and personal journal writing. Discovery classes are fun explorations in the arts that offer an introduction to the exciting world of Usdan’s varied programs in music, art, theater, and dance.

For detailed class descriptions, photos, and videos, please visit our "classes offered" page.


  • Eileen M. Benedict | Jr. Chorus, Discovery Chorus

    M.S., Long Island University. Conductor, SCMEA and NMEA Festivals. Lecturer: SUNY Stony Brook Community Music. Clinician: SCMEA, NYSSMA. Former faculty, Connetquot Schools.

  • Christa Braunreuther | Director, Discovery Program

    B. Mus., Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, M.A., SUNY Stony Brook. Faculty, Smithtown Central School District. Conductor, Long Island Children’s Choir.

  • Edna Debeer Gruvman | Discovery

    B.F.A., Empire State College, M.S. in Dance Movement Therapy, Hunter College. Ballet teacher. Faculty, Nassau Community College.

  • Todd Hiscox | Painting, Discovery Art

    B.F.A., Syracuse, M.A., Purdue. Faculty, Huntington Schools.