Southeastern Community Music School announces summer workshops
by: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – Registration is underway for the Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School's "Summer Music Celebration 2014," a series of programs for young musicians.
"Summer Music Celebration 2014" includes a middle school band camp, piano duet workshop, guitar workshop and chamber music workshops, said Community Music School Director Jivka Jeleva
Musicians in grades five through eight have until May 1 to register for the middle school band camp, which will take place July 7-11, 9 a.m. -5 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Tuition is $225, which includes lunch each day.
Southeastern's Associate Band Director Paul Frechou will coordinate the middle school band camp. Along with the concert band, the camp will also offer private lessons and master classes, jazz combos, lessons in improvisation and theory classes.
The piano duet, chamber music and guitar workshops are scheduled for July 14-18, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. May 15 is the deadline for the piano duet workshop, while June 15 is the final day to sign up for the guitar and chamber music workshops. Tuition is $170.
The piano duet workshop will offer intermediate instruction to advanced junior high and high school students giving them the chance to explore the rich literature for piano four-hands. Enrollment is limited to 16 students. Each student will be matched with a partner of similar age and ability and be involved in daily coaching sessions, musicianship classes, master classes and a final recital. Kenneth Boulton, interim head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, will conduct the workshop with his wife and duet partner JoAnne Barry.
Students participating in the guitar workshop will learn how to approach and arrange music that is typically presented by experienced musicians. This workshop is open to guitar students 10 years of age and older with at least one year of previous guitar experience. Enrollment is limited to 20. Patrick Kerber, Southeastern guitar instructor, will teach the workshop.
The chamber music workshop is open to violin, viola, cello and piano students of any age who have at least one year of previous experience. The workshop will be focused on chamber music repertoire, including duet, piano trio and quartet. Students will have the opportunity to improve their sight-reading skills and instrumental technique, as well as develop stronger ensemble skills.
For more information on any of these programs, go to southeastern.edu/cms or call 985-549-5502. The CMS will also offer private instrumental and vocal lessons from June 9 to July 24.