Southeastern Community Music School announces summer workshops
Thursday, March 10, 2016
by: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School (CMS)
has announced its Southeastern Music Celebration 2016 schedule, a series of summer
programs for young musicians.
Summer Music Celebration 2016 includes a middle school band camp, guitar workshop, chamber music workshop, as well as a brand new beginners’ string orchestra workshop, said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke.
“We are very excited about the upcoming summer programs. The musical growth we have seen in the students who attend regularly has been truly rewarding, and we are thrilled that more and more students attend every year,” Duke said.
Musicians in grades five through eight have until May 1 to register for the middle school band camp, which is scheduled June 20-24, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with a concert at 7 p.m. on June 24 at the Pottle Music Building. Tuition is $225, which includes lunch each day, as well as dinner on Friday, June 24. Registration is open until the first day of camp; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after May 1.
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 masterclasses, jazz combos, lessons in improvisation and theory classes.
The chamber music and guitar workshops are scheduled for June 27- July 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a concert at 1 p.m. on July 1. Tuition is $170, which includes lunch on Friday, July 1. Registration is open until the first day of the workshops, however a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after May 20.
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 students10 years of age and older with at least one year of previous guitar experience. Enrollment limit is 20. Pat Kerber, Southeastern’s guitar instructor, will teach this 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 focus on chamber music repertoire, including but not limited to duets, piano trios and quartets. Student will have the opportunity to improve their sight-reading skills and instrumental technique, as well as develop stronger ensemble skills.
The beginners’ string orchestra workshop will take place from June 27 to June 30, 4 -5:30 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. on July 1 with a concert at 1 p.m. on July 1. The workshop, suitable for first to third year violin, viola, cello and bass students, will be taught by Duke. Through various fun activities students will improve upon their sight-reading and performance skills, as well as their knowledge of music theory.
Tuition for the beginners’ string orchestra workshop is $125. Students may register until the first day of the workshop; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after June 1.
The CMS will also offer private instrumental and vocal lessons from June 6 to July 21.
For more information on or to register for any of these programs, go to www.southeastern.edu/smc or call 985-549-5502.