Southeastern Community Music School to host summer programs
Thursday, March 29, 2018
by: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School (CMS)
is hosting a series of summer programs for young musicians.
The summer programs includes a new high school band camp, a middle school band camp, guitar workshop, chamber music workshop, choir workshop, and a strings orchestra workshop, said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke.
“We look forward to working with the young musicians, providing the platform for them to meet with Southeastern’s wonderful faculty and college students, while bringing their skill and musicianship to the next level,” Duke said. “Through all the fun activities we have planned, students will have the opportunity to learn, explore, form new friendships and enjoy collaboration in sharing their love for the art of music.”
The newly added high school band camp for musicians in grades nine through 12 is scheduled June 4-8, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., with a concert at 7 p.m. on June 8. Musicians in grades five through eight can participate in the middle school band camp from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. June 18-22, with a concert scheduled June 22 at 7 p.m.
Musicians have until May 1 to register for both camps, which will take place at Southeastern’s Pottle Music Building. Tuition for each camp is $225. Registration is open until the first day of camp; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after May 1.
Southeastern’s Interim Director of Bands Derek Stoughton will coordinate both band camps, Duke said. Along with the concert band, the camps will also offer private lessons and masterclasses, jazz combos, lessons in improvisation and theory classes.
The chamber music, choir and guitar workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 25- June 29, with a concert at 1 p.m. on June 29. Tuition cost for each workshop is $170 and includes lunch on Friday, June 29. Registration is open until the first day of the workshops; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after May 20.
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, Duke said. The workshop will focus on chamber music repertoire, including but not limited to duets, piano trios, and quartets. Students will have the opportunity to improve their, sight-reading skills and instrumental technique, as well as develop stronger ensemble skills.
The focus of the choir workshop is on choir repertoire. Students will also have the opportunity to improve their sight reading skills and vocal technique, Duke said. Activities will include choir rehearsals, master classes and music theory instruction.
Guitar Workshop Director Pat Kerber said the workshop’s focus is on learning to arrange and perform popular songs utilizing and developing the students’ skill levels. The workshop is open to guitar students 10 years of age and older.
“The ability to read music is not required. Students should have at least six months of experience playing the guitar,” Kerber said. “The only other requirements are a desire to learn, practice, and play. Instruction in classical guitar is also available.”
The beginners’ string orchestra workshop will take place from 4 -5:30 p.m., June 25 to June 28, and on June 29, from 10:30 am -12 p.m., with a concert at 1 p.m. on June 29. Suitable for first to third-year violin, viola, and cello students, the workshop will be taught by Duke. Tuition for the workshop is $125. Registration is open until the first day of the workshop; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after May 20.
The CMS will also offer private instrumental and vocal lessons from June 11 to July 26.
For more information on any of these programs, go to www.southeastern.edu/smc or call 985-549-5502.