Southeastern Community Music School announces summer programs
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
by: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School is hosting
a series of summer programs for young musicians.
The summer programs include a middle school band camp, chamber music workshop, and a strings orchestra workshop, as well as seven weeks of individual lessons, said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke.
“We hope that COVID-19 will end very soon and that all of our students and their families, as well as our entire community, stay healthy. We always look forward to the summer camps because they provide an easy way for school-aged musicians to experience Southeastern’s wonderful music programs,” Duke said. “These camps are always filled with fun and friendships. They significantly enhance the participants’ instrumental skills and musicianship. Learning, joyfully exploring creative collaboration, and sharing our love for music performance is what these camps are all about.”
The middle school band camp is scheduled June 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, with a concert at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 19. Lunch is provided Monday through Thursday, as well as dinner on Friday. Tuition for the camp, scheduled in Pottle Music Building on Southeastern’s campus, is $225. Registration is open until the first day of camp; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after May 20.
Coordinated by Southeastern Interim Director of Bands Derek Stoughton, the camp is open to students in fifth through ninth grades during the 2019-20 school year, although high school students are also welcome to attend. Camp activities include concert band, private lessons and masterclasses, jazz combos, lessons in improvisation and theory classes.
The chamber music workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., May 25-29, with a concert at 1 p.m. on May 29. Tuition cost for the workshop is $170 and includes lunch on Friday, May 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 beginners’ string orchestra workshop will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m., May 25-28, and on May 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a concert at 1 p.m. on May 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 and includes lunch on Friday, May 29. 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 8 to July 23. Lessons are scheduled according to the instructors’ availability and with consideration of the students’ family vacations. Individual lesson fees vary according to the instructor’s qualifications.
For more information on any of these programs, go to www.southeastern.edu/smc.