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Registration underway for Southeastern Music Festival, July 7-18

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Registration is underway for the 2008 Southeastern Music Festival (SMF) at Southeastern Louisiana University.

     The Southeastern Music Festival, sponsored by the university's Community Music School (CMS), is scheduled for weekdays July 7-18 at the university's Ralph R. Pottle Music Building.  Now in its 15th year, SMF is open to students ages 8-17 (third grade through high school), said SMF Director and Southeastern music faculty member Richard Schwartz.

     "Participants receive private lesson, large ensemble experience, concerts, master classes, chamber music studies, and music theory classes all provided in a supporting and positive environment," Schwartz said.

     CMS Director Kenneth Boulton said each of SMF's six instruction areas will have its own coordinator and schedule of activities each morning, then combine forces through the afternoon.

     "We enjoyed a banner festival last summer, with over 130 total participants, and are looking to surpass that number this year," Boulton said. "This festival has become a genuine summer destination for families throughout the entire region."

     Southeastern faculty serving as area coordinators are Schwartz, SMF Concert Band, band instrument area; SMF Assistant Director Dana Morse, piano area; Yakov Voldman, SMF Chamber Orchestra, orchestral instrument area; Raisa Voldman, piano area; and Patrick Kerber, guitar area. Southeastern graduate Amy Prats will head the voice area and the SMF Concert Choir.

     SMF is again offering performance scholarships to students in grades 9-12. To apply, students should submit a recording of a music performance on their chosen instrument (or voice) along with their festival application.

     The tuition is $325, covering meals, t-shirts, recreation, liability insurance, and campus health services.  Families enrolling more than one child in the all-day session will receive a $50 discount per student on the tuition fee.

     A $75 non-refundable deposit is due with registration materials by June 22, with the balance due on the first day of camp. A $25 late fee will be assessed after the deadline.

     SMF registration information is available online at Forms can also be obtained by calling the Community Music School office, 985-549-5502, or by e-mailing

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