Southeastern Community Music School announces summer programs

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Registration is underway for the Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School’s (CMS) “Summer Music Celebration 2012,” a series of summer programs for young and talented musicians.

     “The Summer Music Celebration 2012 includes a middle school band, piano duet, guitar and string ensemble workshops,” said CMS 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 9-13, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building on Southeastern’s main campus in Hammond. Tuition is $225 and includes lunch each day.

     Southeastern Associate Band Director Paul Frechou, and Assistant Director of Bands Richard Schwartz, 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, Jeleva said.

     The piano duet, violin and guitar workshops are scheduled July 16-20, from 9 a.m. to 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 string ensemble workshops. Tuition is $170 per workshop.

     According to Jeleva, the piano duet workshop will offer intermediate to advanced junior high and high school students 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, masterclasses and a final recital,” Jeleva said. “Dr. Kenneth Boulton, Southeastern associate professor of piano and the director of the Fine and Performing Arts Department, 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 students, and Southeastern Guitar Instructor Pat Kerber will teach the workshop.

     The strings workshop will focus on ensemble/orchestra repertoire and is open to violin, viola and cello students in grades 1 through 5 during the 2011-12 academic year. Participating students will have the opportunity to improve sight reading skills, instrumental technique, and develop stronger ensemble skills, Jeleva said.

     CMS will also offer private instrumental and vocal lessons June 4 through July 19.

     For more information, visit, or call 985-549-5502.


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