Southeastern Community Music School announces summer workshops

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
by: Tonya Lowentritt

HAMMOND – The Southeastern Community Music School (CMS) has announced its "Southeastern Music Celebration 2015" schedule, a series of summer programs for young musicians.

Summer Music Celebration 2015 includes a middle school band camp, piano duet workshop, guitar workshop, chamber music workshops as well as the brand new music theory 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.

"In addition, CMS will now offer a new music theory workshop, taught by our knowledgeable music theory instructor, Natalia Timotina, who is also a superb pianist. Knowledge of music theory is crucial to the development of young instrumentalists, and we are expecting this offering to be of great interest to musicians in our community."

Musicians in grades five through eight have until May 1 to register for the middle school band camp, which is scheduled July 6-10, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building. Tuition is $225, which includes lunch each day. 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 piano duet, chamber music, guitar and music theory workshops are scheduled for July 13-17, from 9 a.m. – 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, chamber music, and music theory workshops. Tuition for the piano duet, chamber music and guitar workshops is $170; the cost of the music theory workshop is $125. Registration is open until July 13; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after the above mentioned deadlines.

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 eight students. Each student will be matched with a partner of similar age and ability and will be involved in daily coaching sessions, musicianship classes, masterclasses and a final recital. Ken Boulton, head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, 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 limit is 20 students. 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 be focused 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 newly formed music theory workshop offers three levels of music theory - beginning, intermediate and advanced. It is suitable for students who are currently learning to play a musical instrument or who have played an instrument in the past. Students who sign up may attend one or more levels of the workshop.

The CMS will also offer private instrumental and vocal lessons from June 8 to July 23.

For more information on or to register for any of these programs, go to or call 985-549-5502.


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