Southeastern Community Music School to host Summer Music Celebration

Monday, March 6, 2017
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School (CMS) is hosting “Summer Music Celebration 2017,” a series of summer programs for young musicians.
     “Summer Music Celebration 2017 includes a middle school band camp, guitar workshop, chamber music workshop and a beginners’ string orchestra workshop,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke.
     Musicians in grades five through eight have until May 1 to register for the middle school band camp, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 19-23, with a concert at 7 p.m. on June 23 at the Pottle Music Building. Tuition is $225, which includes lunch each day, as well as dinner on Friday, June 23. 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 Derek Stoughton will coordinate the middle school band camp, Duke said. Along with the concert band, the camp will also offer private lessons and masterclasses, jazz combos, lessons in improvisation and theory classes.
     The chamber music and guitar workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 26- June 30, with a concert at 1 p.m. on July 1. Tuition cost is $170, which includes lunch on Friday, June 30. Registration is open until the first day of the workshop; the $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after May 20.
     Students participating in the guitar workshop will learn how to approach and arrange music that is typically presented by experienced musicians, Duke explained. 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 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, 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 beginners’ string orchestra workshop will take place from 4 -5:30 p.m., June 26 to June 29, and on June 30, from 10:30 am -12 p.m., with a concert at 1 p.m. on June 30. The workshop, suitable for first to third-year violin, viola, cello and bass students, will be taught by Duke. Through various fun activities, students will improve upon sight-reading and performance skills, as well as knowledge of music theory. The cost of the workshop is $125.
     The CMS will also offer private instrumental and vocal lessons from June 5 to July 20.
For more information on any of these programs, go to or call 985-549-5502.

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