Southeastern Community Music School announces summer programs


Wednesday, March 31, 2021 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School is hosting a series of summer programs for young musicians.
     The 2021 summer programs include a middle school band camp, a chamber music workshop, and seven weeks of individual lessons, said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke.
     “We are pleased to offer a normal summer semester despite the challenges of the pandemic. We will adhere to all COVID-19 safety protocols during all of the events.” Duke said. “Summer camps provide a way for school-aged musicians to get a glimpse of Southeastern’s wonderful college music programs. These camps are filled with fun and friendships, while they significantly enhance the participants’ instrumental skills and musicianship. Learning, exploring through creative collaboration, and sharing our love for music performance is what these camps are all about.”
     The middle school band camp is scheduled June 14-18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, with a concert at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 18. Lunch is provided Monday through Thursday. Tuition for the camp, scheduled in Pottle Music Building on Southeastern’s campus, is $250. Registration is open until the first day of camp; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after May 20.
     Coordinated by Paul Frechou, the camp is open to students in fifth through ninth grades during the 2020-21 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., June 7-11, with a concert at 11:30 a.m. on June 11. Tuition cost for the workshop is $170. 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 7 to July 22. 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 or call 985-549-5502.

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