Southeastern Community Music School announces summer programs


Friday, April 1, 2022 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School is hosting a series of summer programs for young musicians.
     The 2022 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.
     “Summer camps provide a way for school-aged musicians to get a glimpse of Southeastern’s wonderful college music programs,” Duke said. “These camps are filled with fun and friendships, while they significantly enhance the participants’ instrumental skills and musicianship. Learning and 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 20-24, 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 24. 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 Robert Schwartz, the camp is open to students in fifth through ninth grades during the 2021-22 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., July 25-29, with a concert at 11:30 a.m. on July 29. 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 June 20.
     The CMS will also offer private instrumental and vocal lessons from June 6 to July 21. 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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