Iowa Summer Music Camps feature six free performances

Iowa Summer Music Camps feature six free performances

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student performing at music campThe annual Iowa Summer Music Camps offer students musical training and experience beyond what may available in their home schools, including group instruction, masterclasses, and classroom instruction in many phases of instrumental and vocal music. The entire program, together with a preview of life on a major university campus, is an invaluable experience for young people. File photo by Tom Jorgensen.

Top high-school musicians from throughout the Midwest and other parts of the United States are converging on the University of Iowa for the 2014 Iowa Summer Music Camps. The camps, which run June 15-27, will include six free concerts open to the public.

The 62nd annual Iowa Summer Music Camps, under the leadership of UI Director of Bands Richard Mark Heidel, offer students musical training and experience beyond what may available in their home schools, including group instruction, master classes, and classroom instruction in most phases of instrumental music—plus a preview of life on a major university campus.

Week 1: Piano Camp and Musical Theatre Camp

Tuesday, June 17: Faculty Recital, 7:30 p.m. Riverside Recital Hall.

Friday, June 20: Musical Theatre Recital, 4 p.m. Riverside Recital Hall.

Friday, June 20: Piano Recital, 7 p.m. Riverside Recital Hall

Week 2: Jazz Camp and Percussion Camp

Tuesday, June 24: Jazz Faculty Recital, 7:30 p.m. University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

Thursday, June 26: Percussion Faculty All-Stars, 7:30 p.m. 150 Music Building West.

Friday, June 27: Jazz Combo Concert, 4 p.m. Riverside Recital Hall

Friday, June 27: Percussion Concert, 7 p.m. 150 Music West

Campers in the Piano Camp will be exposed to a wide variety of piano-related topics in a focused, serious, but noncompetitive atmosphere. They will receive daily piano lessons with UI faculty members Alan Huckleberry and Réne Lecuona.

The Musical Theatre camp offers daily classes in dance movement, singing, acting, and staging. Campers will participate in staging and performing scenes from selected musicals with stage director John Muriello, and an acting and dance coach. Each will work one-on-one with UI voice faculty members Katherine Eberle, Rachel Joselson, Susan Sondrol Jones, and Stephen Swanson, learning a solid technical foundation and exploring musical theater vocal styles.

Students enrolled in the Total Percussion camp will experience a week in the life of the critically acclaimed Iowa Percussion program. Under the leadership of Dan Moore, UI professor of percussion, students will explore a wide variety of topics, including world, concert, jazz, and marching percussion. Students will have the opportunity to study and perform with some of the top percussion specialists in the country in an informal atmosphere.

Faculty member James Dreier leads the Jazz Camp. The UI jazz division gives students opportunities to interact and perform with professional jazz musicians throughout a week of music-making in small group/combo settings. Areas of study will include jazz improvisation, jazz theory, basic arranging skills, and the art of jazz listening.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the public events, contact the School of Music in advance at 319-335-1603.

Contacts

Christopher Clair, Office of Strategic Communication, 319-384-0900

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