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UI School of Music offers summer music camp to students in grades 7-12

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Application forms are now available for the 1997 University of Iowa All-State Music Camp, open to young musicians now in grades 7-12.

The camp will be on the UI campus June 15-27. The applications deadline for all students is Monday, May 19.

The camp, sponsored by the UI School of Music, provides a variety of performing experiences, including three concert bands, an orchestra, a mixed chorus, two madrigal/jazz choirs and two jazz bands. In addition, classes are offered in three levels of music theory, music appreciation, musical forms and ideas, organ, two levels of jazz improvisation, choral and instrumental conducting, and double-reed making for oboe and bassoon players.

The All-State Music Camp also offers a piano camp option for students who would like a piano emphasis. Students who choose this option take private lessons and attend piano literature classes, piano master classes and piano ensemble rehearsals with members of the UI School of Music piano faculty and visiting artists.

Private lessons with artist-teachers also are available for any band or orchestra instrument, piano, organ and composition.

A $400 fee includes housing in UI dormitories and all activities except for optional private lessons, which are an additional $25. Housing in air-conditioned rooms is also available for an additional $40.

Students who participated in the fall 1996 Iowa All-State Music Festival, the 1996 Iowa Music Educators Association Middle School Honors Orchestra or the 1997 Iowa Bandmasters Association Middle School Honors Band may deduct $10 from the tuition charge. In addition, each school is given three $50 string scholarships, and similar scholarships are available for students who play bassoon, bass clarinet or contrabass clarinet. A limited number of other scholarships is available.

Applicants must be recommended by their school music teachers. School musicians who are completing grades 8-12 may apply as resident students and live on campus. Those who are completing grade 7, and students in the Iowa City area who wish to live at home, may apply as commuter students; these would pay only the camp tuition of $150.

The top band, the Gold Band, will be directed by William Gora of Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., and Lt. Col. Frank Dubuy of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La. The bands for younger students, the Red Band and Black Band, will be directed by four outstanding Iowa band directors: Curtiss Klein from Ft. Dodge High School, James DePriest from Mt. Pleasant High School, Robert Medd from Iowa City West High School and Andrew Houk from Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids.

The orchestra will be conducted by A. Clyde Roller from San Antonio, Texas, and William L Jones, the founding director of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestras in Minneapolis, Minn., and the incoming conductor of the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra next fall.

The chorus will be conducted by William Hatcher of the UI and Brad Holmes from Milliken University in Peoria. The madrigal/jazz choirs will be conducted by Matthew Faerber and Raymond Salucka of the UI.

The jazz bands will be led by Kent Keating from Washington High School, Alan Naylor from Linn-Mar High School and John Rapson, the director of the jazz studies program at the UI.

Information and application forms are available by writing to Dr. Myron Welch, All-State Music Camp Director, School of Music, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1795. Call Welch at the band department, (319) 335-1635, or call toll-free 1-800-553-IOWA (4692), and ask for the band department. The department may be contacted through electronic mail at

For information on scholarships, contact local music teachers or the camp office at the number listed above.