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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 1998 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 7-19. The applications deadline for all students is Monday, May 18.

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, beginning piano, 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 classes in piano literature and keyboard harmony, piano master classes and piano ensemble rehearsals with members of the UI School of Music piano faculty.

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 1997 Iowa All-State Music Festival, the 1997 Iowa Music Educators Association Middle School Honors Orchestra or the 1998 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 Col. John R. Bourgeois, former director of the U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C. and Joseph Hermann of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn. The bands for younger students, the Red Band and Black Band, will be directed by four outstanding Iowa and Illinois band directors: Jerry Zinn of Northwest Jr. High in Iowa City, James Jurgensen of Charles City High School in Charles City, David Maccabee of United Township High School in East Moline, Ill., and David Newport of Grinnell High School in Grinnell.

The orchestra will be conducted by Henry Charles Smith from Bloomington, Minn., and William LarueJones, the conductor of the University of Iowa Symphony.

The chorus will be conducted by William Hatcher of the UI and Kent Hatteberg from the University of Louisville. The madrigal/jazz choirs will be conducted by Ray Salucka from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids and Bret Peppo, director of the UI Old Gold Singers.

The jazz bands will be led by Steve Stickney from City High School in Iowa City and Bill Pringle from Centerville High School in Centerville.

Piano is taught by Carol Thomas and Rene Lecuona, both members of the UI School of Music faculty. Music theory and musical composition will be taught by David Gompper, director of the Center for New Music at the School of Music.

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, extension 1635. The department may be contacted through electronic mail at

The All-State Music Camp also has a page on the world-wide web. Camp information and application forms are available at: <>.

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