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Release: June 6. 2002

Local seniors will participate in music camp at the University of Iowa June 9-15

For 49 years, the University of Iowa’s All-State Music Camp has offered an opportunity for junior and senior high music students to meet and perform together. But for the camp’s 50th year, there will be something new: Among the more than 220 students in grades 8-12 attending the camp , there will also be 28 Iowa seniors, age 50 and over.

Like the young campers, the seniors will tote their instruments to rehearsal, attend classes and play in a gala final concert. at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in the UI Hancher Auditorium.

“We are very pleased to offer a senior band component to our camp this year,” Kevin Kastens, director of the All-State Music Camp, commented. “Music is a life-long avocation, whether one enjoys making music, or just simply listening,”

In addition to playing in the senior band, directed by UI music education faculty member Don Coffman, the older participants will have the opportunity to take any of the classes that are offered to the younger campers, including music theory, music appreciation, introduction to electronic music and music computer programs, and conducting.

The senior camp grew out of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center New Horizons Band, a program for senior adults that Coffman founded in 1995.

“The Iowa City New Horizons Band was the fourth of its kind in the United States,” Coffman explained. “The band has now grown from 24 players to 60, and we’ve added a polka band, swing band, and various chamber ensembles. Over 40 students from the school of music have helped me instruct players, and we’ve tallied more than 400 concerts.”

“Based on the success of this program, locally and nationally, I felt it was time to offer a week-long camp experience for adults. While other similar camps exist in various parts of the country, most are for only a few days and do not provide the array of courses that the UI does.

“I’m looking forward to an intensive week of music making with dedicated amateur musicians, and I use the term amateur musician in the best sense of that word -- a lover of music, one who approaches music as serious leisure.”

A member of the music education faculty at the University of Iowa, Coffman has more than 20 years of teaching experience spanning all age levels. He currently teaches courses in conducting, methods for teaching instrumental music in schools, psychology of music and techniques for researching and measuring musical behaviors.

An active researcher in life-long learning in music, he is research chair for Iowa's Music Educators Association and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Research in Music Education, published by the Music Educators National Conference. His articles regularly appear in music education research journals including the Journal of Research in Music Education, Update, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music and Psychomusicology.

He holds a master’s degree from Wichita State University and a doctorate from the University of Kansas.

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

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EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that adults from your readership participated in the 2002 senior band at the All-State Music Camp at the UI School of Music. Information is listed alphabetically by town. After the town names are the names of participants and their instruments in the band. Please note that the information is listed as it came to Arts Center Relations.

IOWA CITY: Glorine Berry, horn; Joan Buxton, clarinet; James Calkins, trumpet; John Cazin, saxophone; Helen Chadima, clarinet; Mary Pat Conway, clarinet; Jonathan Cryer, baritone; Robert Engel, baritone; David Funk, clarinet; William Gauger, tuba; Darlene Hoskinson, clarinet; Sally Jablonski, percussion; Wallace Johnson, tuba; Barbara Kuncl, clarinet; Jean Lloyd-Jones, clarinet; Virginia Means, percussion; Duane Means, percussion; Margaret Richardson, saxophone; Hal Richerson, trombone; Diane Stamp, trombone; William Thorne, trombone; Elizabeth Walz, clarinet; Betty Winkokur, clarinet; Nancy Wombacher, trumpet; Mary Hansen, clarinet; Viola Koster, trumpet

CORALVILLE: Linda Fisher, trombone; Charles Kreeb, trombone

GRINNELL: Delmar Larsen, tuba