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Feb. 8, 2007

Applications Are Available For UI Summer Music Camps

Applications for the 2007 University of Iowa Summer Music Camps are now available on the camp Web site,

The camps, formerly known as the Iowa All-State Music Camps, have been offered at the UI since 1953. For 2007, camps are available in three one-week sessions for students in band, orchestra and chorus, as well as specialized camps in piano, percussion, jazz and musical theater.

The camps offer high school students musical training and experience beyond that available in their local schools or home communities. The camps include group instruction, classes with master teachers and classroom instruction, as well as a preview of life on a major university campus.

The three sessions and their offerings will be:

--June 10-16: Week One ensembles include two concert bands, a full orchestra and a chorus, as well as an Adult Band for players ages 21 and over. All students will participate in master classes with UI and guest faculty. The final concerts will be performed in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus.

In addition to large ensemble participation, Week One campers can select from course electives including music theory, music appreciation, double-reed making for oboists and bassoonists, instrumental and choral conducting, beginning class piano, piano master class, organ class, introduction to music notation software, introduction to electronic music, world percussion and American popular music.

--June 17-22: Week Two features the percussion, piano and music theater camps. Students enrolled in the Total Percussion Camp will explore a wide variety of topics including concert, marching, jazz and world percussion.

Campers enrolled in the Piano Camp will be exposed to a wide variety of piano-related topics in a fun and non-competitive atmosphere. The daily schedule includes piano lessons from UI faculty, classes in music theory and piano literature, and a course in music technology and composition in School of Music's state-of-the-art computerized keyboard lab.

New in 2007 is the Musical Theatre Camp, where campers will receive vocal and theatrical movement instruction from UI faculty members. This camp is for those students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Prospective campers must submit an audition tape along with their application; only 20 campers will be accepted.

--June 24-30: Week Three is the jazz studies camp. Campers will have 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. This camp will also interact with the famed Iowa City Jazz Festival.

All school musicians who have completed the eighth grade or above may apply for admission as a resident camper. Those who have completed the seventh grade and reside in the Iowa City area may apply for admission as commuter students. The Musical Theatre camp is for those students going into the 10th, 11th or 12th grade by audition only. The Adult Band is for adults age 21 and over. Students must be recommended by their school music teacher.

For more information, including names of Iowa Summer Music Camp (ISMC) faculty, please see the ISMC Web site, Applications to the camp may be downloaded at

ISMC campers live in an air-conditioned university residence hall under the direct supervision of counselors and house directors. Excellent buffet-style meals, prepared under the supervision of university dieticians, are served in the residence hall dining room. Housing for the Adult Band participants will be in local hotels.

The director of the Iowa Summer Music Camps is Kevin Kastens, director of the UI Hawkeye Marching Band.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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