You will request classes when you register by ranking your top five selections. Most campers will be enrolled in their first two choices but this will happen on a first-come basis so register early to get your top choices. Class enrollment will also be affected by possible conflicts with the meeting time(s) of your major ensemble(s).
Ear Training: An introduction to every musician’s most important skill: listening. Explore ways to improve your ear and “find the right note.” Instruction includes group singing, dictation and lecture-demonstration.
Music Theory: A valuable introduction to what’s behind the notes on the page, this class will benefit vocalists and instrumentalists alike.
Chamber Music: Chamber music includes wind, brass and strings/piano groupings. The class instrumentation varies depending on registration.
Conducting Basics: What is going through the minds of conductors when they are conducting? This class will give you personal insights that may help you to understand the art of conducting — and your conductor! Faculty will demonstrate beat patterns and teach you how to prepare for your next conducting assignment.
Gospel Choir: Explore the rich legacy of gospel music as you learn representative works in this very popular class!
Don’t be a Tool! The Nuts and Bolts You Need in Your Musical Toolbox: A five-session mixed bag of subjects covering some of the most important aspects of being a musician. Topics will include stage presence, dealing with stage fright, career opportunities in music, preparing for a college music major, an audition help session, being a healthy musician, and musical resources everyone should know about.
Handbells: Are you eager to try your hand at handbells? This ensemble provides opportunities for experienced handbell players as well as those who want to try handbells for the first time.
Jazz Improvisation: Start from scratch or polish your skills in improvisation! This exciting class will challenge you to take some chances. It is open to all instruments.
Musical Theater Workshop: Enhance your musical theater skills while working on repertoire from the Broadway stage. Taught by a professional actor/dancer/educator.
Rhythm Workshop: Improve your rhythmic reading and performance skills through rhythm games, body movement and improvisation. Dalcroze and ethnic patterns from all over the world will be used to make playing rhythms fun, enjoyable and easier. Exercises will be performed with and without instruments.
New - Ethnic Performance Ensemble: A lively exploration of rhythmic performance practice of a Brazillian Samba, Cuban Rumba, and Ghanaian High-Life music. Percussion and bass are the primary instruments, but all instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome.