UNT College of Music offers intensive summer workshops for musicians of all ages

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:46
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DENTON, Texas (UNT) – Each summer, UNT's College of Music opens its doors to music students whose ages and levels of experience span a wide range. From elementary school students, to college graduates, students and professionals, those who want to learn more, fine tune their musical skills, or build on their knowledge of music instruction are invited to apply for the College of Music's summer workshops, many of which offer participants the opportunity to perform in public concerts throughout the summer.

This year, in addition to the many established workshops offered by the College of Music, ClarEssentials, a summer program that focuses specifically on clarinet instruction for young motivated clarinetists, is expanding to include two new summer camps for middle school students. These new workshops will be held at local schools in the Denton and Frisco communities, and will be offered in addition to the ClarEssentials annual workshop for high school students, which will continue to take place on UNT's campus. Enrollment in ClarEssentials High School Clarinet Workshop has steadily grown since its start in 2012 and clarinet professor Kimberly Cole Luevano thought the timing was right to expand the program and begin engaging clarinetists at a younger age.

"We'll now be able to help encourage and instruct young clarinetists from seventh grade through the freshman year of college," said Luevano. " It's import that future generations of musicians and music consumers are exposed to the highest quality of instruction possible. Our camps offer much needed insight to students to help them refine and master the clarinet."

ClarEssentials students will participate in masterclasses, sessions on fundamental skills, and chamber music coaching. Those attending the high school session will also participate in a clinic with Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal clarinetist Gregory Raden and all students in the workshops perform their own recital at the end of the workshop.

The full listing of College of Music summer workshops is below.

June

June 8-10: Denton ClarEssentials Junior High/Middle School Clarinet Workshop

Instructor(s): Kimberly Cole Luevano, John Scott, Deborah Fabian, Daryl Coad; Connor O'Meara, Kristen Thompson and other workshop staff

Deadline:  June 1, with early registration discount by May 15

This is an intensive, educational and fun workshop at Guyer High School designed for middle school clarinetists. Daily events include group warm-ups, sessions on fundamental skills, masterclasses, chamber music coaching and evening recitals. The workshop concludes with a finale recital presented by student chamber music groups. For information, visit http://clarinet.music.unt.edu/claressentials-jh.

June 8-12: 28thAnnual Bradetich Double Bass Masterclass

Instructor(s): Jeff Bradetich, Lynn Seaton

Deadline: May 1 (late registration offered with fee)

This masterclass is for advanced high school and college level students. The week of highly concentrated classical study for aspiring bassists will include technical training, solo classes, orchestra studies, video taping, bass ensembles, jazz classes with Lynn Seaton and much more. For information, visit http://strings.music.unt.edu/bradetich-master-class.

June 8-12: Flute! Fundamentals for Teachers

Instructor(s): Mary Karen Clardy; Deadline: May 1

This workshop is for performers and teachers interested in developing teaching and performing skills. Participants can observe master teaching and interact with students of all levels in daily sessions. Basics of embouchure, breathing, tone production, musical phrasing, articulation, vibrato, and technique are addressed in the workshop. For information, visit http://www.mkclardy.com/fundamentals-for-teachers.html.

June 8-19: Conductors Collegium

Instructor(s): Eugene Corporon

Deadline:  May 1

Music educators of all levels meet to discuss common goals, shared concerns and practical solutions with colleagues, performers and composers. As many as 40 participants will be selected to rehearse and perform on one of four concerts with the North Texas Wind Symphony. Comments regarding rehearsal approach and conducting pedagogy will be made on video. Non-conducting participants will follow scores and listen to the clinician. Morning sessions will focus on masterworks as well as rehearsal skills and conducting technique. For information, visit http://music.unt.edu/windstudies/workshops.php.

June 10-12: 15th Annual Beginners and Intermediate Bass Camp

Instructor(s): Jeff Bradetich, Gudrun Raschen, Jessica Gilliam-Valls, Carlos Gaviria

Deadline: May 1 (late registration offered with fee)

Beginning and intermediate players of the double bass will join the North Texas Bass Camp for three days of fun, participation and instruction. Playing, practicing and performing will abound, and students will enjoy the week-ending game of "Double Bass Jeopardy." Participants will have the opportunity to work with outstanding teachers in a fun and supportive environment. For information, visit http://strings.music.unt.edu/beginners-and-intermediate-bass-camp.

June 12-13: Flute! Middle School Day Camp

Instructor(s): Mary Karen Clardy

Deadline:  May 1

Flute! is a fun camp for middle school flutists who want to build tone, technique, and performance confidence for next year's competitions and auditions. Daily sessions include basics of embouchure, breathing, tone production, musical phrasing, articulation, vibrato, and technique. Flute choir rehearsals allow participants to try other members of the flute family (piccolo, alto flute and bass flute) and build ensemble skills, with a final camp concert of music learned during camp and a party for campers, family, and friends! For information, visit

http://music.unt.edu/downloads/documents/flute/flute-MS-Day-Camp-2015B.pdf.  

June 15-17: Frisco ClarEssentials Junior High/Middle School Clarinet Workshop

Instructor(s): Kimberly Cole Luevano, John Scott, Deborah Fabian, Daryl Coad; Connor O'Meara, Kristen Thompson and other workshop staff

Deadline:  June 1, with early registration discount by May 15

This is an intensive, educational and fun workshop at Cobb Middle School designed for advanced middle school clarinetists. Daily events include group warm-ups, sessions on fundamental skills, masterclasses, chamber music coaching and evening recitals. The workshop concludes with a finale recital presented by chamber music groups. For information, visit http://clarinet.music.unt.edu/claressentials-jh.

June 15-18: Marching Percussion Camp

Instructor(s): Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, other UNT drumline faculty and UNT Drumline alumni

Deadline: May 19

The UNT Marching Percussion Camp trains high school percussionists in the tradition of the world-renowned Green Brigade Drumline. The workshop includes 10 hours a day of instruction and performance experience in a skill level-based ensemble. To register, visit http://percussion.music.unt.edu/summer.  

June 15-19: Flute! Practicum for Performers

Instructor(s): Mary Karen Clardy

Deadline:  May 15

Flute! Practicum for Performers 2015 is a masterclass for performers interested in developing performance skills and repertoire. Participants will perform in daily sessions with a focus on standard repertoire and orchestral excerpts. Concepts of breathing, embouchure, tone production, musical phrasing, articulation, vibrato and technique are addressed in the masterclass. For information about registration, visit http://music.unt.edu/downloads/documents/flute/Flute-Practicum-for-Performers-2015.pdf.

June 15-19: UNT Keyboard Percussion Symposium

Instructor(s): Christopher Deane; Brian Zator; Sandi Rennick; Ed Smith; Gordon Stout; She-e Wu

Deadline: May 18

Activities for high school, college and professional level keyboard percussionists include private and group lessons with world class instructors, masterclasses, clinics, student and faculty performances, and technique labs focused on all aspects of keyboard percussion performance including grip methods (Traditional, Stevens, Burton and Six-Mallet grip) and extended performance technique. High school participants will play in keyboard percussion ensembles directed by Symposium faculty. For information, visit http://percussion.music.unt.edu/extras.

June 15-19: String Orchestra Day Camp (Grades 3-9)

Instructor(s): Rebecca Roesler

Deadline:  June 8

Over 125 students rehearse in elementary and middle school orchestras under the direction of guest conductors. Students, who must have at least six months of string playing experience at the time of the camp, also receive instruction in music theory and music history classes. Orchestras offered: Pre-String Orchestra (Grades 3-4); Elementary Orchestra (Grades 5-6); 7th Grade Orchestra; 8th Grade Orchestra; 9th Grade Orchestra. For information, visit https://musiced.music.unt.edu/orchestra-summer-day-camp.

June 19-20: Vocal Pedagogy Workshop

Instructor(s): Stephen Austin

Deadline:  June 1 (late registration offered with fee)

This year's workshop focuses on preparing singers for the next step by addressing training to get students past college screening auditions, how to properly eliminate excessive breathiness, how to teach the male high voice and extend the range, and how to get young sopranos and mezzos to sing successfully above the staff. For information, visit https://music.unt.edu/voice/vocal-pedagogy-workshop.

June 19-21: Flute! Repertoire and Performance Masterclass

Instructor(s): Mary Karen Clardy

Deadline:  June 1

This workshop for advanced performers develops repertoire and performance skills by building practice methods. Daily performances are included, with feedback for improvement in the overall artistic impression, technical consistence, projection and communication. Basics of embouchure, breathing, tone production, musical phrasing, articulation, vibrato, and technique are addressed in the masterclass. For information, visit http://music.unt.edu/downloads/documents/flute/Flute-Repertoire-Performance-Masterclass.pdf.

June 19-26: UNT Summer String Institute Session I

June 26-July 3: UNT Summer String Institute Session II

Instructor(s): Julia Bushkova, Philip Lewis, Felix Olschofka, Gary Levinson, Susan Dubois, Daphne Gerling, Nikola Ruzevic, Eugene Osadchy and others

Deadline:  May 23

Pre-college and collegiate sessions are being offered to violinists, violists and cellists of all ages. These include private lessons, masterclasses, clinics, faculty-student recitals, mock auditions, wellness and stress reduction sessions, Region and All-State audition preparation, and chamber music experience. Students will work directly with the internationally acclaimed UNT string faculty, principal players of the Dallas Symphony, and esteemed guest artists. For information, visit http://ssi.music.unt.edu/.

June 21-26: Vocal Jazz Workshop

Instructor(s): Jennifer Barnes, Rosana Eckert; Greg Jasperse

Deadline:  first-come, first-served, payment due by May 23

Participants are involved in every aspect of vocal jazz, from solo and ensemble performance to improvisation, pedagogy and jazz theory. Educators may attend a daily class devoted to vocal jazz directing, programming and rhythm section. Ensembles rehearse daily, preparing for the Friday evening public concert. Music educators will have a session each day with Jennifer Barnes that will focus on topics including repertoire, performance aesthetics, rhythm section and sound reinforcement equipment. For information, visit http://jazz.unt.edu/?q=node/120.

June 24-27: ClarEssentials High School Clarinet Workshop

Instructor(s): Kimberly Cole Luevano, John Scott, Deborah Fabian, Daryl Coad; Deadline:  June 17 (early registration discount before May 27)

This is an intensive, educational and fun workshop designed for advanced high school clarinetists. Daily events include group warm-ups, sessions on fundamental skills, masterclasses, chamber music coaching and evening recitals. Featured guest artist Greg Raden, Principal Clarinetist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will present a recital and clinic. The workshop concludes with a finale recital presented by chamber music groups. For information, visit http://clarinet.music.unt.edu/claressentials-hs.

June 25-28: Drum Major and Student Leadership Camp

Instructor(s): Nick Williams, Jeremy Spicer, Manuel Maldonado, Duane Hill

Deadline:  first-come, first-served

Current or future drum majors and student leaders will receive specialized individual instruction, as well as training in leadership, conducting, and innovative marching and teaching techniques. For information, visit http://www.studentsleading.org/training/drummajor.php.

June 26-28: Flute! High School Camp

Instructor(s): Mary Karen Clardy

Deadline:  June 1

This is a class for pre-college flutists, and these sessions emphasize musical performance and preparation. Daily classes include warmup exercises, tone/technique development, vibrato, and articulation studies, and provide opportunities for interaction of performer and listener. The camp concludes with a concert by members of the class. For information, visit http://music.unt.edu/downloads/documents/flute/high-school-camp.pdf.

 

July

July 8-11: All State Choir Camp

Instructor(s): Alan McClung, director; Amanda Quist, guest director

Deadline:  June 15

The camp includes various rehearsals over four days culminating with a recording session/concert on Saturday afternoon. There will also be a dance, recreation night and talent show. For information, visit http://choircamp.music.unt.edu/ascc.

July 15-18: MS/JH (Jr. High/Middle School) Honor Choir Camp

Instructor(s): Alan McClung

Deadline:  July 12

The camp includes sessions that cover topics such as voice, pitch and rhythm development, as well as rehearsals and an afternoon concert on Saturday. There will also be a game night, talent show and dance. For information, visit http://choircamp.music.unt.edu/mscc.

July 21-25: Mariachi Summer Camp

Instructor(s): Donna Emmanuel

Deadline:  first-come, first-served

Camp participants will rehearse and learn about mariachi music. The camp culminates with a concert the final afternoon. Special guest instructor, Sr. Jóse Hernàndez, founder of Mariachi Sol de Mexico, will also teach students. For information, visit http://music.unt.edu/downloads/documents/mariachi_registrationform.pdf.

 

August

Aug. 1-2: Alexander Technique

Instructor, Phyllis Richmond

Deadline: July 20

Participants will have the opportunity to experience Alexander Technique in a workshop setting, taught by Phyllis Richmond, M.A., MSTAT. Richmond will introduce the principles and practices of Alexander Technique that enable musicians to stop creating unnecessary tension and effort; improve posture, coordination, and breathing; and perform with increased comfort and ease by using the whole body in a new way. For information, visit https://music.unt.edu/connect/alexander-technique.

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