Music campers to perform numerous free concerts

Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

The 2011 University of Iowa Summer Music Camps will be held June 12–July 1, with each week focusing on specific disciplines (orchestra/band; percussion, piano; jazz). Each week will feature several free, public performances by students and faculty.

The first week is dedicated to orchestra and band students, and will feature three public events:

  • A faculty/staff recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, in Riverside Recital Hall.
  • A talent show for campers at 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, in Riverside Recital Hall.
  • A concert by the camp orchestra and band at 7 p.m., Friday, June 17, in the ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The band will be conducted by Mark Whitlock, director of bands at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and the orchestra will be conducted by William LaRue Jones, director of orchestral activities for the UI School of Music.

Week two features a total percussion camp and a piano camp. Public events include:

  • A piano faculty recital at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, in Riverside Recital Hall.
  • A percussion faculty concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 23, in room 150 of Music West–Interim Building.
  • A percussion concert/demonstration at 7 p.m., Friday, June 24 in room 150 of Music West–Interim Building.
  • A piano concert/demonstration at 7 p.m., Friday, June 24, in Riverside Recital Hall.

Jazz camp will rule week three. Public performances for that week include:

  • A jazz faculty concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, June 27, in University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.
  • A concert by Koplant No at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, in UCC Recital Hall.
  • Final concerts at the Iowa City Jazz Festival at 2:30 p.m., Friday, July 1, on the Weather Fountain Stage, downtown Iowa City. (Rain site: Riverside Recital Hall)

The 59th annual Iowa Summer Music Camps offer students musical training and experience beyond what may be available in their home schools, including group instruction, master classes, and classroom instruction in most phases of instrumental music—as well as a preview of life on a major university campus.

All musicians who have completed the eighth grade or above may apply, with the recommendation of their instrumental-music teacher.

Course elective offerings include topics in music theory, music history including the histories of rock and jazz, double-reed making, instrumental conducting, beginning class piano, piano master class, organ class, introduction to Finale music notation software, introduction to GarageBand software, and world percussion for nonpercussionists.

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