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High school musicians spend two weeks on WMU campus

by Tonya Durlach

June 15, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU Seminar summer music camp.
Seminar summer music camp
KALAMAZOO--Seminar 2011, Western Michigan University's summer music camp for high school students, will celebrate its 60th anniversary in July, when students from eight states and Europe convene on campus for the two-week program.

WMU's Seminar summer camp focuses on chamber music, providing unique opportunities for students to perform in small ensembles and participate daily in band, orchestra or choir. Some 120 students from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Hawaii and Germany have been selected by audition to participate in the program, which begins Sunday, July 10, and ends Saturday, July 23.

Each participant is enrolled in one of six seminars: string, woodwind, brass, percussion, piano or voice. During their stay at WMU, the high school students study music theory and music literature, take private lessons, maintain a rigorous rehearsal schedule, and perform in both large and small ensemble concerts. All performances are open to the public free of charge and will feature music learned and prepared by students during the Seminar program.

Public performance schedule

WMU music faculty members will conduct most of the Seminar rehearsals and classes. In addition to serving as teachers and conductors, Seminar faculty will also perform in a daily Performance Class held at 10 a.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Seminar 2011 operates under the auspices of the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts at WMU. Kevin West is the administrative director, and Matt Jensen serves as the registrar.

For more information, contact Matt Jensen at or (269) 387-4678.

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