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Top high school musicians from eight states gather at WMU

July 9, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's summer music camp for high school students, "Seminar 2003," celebrates its 52nd year when students from eight states convene on the WMU campus for the two-week program beginning July 13.

Free, public performances during Seminar 2003 are listed below.

Seminar is unique in that it focuses on chamber music, providing opportunities for students to perform in small ensembles in addition to daily participation in either band, orchestra, or choir. Some 130 students from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Virginia, Massachusetts, Colorado and Montana have been selected by audition to participate in the program, July 13-26.

Each participant is enrolled in one of six seminars: string, woodwind, brass, percussion, piano, or voice. During their stay at WMU, the students study music theory and music literature, take private lessons, maintain a rigorous rehearsal schedule, and perform in both large and small ensemble concerts which are open to the public, free of charge. All music performed during Seminar 2003 will be learned and prepared during the two-week program.

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

Carl Doubleday, associate director of the School of Music, has directed Seminar for 36 years.

Free Public Performances

Sunday, July 20, 9:15 a.m. - Continuing a 35-year tradition, Seminar brass students and the concert choir will provide music for the morning worship service in Kalamazoo's Cathedral Church of Christ the King, 2600 Vincent Ave., Kalamazoo.

Sunday, July 20, 4 p.m. - A concert including string chamber music and the woodwind choir will be held in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Thursday, July 24, 7 p.m. - Pianists will present a public recital in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Friday, July 25, 7:30 p.m. - Seminar 2003 Large Ensemble Concert will feature the wind ensemble, concert choir, and string orchestra performing in Miller Auditorium.

Saturday, July 26, 10:30 a.m. - Seminar 2003 will conclude with a festival of five simultaneous chamber music concerts--string, woodwind, brass and percussion, vocal/choral, and piano--in the Dalton Center.

Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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