WMU News

School of Music camp draws top high school musicians

July 8, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Seminar 2004, Western Michigan University's summer music camp for high school students, celebrates its 53rd year when some 130 students from four states convene July 11 on the WMU campus for the two-week program.

Seminar is unique, focusing on chamber music and providing opportunities for students to perform in small ensembles, in addition to daily participation in either band, orchestra, or choir.

Each participant was selected by audition and 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 which are open to the public, free of charge. All music performed during Seminar 2004 will be learned and prepared during the two-week program.

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

Seminar 2004 operates under the auspices of the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts at WMU. Carl Doubleday has been director of SEMINAR for 37 years and a member of the SEMINAR staff for 40 years. He also serves as Associate Director of the WMU School of Music.

Seminar 2004 Free Public Performances

Sunday, July 18, 9:15 a.m--Continuing a 36-year tradition, the Seminar brass choir and concert choir will provide music for the morning worship service at Kalamazoo's Cathedral Church of Christ the King, 2600 Vincent Ave.

Sunday, July 18, 4 p.m.--A concert including string chamber music ensembles and the woodwind choir in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Thursday, July 22, 7 p.m.--Pianists will present a public recital in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Friday, July 23, 7:30 p.m.--Large ensemble concert features the wind ensemble, concert choir, and string orchestra performing in Miller Auditorium.

Saturday, July 24, 10:30 a.m.--Seminar 2004 concludes with a festival of five simultaneous chamber music concerts in the Dalton Center, including string, woodwind, brass and percussion, vocal/choral, and piano.

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

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