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Annual music camp features free performances

July 9, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's 56th annual summer music camp for high school students, Seminar 2007, began Sunday, July 8, and will feature five free, public performances by 130 students from five states and Puerto Rico.

All music presented will be learned and prepared during the two-week Seminar program, which focuses on chamber music and provides opportunities for students to perform in ensembles as well as attend daily classes in band, orchestra or choir.

Seminar 2007 performances

Sunday, July 15, 9:15 a.m. -- Continuing a 39-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., Kalamazoo.

Sunday, July 15, 4 p.m. -- A concert including the Woodwind Choir and string chamber music ensembles will be presented in WMU's Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Thursday, July 19, 7 p.m. -- Pianists will give a recital in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Friday, July 20, 7:30 p.m. -- The Seminar large ensemble concert will feature the wind ensemble, concert choir and string orchestra performing in WMU's Miller Auditorium.

Saturday, July 21, 10:30 a.m. -- Seminar 2007 will conclude with a festival of five simultaneous chamber music concerts in the Dalton Center Recital Hall -- strings, woodwind, brass and percussion, piano, and vocal and choral.

The Seminar 2007 student participants from Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio and Puerto Rico were selected by audition and will study music theory and music literature, take private lessons, maintain a rigorous rehearsal schedule, and perform in both large and small groups. Rehearsals and classes will be led primarily by WMU faculty members, who also will perform at 10 a.m. daily in the Dalton Center Recital Hall for the duration of the two-week camp.

Seminar 2007 will be led by Carl Doubleday, associate director of the School of Music at WMU. He has directed the program for 40 years.

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

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