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Two-week music camp features free performances

July 9, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Seminar 2009, Western Michigan University's summer music camp for high school students, will celebrate its 58th anniversary this month when students from four states 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 Illinois, Michigan, Nevada and Texas have been selected by audition to participate in the program, which begins July 12 and ends July 25.

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

Sunday, July 19, 9:45 a.m.--Continuing a 41-year tradition, the Seminar brass and concert choirs will provide music for a local morning worship service. The location this year is the First Baptist Church on the north side of Bronson Park, 315 W. Michigan Ave., in Kalamazoo.

Sunday, July 19, 4 p.m.--The woodwind choir and string chamber music ensembles will perform in WMU's Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Thursday, July 23, 7 p.m.--Seminar pianists will present a public recital in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Friday, July 24, 7:30 p.m.--The Seminar 2009 Large Ensemble Concert will feature the wind ensemble, concert choir and string orchestra performing in WMU's Miller Auditorium.

Saturday, July 25, 10:30 a.m.--Seminar 2009 will conclude with a festival of five simultaneous chamber music concerts in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Performing ensembles include string, woodwind, brass-percussion, vocal-choral and piano.

WMU music faculty members will conduct most of the Seminar 2009 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 2009 operates under the auspices of the WMU School of Music. Carl Doubleday, associate director of the School of Music, has directed Seminar for 42 years and has been a member of the Seminar faculty for 45 years.

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

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