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Seminar brings 130 young musicians to campus

July 1, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Seminar 2005, Western Michigan University's summer music camp for high school students, celebrates its 54th year when students from five states and Puerto Rico convene this month on the WMU campus.

Some 130 students from California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Texas and Puerto Rico have been selected by audition to participate in the program which begins July 10 and ends July 23.

Seminar is unique among summer music camps 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.

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 which are open to the public, free of charge. All music performed during Seminar 2005 will be learned and prepared during the two-week program.

Free public performances

Sunday, July 17, 9:15 a.m. -- Continuing a 37-year tradition, the Seminar Brass Choir and Concert Choir will provide music for the morning worship service in Kalamazoo's Cathedral Church of Christ the King, 2600 Vincent Ave.

Sunday July 17, 4 p.m. -- A concert including string chamber music ensembles and the Woodwind Choir in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Thursday, July 21, 7 p.m. -- Pianists will present a public recital in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Friday, July 22, 7:30 p.m. -- Seminar 2005 Large Ensemble Concert will feature the wind ensemble, concert choir, and string orchestra performing in Miller Auditorium.

Saturday, July 23, 10:30 a.m. -- Seminar 2005 will conclude in the Dalton Center with a festival of five simultaneous chamber music concerts: string, woodwind, brass and percussion, vocal/choral, and piano.

Most of the rehearsals and classes at Seminar 2005 will be conducted by WMU music faculty members. In addition to serving as teachers and conductors, Seminar faculty members also will perform in a daily "Performance Class" held at 10 a.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Seminar 2005 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 38 years and a member of the Seminar staff for 41 years. He also serves as associate director of the School of Music.

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

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