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Two-week music camp features free performances

July 11, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Seminar 2008, Western Michigan University's summer music camp for high school students, will celebrate its 57th anniversary this month when students from eight 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 Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio have been selected by audition to participate in the program, which begins July 13 and ends July 26.

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 20, 10:15 a.m.--Continuing a 40-year tradition, the Seminar brass and concert choirs will provide music for a local morning worship service. The location has changed this year to the First Presbyterian Church on the south side of Bronson Park, 321 W. South St., in Kalamazoo.

Sunday, July 20, 4 p.m.--The woodwind choir and string chamber music ensembles will perform in WMU's Dalton Center Recital Hall.

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

Friday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.--The Seminar 2008 Large Ensemble Concert will feature the wind ensemble, concert choir and string orchestra performing in WMU's Miller Auditorium.

Saturday, July 26, 10:30 a.m.--Seminar 2008 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 2008 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 2008 operates under the auspices of the WMU School of Music. Carl Doubleday, associate director of the School of Music, has been director of Seminar for 41 years.

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

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