High school music students to spend two weeks learning, performing on campus

contact: Cara Barnes
| WMU News
Photo of students performing on stage.

SEMINAR student perform in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—SEMINAR 2016, Western Michigan University’s summer music camp for high school students, will celebrate its 65th year when students
from eight states, South America, and China convene on campus beginning July 10 for the two-week program.

During their stay at WMU, students study music theory and music literature, take private lessons, maintain a rigorous rehearsal schedule, and perform in both large and small ensemble concerts that are free and open to the public. All music performed during SEMINAR 2016 will be learned and prepared during the two-week program.

Concert schedule

Sunday, July 17

9:45 a.m.—Morning worship service, featuring the SEMINAR brass choir and concert choir, First Baptist Church on Bronson Park, 315 W. Michigan Ave., in downtown Kalamazoo.

4 p.m.—Woodwind choir and string chamber music ensembles, Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Thursday, July 21

7 p.m.—Piano recital, Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Friday, July 22

7:30 p.m.—SEMINAR 2016 large ensemble concert, featuring the wind ensemble, concert choir and string orchestra, Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Saturday, July 23

10:30 a.m.—Festival of five simultaneous chamber music concerts (string, woodwind, brass and percussion, vocal/choral and piano), Dalton Center Recital Hall.


SEMINAR is unique 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.

Over 100 students from Michigan, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin, China, and Honduras have been selected by audition to participate in the program, which runs through July 23. Each participant is enrolled in one of seven seminars: string, woodwind, brass, percussion, piano, voice or composition.

Most of the rehearsals and classes at SEMINAR 2016 will be conducted by WMU music faculty members. In addition to serving as teachers and conductors, faculty members will also perform in performance classes, held at 10 a.m. daily in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

SEMINAR 2016 operates under the auspices of the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts at WMU. Kevin West is the administrative director and Dannielle Sturgeon serves as the registrar.

There are still enrollment vacancies for violin, viola, oboe, clarinet, horn, trombone, percussion, piano, alto singers and bass singers. For application information, visit wmich.edu/music-camp or contact Dannielle Sturgeon at dannielle.n.sturgeon@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4678.

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