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Summer Music Institute 2014

"Study with the Masters" at Western Illinois University


The primary purpose of the Summer Music Institute at Western Illinois University is to provide the best possible educational opportunity to young people for individual development in the knowledge, practice, and appreciation of the fine art of music in a nurturing musical environment. Any returning camper receives a reduced camp fee!


Sunday, June 8 - Friday, June 13 • Cost - $495

Camp Director is Liv Harmening; current drum major at the University of Illinois. Emphasis of this camp will be on marching fundamentals, block band drill exhibitions, conducting styles, innovation in salutes, leadership and motivation, aiding the band director, squad competitions and evaluations, multiple drum majors, parade and field commands, and special drill routine exhibitions. There will be no auditions for the Drum Major Camp.

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Sunday, June 8 - Friday, June 13 • Cost - $495




Camp Director is Dr. John Cooper, Director of Jazz Studies, Western Illinois University. Past staff has included John Mose, David Hoffman, John Vana, Kevin Nichols, Michael Stryker, George Turner, and Matt Hughes. Students will be placed into combos based on their audition and instrumentation.


All students will get ensemble experience, jazz history, and improvisation classes with highly specialized jazz faculty including the WIU Jazz Faculty. Combo participants will study performance techniques related to small group jazz performance including standard repertoire, improvisation, interpretation and style, the roles of the combo instruments, jazz forms and harmonic practices, and listening.

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