Students entering grades 8 through 12 in fall 2015 will explore musical styles including rock, jazz, blues, singer/songwriter, and classical at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Rock Academy Camp July 26-30, on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.
Students of bass, acoustic, electric guitar, drum set and keyboard with at least one year of experience are encouraged to attend. They will study with lead teachers and guest artists who are professional musicians.
The camp director is Michael Tahlier, a Berklee College of Music graduate. Studying under acclaimed musicians Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi and Jon Damian, to name a few, Tahlier has learned a wide range of teaching styles. Aside from teaching, Tahlier is an active performing artist playing lead guitar for the Tim Stopulos Trio, which released its third album in late 2010. The group has traveled throughout the Midwest playing shows off their newest album, “The Long Drive Home.” Currently living in Chicago, Tahlier works for the American Music Institute as the Guitar Studies Program Director and a private studio teacher. He attended UW-Green Bay’s Guitar Camp as a teen.
Guest instructors for this camp include:
• Chris Clemente, bass instructor (Chicago)
• Rich Stitzel, percussion (Chicago)
• Jimmy Crimmins, guitar (Green Bay)
Rock Academy students can attend the camp as commuters or as residents living in University student housing.
Residents will check in on Sunday, July 26, and have dinner and evening activities on campus. The camp gets under way for all campers with auditions and an all-camp meeting Sunday afternoon following auditions.
Daily sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Students will end the camp by performing in a final public concert at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 30, in UW-Green Bay’s University Theatre. A faculty/staff concert is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, in the University Theatre.
The camp fee is $295 for commuters, which includes lunch, and $569 for housing students. In addition to instruction, the resident fee includes room and board, a t-shirt, counselor supervision and transportation to evening activities.