UW-Green Bay Middle School Music Camp registration gets underway

GREEN BAY — Students entering grades 6 through 9 in fall can enroll now for the Middle School Band, Orchestra and Choral Camp, July 12-18, at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Several camp options are tailored to middle school students. Band students entering grades 6 and 7 will participate in “X-Band,” the camp’s ‘beginner band’ that will focus on fundamentals for the young musician. Students will not need to audition for this band and will be taught by a team of teachers who specialize in working with young musicians.

Band students entering grades 8 and 9 as well as all choral and orchestral students will audition for placement in their performing groups.

Camp teachers will include faculty members from UW-Green Bay and other colleges and universities and outstanding teachers from middle and high schools. See the camp web site for faculty/staff updates: www.uwgbsummercamps.com.

The upper middle school band conductors include Scott Wright, faculty member in clarinet at the University of Kentucky and formerly a member of the faculty at UW-Green Bay. He is a popular summer festival and camp teacher and has traveled to Greece with the Washington D.C. Metropolitan String Quartet to perform a series of music by Mozart, Brahms and contemporary Greek composers. Rich Tengowski, from Kohler school district, will also be a conductor.

Laura Robinson, well known for her unique and vibrant teaching style, will conduct the “X-Band.”

Amy Thiel, choral director at Oconto Falls High School returns and with her student-pleasing style and energy. Choir students will sing popular, contemporary songs in the mixed choir and in the all-camp chorus.

Also returning is Valerie Palmieri, orchestra director at Western High School in Walled Lake, Mich. Palmieri is bringing with her a “trunk full” of music appropriate for all levels.

The camp week gets underway on Sunday, July 12 with auditions for orchestra and choral students and for band students entering grades 8 and 9. The camp ends with a 9 a.m. concert Saturday, July 18, in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, located on campus. Outstanding students will be chosen to receive partial scholarships to the 2010 camp.

Students can attend as commuters or as residents living in UW-Green Bay student housing.
The camp fee is $249 for commuters. Resident students will pay $569, which includes instruction, room and board, counselor supervision, a T-shirt and transportation to evening activities.

Camp information and registration are available online at www.uwgbsummercamps.com. Information also is available by telephone at (920) 465-2267 or (800) 892-2118.