College’s Summer Music Festival registration open
The 27th annual Fredonia Summer Music Festival continues its tradition of excellence with the Honors Solo Vocal program (grades 9 to 12) for students interested in further developing their skills as a solo classical vocalist.
The Band program (grades 9 to 12) is open to instrumental music students (winds, brass, and percussion) with performance opportunities in large ensembles, chamber music, jazz and more. For the first time, Fredonia will offer a Strings program (grades 8 to 12) for string instrumentalists.
The Band and Honors Solo Vocal programs are offered on Sunday, June 25 through Saturday, July 1, with the new Strings program slated for Sunday, July 16 through Saturday, July 22.
The students in the Honors Solo Vocal Program will work with Fredonia School of Music voice faculty in sessions about repertoire, how to approach text, acting, how to practice, auditioning techniques and movement. Each singer will also receive private voice instruction and have the opportunity to perform for each other throughout the week. In addition, voice students will attend daily musicianship classes with band students, participate in master classes, attend special evening performances, and have time for individual practice and recreation. The week will culminate in a program of scenes and song, giving students the chance to show-off what they have learned.
Open to instrumental music students currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12, the Fredonia Band program offers a friendly and relaxed setting for musical growth through performance of large ensemble and chamber music. Many of the Festival Band program faculty are also professors at the university. Outstanding performers and teachers provide unique opportunities for learning, improving technical skills and expanding musicality. In addition to band rehearsals, chamber ensembles and jazz groups, students will attend daily musicianship classes, participate in master classes, attend special evening performances, and have time for individual practice and recreation.
The Summer Music Festival String program is a new and unique summer program designed by Fredonia’s expert faculty exclusively for violin, viola, cello, and double bass players in grades 8 through 12. Daily activities include orchestra rehearsals, chamber music, technique classes, and faculty recitals. All musical experiences are led by Fredonia string faculty and special guest artists. The week-long festival culminates with a final concert.
Set on the beautiful campus of The State University of New York at Fredonia and housed in the university’s School of Music, the Fredonia Summer Music Festival takes advantage of the campus’ first-rate facilities and world-class teachers. Outstanding performers and teachers provide unique opportunities for learning, improving technical skills and expanding musicality.
Registration for the Fredonia Summer Band Camp includes housing, meals, and a camp T-shirt. There are commuter options available with or without meals. The registration deadline is Friday, May 19.
A limited number of scholarships are offered based on the instrumentation needs of the festival. Families in financial need are strongly urged to request funding in writing from local school, religious organization, or other charitable organizations (Rotary, Lions, etc.).
The Fredonia Summer Music Festival is an exceptional value, with the university intentionally keeping tuition and fees as low as possible to make it an outstanding musical experience available to everyone. Tuition and fees include all meals and housing, Festival T-shirt, and a group photo.
For more information or to register, visit www.fredonia.edu/music/summermusic. Questions may also be directed to Marc Levy, Festival Director, at 673-4628 or e-mailing Marc.Levy@fredonia.edu.
The Fredonia Summer Music Festival is part of the Musical Journeys Program, a community outreach project offered in the Fredonia School of Music. For more information on events and programs and other summer programs at Fredonia School of Music, visit the school online at www.fredonia.edu/music.