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BGSU to host Summer Music Institute 2014

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Bowling Green State University’s critically acclaimed Summer Music Institute is open for registration. Presented by the College of Musical Arts, the institute features seven weeklong sessions, ranging from woodwinds to voice, brass and musical theater. Students will work with BGSU music faculty and guest artists who will challenge and inspire in a college setting. Register at BGSU.edu/SMI before April 30 for $50 off the registration fee.

Session one (June 15-20) includes Double Reed Camp, Recording Camp and Flute Camp. During Double Reed Camp, students get hands-on experience making reeds, performing in master classes and honing techniques on bassoon and oboe. Students signed up for Recording Camp, for ages 15- 18, will experience a professional sound studio from both sides of the glass, performing and coordinating a recording. Flute Camp students will receive private lessons, seminars and master classes, as well as breathing, sound, articulation and technique lessons. Double reed and flute students must be entering grade nine or higher.

Session two (June 22-27) focuses on Brass Camp, with ensembles, private lessons, seminars and performances, and String Camp. String students will receive coaching from the BGSU string faculty and special guests fiddler Diana Ladio and electric cellist Alison Lynn of The Moxie Strings. John Sinkevics, a music critic for Grand Rapids Press, described the up-and-coming Celtic and Americana band as nothing short of “top-notch instrumental wizardry.” String students must have a least one year of middle school or high school playing experience. Brass students must be entering grade nine or higher.

Advanced string students are encouraged to apply for the Honors String Quartet. Members of the Honors String Quartet receive a full scholarship to cover housing, meals and the registration fee.

Session three (July 6- 11) comprises Super Sax Camp and the Vocal Arts Camp. Super Sax Camp explores both classical and improvised jazz music in private lessons, chamber rehearsals, improvisation clinics and concerts. The Vocal Arts Camp educates campers in diction, vocal interpretation, audition techniques, stage deportment and other performance skills. Vocal and musical theater students must be entering grade 10 or higher. Saxophone students must be entering grade nine or higher.

In addition, both high school students and adults can learn to incorporate acting with singing, hone audition skills, and take part in a special improvisation session with cast members of “Broadway’s Next H!t Musical” during the one-day Musical Theater Workshop, held on Saturday, July 12. At 7 p.m., the “Broadway’s Next H!t Musical” crew will take over the Donnell Theatre to improvise an unscripted awards show based on hit song suggestions from the audience.

The New York Post lauded “Broadway’s Next H!t Musical” for its “spontaneity, wit and inventiveness that must be seen to be believed.”

The Musical Theater Workshop registration fee includes admission to three workshops, lunch and a ticket to “Broadway’s Next H!t Musical.” Tickets for the public, separate from the Summer Music Institute, can be purchased after May 1 at BGSU.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171.

Students may commute to camp or stay on campus during the week. No audition is required. Recording students must be at least 15 years of age, though exceptions can be made.

Check-in times for each camp are the Sunday prior, between 1 and 3 p.m. For more information and to register, visit BGSU.edu/smi or call 419-372-2506.