SEMYO Summer Camp 2021!

Explore Music with SEMYO this Summer

Session 1: June 14-18
Session 2: July 12-16 

In partnership with Rochester Community Education, SEMYO is pleased to offer its popular summer music camps for area youth musicians who play a string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. All classes are taught by highly qualified instructors with many years of teaching and performing experience. SEMYO music camps will take place Monday to Friday either in the morning or afternoon and will tentatively take place at Century High School (2525 Viola RD NE, Rochester). All camps will end with an informal musical performance on the last day.
 
Participants may register online through the Rochester Community Education website (please find the registration link below the description for each class below). Registration  is not open yet but will be available soon. The cost of each weekly camp is $132. If the cost is a barrier to participation students may apply for a scholarship:
 
 
As the community continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, SEMYO and Rochester Community Education will follow and implement all safety guidelines as recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. If masks are required SEMYO will provide special masks for woodwind and brass players that are designed to be worn while playing. 
 
Learn more about our summer camps and register below! Registration for each camp will open on March 1.
 

To contact SEMYO please e-mail chenke@semyo.org or call 507-282-1718.

Session 1: June 14-18

Musical Improvisation for String Players (with The OK Factor)
Gr. 7 and up

Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

Students who play violin, viola, cello, and bass are invited to participate in a camp that will explore the foundations of musical improvisation! Participants will learn how to improvise on their instrument while performing a variety of musical styles in a string ensemble. This includes the art of soloing and comping while playing and learning as an ensemble. These skills will open up a world of endless possibility for musical collaboration and creation!

The camp will be taught by members of The OK Factor – Olivia Diercks (cello) and Karla Colahan (violin) – who are a new-classical crossover duo based in the Twin Cities and have been MPR Class Notes Artists for several years, as well as finalists for the McKnight Fellowships for Musicians in 2018. Learn more at https://www.theokfactor.com/

Playing level: For students with at least two years playing experience or Suzuki book level 3. Students in grades 4-6 may participate with special permission (contact Corey Henke at chenke@semyo.org).

Register Here

Middle School Jazz Band Camp (Gr. 7-9)
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

Learn jazz style, technique, and improvisation while rehearsing and performing in a jazz band. The camp is open to students starting grades 7-9 in the fall with at least one year playing experience on any band instrument. Students with experience on piano, bass, or guitar are also invited to register. Levi Kimmet, band director at Lakeview Area Public Schools, will return as the instructor.

Register Here

High School Jazz Band Camp (Gr. 10 & Up)
Time: 1 p.m. to to 4 p.m.

Learn jazz style, technique, and improvisation while rehearsing and performing in a jazz band. The camp is open to students going into grades 10-12 or who have four or more years experience on any band instrument. Students with experience on piano, bass, or guitar also invited to register. Levi Kimmet, band director at Lakeview Area Public Schools, will return as the instructor.

Register Here

Session 2 - July 12-16

Prelude Strings Orchestra Camp (Gr. 5-9)

Students who play violin, viola, cello, and bass are invited to participate in a string orchestra camp. Students will learn basic ensemble playing skills while rehearsing and performing in a string orchestra. Violinist and conductor James Buchan will teach the camp. Mr. Buchan has 30 years of conducting and teaching experience and was formerly a member of the New World Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic. Sheet music will be sent via e-mail before the camp starts.

Playing level: For students with at least one-year middle school playing experience or Suzuki book level 3.

Register Here

Summer Band Camp (For Middle & High School Students)
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

We are seeking enthusiastic band students for a fun and challenging ensemble experience. Students will have the opportunity to improve on their instruments, learn ensemble-playing skills, and prepare a variety of band music for a final concert. Experienced band teacher Ryan Anderson is the instructor for band camp.  Mr. Anderson is the director of bands at Dover-Eyota public schools, where his program has been honored several times by the Grammy Foundation for Excellence in Music Education.

Playing level: For middle and high school students with at least two years playing experience. 

Register Here

Symphonic Strings Camp (Gr. 8-12)
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Experienced student musicians who play violin, viola, cello, and bass are invited to participate in string orchestra camp. Students will learn advanced instrument and ensemble technique while preparing original masterworks for string orchestra. Violinist and conductor James Buchan will teach the camp. Mr. Buchan has thirty years of conducting and teaching experience and was formerly a member of the New World Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic. There will be a public performance at a local senior center on the last day of camp.

Register Here

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