In the next four weeks, more than 1,100 junior and senior high school students will participate in intensive musical training in band, choir, orchestra, jazz and chamber ensemble playing at the Midwestern Music Camp, which opens today on the Kansas University campus.
The students also will attend classes in music appreciation and theory, conducting and MIDI, or computer-aided instruction.
Two one-week camps are held in the junior high division for musicians in grades six through eight. Students can attend today through June 14 or June 15 through 21.
In the senior high division, for students in grades eight through 12, students will attend for two weeks, from June 22 to July 5.
Daily sessions are held in Murphy Hall, with most performances in the Lied Center. Students are housed in KU residence halls.
Registration for Midwestern Music Camp is today, June 15 and 22. Today's schedule includes 1:30 p.m., registration; 3 p.m., auditions; and 7 p.m., orientation sessions, all in Murphy Hall.
David Bushouse, camp director, said enrollment was up for the 1997 camp, now in its 67th year. Because the end of spring classes comes late in some school districts, enrollment is down for the first junior high session but greatly increased for the second session, he said.
KU music faculty members, guest artists and clinicians work with music campers in ensemble rehearsals and private lessons, Bushouse said.
Free public performances will be presented by the student musicians. The camp jazz ensembles and kicks bands will be featured at 7 p.m. Friday, June 20 and 27 and July 4. During the junior high camp, ensemble concerts will be at 11 a.m. Saturday and June 21.
At 11 a.m. on June 28 and July 5, concerts will feature the Festival Singers, Chorale and Concert Choir. At 12:30 p.m., the Concert Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra will play. For the 2 p.m. concerts, the Blue Band, Concert Band and Symphonic Band will perform.
On June 28 and 29, the camp's Summer Concert Series will feature the Dallas-based Rhythm and Brass for master classes and clinics. A public concert by the brass ensemble is at 7:30 p.m. June 28 in the Lied Center.
Tickets are available at the Murphy Hall Box Office, 864-3982, Student Union Activities Box Office in the Kansas Union, 864-3477, and the Lied Center Box Office, 864-ARTS.