Archive for Sunday, June 12, 2011

Middle schoolers descend on KU’s campus to fine-tune musical talent at Midwestern Music Academy

Matt Lindboe, a middle school student from Kansas City, Kan., auditions at the Midwestern Music Academy Sunday at Murphy Hall. The academy was one of numerous camps starting up at the KU campus.

June 12, 2011

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Corrine Yoder-Mulkey, left, and Rachel Opstad look over a book of sheet music during the first rehearsal of the Midwestern Music Academy on Sunday.

Corrine Yoder-Mulkey, left, and Rachel Opstad look over a book of sheet music during the first rehearsal of the Midwestern Music Academy on Sunday.

Trombone players Theodore Savich, right, and Daniel O’Neil practice a song during the first rehearsal of the Midwestern Music Academy on Sunday at Murphy Hall on the KU campus. The camp for middle schoolers runs through Friday and will conclude with a concert by the camp participants at the Lied Center.

Trombone players Theodore Savich, right, and Daniel O’Neil practice a song during the first rehearsal of the Midwestern Music Academy on Sunday at Murphy Hall on the KU campus. The camp for middle schoolers runs through Friday and will conclude with a concert by the camp participants at the Lied Center.

Alex Trujillo concentrates on playing the chimes during the first rehearsal of the Midwest Music Academy on Sunday.

Alex Trujillo concentrates on playing the chimes during the first rehearsal of the Midwest Music Academy on Sunday.

It’s that time of year again when kids descend on the Kansas University campus for educational camps on a wide variety of subjects — everything from engineering to basketball to science.

Over at Murphy Hall, hundreds of middle schoolers kicked off the annual Midwestern Music Academy.

Teens anxiously filled the hallways waiting for their chance to impress a camp instructor during auditions.

“This is the hardest part,” said clarinet instructor Ashley White. “They’ve been practicing all year, and they have to come in and play for a complete stranger.”

Kansas City, Kan., 13-year-old Matt Lindboe had his big chance in front of White, and he felt pretty good about his audition.

“That was one of my best performances,” he said.

For Matt, the camp is chance to have some fun, but also to see where he stacks up against “a lot of the most talented musicians from across the state.”

Parents urged their kids on, hoping they’d soak up music lessons from the accomplished KU musical staff.

Lawrence resident Brian Rosenblum was standing by after his son, 13-year-old Shimon, tried to impress with his percussion skills.

Rosenblum said he hopes the five-day camp makes a lasting impression on Shimon, who already spends a good deal of time practicing at home.

“It’s a really good chance for kids that age to just be in the music school and get more exposure to music,” Rosenblum said.

Comments

gsxr600 4 years, 1 month ago

Since when did they start calling it an academy? That sounds so cheesy

Lawrence Morgan 4 years, 1 month ago

I hope the Journal World makes a video of some of the best performances this year, and both shows it both here and on U-tube. That way these young people get recognition for what they have done all year, and it brings prestige to the University of Kansas. Lawence

sad_lawrencian 4 years, 1 month ago

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who dislikes the new name of what used to be Midwestern Music Camp!

Mom2GJS 4 years, 1 month ago

It will ALWAYS be MMC to me! Maybe Academy sounds more sophisticated?

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