Musicians of all levels – from students to teachers and other professionals – can keep honing their skills over the summer with classes at the Eastman School of Music. Whether it’s a children’s choir for third-through-eighth graders, a middle school band camp, a high school wind ensemble workshop, or conducting and choral institutes for professional conductors, music lovers are certain to find enriching courses that will give them a rewarding experience at a world-class music institution.
Summer at Eastman begins June 28 and continues into the beginning of August. With more than 40 courses of varying lengths and start dates to choose from, musicians of all ages are sure to find one that fits their musical interests and schedule. Current collegiate students, teachers, professionals, and older high school students can take advantage of Summer Institutes. In addition to conducting, these sessions include topics in music education as well as performance studies in such areas as world music, including South Indian percussion and Zimbabwean mbira; viola, percussion, jazz guitar, trumpet, and trombone.
Eastman Community Music School courses offer pre-collegiate students as well as adults the opportunity to build their musical and technical abilities. High school students with highly developed skills who are seriously considering a musical career can benefit from intensive residential programs. Music Horizons, for example, includes private lessons, a career seminar, classes in solo and small ensemble performance, and a choice of academic topics such as the history of Western music. Students in the Summer Jazz Studies program work with the renowned Eastman School of Music jazz faculty in classes designed to enhance improvisational and ensemble skills. Eastman’s high school residential program attracts students from all over the world who come to Eastman to assess their future career path in music and plan their college auditions.
The Eastman Community Music School also provides programs for high school musicians including a wind ensemble workshop, while middle school students can take advantages of classes in band, instrumental jazz, choir, and world music.
Instructors for Eastman’s summer programs include members of the acclaimed faculty from the Eastman School of Music and Eastman Community Music School as well as highly-regarded teachers from area school districts.
All of the Community School’s summer programs and many of the Collegiate Institutes include a final concert that is free and open to the public and is part of Eastman’s summer concert schedule. The concert schedule also includes recitals by Eastman faculty members as well as folk musician Mitzie Collins’s annual World Music concert.
A full listing of Summer Session offerings at Eastman and registration information is available online at https://www.esm.rochester.edu/summer/ . For more information, call(585) 274-1400 or 1-800-246-4706.
Calendar listings of summer concerts at Eastman can be found online at https://www.esm.rochester.edu/ .
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