ABERDEEN, S.D. – Aspiring singers and jazz musicians can spend four days honing their skills, exploring new methods and learning from vocal and instrumental experts at the Northern State University Voice Camp and Jazz Camp.
The second annual camps, set for July 9-12 on the NSU campus, are open to students in grades 7-12. Students may register for either the Voice Camp or the Jazz Camp. Both camps will feature individual and group sessions; recreational and social activities; nightly jam sessions; and a final concert performance.
The NSU Voice Camp is ideal for young people who love to sing, and who want to learn more about their voice and the world of the singer-actor. Lessons and classes will allow students to explore many vocal styles, such as classical, opera, jazz and musical theater – all in a fun, creative environment. The positive, supportive atmosphere will help singers build their confidence in performing in front of others.
Dr. Darci Bultema, NSU voice professor, is camp director. Other featured clinicians include Northern music faculty members Michael Skyles (voice) and Wendy van Gent (jazz and choir); and local musicians Seth M. Honerman (musical theater), Ron Parker (piano) and Mary Marion (piano).
At the NSU Jazz Camp, all students will have the opportunity to participate in a jazz big band. Rehearsals will be held each day, with a final concert on Saturday. Students will learn to play in a variety of jazz styles, including swing, Latin and funk/rock. Lessons will help students with the basics of tone, technique and jazz style; and will also include instruction on jazz improvisation.
Dr. Terry Beckler, NSU percussion professor and assistant director of bands, is camp director. Featured clinicians include Northern music faculty members Frederic Hemke (woodwinds) and Grant Manhart (trumpet); and area musicians Jon Bakken (bass), Dennis McDermott (jazz band/improvisation) and Ron Parker (piano).
There is still time to register for both camps. For more information or to sign up for either camp, visit www.northern.edu
or call the NSU School of Fine Arts at 605-626-2497.