ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University its offering its first jazz and voice camps next month – just two of the numerous activities occurring on campus this summer.
The jazz camp and voice camp, both scheduled for July 10-13, are open to junior high and high school students. Registration is still open for any student in grades 6-12.
The camps will be held at the same time in the Johnson Fine Arts Center, studios in Spafford Hall and NSU’s newly remodeled Krikac Auditorium. Though classes are separate, organizers are considering allowing students to participate in both camps. Social events will be together.
Voice camp director is Dr. Darci Bultema, assistant professor of music – voice and opera at NSU. Jazz camp director is Dr. Terry Beckler, NSU’s assistant director of bands and professor of percussion, percussion methods and literature and music appreciation.
Other music faculty members involved in voice camp are Michael Skyles, NSU professor of voice, vocal pedagogy, diction and musical theater; and Dr. Wendy van Gent, Northern’s director of vocal jazz and professor of music education, choir and voice. Also featured at the camp will be Seth Honerman, who will teach acting; and local music educators Mary Marion and Ron Parker, who will be the accompanists.
Parker will also be featured at the jazz camp, along with Jon Bakken, music teacher at Selby Area Schools. Other NSU music faculty members involved are Fred Hemke, professor of woodwinds, jazz studies, arranging, woodwind methods and literature; Dr. Grant Manhart, assistant director of bands and professor of high brass, jazz studies, music appreciation and brass ensembles; and Dennis McDermott, adjunct professor of jazz studies.
The Northern campus has already hosted educational groups this summer, including the Upward Bound Summer Program and the South Dakota 4-H Performing Arts Camp. Later this summer, NSU will host events including the Arts Education Institute, Rushmore Junior High Music Camp and athletic camps.
For more information about summer events at NSU, visit northern.edu or northernstatewolves.com.