School of Music, Theatre and Dance

OU Community Music summer camps encourage students to ‘explore their musical world’

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OU Community Music summer camps encourage students to ‘explore their musical world’
OU SMTD Summer Camps
This summer, Oakland University Community Music will offer two unique summer camp programs for high school students that will keep them engaged and entertained.

This summer, Oakland University Community Music will offer two unique summer camp programs for high school students that will keep them engaged and entertained.

“Having the opportunity to bring high school instrumental musicians to campus is a highlight of the Community Music program,” said OU Community Music Director Elizabeth Medvinsky. “The Summer Jazz Intensive, over the last few summers, and the Oakland Youth Brass Band, originating this past spring, have repeatedly created diverse groups of creative, motivated and energized high school musicians that we are proud to have as a part of SMTD. We are preparing for this summer to be no different and we open our doors to any students who are looking to further explore their musical world."

This year’s summer camps will include:

OU SMTD Summer Camps

OU Low Brass Academy for Trombones, Euphoniums & Tubas: Take your playing to the next level spending the week on: playing fundamentals, Michigan All-State Audition preparation, Solo & Ensemble preparation, playing in Trombone Choir or Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and college audition preparation. Scholarships available for past members of the Michigan All-State Ensembles!

Dates/Times: July 11-15 (Mon. - Thurs., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m. – noon)

Instructors: Ken Kroesche, James Long.

Ages: Students entering 9th grade through graduating seniors

Cost: $250

Register: here

OU SMTD Summer Camps

OU Summer Jazz Intensive: The OU Summer Jazz Intensive will allow students of all levels and instruments to expand their knowledge in improvisation, ensemble techniques and jazz fundamentals. We will also cover topics such as the history and lineage of jazz, bridging classical to jazz, jazz as language and much more. Students will be placed in a combo. The format will feature multiple daily 50-minute sessions that include listening, improvisation and ensemble rehearsals.

The OU Jazz Intensive is made possible by generous support from the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Dates/Times: July 18-22 (Mon. – Thurs., 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m. to noon)

Instructors: Timothy Blackmon Jr., Marion Hayden, Scott Gwinnell, Mark Kieme, Gayelynn McKinney, Mark Stone, and Enrique Rios-Ellis.

Cost: $50

Register: here

“What makes this camp unique is that students have the choice to form small groups from their current schools and perform as ensembles,” said Blackmon, special instructor of music (jazz) and director of the OU Jazz Band. “They may also register as an individual and be placed in an exciting group.”

Oakland University's highest priority in providing exemplary academic, athletic and social programs for youth is protecting the health, safety and welfare of all participants. All students must show proof of vaccination to participate in the camps.

For more information, visit the SMTD OU Community Music homepage, email communitymusic@oakland.edu, or call 248-370-2034.

Refund Policy: Registration is a commitment of time, for the session, from both the purchaser and the instructor. Refunds will not be given unless there are extenuating circumstances, and an agreement is made by the director of OU Community Music, the instructor and the student or family. Please email communitymusic@oakland.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

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