Approximately 300 students so far are expected for Fort Hays State University's High Plains Music Camp, Sunday, July 13, through Saturday, July 19.
This year's guest musicians are Dr. Timothy Mahr, a professor of music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., who is active in 35 states and many countries as a director and clinician, and Ken Peplowski, a professional clarinetist who has performed classical and jazz music all around the world.
Camp registration is $495 for full campers, campers who will stay in the dorms, and $200 for day campers. Any registration after Sunday, June 15, will be charged a $100 late fee. Classes this year are regulars like Sight Reading, Rhythmic Fundamentals and Jazz Improv, and new classes such as Exploring World Percussion and Yoga for Musicians.
Private lessons with FHSU faculty and guest musicians will be $25 per half hour, but Peplowski's lessons are $40 per half hour or $75 for an hour.
"We regularly receive word of students who can't afford to come to camp and we try to help as much as we can," said Dr. Ivalah Allen, assistant professor of music and theatre and camp director. "Anyone who is willing to help us with camp attendance scholarships for those who are struggling with the camp fee are encouraged to send financial help."
Thousands of students have attended the High Plains Music Camp, founded in 1947 by the late Harold G. Palmer to expand students' musical talent and give them an opportunity to study with outstanding musicians from across the country.
The camp features performances throughout the week. All performances are free and open to the public.
"It is sure to be a great week for the campers," said Allen. "It is as rewarding for the counselors and camp faculty and staff as it is for the campers."
Unless otherwise noted, all performances are in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall on the FHSU campus.
Monday, July 14, 7 p.m.: Faculty-staff recital.
Tuesday, July 15, 7 p.m.: Faculty-staff recital.
Wednesday, July 16, 7 p.m.: Camper honor recital.
Wednesday, July 16, 8 p.m.: Student talent show in the Memorial Union's Fort Hays Ballroom.
Thursday, July 17, 7 p.m.: Faculty orchestra concert.
Friday, July 18, 6:10 p.m.: Student jazz concert and faculty jazz concert; performance of scenes from "Cinderella" and faculty string chamber concert in Felten-Start Theatre in Malloy Hall; and Alternative Strings Concert, location TBA.
Saturday, July 19, 9 a.m.: Junior high wind and percussion ensembles concert (Beach/Schmidt); camp choir in Felten-Start Theatre in Malloy Hall.
Saturday, July 19, 9:20 a.m.: Junior high string ensembles and orchestras in Felten-Start Theatre in Malloy Hall.
Saturday, July 19, 9:40 a.m.: High school wind and percussion ensemble.
Saturday, July 19, 10:30 a.m.: High school string ensembles concert in Felten-Start Theatre.
Saturday, July 19, 11 a.m.: Junior high band concert.
Saturday, July 19, 1 p.m.: High school High Plains Music Camp singers.
Saturday, July 19, 1:30 p.m.: High school symphonic orchestra.
Saturday, July 19, 2 p.m.: High school concert band.
Saturday, July 19, 2:30 p.m.: High school honor band.
A full schedule for the campers and additional information on the camp can be found at www.fhsu.edu/musiccamp.
For more information, contact Allen at 785-628-4226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.