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Last update: 6/23/08

[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

June 23, 2008

Registration is open for UW-Green Bay Middle School Music Camp

GREEN BAY -Students entering grades 6 through 9 in fall can enroll now for the Middle School Band, Orchestra and Choral Camp July 13-19 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Several camp options are tailored to middle school students. Students entering grades 6 and 7 will participate in "X-Band," in which they will be placed by grade level rather than audition. They'll be taught by a team of teachers who specialize in working with young musicians.

Students can attend as commuters or as residents living in UW-Green Bay student housing.

Camp teachers will include faculty members from UW-Green Bay and other colleges and universities and outstanding teachers from middle and high schools.

UW-Green Bay faculty member and director of bands Kevin Collins is the camp director. Collins directs the UW-Green Bay Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band and teaches conducting and low brass instruments. He is the founder of the UW-Green Bay State-Bound Honor Band for high school students who have received outstanding ratings for solo performance at district music festivals.

The upper middle school band conductor is Scott Wright, faculty member in clarinet at the University of Kentucky and formerly a member of the faculty at UW-Green Bay. He is a popular summer festival and camp teacher and has traveled to Greece with the Washington D.C. Metropolitan String Quartet to perform a series of music from Mozart, Brahms and contemporary Greek composers.

Laura Robinson, well known for her unique and vibrant teaching style, will conduct the "X-Band."

Amy Thiel, choral director at Oconto Falls High School, is back again. Choir students will sing popular, contemporary songs in the mixed choir and in the all-camp chorus.

Also returning is Valerie Palmieri, orchestra director at Western High School in Walled Lake, Mich. Palmieri is bringing with her a "trunk full" of music appropriate for all levels.

The camp week gets underway on Sunday, July 13 with auditions for orchestra and choral students and for band students entering grades 8 and 9. The camp ends with a 9 a.m. concert Saturday, July 19, in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, located on campus. Outstanding students will be chosen to receive partial scholarships to the 2009 camp.

The camp fee is $279 for commuters. Resident students will pay $549, which includes-in addition to instruction-room and board, counselor supervision and transportation to evening activities.

Camp information and registration are available online at Information also is available by telephone at (920) 465-2267 or (800) 892-2118.

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