UT Department of Music to offer workshops this summer

June 6, 2018 | Arts, Events, UToday, Arts and Letters
By Marla Gootee

Looking to further advance any musical skills this summer? UT’s Department of Music is conducting multiple workshops at the Center for Performing Arts.

These workshops revolve around flute and piano playing, along with a choral conducting workshop and concert for community singers taking place.

Flute Camp

A camp dedicated to flute players will take place, Monday through Friday, June 18-22, for students of elementary age to adults.

During this event, Toledo Symphony flutists Joel Tse and Amy Heritage will conduct classes centered on all aspects of flute playing and performance, including chamber music, flute repair, piccolo workshop and more.

Tse is a principle flute for the Toledo Symphony and flute instructor for The University of Toledo, while Heritage is second flute in the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and instructor at the Toledo Symphony of Music.

Classes in yoga, drumming, eurythmics, and music theory also will be taught by the guest instructors and are included in the fees.

Three tracks are available to choose from to learn during the weeklong course.

Track one is geared toward first- and second-year students. Heritage will be the instructor for this track, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The cost for this workshop is $150 for the week.

Track two is for flutists with a minimum of two years of private study and is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tse and Heritage will both be the instructors for this workshop, and the cost is $300 for the week or $65 per day.

Track three is specifically for high school, college and adult flutists and is also taught by both Tse and Heritage. It will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A fee of $300 is required for the week or $65 per day.

A free, public concert also will be performed by students to conclude the workshop at noon on Friday, June 22.

Campers are welcome to bring their own lunch or purchase from restaurants open on campus. It’s recommended that students bring $7 to $1010 each day if purchasing a lunch.

Registration must be completed by Monday, June 11, and fees are due by Monday, June 18.

For more information about this workshop, contact Tse at 419.471.0044 or joel.tse@utoledo.edu.

Piano Fusion

Piano Fusion is a musical workshop for classical and jazz pianists taking place from Monday through Friday, June 25-29.

Dr. Michael Boyd, UT piano professor, and Tad Weed, UT jazz professor, will lead this workshop that aims to help pianists incorporate both classical and jazz piano skills into their playing.

The classical aspect of the workshop focuses on use of technique to achieve musical ends, sound production, sight reading, collaborative skills and stylistic elements. Through the jazz aspect of the workshop, students will learn more about accompanying, arranging, solo piano techniques for jazz, blues and show tunes, and more.

The Piano Fusion Workshop is available to students of high school age to adult who have some proficiency in either jazz or classical piano. This event is not for beginners.

Each day the workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for this event is $350, which is nonrefundable.

To register for this class or pay workshop fees, click here.

Choral Conducting Workshop

A Choral Conducting Workshop will take place from Tuesday through Thursday, July 24-26, and is intended to serve and educate individuals as conductor, teacher, leader, scholar and performer.

Led by Dr. Brad Pierson, UT director of choral activities, and Dr. Richard Schnipke, assistant professor of conducting at Bowling Green State University, this workshop will give conductors the option of attending a three-day immersion workshop or a one-day workshop.

The three-day workshop will provide conductors with extensive podium time and look in-depth at conducting gesture and pedagogy. This workshop in particular allows for more individual attention to conductors and helps build a community of learners.

Topics to be covered during this will include conducing gesture; mirror and empathy; repertoire and music selection; and one-to-one teaching technique.

Registration is $300 if registered by July 1; $325 if registered after July 1.

The one-day workshop, taking place July 26, is designed for conductors seeking a quick refresher, new ideas for the upcoming year, or who may not wish to have individual podium time.

Those in attendance to this workshop will perform as a choir for those participating in the three-day workshop and be active in commentary, feedback and learning.

Registration will be $100 if registered by Sunday, July 1; $125 if registered after July 1.

All sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a break for lunch, which will not be provided.

The final deadline to register for either workshop is Tuesday, July 17, or until the class is full.

For more information, contact Pierson at bradley.pierson2@utoledo.edu.

Summer Big Sing

Summer Big Sing will take place Saturday, July 28, in UT’s Doermann Theatre.

Singers of all types are encouraged to sign up for this event, which will include rehearsal from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a free, public concert at 7:30 p.m. Registration check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m.

A fee of $25 is required and includes lunch, music and all instruction for the day.

For any questions regarding this event, contact the Music Department at 419.530.2448.

For more information on these workshops and to register, click here.

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