Summer arts workshops for all ages slated

May 31, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Angela Riddel

The University of Toledo College of Visual and Performing Arts will offer nine workshops as part of its Summer SmARTS Series.

The workshops are operated independently and provide opportunities for professional educational development in the arts as well as performance training for vocalists, musicians and visual artists — of any age or experience level.

Many of the workshops also may be taken for college credit. More information about how to apply for college credit is available at the registration sites of the workshops that offer that option.

Those interested in attending one of the workshops, whether for college credit or not, should register now even if they plan to pay later. Payment is due by the first day of the workshop.

Workshops, dates and times are:

Summer Jazz Institute with Gunnar Mossblad, professor of music — June 17-23 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with evening jam sessions/social time. The UT Summer Jazz Institute is the place where all levels of jazz students can discover and achieve their jazz potential in one of four programs: instrumental jazz, vocal jazz, teacher training and jazz appreciation. College credit available. Cost: $50 non-refundable application fee and $450 workshop tuition includes lunches. The $450 workshop fee is waived if the institute is taken for college credit; only UT tuition/fees will apply.

Screenprinting Workshop with Arturo Rodriguez, associate professor of art — June 18-22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Screenprinting, as a mode of artistic self-expression, is a medium that is easy to learn and use. Once you know the basics, you can continue on your own without the need to make a huge investment in art supplies. This workshop, suitable for high school students, artists and artist educators, will teach you the basics of screenprinting and give you the tools and techniques you need to continue to explore this fascinating art. The $300 cost includes materials needed for the workshop.

Art Song Festival & Workshops with Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini, assistant professor of music — June 25-July 1 from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. This is a weeklong festival of master classes, voice lessons, coaching sessions and performances, with classes geared for both students and emerging professional singers and collaborative pianists. Guest artists/educators come from across the country and join with UT faculty to provide training in everything that goes into the art of recital planning and performance. A number of concerts, open to the public, will be given throughout the week. College credit available. Cost: Many participation options are available.

Books to Sing, Dance, Act & Play with Dr. Pamela Stover, assistant professor of music — June 25-29 from 9 a.m. to noon. This is a hands-on workshop for librarians, music teachers, elementary teachers, education students and music education students. Music, children’s literature, drama and art will be integrated in activities that are appropriate for pre-school through middle school children. This workshop will be framed using the Orff-Schulwerk process of music and movement education. No prior experience with music or movement is needed; beginners and advanced students are welcome. College credit available. Cost: $100; this fee is waived if workshop is taken for college credit, and only UT tuition/fees will apply.

Summer Band Institute with Dr. Jason Stumbo, associate professor of music and director of bands — July 9-13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Improve your musicianship, no matter what your current level might be, at this weeklong intensive in band for high school students. Learn more about music theory, practice techniques and composition, and rehearse and perform in a variety of large and small ensembles during the week. The $200 includes breakfast and lunch.

Guitar Intensive Workshop with Jay Weik, lecturer of music — July 16-20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This workshop will help prepare high school guitar students for college-level auditions and study, and their instructors in ways to assist their students in that process. College credit available. Cost: $250; this fee is waived if workshop is taken for college credit and only UT tuition/fees will apply.

Intro to Orff-Schulwerk Workshop with Dr. Pamela Stover, assistant professor of theatre — July 30-Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is an introduction to the highly creative and integrative Orff-Schulwerk process of music and movement education for elementary education teachers and students. Designed for beginners to the Orff-Schulwerk, experienced teachers who hold Orff levels and want a different perspective are welcome. College credit available. Cost: $100; this fee is waived if workshop is taken for college credit and only UT tuition/fees will apply.

High School Choir Workshop with Dr. Stephen Hodge, professor of music — Aug. 6-9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sing, sing, sing! Improve your vocal technique, sharpen your sight-reading skills, and explore choral singing in a wide variety of ensembles in this workshop for choral singers going into grades 8-12. The workshop will conclude with a choral concert featuring the pieces explored during the week. The $230 cost includes daily lunches.

For more information, visit For information on music or theatre workshops, call the UT Department of Music at 419.530.2448. For information on the screenprinting workshop, call the Department of Art at 419.530.8300.

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