Music for All, one the nation’s largest and most influential organization in support of music education, will return in 2010 to Central Illinois with its national summer music camp. The Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha, will return to Illinois State University, Normal, IL, June 21-16, 2010. The Symosium is the most comprehensive summer camp for high school instrumental music students and high school and middle school band directors. The Symposium also offers a weekend of student leadership training June 19-21. An early-bird registration discount is available through March 31.
The Music for All Summer Symposium typically brings together more than 1,200 student musicians and educators from as many as 35 states and abroad. High school students can learn from top music educators in tracks that include concert band, marching band, jazz band, orchestra, percussion, color guard and drum majors.
High school and middle school band directors and instructors can choose among educators’ tracks that hone their professional skills. The McCormick’s Enterprises Directors Academy offers comprehensive continuing education for high school band directors, a track for middle school and young band directors, and dedicated academies for drum and color guard instructors. Directors can earn up to three hours of graduate credit for an additional, modest fee from Illinois State University.
In addition to educational sessions with leading musicians and music educators, student and teacher participants enjoy world-class concerts and events presented every evening of the symposium, free to campers and available as ticketed events to the public. Leadership activities are woven throughout the camp, and Music for All also offers a special leadership weekend for students wanting to acquire and expand those skills.
Ticketed concerts available for public attendance include:
Monday, June 21, 8 PM, Braden Auditorium, ISU
Yamaha Young Performing Artists
Yamaha’s competition for outstanding young musicians culminates in finalist performances and a selection of one winner at this event.
Tuesday, June 22, 8 PM, Braden Auditorium, ISU
Rhythm and Brass, presented by Yamaha
Incorporating influences from Johann Sebastian Bach to Duke Ellington to Pink Floyd, Yamaha’s Rhythm and Brass never fail to entertain.
Wednesday, June 23, 8 PM, Braden Auditorium, ISU
The Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band
The U.S. Army’s premier big band has performed America’s original art form, jazz, to great national and international acclaim since 1969.
Thursday, June 24, 8 PM, Braden Auditorium, ISU
This high-octane fiddle fest features an international, multi-talented cast performing an eclectic mix of music, song and dance.
Friday, June 25, 7 PM, Hancock Stadium, ISU
Drum Corps International
Eight of DCI’s top corps showcase an early view of their 2010 shows.
The camp also offers parent orientation, closing performances and a closing family picnic to get the whole family involved. More information, including registration and concert ticket information, is available at musicforall.org or by calling 800-848-BAND. Early bird registration discounts are available until March 31, and payment plans also are available for registrations by March 31.