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Workshops & Festivals

Annual Jazz Camp

June 18-21, 2014

The Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz (CPFJ) Jazz Camp serves music students ages 12-21, of all instruments and voice and is conducted by professional jazz musician-educators. Students who seriously desire to further their musical education and, in particular, to learn about jazz improvisation, are welcome.

The camp is held around the same time as the annual Central PA Jazz Festival and will often afford campers a performance opportunity as well as the CPFJ Student Members’ discount for festival tickets. The Festival frequently schedules jazz clinics and other opportunities to meet, mingle and perhaps even jam with renowned festival musicians, tapping into one of the unique aspects of jazz education – the creation of occasions for mentoring.

Faculty members from past years include: Terrell Stafford, Tim Warfield, Kirk Reese, Steve Meashey, Jonathan Ragonese, and Jeff Stabley. Read More

Junior / Senior High String Orchestra Camp

July 20-26, 2014

The Summer Orchestra Camp, sponsored by the Messiah College Department of Music, offers an exciting opportunity for students entering grades 7 through 12. Student musicians will play in large ensembles, chamber ensembles, master classes and take courses on musicianship, all taught by an expert artist-teachers comprised of Messiah College faculty and orchestral educators from Central Pennsylvania.

Faculty members include: Dr. Timothy Dixon, Gregory Woodbridge, Duane Botterbusch, and David Diehl.

Apply online or download and print the brochure! Read More

Chamber Music in Grantham: Performance & Composition

July 27-August 3, 2014

Participants for the Chamber Music in Grantham camp are a select group of professionally-oriented, advanced students of violin, viola, cello, piano, and composition, 16 years of age and older. Exceptions will be made for gifted younger applicants.

Each chamber group will have group rehearsals, coaching by all members of the faculty, performances in the masterclasses, and a public performance in Poorman Recital Hall at the closing of the festival. Various seminars of music/chamber music-related topics will be held each day. There will be a joint performance and masterclass by guest artist, Ronald Leonard.

In addition to attending guest artist performances and master-classes, participants for the Composition Workshop will write music and participate in group critique, study selected chamber works, and supervise readings and rehearsals of their works.

Faculty Members Include: Peter Sirotin, violin, Fiona Thompson, ‘cello, Ya-Ting Chang, piano, and Richard Roberson, composition. Read More

Wind Conductors Symposium

The Messiah College Wind Conductors Symposium was developed to create an opportunity for music educators to work with noted authorities in the field of rehearsal techniques and conducting.  The 2012 Symposium will feature Eugene Corporon, Director of Wind Studies at the University of North Texas, Dr. Bradley Genevro, Director of Bands, Messiah College and Dr. William Stowman, Director of Instrumental Studies, Messiah College.

Choral Conductors Symposium

The Messiah College Choral Conductors Symposium allows music educators to further their experience in the field of choral conducting. Linda Tedford, artist-in-residence at Messiah College, director of the Susquehanna Chorale and recent recipient of the ACDA-PA Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence, leads this annual symposium.

Orchestral Conductors Symposium

The Messiah College Orchestral Conductors Symposium serves as both a forum and a classroom for music educators in the orchestral arena.  Conductors work with authorities in the field, including Dr. Timothy Dixon, Director of Orchestral Studies, to develop and refine technique both on the podium and in score study.

Workshop for the Christian Guitarist

March 29, 2014

The Workshop for the Christian Guitarist is an annual gathering for:
  • Guitarists of any level who want to develop and use their guitar skills in Christian worship
  • Worship leaders who want to communicate more effectively with their guitarists, and who want to obtain new musical ideas for worship teams
Sessions include specific instruction on acoustic and electric guitar, guitar care and maintenance, and dealing with performance anxiety.  Senior lecturer Randall Zwally leads the workshop along with electric guitarist Jay Umble and guitar repair specialist, Rob Zwally.  Learn more at the workshop's website. Read More