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Workshops & Festivals

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High School Percussion Festival

Saturday, April 27, 2019

The Messiah College Percussion Studio and Department of Music is proud to announce the first annual Messiah College High School Percussion Festival!

This event will showcase several of the finest concert percussion ensembles from around the region performing on stage in beautiful Parmer Hall for one of our world-renowned clinicians, with a 20 minute clinician coaching session for each ensemble immediately following each performance. Our clinicians for this year's festival include Kevin Bobo from Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music and Adam Blackstock from Troy University!

This event will also feature a mid-day clinic session for all participants as well as an evening showcase concert featuring The Messiah College Percussion Ensemble in concert with Prof. Bobo and Dr. Blackstock!

For registration and other information about this event, please contact Dr. Erik Forst, Director of Percussion at Messiah College at eforst@messiah.edu. Don't miss what promises to be an amazing day of percussion!

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Due to the Covid 19 situation, this camp has been canceled for 2020-Annual Jazz Camp

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 – Saturday, June 13, 2020

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. Click below to read more. 

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Due to the Covid 19 situation, this camp has been canceled for 2020-Summer Vocal Academy - Senior High Vocalists

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 – Saturday, June 20, 2020

The Summer Vocal Academy, sponsored by the Messiah College Department of Music, offers an exciting opportunity for students entering grades 9 through graduated high school seniors from June 17-20, 2020. This is a summer performance program with residential and commuter options held on the scenic, suburban campus of Messiah College, located just 12 miles from Harrisburg, PA.

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Due to the Covid 19 situation, this camp has been canceled for 2020-Junior / Senior High String Orchestra Camp

Sunday, July 19, 2020 – Saturday, July 25, 2020

The Summer Orchestra Camp, offers an exciting opportunity for approximately 100 students entering grades 7 through 12 to play in chamber ensembles, two large orchestras, master classes and take courses in musicianship, all taught by an expert faculty of artist-teachers comprised of Messiah College faculty and orchestral educators of Central Pennsylvania. Additionally, students attend outstanding performances of guest artists and performances as part of the Market Square Concert Series.

Faculty members include: Dr. Timothy Dixon, Kerry Harker-Roth, Gregory Woodbridge, Krista Kriel, Brian Krauss, David Diehl, and Adam Cordle

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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 2019 Symposium will feature Paul Popiel, Director of Bands at the University of Kansas, Dr. James Colonna, Director of Bands, Messiah College.

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Choral Conductors Symposium

The Messiah College Choral Conductors Symposium allows music educators to further their experience in the field of choral conducting. Dr. Rachel Cornacchio will lead this year's annual symposium.

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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.