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Millikin University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band will present a concert of traditional and contemporary music on Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The concert will feature performances from two Millikin student soloists: Christopher Raymond, a junior music performance major from Bourbonnais, Ill., and Hikari Yoshida, a first-year student from Nara Prefecture, Japan. The concert is free and open to the public.

The University Concert Band will begin the evening with a performance of Bernstein's "Overture to Candide" followed by a performance of Chaminade's "Concertino for Flute Solo and Band," featuring Hikari Yoshida on flute. The University Concert Band will also perform Mackey's "Xerxes March," featuring student conductor Brock Feece, a senior music education major from Elburn, Ill., followed by a performance of Markowski's "Shadow Rituals."

Following a brief intermission, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform Ticheli's "Wild Nights!" as well as Hidas' "Concerto for Bassoon and Wind Ensemble," featuring Christopher Raymond on bassoon. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will conclude the concert with performances of Schuman's "George Washington Bridge," and Mackey's "Asphalt Cocktail."

Hikari Yoshida has previously studied English literature and music at Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts in Kyotanabe, Kyoto, Japan. Five years ago, Hikari studied at Northumberland Regional High School in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she won a music competition. Hikari began playing the flute in elementary school and won a junior high school wind competition award. She is currently a member of Millikin University's Concert Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. At Millikin, Hikari studies flute with Dr. Laurie Glencross, Millikin associate professor of music. Hikari has loved the "Concertino for Flute" by Cécile Chaminade since she first started playing the flute and made it a goal to perform the piece someday in concert.

Christopher Raymond is a graduate of Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School in Bourbonnais, Ill., and has been playing bassoon since 2006. Throughout his high school years, Chris performed with the Illinois Music Educators Association's All-State Honors Orchestra, and was also featured as a soloist with the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra. A recipient of Millikin's Young Artists Talent Award, Chris plays with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO), the Eidolon Woodwind Quintet, and is principal bassoon in both the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.

In 2013, Chris was featured as a soloist with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, and was a finalist for the Hollis Prize. Chris has also performed with the Urbana Pops Orchestra and the South Shore Orchestra on their recent tour in China. Chris is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honors Fraternities. He also received recognition from the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society for outstanding achievement.

The Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the University's premiere large instrumental ensemble, and includes students who major in music as well as many other academic disciplines at Millikin University. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is conducted by Dr. Gary Shaw, Millikin professor of music and director of bands.

The University Concert Band is one of the premiere bands at Millikin, performing in Kirkland Fine Arts Center and other campus locations throughout the year. Students from all majors are invited to participate in concert band. The University Concert Band prepares and performs top quality band literature with an emphasis on achieving the most professional sound possible. The University Concert Band is conducted by Dr. Neal Smith, Millikin associate professor of music.

Millikin's School of Music is committed to developing complete musicians artistically, technically and intellectually by emphasizing the integration of theory and practice with other disciplines across the University. For more information on Millikin's School of Music, visit millikin.edu/music.

For more information on Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit kirklandfinearts.com. Events at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.
Millikin University's Percussion Ensemble will present its annual Masterworks Concert on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin's campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

The Percussion Ensemble's Masterworks Concert will showcase the depth and breadth of contemporary chamber music through a program featuring historically significant works for percussion. The Percussion Ensemble will premiere a new work by Avner Dorman entitled, "Consumed," a tour de force for keyboard percussion instruments.

Avner Dorman has quickly risen to become one of the leading composers of his generation. His unique approach to rhythm and timbre has attracted some of the world's most notable conductors including Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, Riccardo Chailly, and David Robertson.

Conductors bring Dorman's music to international audiences with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony and many others. Dorman's works explore a diverse range of genre and stylistic parameters, including works for dance and film.

Millikin's Percussion Ensembles are under the direction of Brian Justison, Millikin professor of music.

Millikin University's percussion studio and ensembles represent one of the finest undergraduate programs of its kind. Through a diverse selection of degree programs and course offerings, they are committed to providing students with the facilities and training necessary to achieve success in the professional world. Percussion studies at Millikin are designed to develop the whole musician – artistically, intellectually, and technically through the integration of theory and practice. The goal is to develop the highest possible level of musicianship and an appropriate proficiency in performance, teaching, technology, or program administration depending on the curriculum of study chosen by the student.

For more information on Millikin's performing ensembles, visit millikin.edu/music.

For more information on Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit kirklandfinearts.com. Events at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.
Millikin University's School of Music will present the 12th annual Hollis Prize Competition Recital on Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Kaeuper Hall, Perkinson Music Center, on Millikin's campus. The recital will feature performances by Millikin University's top three music performing students. The event is free and open to the public, no reservations or tickets required. This year's finalists are Adam Blakey (saxophone), a senior music performance major from Decatur, Ill., Jonathan Rodriguez (percussion), a senior music performance major from Tucson, Ariz., and Chelsea Wright (mezzo-soprano), a senior vocal performance major from Bloomington, Ill.

The Hollis Prize is the highest award that may be received by a student instrumentalist or vocalist within the Millikin School of Music. The Hollis Prize was first awarded in spring 2003. Millikin is one of only a few schools in the country to offer this type of prestigious prize through a music competition.

"Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Kimm Hollis, the School of Music is honored and privileged to be able to feature our very best performers competing for the Hollis Prize," said Dr. Stephen Widenhofer, director of the Millikin School of Music and professor of music. "To be sure, all of these students are winners by just being named as finalists."

The winner of the Hollis Prize is chosen by outside faculty judges and receives a $2000 award and will perform a recital in Chicago. Runners-up each receive $500. This year's recital will be held Friday, April 11 at 12:15 p.m. at the Harold Washington Library Auditorium in Chicago.

The annual competition is generously funded by Dr. C. Kimm Hollis, a 1972 Millikin graduate, and department chair and professor of music at Hanover College in Hanover, Ind.

The Finalists

Adam Blakey – Saxophone

Adam Blakey has been studying saxophone with Dr. Perry Rask, Millikin professor of music, for seven years, beginning on a scholarship from the Symphony Orchestra Guild. He is a Decatur native and a graduate of MacArthur High School where he played in the nationally acclaimed Jazz Band I for three years. While in high school, Adam was also a member of the Decatur Youth Symphony where he was a featured soloist on saxophone, and a participant in various IMEA District and All-State festivals.

At Millikin, Adam plays lead alto saxophone in Jazz I, and soprano saxophone in the top saxophone quartet, which won the Band Concerto Competition in spring 2012. He also played for Millikin's OneVoice and Latin Jazz Project. In 2013, Adam won the Band Concerto Competition and was named a Presser Scholar.

Jonathan Rodriguez – Percussion

Jonathan Rodriguez began his classical percussion studies in Tucson, Ariz., studying with Homero Ceron at Pima Community College for three years before continuing his studies with Brian Justison, professor of music, and Jeremy Brunk, lecturer of music, at Millikin University. He has won numerous percussion awards and competitions, taught music theory and drum-set methods at New York summer camps, has performed extensively with various groups of different styles, and has toured nationally and internationally with his world music group, Aztral Folk. Aside from his personal projects, Jonathan performs with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, Latin Jazz Project, Advanced Jazz Combo, Wind Ensemble, and the Millikin University Chamber Percussion Ensemble.

Chelsea Wright – Mezzo-Soprano

Chelsea Wright has studied and performed classical Italian repertoire in such locations as Piobbico, Italy. Her choral experience includes a performance at Carnegie Hall with the Millikin University Choir, of which she is a third-year member. Chelsea is also a fourth-year member of the Opera Workshop program at Millikin, featured in this year's production of "Sour Angelica" as the Pricipessa. After Millikin, Chelsea plans to pursue a graduate vocal performance degree in Europe. She has studied voice with Frances Daniels for the past four years.

Millikin's School of Music is committed to developing complete musicians artistically, technically and intellectually by emphasizing the integration of theory and practice with other disciplines across the University. For more information on Millikin's School of Music, visit www.millikin.edu/music.

The Millikin University Percussion Ensemble will present their annual "Synergy" concert on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

"Synergy" showcases the distinctiveness of Millikin's ubiquitous interdisciplinary alliances through a collaborative concert featuring performances with students across the College of Fine Arts.

This year's program will explore the many parallels between music and visual arts, and will feature art students enrolled in Annette Russo's, Millikin assistant professor of art, design course. This performative setting will place the artists on stage alongside the award-winning percussion ensemble in a unique blending of expressive form that is sure to intrigue the audience.

Quinn Wise, a senior theatre major from Madison, Ind., and Anna Marie Abbate, a junior theatre major from Niles, Ill., two student choreographers studying with Angela Fleddermann Miller, Millikin instructor of dance, will create a culminating synergistic performance encompassing music, sculpture and modern dance.

Tickets for "Synergy" are $8 and may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at www.kirklandfinearts.com. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction free, not per ticket, and applies to online and Box Office orders. Kirkland Box Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This event is free for Millikin University students and College of Fine Arts faculty with a Millikin University ID.

For more information on Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit www.kirklandfinearts.com. Events at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.
The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will perform its annual "Young Artists" Concert featuring two Millikin University undergrads as soloists on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University's campus.

The performance will showcase winners from the Millikin School of Music Concerto/Aria Competition. This year's honorees are Chelsea Wright (mezzo-soprano), a senior vocal performance major from Bloomington, Ill., and Adam Blakey (alto saxophone), a senior music performance major from Decatur, Ill.

The concert will open with Mozart's overture to "The Marriage of Figaro." The program will continue with Mozart's "Non so più" followed by Saint-Saëns' "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix" featuring soloist Chelsea Wright. Adam Blakey will be the featured soloist in a performance of Glazunov's "Concerto in E-Flat." The concert will also highlight Copland's "Variations on a Shaker Melody" featuring the Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra with the Millikin University String Arts Ensemble. Following an intermission, the concert will conclude with a performance of Bizet's "Symphony in C Major."

"There are only two 'Young Artists' soloists this year, instead of the more normal three or four, so as you might expect they are of extraordinary quality, the real cream of the crop," said Dr. Michael Luxner, music director for the MDSO. "Chelsea Wright brings her rich mezzo-soprano voice to two very complementary arias – Cherubino's youthfully exuberant in-love-with-love 'Non so più' from Mozart's 'Marriage of Figaro,' and the more mature sensuality of Delilah's 'Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix' from 'Samson and Delilah' by Saint-Saëns. Adam Blakey, a two-time winner of the competition that generates the 'Young Artist' soloists, plays the brilliant Glazunov 'Concerto' for his return engagement."

Furthermore, Dr. Mark Samples, Millikin assistant professor of music, will present a concert preview on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 6:45 p.m. in Kirkland Lecture Room 128 prior to the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra's "Young Artists" Concert. The event is free to concert attendees.

ABOUT THE YOUNG ARTISTS:

Chelsea Wright has studied and performed classical Italian repertoire in such locations as Piobbico, Italy. Her choral experience includes a performance at Carnegie Hall with the Millikin University Choir, of which she is a third-year member. Chelsea is also a fourth-year member of the Opera Workshop program at Millikin, featured in this month's production of "Suor Angelica" as the Principessa. After Millikin, Chelsea plans to pursue a graduate vocal performance degree in Europe. She has studied voice with Frances Daniels for the past four years.

Adam Blakey has been studying saxophone with Dr. Perry Rask, Millikin professor of music, for seven years, beginning on a scholarship from the Symphony Orchestra Guild. He is a Decatur native and a graduate of MacArthur High School where he played in the nationally acclaimed Jazz Band I for three years. While in high school, Adam was also a member of the Decatur Youth Symphony where he was a featured soloist on saxophone, and a participant in various IMEA District and All-State festivals.

At Millikin, Adam plays lead alto saxophone in Jazz I, and soprano saxophone in the top saxophone quartet, which won the Band Concerto Competition in spring 2012. He also played for Millikin's OneVoice and Latin Jazz Project. In 2013, Adam won the Band Concerto Competition and was named a Presser Scholar.

Tickets are $13-$16.50 and are available through the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at www.kirklandfinearts.com. Box Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Box Office orders.

Concerts of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Symphony Guild of Decatur.

Millikin University will welcome the holiday season with the 55th annual Vespers celebration, "Gloria," to be held at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8.

For 55 years, Vespers (which means "evening prayer") has signaled the beginning of the holiday season with a sumptuous evening of carols, choirs and candlelight. Over 300 musicians join together for this joyous musical feast presented annually on Millikin's campus. Songs from past centuries combined with familiar carols and arrangements create an evening of seasonal warmth for the whole family (children age 6 and above). Vespers is one of Millikin's most popular events, and has become a beloved tradition on campus and within the Decatur community.

"Each year, Vespers provides a wonderful opening for the holiday season," said Dr. Brad Holmes, Millikin professor of music and artistic director for Vespers. "The theme for this year's Vespers, 'Gloria,' will look at various perspectives of this ancient word central to the season. Audiences will experience grandeur, wonder and joy during the 75-minute program."

Click here to read more about the 55th annual Vespers concert from an article by the Herald & Review.

Tickets may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at www.kirklandfinearts.com. Kirkland Box Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for seniors. A $2.50 fee will be applied for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Box Office orders.

Events at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.
The Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band will present a concert of traditional and contemporary music for winds, brass, and percussion on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The performance will feature guest soloist and principal flutist Dr. Laurie Glencross, Millikin associate professor of music. The concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Laurie Glencross teaches flute, music theory, aural skills and leads chamber ensembles including flute choir at Millikin University. She is principal flute of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and the Faculty Woodwind Quintet. She received her Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University in 2000.

In 2002, Dr. Glencross and the Faculty Woodwind Quintet toured to the International Double Reed Society Conference in Banff, Alberta where they presented a lecture-recital of Canadian music. In 2002, she was a winner of the National Flute Association's (NFA) Convention Performers Competition, appearing in recital at the NFA's Washington convention and in subsequent conventions as a panel member.

She has performed as a chamber musician, soloist, and flute choir director in Canada and the United States, and as an orchestra member of the Orquestra del Festival de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Palm Beach Opera, Valdosta Symphony, and Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestras. At Millikin University, Dr. Glencross has established the Millikin University Flute Society in an effort to foster a deeper interest in flute playing at the institution and in the local community. Dr. Glencross is co-artistic director of the St. Andrews Arts Festival in New Brunswick, Canada where a Millikin University summer immersion residency has been established since 2006.

The University Concert Band will begin the concert by performing Russell Peck's "Cave of the Winds," and Richard Saucedo's "Rhythm Danse" featuring student conductor Kelly Lorenz, a senior instrumental music education major from Grant Park, Ill. The University Concert Band will also perform Ronald Lo Presti's "Elegy for a Young American," and Mark Williams' "Variants on a Nautical Hymn."

The University Concert Band is conducted by Dr. Neal Smith, Millikin associate professor of music.

Following an intermission, the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform Paul Creston's "Celebration Overture," followed by Albert Franz Doppler's "Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise," transcribed by Joseph Kreines and featuring Laurie Glencross. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will conclude the concert with a performance of Paul Hindemith's "Symphony in B-flat."

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is conducted by Dr. Gary Shaw, professor of music and director of bands at Millikin University.

"The wind ensemble will be performing standard works for band by Hindemith, Doppler and Creston," said Shaw. "The traditional concert band will perform music composed during the 1950s and 1960s."

The University Concert Band is one of the premiere bands at Millikin, performing in Kirkland Fine Arts Center and other campus locations throughout the year. The University Concert Band prepares and performs top quality band literature with an emphasis on achieving the most professional sound possible. The Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the University's premiere large instrumental ensemble. In addition to performances at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center, the ensemble tours annually, often performing in public schools throughout the Midwest. In 1985, 1992, 2000 and again in January 2012 the Symphonic Wind Ensemble was featured at the Illinois Music Educators Association Conference.

Millikin's School of Music is committed to developing complete musicians artistically, technically and intellectually by emphasizing the integration of theory and practice with other disciplines across the University. For more information on Millikin's performing ensembles, visit www.millikin.edu/music.

For more information on the concert, please contact the Millikin School of Music at 217.424.6300 or visit www.millikin.edu/music.

Events at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.
The Children's Museum of Illinois, WAND-TV and Pepsi proudly sponsor the annual Halloween Concert performed by the Millikin University Percussion Ensembles. Millikin's Percussion Ensembles will celebrate Halloween with performances on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

This all-ages, family friendly event of the season will take place in the infamously haunted Albert Taylor Theatre inside Shilling Hall on the campus of Millikin University. Guests are invited to join the ensemble in costume; best costume prizes will be awarded.

This event will serve as a fundraiser for Millikin students to attend the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. For more information on Millikin's Percussion Ensembles, visit www.millikin.edu/percussion.

Tickets for the event are $8 (free for Millikin students with a student ID) and may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at www.kirklandfinearts.com. Box Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Box Office orders.

Millikin's School of Music is committed to developing complete musicians artistically, technically and intellectually by emphasizing the integration of theory and practice with other disciplines across the University. For more information on Millikin's School of Music, visit www.millikin.edu/music.

Each year, the Millikin University Chamber Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Brian Justison, professor of music, commissions one or more works to be premiered during its concert season. These works are performed and recorded by the percussion ensemble and are later distributed by Millikin's record label, First Step Records.

This season, Brian Justison and the percussion ensemble are pooling their resources with the Israeli Percussion Center, under the direction of Tomer Yariv, to co-commission a work from one of the rising stars of classical music, Avner Dorman. The Israeli Percussion Center is the country's leading educational institution of its kind, focusing solely on percussion instruments and their repertoire. Its director, Tomer Yariv, is also a member of the internationally renowned percussion duo, PercaDu.

Despite the excitement surrounding this intercontinental collaboration, it is the music of Avner Dorman that will provide Millikin students with the incomparable, enduring experience of bringing a new piece of music to life. Under Brian Justison's direction, the ensemble has premiered more than 20 new works to date.

Avner Dorman has quickly risen to become one of the leading composers of his generation. Dorman's unique approach to rhythm and timbre has attracted some of the world's most notable conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, Riccardo Chailly, and David Robertson, to bring his music to international audiences through the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and many others. Dorman's work explores a diverse range of genre and stylistic parameters including works for dance and film. Specific details about the work that he will compose for the Millikin ensemble will be forthcoming.

Donations are being accepted to help support this project. Send a check made payable to Millikin University to the Millikin University Alumni & Development Office, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur, IL 62522. Please indicate "Percussion Music Commissions" in the memo area of your check. Credit card donations may be made online at bit.ly/MU-Percussion or by calling Millikin University's Alumni & Development Office at 217.424.6383.

For further information about the Millikin University Percussion Commission, contact Professor Justison at 217.424.3980 or via email at bjustison@millikin.edu. For more information on Millikin University's Percussion Ensembles, visit www.millikin.edu/percussion.
The Millikin University Preparatory Department in the School of Music is pleased to present its schedule of 2013 summer music camps. 

The Preparatory Department offers a variety of summer music experiences for children of all ages including Summer Sings, the annual children's choir camp, held for one week in June. Each year the camp takes on a new theme and includes daily choral practice, a variety of electives, and a combined finale concert.

Also featured this summer is Music Alive, a one-week exploration of musical creativity for elementary/middle school-aged children. The camp offers students the opportunity to craft their own music in Millikin's state-of-the-art computer lab.

Other summer activities include a high school piano camp, guitar camp, and creative movement camp. The following is a list of 2013 summer music camps presented by the Millikin University School of Music Preparatory Department:

Millikin Children's Choir, Summer Sings: "Jungle Heat Meets Jungle Beat"
June 10-14, 9 a.m. – noon
Students entering kindergarten in fall 2013 – 6th grade
Cost: $75

All singers will have the opportunity to sing exciting jungle songs and participate in all daily electives, which will include making a rainstick, drumming, and Indonesian hand dancing. The camp concludes with a public performance on June 14 at 11 a.m.

Music Alive
June 17-21, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Students entering grades 5-9
Cost: $90

Students will explore musical creativity by improvising and composing new music, using recording and musical production software such as GarageBand and Finale. The program will culminate with a presentation and a CD recording of student work.

Guitar Camp
June 17-21, 9 a.m. – noon (Beginning Guitar), 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Intermediate Guitar)
Students entering grades 5-12
Cost: $90

The Guitar Camp beginner class will include an introduction to guitar, tuning, primary chords in several keys, basic strumming and fingerpicking, basic music reading and music fundamentals, easy song accompaniments and melodies. The intermediate class will offer an overview of guitar basics, scales, more advanced chords, more advanced strumming and fingerpicking, and various styles including blues, rock and jazz. Students must provide their own guitar, acoustic or electric.

High School Piano Camp
July 7-13
Students in grades 9-12 who are currently taking piano lessons
Cost: $520 – Boarders, $370 – Commuters

Spend six days at Millikin's all-Steinway school to improve, hone and perfect your piano skills. Morning sessions will feature an overview of the history of jazz, piano technique and an opportunity to learn and rehearse a jazz duet piece. In the afternoon, students will have the opportunity to practice and receive private lessons from Millikin piano faculty as well as participate in workshops on performance anxiety and jazz improvisation. All meals and a daily snack included. Students will be asked to prepare two pieces of contrasting styles for this camp.

Creative Arts & Music Development Camp
July 8-12, 9 a.m. – noon (Early Childhood), 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. or 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Elementary)
Early Childhood – children ages 2-5, Elementary – students entering grades 1-5
Cost: $90 ($186 for the full-day option)

The early childhood camp features a story-telling theme that is explored through music, art, and literature. The music development class is filled with singing, movement, classical music, and the opportunity to play classroom instruments while the art session features skill development through drawing, painting, and producing three-dimensional projects.

The elementary camp will be based on a musical play where children will enjoy music-making that incorporates poetry, singing, technology and instrument playing. Campers will explore their artistic side through drawing, painting, and Chinese calligraphy.

For further information regarding the 2013 summer music camps, please contact Melinda Shaw, Millikin School of Music coordinator for outreach and community relations at 217.424.6342, via e-mail at mtshaw@millikin.edu, or visit www.millikin.edu/preparatory.
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