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Friday, May 04, 2012 - OU music camps offer instruction, enlightenment, inspiration, fun
Area youth are invited to explore the performing arts alongside Oakland University's expert and inspiring Music, Theatre and Dance faculty during a series of workshops and intensives this summer.

Saturday, May 5Brass Day

High school brass musicians are invited to attend a free day of warm-ups, instruction, sectionals and a concert led by OU's Dr. Kenneth Kroesche and guest conductor and soloist Helen Tyler, principal baritone horn player of the Fountain City Brass Band of Kansas City.

Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20Jazz Workshop

Jazz musicians junior high through adult can work with renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter and the OU jazz faculty in a listening session, improvisation clinic, steel drum and combo sessions and an informal performance. A faculty concert also is included. The fee is $60 with a non-refundable $5 registration fee.

Saturday, June 2Guitar Workshop

OU guitar instructor Bret Hoag will show high school students how to pursue a college major or minor in music with a focus on guitar, as well as demonstrate classical guitar technique and exercises, basics of reading music and improvisation, and performance of classical, jazz and popular pieces. There is a $20 fee.

Sunday, June 17 to Friday, June 22First Annual OU Summer Band Intensive

High school musicians are invited to participate in technique classes, sectional rehearsals, full band rehearsals, and a concert performance led by OU faculty members, as well as DSO member and nationally recognized composer Dr. Brant Karrick. The fee is $375 for commuters and $495 for students who wish to stay on campus.

Monday, June 18 through Friday, June 29Summer Theatre Arts Workshop

Theatre faculty will offer participants 16 and older intensive sessions on costume design, stage management, mask making, unarmed stage combat, improvisational acting, dance styles for musical theatre, and auditioning. Each workshop is $80 except mask making, which at $90 includes all materials. Discounts are available for multiple enrollments.

Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29 Summer Strings Camp

OU's Music Preparatory Division invites string musicians aged 12-17 to a collegiate, yet intimate, chamber rehearsal setting OU faculty and instructors will lead daily theory intensives, orchestra rehearsals and workshops in world music and improvisation, as well as a culminating concert. The fee is $350 with a registration fee of $20.

Monday, July through Friday, July 20Great Lakes Dance Festival

Offered in partnership with the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, the festival will offer experienced dancers 16 and older classes taught by EDE dancers and other guest artists. It will culminate with a showcase performance. The fee is $530 or $505 if registered by June 6. An optional on-campus residence plan is available for an extra fee. 

Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20Theory and Composition Workshop

Musicians aged 12-18 are invited to learn music theory concepts by creating compositions using the work of Mozart as a model. There is a fee of $200.

Monday July 23 through Friday July 27Creative Computer Workshop

Musicians aged 12-18 will use the university's music computer lab to create compositions that they can continue to work on at home. Instruction will include editing music, looping sounds and recording live music. There is a fee of $200.

All summer events are held in Varner Hall on the OU campus. Detailed information can be found under the "Workshops and Intensives" link at To learn more about about summer programs, courses and camps available through Oakland, view the website at