Posted June 18, 2014
For the first time at Idaho State University, the School of Performing Arts and the College of Arts and Letters will hold the Summer Institute for Piano and Strings where advanced music students in grades 8 through 12 will learn, rehearse and perform music from ISU’s faculty from June 23 to 27.
“This camp is a rare opportunity for students,” said Kori Bond, director of the institute. “The students won’t get these experiences anywhere else.”
Bond and professors in the music department combined the Idaho State University Piano Institute and the Idaho State Civic Symphony Summer Strings after holding these camps separately for a decade. Combining the camps will give young musicians a different experience than previous years.
“This will be more diverse for the students,” Bond said. “They can take classes for both and also collaborate and play chamber music together.”
The institute will focus on intermediate and advanced students who are deciding what their future in music might be. They are invited to stay on the ISU campus and use its facilities for housing, dining and rehearsing.
“Music camps help students decide if they want to pursue music as a profession,” Bond said. “If students are serious musicians, it helps them become devoted.”
The university also uses the institute to help recruit serious musicians to study at ISU.
The design of the Summer Institute for Piano and Strings is based on several music festivals across the country. ISU faculty and alumni and institute staff will perform two concerts during the week focusing on different forms of dance.
The faculty’s chamber music concerts will be open for the community to attend on Monday and Tuesday, June 23 and 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Hall of the Stephen’s Performing Arts Center. Student performances will be featured on Thursday and Friday nights.
Faculty concert tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for ISU faculty and staff, $5 for pre-college students, and free for ISU students with their Bengal card. Tickets are available starting at 7 p.m. before each performance, or by calling the Stephen’s Center Box Office at 282-3595. The second concert is half price when tickets are purchased together.