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ISU College of Arts and Letters to host six summer camps for middle and high school students

April 27, 2017

Marching Band Camp students on the Hutchinson Quad playing their instruments.
Marching Band Camp participants practicing on the Hutchinson Quadrangle.

POCATELLO – Idaho State University will host six camps this summer for middle and high school students. The camps range from music to art to theatre and dance to communication.

“We want to have as many area students visit campus this summer and pursue camps in their interests,” said Kandi Turley-Ames, dean of the College of Arts and Letters. “Our camps provide great opportunities to interact with ISU faculty and staff and see what our campus has to offer.”

To register for a camp, visit

• ISU Creative Jazz Academy: June 12-16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily

The inaugural ISU Creative Jazz Academy will provide musicians the opportunity to learn from ISU director of jazz studies, Jon Armstrong and music teachers from the Pocatello area. Musicians will participate every day in group warm-ups, followed by small ensemble work led by faculty members and play music as a large ensemble. Students will also arrange and compose music. There will be a final performance on June 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Goranson Hall in the Fine Arts Building. Tuition is $50, and interested students can contact Jon Armstrong at 282-3143.

• Summer Institute for Piano and Strings: June 19-23, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

The Summer Institute for Piano and Strings (SIPS) is for students entering grades eight through 12 who are advanced pianists and strings players. SIPS gives students the opportunity to rehearse, coach and perform chamber music designed for piano and strings. Daily activities include solo and collaborative performance study, music classes, ensembles and various other group activities. There will also be a Junior Strings and Piano camp that will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. There will be Jr. String/Jr. Piano concert on June 23 at noon in Goranson Hall. The Sr. String/Sr. Piano concert will be June 23 at 7 p.m. in Jensen Hall. Tuition is $125 for Jr. Strings, $196 for Piano and Strings and $336 for Piano and Strings, which includes all meals and lodging.

• Conservatory Theatre Camp: June 26-30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

The second annual Conservatory Theatre Camp offers a unique, hands-on learning experience for junior high and high school-age students of every performance and experience level. The camp will be held in the Stephens Performing Arts Center, and is filled with an array of theatre workshops and classes taught by ISU faculty and students, community professionals and alumni. Students can participate in classes for acting, directing, scenic design, lighting design, costume design and more. There will be a performance at the end of the camp on June 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the Stephens Performing Arts Center Black Box Theatre. Tuition is $325, or $500 if a student needs to stay overnight.

• ISU Summer Dance Festival, June 26-30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

The inaugural ISU Summer Dance Festival is designed for dancers age 13 and up, and provides opportunities for students to participate in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop workshops. The workshops will be taught by renowned ISU dance faulty and community professionals. There will be an evening performance on June 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the Stephens Performing Arts Center Black Box Theatre. Tuition is $325, or $500 if a students needs to stay overnight.

• Marching Band Camp: July 11-13, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily

The Marching Band Camp is held every year to expose high school students to ISU and its music department. During the two-day camp, students participate in workshops and classes, interact with ISU faculty and staff, as well as talented musicians from other universities and organizations. Participants can choose from five unique tracks including performance track, drumline/mallet track, section leader, drum major and colorguard. The camp will conclude with a large performance by all students on ISU’s quad on July 13 at 6 p.m. Tuition is $185 for local musicians, $275 for individuals needing housing. There is also a group rate available for schools.

• CAMP: June 8-9

ISU’s CAMP (Communication, Art, Media, and Persuasion) provides hands-on college-level experiences for students through the collaborative efforts of the Departments of Art and Communication, Media, and Persuasion. Students will have the opportunity to develop 3-D models, work with mixed media and found objects to create a sculpture, produce a television program, create their own handmade books and develop a website highlighting the experience. During the three-day camp, students will stay overnight in on-campus housing, tour the ISU campus, participate in workshops offered by ISU faculty and attend university activities. Tuition is $75 and includes overnight housing, meals and snacks and materials.

For more information about the camps, contact Melissa Lee at or 282-1404.


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