CMS offers five summer music camps
From musical theatre to rock to
music therapy, the MSU Community Music School has summer camps that appeal to a range of interests. All five summer camps are now open for registration. Registration forms are available on the CMS website. Camps are filling quickly. Please enroll today.|
Eric 'RicStar' Winter Music Therapy Camp (June 17 - 19)
Jazz Camp (June 27 - July 2)
Rock Camp (July 12 - 16)
Middle School Band Camp (July 19 - 23)
Musical Theatre Camp (July 19 - 30)
CMS to participate in Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
will host an instrument petting zoo and offer musical "make and take" crafts as
part of Be a Tourist in Your Own Town (BATIYOT) on
Saturday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
Tourist In Your Own Town is hosted by the Greater Lansing Convention and
Visitors Bureau and serves to acquaint area residents with businesses
attractions in Greater Lansing.
participate, "tourists" purchase a $1 "Be a
Tourist Passport," which allows free admission to more than 50 Lansing-area
attractions, businesses, and special activities. All CMS students may visit and participate at CMS on June 5, whether or not they have a passport.
one of several area locations that will stamp passports (not all locations offer stamps). Ten passport stamps
will make a "tourist" eligible to enter to win a prize through the visitors bureau.
CMS celebrates Dr. Judy Palac's 25 years with the MSU Suzuki Program
The Suzuki Program honored its
founder and director emeritus, Dr. Judy Palac, on May 6 at the Spring Suzuki
Strings Concert. During Palac's 25 years with the Suzuki program, approximately
3,000 local children have learned music through the Suzuki method at MSU. |
At the concert, former and current
Suzuki students and teachers recognized Palac and honored her work with a
performance of Bach's Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, 1st mvt.
piece was chosen because it is part of the standard Suzuki violin/viola
repertoire," said Susanne Garber, director of the CMS Suzuki program. "Every
student learns both the 1st violin and 2nd violin/viola parts, and it is
considered to be one of many plateaus to reach during the journey
of the Suzuki experience."
Palac was presented with a
plaque, and many members of the community made donations in her honor, which will be used toward financial aid for Suzuki students.
"My favorite part of working with Judy is her
dedication to the [Suzuki] program," said Garber. "She has contributed so much
to the program and I've learned so much from her. She is a wonderful, warm,
caring individual, and I've been lucky to have a colleague like her."
Meet Lauren Jewell, a member of CMS Singers
Lauren Jewell, age 10, has been singing in the MSU Children's Choir program for four years. She began in Preparatory Choir and is now a member of CMS Singers. Additionally, she attends summer music camps at CMS.|
"Every year, I look forward to trying out songs and using my musical
gifts," said Lauren of summer camp.
She credits her camp experiences, in part, for what she says is her greatest musical achievement: winning first place in the Cherry Republic Talent Show in Glen Arbor, Mich.--twice.
Lauren's winning repertoire came from songs she has learned at camp, which she sung solo and a capella.
From music study, Lauren says she is learning about discipline and courage. She hopes to become a music teacher and a youth choir director as an adult.
"I think music will help me make other students proud of their abilities in music when I become a music teacher," said Lauren.
In the photo, Lauren holds her certificate from the Cherry Republic Talent Show.
CMS brings Pied Pipers to Corgliano concert
A mix of pipers representing a wide range of ages and
musical skill levels surrounded MSU Professor of Flute Rick Sherman in a performance of John Corgliano's Pied Piper Fantasy at the Wharton Center
on April 22.|
The performance of Pied
Piper Fantasy was part of An Evening
with John Corgliano, a concert at the end of Corgliano's week-long
residency at MSU. CMS Flute Instructor Kate Prouty and Sherman organized flute players from CMS and around
the Greater Lansing community to perform in the tribute concert.
To prepare the pipers, Prouty created easy-to-read sheet
music and an audio file. Although she had seen a video of a previous
performance of the Pied Piper Fantasy where the youngest flutists used sheet music, Prouty, Sherman and Conductor
Leon Gregorian believed the children could memorize the music, and so they did.
was very professional, and Maestro Gregorian was wonderfully himself -- alternating
joking with the kids and being demanding and precise," said Prouty. "The
kids responded very well."
met with great applause. Sherman
also approved of the pipers' performance. "The
students were animated and avid participants in the Pied Piper," said Sherman.
positive response to the performance of Pied
Piper Fantasy affirmed the song choice. "It was
a good programmatic choice," said Prouty. "As Rick pointed out to me, it is a once-in-a-lifetime piece, one that can mobilize an entire
New Horizons Band plays statewide festival
Horizons Bands from across Michigan gathered in
Flushing, Mich. to perform at the New Horizons Band Festival April 25. In addition to the CMS
New Horizons Band, New Horizons ensembles from Canton,
Flint, Saline and Waterford also performed at the festival. |
The CMS New
Horizons Bands performed John Edmondson's Three
English Folk Songs, Jacob de Haan's Ammerland,
Gustav Holst's Marching Song, and
Harold Bennett's Military Escort as a
combined ensemble. The band performed Karl King's Rough Riders, Holst's Themes
from First Suite in Eb, and America
the Beautiful as part of the finale.
News and noteworthy happenings
- CMS received a $820 grant from the MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan for student financial aid.
Audition dates for the 2010-11 MSU Children's Choirs are:
May 22, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., May 27, 5-7 p.m., August 19, 5-7
p.m., August 28, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., and September 9, 5-7 p.m. Please call the Community Music School at
(517) 355-7661, ext. 10 to set up an appointment. Audition material does not
need to be prepared.
- CMS will host a New Music Day on Sunday, May 23. Several new works by Composer-in-Residence Marjan Helms and original music by CMS student composers will be premiered at 3 p.m. in the CMS Auditorium. A workshop entitled "Minding the Muse" will be offered at 4:30 p.m. in the Large Ensemble Room. Dr. Helms will moderate the workshop, which will address issues of creativity, inspiration and discipline.
- CMS collected seven boxes of goods for Gateway Community Services in its April donation drive. Donated items included shampoo, games, sippy cups and art supplies. Thanks to the students, parents, faculty and staff who participated.
Early Childhood Music mini sessions
A 5-week early childhood music program begins the week of June 14. Both
infant/toddler and preschool
classes are offered. Online enrollment opens June 1. The cost is
$77. Class activities include singing and chanting, moving to music,
playing assorted percussion instruments, and pattern instruction.
17 Returning Student Registration Begins for 2010-11 (lessons--same day, teacher, time)
21 Pat Laurence Studio Recital at 6 p.m., LER
22 Suzuki Group at 11 a.m., East Lansing Art Festival
22 Children's Choirs Auditions, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Room 102
23 New Music Day
Concert at 3 p.m., Auditorium
Workshop at 4:30 p.m., LER
24 New Horizons Band Concert at 7 p.m., MacDonald Middle School
25 Music Therapy Recital at 5:30 p.m., Auditorium
26 Community Drum Circle at 7:30 p.m., CMS
27 Children's Choirs Auditions, 5-7 p.m., Room 102
27 Spartan Virtuosi Spring Concert and Ice Cream Social at 7 p.m., AuditoriumJune
1 Summer registration begins
2 Music Therapy Chorus at 7:30 p.m., LER
5 Be A Tourist in Your Own Town, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., CMS
17-19 Eric 'RicStar' Winter Music Therapy Camp
21 Registration for All Returning Students Begins
27-July 2 Jazz Camp
Please consider a gift to CMS
Support from individuals in the community helps CMS offer quality music
programs, classes, lessons, and music therapy taught by dedicated and gifted
faculty. Your support allows CMS to offer financial aid to those in need of
assistance. Gifts are tax deductible.Make a donation to CMS