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May/June 2010 Issue
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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
BATIYOT logoCMS 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.

Be A Tourist In Your Own Town is hosted by the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau and serves to acquaint area residents with businesses and attractions in Greater Lansing.

To 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.

CMS is 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
Judy Palac with 25th anniversary plaqueThe 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.

"The 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 JewellLauren 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
PipersA 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.

"Corigliano 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."

The performance was met with great applause. Sherman also approved of the pipers' performance. "The students were animated and avid participants in the Pied Piper," said Sherman.

The 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 community."
New Horizons Band plays statewide festival
NHB combined concertFive New 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.
In This Issue
CMS offers five summer music camps
CMS to participate in Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
CMS celebrates Dr. Judy Palac's 25 years with the MSU Suzuki Program
Meet Lauren Jewell, a member of CMS Singers
CMS brings Pied Pipers to Corgliano concert
New Horizons Band plays statewide festival
May 17: Returning students wishing to keep the same, teacher, day and time for fall/spring lessons may register. To register, visit the CMS office or call (517) 355-7661.
Early Childhood Music mini sessions 
Early Childhood Music Class
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.
Events Calendar
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., Auditorium

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.

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MSU Community Music School
841 Timberlane St. 
|  East Lansing, MI 48823
Telephone: (517) 355-7661  Fax: (517) 355-3292
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