Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Successful Summer of Music at SDSU

Successful Summer of Music at SDSU

By Teresa Monaco

Once finals are over and students leave campus for the summer, the SDSU School of Music and Dance hosts a diverse array of youth summer music camps. This summer, over 350 students were served by the five unique camp offerings through the School of Music and Dance and the Community Music School, including the San Diego Summer Music Institute, Drum Major Camp, BassFest, Hausmann Chamber Music Program, and Bravo International Music Academy.

Increased attendance from year’s past

The San Diego Summer Music Institute, one of southern California’s premier summer music camps, saw an increase of 30 students this year which added an entire new band to the ensemble roster. 200 music students made up three concert bands, one string orchestra, 11 string chamber groups, a new program track that included pianists, and two concerts performed by the student ensembles. Additionally, the camp maintained its partnership with San Diego Winds by featuring the ensemble in a performance for students and the public.

Another camp hosted at SDSU was the Drum Major Camp, which expanded from three days in past years to four days this summer. Drum Major Camp helps students hone their skills in spinning for competitions, field conducting, and leadership. This year, the camp served 40 students.

Success through the Community Music School

The School of Music and Dance’s Community Music School presented two camps this summer, including the successful inaugural year of Bass Fest and the Hausmann Chamber Music Program. The Hausmann Chamber Music Program had 21 participants and five faculty members, while the Bass Fest had 15 double bass players and seven faculty members. Both camps took place at the same time and shared faculty recitals, movement classes, performance anxiety seminars, and singing for instrumentalists.

“I would recommend Bass Fest. It’s very fun, makes you work hard, and you get to meet new friends,” says camper Clayton Trent, 14. Clayton’s mother, Holly Trent, adds “Both of us felt that he definitely learned from the experience, and grew both musically and socially. He particularly enjoyed the jazz workshop as that’s his area of interest, and I enjoyed the wide variety of music at the final recital.”

International music experiences

The second year of Bravo International Music Academy brought in 80 students from the United States and around the world. There were 30 faculty members, 12 concerts, 19 masterclasses, and more than 500 individual lessons taught over two weeks at Bravo. It is the first international summer music academy in San Diego.

Finally, the Westwind Brass Workshop taught 21 students over the course of one week. There were two students from Baja California, and in the past the program has worked with the U.S. Consulate to host up to 15 brass players from that region. This all-ages camp also hosted 4 senior citizens for the 2017 workshop. The brass quintet, trumpet, trombone, horn, low brass, and full brass ensembles performed a free Saturday afternoon concert to showcase the work put in throughout the week.

The School of Music and Dance provides clinic and educational opportunities for school-aged students throughout the semester and the summer alike. Visit or our Facebook for updates on summer camps as they become available. Visit the Community Music School’s website to learn more about music opportunities for school-aged children during the school year.

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