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UAF Summer Music Academy

Submitted by Linda Harriger
Phone: (907) 474-7555


The UAF Summer Fine Arts Camp has been replaced with the UAF Summer Music Academy, sponsored by the UAF Department of Music and the Fairbanks Symphony Association. The Academy will take place on the UAF campus from June 14-26, 2004.

The Music Academy is an intensive two-week session for young musicians who have finished the 6th through 10th grades during the 2003-2004 school year. Students who have finished the 5th grade and have played their instrument for at least two years may also enroll.

Older students who have completed grades 11 and 12 are encouraged to attend the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, but may attend the Academy if unable to attend the Festival, or if they would like to participate in both events.

Students will have opportunities to participate in band, orchestra, jazz band, choirs, master classes, perform in chamber ensembles, jazz combos, and steel drum bands. Participants will also have opportunities to perform in weekday recitals, special events on solstice weekend, and a final concert for each large ensemble.

Dormitory housing is available on a very limited basis. There are several local families who are interested in housing out-of-town participants, if that is preferred.

The cost for the two-week session is $500.00.

Academy Faculty:
Ted DeCorso, Orchestra Director
Karen Gustafson, trumpet, Band Director
Christopher Lubken, steel drums
David Fague, jazz band
Minna Chung, cello
Jaunelle Celaire, voice
Dorli McWayne, flute
Dan Cathey, woodwinds
Scott Deal, percussion
Jim Bicigo, trombone, euphonium, tuba
Jane Aspnes, horn
Kristopher Hitchman, guitar
Chad Stadig, recording technology
Vince Cee, bass
Amber Dudley, violin, viola
Caitlin Warbelow, fiddling, violin
Trudy Harris, piano
Suzanne McBride, piano
Candy Rydlinski, oboe
George Rydlinski, bassoon

Resident ensembles at the Academy and the Festival:
Chinook Winds
Borealis Brass
The US Army Brass Quintet

The US Army Brass Quintet, stationed in Washington, DC, are members of the US Army Band (Pershing's Own). This is the top Army ensemble in the United States, and its members are first rate professional musicians who perform internationally as Goodwill Ambassadors for the United States.

They will be in residence from June 21-June 25,2004 and will be giving master classes, lessons, and performances for Academy students, as well as public performances and a public master class.

The UAF Summer Music Academy is privileged to have such a prestigious ensemble from our Nation's top army band as our resident guest artists.

For more information about the new UAF Summer Music Academy, please contact Linda Harriger at 907.474.7555, or by email at fymusic@uaf.edu