Summer Music Camps
Symphonic Band Camp Rehearsal
Georgia College is the perfect place for summer music camps. Perfect not only because of its location in the heart of Georgia, but also because of its beautiful 112-year-old campus, great facilities, excellent residential halls and exceptional food service. The GC campus has a long history of hosting music events and summer workshops. The early State Music Festivals were hosted by Georgia State College for Women (now GC) beginning in 1938. The first music teacher's conference was hosted on the GSCW campus in 1939 and the first summer music workshops for teachers and camps for students were hosted on this campus in the 1940's. The GC High School Band Camp and Drum Major Academy began in the summer of 1991 and has grown to include The GC Symphonic Band Camp, GC Drum Major/Leadership Academy, GC Jazz Band Camp, and the GC Middle School Band Camp.
2009 Middle School Band Camp participants and staff
Payment Information For All Camps:
Full-Time Camper ($395) includes four nights in a new air conditioned Residential Hall, all meals, camp instruction, and camp recreation.
Commuter Camper ($275) Includes Lunch, Dinner, camp instruction, and camp recreation. Campers living more than 30 miles from the GC campus must register as a full-time camper.
Deposit and Application: A $100 non-refundable deposit for each camp must accompany the application and is due on May 29, 2012 for all camps. The remaining balance will be due at registration. Please make check or money order payable to "GC Band Camps" and mail with application to:
GC Band Camps
Campus Box 66
Milledgeville, GA 31061
The Georgia College Jazz Band Camp for rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. June 10 - 14th, 2012
The GC Jazz Band Camp includes classes in theory, history, improvisation, big bands and master classes for each instrument. We believe that jazz is an important part of our culture and our heritage, and it is the goal that students who attend our Jazz Band Camp have a greater understanding and respect for this rich and diverse heritage. The Jazz Band faculty consists of GC faculty, jazz professionals and guest artists. Recreation activities are also included.
Kenyon Carter is an Atlanta-based jazz saxophonist and international recording artist recognized for his melodic smooth jazz compositions and engaging live performances. Although unique and entirely unmistakable, he has been compared to contemporary smooth jazz favorites like Boney James, Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum and Gerald Albright and has been greatly influenced by straight ahead saxophonists such as Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Adderley, and John Coltrane. Highly respected by his contemporaries, Kenyon is frequently invited to collaborate on stage and in the studio with some of the biggest names in the music business. Kenyon’s newly released smooth jazz album, Right By My Side, showcases the depth of his talent and abilities with a seamless blend of original compositions and clever interpretations of several classics. Kenyon is also among the busiest and most respected jazz educators in the southeast. In addition to maintaining a studio of private saxophone and jazz students, he has earned a reputation as an effective and engaging jazz clinician, working with jazz honor bands at the county, district, and state levels throughout the south. Raised in South Georgia, Kenyon’s call to jazz came early, picking up his first saxophone at thirteen. He began his formal education at Valdosta State University, where he earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Jazz Performance and Music Education. Later, he pursued graduate work at Georgia State University, where he earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies. His debut album, Right By My Side, is a smooth jazz album that crosses over into easy listening and instrumental pop. This soundtrack contains melodic tunes that incorporate a colorful landscape of rhythm and grooves. Shimmering with sounds of multiple saxophones, layered percussion, and a groovin’ rhythm section, it’s the perfect instrumental pop album to play as a background soundtrack at both home and in the workplace. Today, Kenyon lives in Atlanta with his wife, Chris, and keeps an active calendar of live performances and studio projects. Right By My Side is now available at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and directly from www.kenyoncarter.com.
The Georgia College Choral Camp
For rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders
June 10-14, 2012
The GC Choral Camp is a strong member of the GC Summer Music Camps. In addition to having the opportunity to get a head start on the upcoming year through choral music study, the students will participate in full and SATB sectional rehearsals, vocal master classes and other music skill-building sessions. In addition to the music classes, we also offer recreation and special social events that include movies, pizza parties, talent shows and swimming. The staff will consist of members of the GC choral music faculty.
Dr. Jennifer Flory has been Director of Choral Activities at Georgia College in Milledgeville since August 2005. She conducts the University Chorus, Women’s Ensemble, and the auditioned Max Noah Singers and teaches choral and vocal music education and conducting courses. In December 2009, she was appointed Graduate Coordinator for the MME program. In August 2010, Flory was promoted to Associate Professor and tenured. Since August 2006, Flory has served as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Milledgeville. She also performs as a mezzo-soprano soloist, singing such works as Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Mendelssohn’s Hymne, and Corigliano’s Fern Hill. Flory was compiler for the Spring 2008 and 2009 issues of the Research Memorandum Series, published by The American Choral Foundation which is administered by Chorus America; the first article details the choral-orchestral music and the latter article indexes the choral music of Emma Lou Diemer, who has also written two choral works for Flory and Georgia College. She has presented four day-long workshops for the Georgia RESA (Regional Educational Service Agency) organizations in Pelham and Lenox; the sessions covered such topics as Assessment in the Music Classroom, Music Technology, Conducting, Elementary Choral Techniques, Behavior Management, Lesson Planning, Fun Music Units, Sight-Reading Methods, and Music Advocacy. Flory has presented technology sessions for the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) and the North Carolina Music Educators Association and a Sight-Singing Session for GMEA. Flory also serves as an adjudicator for GMEA LGPE, GMEA Solo & Ensemble, and GHSA Literary. She also conducted the GMEA District 11 High School Mixed Honor Choir in January 2008 and will be conducting the Newton County Fifth Grade Honors Choir in March 2012. Flory holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music Education Degrees from Otterbein College; and both a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Flory studied conducting with Stephen Coker, Earl Rivers, Mark Gibson, and Craig Johnson. She participated in master classes with Dale Warland, Harry Christophers, Stephen Darlington, John Leman, and Hilary Apfelstadt. Flory is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Georgia Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association, and The College Music Society; in Fall 2011, she was inducted as an Honorary Life Member of Tri-M Music Society.
The Georgia College Symphonic Band Camp for rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. June 17th - 21st, 2012
The GC Symphonic Band Camp is a unique and exciting opportunity for high school students to get a head start on the upcoming year by spending a week of intense music study. This camp offers one of the best student/teacher ratios, and with a staff consisting of the most talented and professional musicians in the state. In addition to the music classes and rehearsals, we also offer recreation and special events to include movies, pizza parties, talent shows and swimming.
Don Snowden is Department Head and Director of Bands at Pensacola State College. He is also the Director of the Pensacola Civic Band, winner of the Sudler Silver Scroll in 2002, and is a Past President of the Association of Concert Bands, an organization that promotes community band music throughout the world. For the last thirty-two years he has performed on trombone in the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Livingston University (University of West Alabama) in 1977 and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1981. Snowden also studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He taught several years at Foley High School in Foley, Alabama where his concert and marching bands earned a national reputation for excellence. He has appeared as guest conductor for honor bands in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, including the Florida Middle School All State Band in 2008. He is an active musical theatre conductor, conducting such shows as Les Misérables, West Side Story, and Into the Woods. He is the leader of the Pensacola Big Band All Stars with his wife, vocalist Holly Shelton. He has served as guest conductor of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra conducting concerts with entertainer Lou Rawls and rock legend Johnny Rivers. In 2009, he served as musical director for the nationally televised PBS special “Will Hedgecock Live at the Saenger Theatre.”
Georgia College Piano Camp
For rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders
June 17-21, 2012
The GC Piano Camp is in its second year as a part of the GC Summer Music Camps. In addition to getting a head start on the upcoming year through piano study, the students will have a chance to participate in a small piano ensemble and master classes. In addition, there will be recreational activities to include movies, pizza parties and swimming.
Dr. Ann Caldwell is a native of Griffin, Georgia. She holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia College & State University and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in performance and music history from the University of Georgia. She studied piano with Despy Karlas and organ with Dr. Robert Wolfersteig and Dr. Egbert Ennulat. Dr. Caldwell teaches piano, organ, class piano, and music appreciation at Georgia College & State University. She directs the university’s annual Junior Piano Olympics competition for middle and high school students, as well as the Summer Piano Camp. In addition, she serves as the organist at Vineville Baptist Church in Macon. She is a member of the Macon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the Milledgeville Music Club, and serves on the Steinway Society Committee to manage and promote a concert series for the Goldstein Performing Arts Center in Milledgeville. She maintains a busy performance schedule including solo organ, piano ensemble, and collaborative work. Special interests include historic organ restoration, early music performance practice, and Moravian music.
Georgia College Strings Camp
For rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders
June 17-21, 2012
The GC Strings Camp is a welcome addition to the GC Summer Music Camps. In addition to getting a head start on the upcoming year through string study, the students will have a chance to participate in string orchestra. Students may also join small chamber music groups, as well as perform with faculty in joint ensembles. Master classes will be offered for each instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass). In addition, there will be recreational activities to include movies, pizza parties and swimming.
Dan Auerbach, violinist, has been described by the New York Times as a player “with quiet virtuosity.” Dr. Auerbach earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University as a student of Arnold Steinhardt. He also holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay, Felix Galimir, Harvey Shapiro and Lewis Kaplan. Dr. Auerbach is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including a graduate fellowship from Rutgers University, and the Irene Alm Memorial Prize for excellence in performance and scholarly research. He has performed solos in such venues as Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Juilliard Theater. As a chamber musician, he has enjoyed collaborating with the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the West-End Players of the Dallas Symphony, Columbia University's Collegium Musicum, and the Jose Limon Dance Company. CD releases include the American Festival of Microtonal Music and the David Glukh Klezmer Ensemble. Recent clinics include the Georgia ASTA workshop, where Dr. Auerbach was invited back again for the following year, including performing with the UGA String Quartet. Upcoming performances include more recitals in NYC with AFMM, as well as recitals in Atlanta and Cincinnati. A recent CD release, on the Pitch Label, includes works by Tartini, Brahms, and Mozart. His teaching experiences include the Juilliard Pre-College, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, as well as Rutgers University, where he also conducted the Rutgers Youth Orchestra. As a conductor, Dr. Auerbach regularly appeared at the University’s Nicholas Music Center, and in 2008 was featured as part of the Rutgers Gala Presentations. His students have gone on to win regional and all-state competitions, as well as college auditions such as Columbia, Rutgers, and University of Chicago. Dr. Auerbach has given master classes and workshops throughout the U.S. and is licensed as a professional educator by the New Jersey Department of Education. In addition to his active private studio and performance schedule, Dr. Auerbach has often given school lecture-presentations, and has taught alongside Roberta Guaspari at Opus 118 Harlem School of Music (featured in Music of the Heart, starring Meryl Streep). Currently, Dr. Auerbach serves as assistant professor of music at Georgia College & State University, and is a substitute in the Macon Symphony.
The Georgia College Drum Major/Leadership Academy
For Rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders
June 17-21, 2012.
The GC Drum Major/Leadership Academy is designed to prepare Drum Majors, Band Officers, and Section Leaders for the responsibilities and challenges they will encounter as leaders in the marching band. Classes are focused on conducting, voice commands, marching band techniques, marching pedagogy, competition procedures, rehearsal techniques, and discipline. To stress musicianship, Drum Major Academy students also participate in a camp band. Under the leadership of the camp's founder, Jeffrey Rowser, this academy has established itself as one of the best of its kind in the state. The Academy has attracted students from every corner of the state of Georgia, as well as students from Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina. Proof of the camp's success comes from the superior performance of its graduates and the fact that year after year, the same high schools continue to send their leaders to the Academy to be trained. If you want to be the best, this Academy is the first step in helping you achieve this goal.
Jeffrey Rowser is a native of Attalla, Alabama and is a 1976 graduate of Etowah High School, where he lettered 3 years in band, basketball and track. Mr. Rowser later graduated from Auburn University with his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education. He was a saxophone major, studying with Lawrence Morgan. He also studied music arranging with Dr. Johnnie Vinson and Bob Richardson. Mr. Rowser, recently selected to be Director of Bands at Morgan County HS, brings 30 years of experience in music education. He was chosen in 2006 to lead the East Jackson Fine Arts Department in Jackson County Schools (GA). His hiring in 2006-07 was to prepare a Fine Arts Department that would begin its work in August 2007. He was chosen as “Teacher of the Year” for East Jackson in 2011. Prior to East Jackson, he served as a director in Dougherty County, Marietta City Schools (STAR Teacher 1988), with 15 years serving as the founding director at Salem HS (Conyers, GA), where he was “Teacher of the Year” in 1994 for Rockdale County Schools. During his career his bands received superior ratings in all marching, jazz and symphonic music events. In 1991, Rowser became a co-founder of the “Drum Major Leadership Academy” held annually on the campus of Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. His student management workshop, “Team Building Anywhere” is a featured session for band, chorus and student council groups around Georgia. He is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association of Music Educators, Phi Beta Mu Bandmaster Honorary and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
The Georgia College Middle School Band Camp
For rising 7th and 8th graders
June 24-28,2012. Guest artist: TBA
The GC Middle School Band Camp offers middle school students the opportunity to get a head start on the new school year by performing with small ensembles, a Symphonic Band, participating in master classes and having lots of musical fun. This camp is designed to be musically intensive, but at the same time allow time for the students to participate in camp recreational activities. The students will be well supervised and will be taught by master middle school teachers from around the state.
Dr. James B. Karas is an instrumental music teacher at Lefler Middle School in Lincoln, NE. His duties include teaching band, orchestra and jazz band. Dr. Karas earned his degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Bridgeport (CT), and Western Connecticut State University. He also attended the Hartt School of Music. Prior to working at Lefler, Dr. Karas held a position as Visiting Scholar and Lecturer in the UNL School of Music. He taught Instrumental Methods courses and supervised student teachers and practicum students. As a secondary educator, his school experience includes time in the Marinette Public School System (Marinette, WI) and Stratford Public Schools (Stratford, CT). He has been a clinician, specializing in music improvisation and creativity techniques, for state conventions, colleges and school districts throughout Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Connecticut, as well as the MENC Convention in Kansas City and the Royal Corps of Engineers Band in Brompton, England.
All-State Band Scholarship
All members of the 2010 GMEA All-State Band will receive a special scholarship in the form of a $100 discount off the full-time tuition for the GC Jazz, Symphonic, or Middle School Band Camps (note: The Drum Major Academy/Leadership Camp is not included in this scholarship). To take advantage of this special scholarship, send a copy of the All-State program with your name highlighted along with your camp application and deposit. This offer is valid for only one GC camp per summer.
Georgia College Bands
Georgia College and State University
College Box 66
Milledgeville, GA 31061