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Summer Camps

 

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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.  Click here for photos from those festivals

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.

 

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Payment Information For All Camps:

Full-Time Camper $450 includes four nights in a new air conditioned Residential Hall, all meals, camp instruction, and camp recreation.

Commuter Camper $325 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 30, 2014 for all camps. The remaining balance will be due at registration. Please make check or money order payable to "Georgia College" and mail with application to:

Music Camps

Georgia College

Campus Box 040

Milledgeville, GA 31061


Scholarships and Discounts

  1. All-State Band Scholarship
    All members of the 2013 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.
  2. 10% off of tuition for 4 or more!   You can earn 10% off of your GC Summer Music Camp tuition.  Recruit 3 of your classmates from your school to receive your discount.  Here's what you need to know: 

    • The four students must be from the same school.
    • The four students must attend the same week of camp.
    • The four students need to be registered and have paid their $100 deposit by the registration deadline (this discount does not apply to late registrants).
    • The discount will be taken from your final payment.   

 

Download an application (pdf)

  

The Georgia College Jazz Band Camp for rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders.  June 8 - 12, 2014

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.

Clinician/Music Director:

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KenyonKenyon 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 Symphonic Band Camp for rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders.  June 15 - 19, 2014

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.

2014 Clinician/Conductor: 

MilliganDr. Terence Milligan currently serves as the conductor of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble, director of the Graduate Cognate Program in Wind Conducting, and is the former Director of the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands.  In addition, he is integrally involved with the Music Education programs at the College-Conservatory of Music.  Previously, Professor Milligan served as Director of Bands at Northwest Missouri State University.  His teaching career began in the public schools of Canyon, Amarillo and Odessa, Texas.  Dr. Milligan holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin as well as the Master of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees from West Texas State University in Canyon. Dr. Milligan brings to his position a wide variety of experience and expertise as a musician, educator and scholar, and he is in continuous demand as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and Canada.  He also has appeared as a performer, clinician and lecturer at numerous regional and state conferences of the Ohio and Kentucky Music Educators Association; at the international conference of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Killarney, Ireland; at the national conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, the American Society of University Composers, the Music Teachers National Association, and the American Choral Directors Association; in Taipei and Taichung, Taiwan R.O.C., as a visiting professor at Tunghai University; and on National Public Radio program Windworks which was aired throughout North America.  Dr. Milligan has been selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Outstanding Young Men of America, Who’s Who in Fine Arts Higher Education, and most recently in the fifty-ninth edition of Who’s Who in America.  In June 1996 and again in 2006 the College-Conservatory of Music presented him with the Outstanding Teacher Award; in May 2003 Dr. Milligan was named the Outstanding Teacher for the University of Cincinnati Honors Scholars Program; in May 2009 the University of Cincinnati awarded him the George Barbour Award “for outstanding contributions and excellence in faculty-student relations.”   He has been on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music since September 1979.

 

The Georgia College Drum Major/Leadership Academy
For Rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders
June 15-19, 2014.

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.

Clinician:

JeffreyRowserJeffrey 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 22 - 26, 2014.  

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. One of the strengths of this camp is creativity.  For the last two years the camp band has created one or more arrangements of their own.  This creation is completed through the use of audiation, improvisation and simple folk songs.  We encourage our campers to express themselves musically through this project.  

Clinician:

JamesKarasDr. 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.   

 

For camp questions, please contact Dr. Cliff Towner, Camp Director, at 478-445-4346 or by email:   clifford.towner@gcsu.edu

 

For registration questions, please contact Continuing Education at 478-445-5277 or by email at: continuingeducation@gcsu.edu 

 

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