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
Payment Information For All Camps:
Full-Time Camper $460 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 29, 2015 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:
Campus Box 040
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Scholarships and Discounts
- All-State Band Scholarship
All members of the 2014 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.
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.
The Georgia College Jazz Band Camp for rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. June 7 - 11, 2015
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: Mr. Kenyon Carter
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 Symphonic Band Camp for rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. June 14 - 18, 2015
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.
Clinician/Conductor: Dr. Cliff Towner
Dr. Clifford N. Towner is Director of Band Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Georgia College. His duties include conducting the Wind Symphony and Jazz Band, as well as teaching classes in conducting and music education. Previously, Dr. Towner was Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa where his responsibilities included conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble, as well as teaching brass pedagogy, trumpet and conducting. He also directed the Morningside athletic bands (The Morningside Outdoor Band and Fever Pep Band). While living in Sioux City, he also led the All-America Concert Band for three years. Dr. Towner holds a D.M.A. degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied with Dr. Carolyn Barber. Additionally, he holds a Masters of Music degree in Music Education from Wright State University, having studied with Dr. David Booth, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Towner also taught in the public schools for ten years in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Towner’s scholarly pursuits are in the area of wind-band literature and conducting performance practice. Recent contributions in this area include an update to the 1978 Acton Ostling, Jr. wind-band literature study; contribution to the eighth volume of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band; as well as co-presenting sessions on conducting performance practice at the 2011 CBDNA National Convention in Seattle, Washington and the 2010 CBDNA North Central Division Conference in Normal, Illinois.
Dr. Towner maintains an active schedule as a popular guest conductor, clinician and drill writer. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), The Association of Concert Bands (ACB) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. Cliff resides in the Milledgeville area with his wife Gina, and their daughter Laura and son Nathan.
The Georgia College Drum Major/Leadership Academy
For Rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders
June 14 - 18, 2015.
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: Mr. Jeffrey Rowser
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 22 - 25, 2015.
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: Ms. Tina Holmes-Davis
Tina Holmes-Davis is currently the band director at Woodland Middle School in Stockbridge, Georgia. The Woodland Band program receives consistent superior ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation and places students in District Honor Band, Solo & Ensemble, and various local festivals and summer camps. Mrs. Holmes-Davis holds bachelor degrees from Georgia College and State University in Music Education and Clarinet Performance, a master’s degree from Auburn University in Music Education, and is currently pursuing at Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston University. Mrs. Holmes-Davis is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Sigma Alpha Iota. She maintains a studio of clarinet and saxophone students, teaches various summer band camps, and performs in Tara Winds and the Tara Winds Clarinet Choir. Mrs. Holmes-Davis’ professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) and the International Clarinet Association (ICA). Mrs. Holmes-Davis currently lives in Stockbridge with her husband, Jay Davis, and the wonder twins, Emma and Jonah.
For camp questions, please contact Dr. Cliff Towner, Camp Director, at 478-445-4346 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For registration questions, please contact Continuing Education at 478-445-5277 or by email at: email@example.com