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High School Music Camp

(Band, Choir & Orchestra)

June 17 - 22, 2018

Open to students entering 9th - graduating 12th grades 

Choir Camp

Music Camp Choir StudentsThe High School Choir Camp provides an opportunity for high school students, interested in learning more about the choral arts, to engage in in-depth study with choral experts.

The summer curriculum will include choral ensemble rehearsals, classes in diction, voice lessons, individual and group conducting lessons, and All-State music preparation. The Choir Camp provides an exciting environment for the study of choral music and other related subjects.


High School Choir Camp Director and Conductor:
Paul Tucker, KU Director of Choral Activities
Please note faculty may be subject to change

Orchestra Camp

Music Camp Orchestra The High School Orchestra Camp features outstanding KU faculty and guest artists from the pinnacle of the string and orchestral profession, teaching the skills and knowledge necessary for high school string students of various levels to improve their playing and perform at a high level in rehearsals in concerts. Through master classes, sectionals, chamber music, and orchestral rehearsals, students experience a higher standard of musicianship, enhance their technique, and gain the confidence to attain that new standard.


Chaconne in E minor, Dietrich Buxtehude/arr. Hause
Fantasia on Greensleeves by Vaughan Williams/arr. Greaves
Waltz No. 2 by Shostakovich/arr. Lavender
English Folk Song Suite, Vaughn Williams/arr. Bulla


Jacob M. Dakon, Director and Conductor, Assistant Professor of Music Education & Music Therapy
Véronique Mathieu, KU Assistant Professor of Violin, director of the Division of Strings
Kelly Bohling, violin/viola, eclectic styles
Manda Deegan, violin/viola
Philip Kramp, KU viola lecturer
Maria Crosby, cellist, Kansas City Symphony
Jeff Harshbarger, KU bass lecturer

Please note faculty may be subject to change

Band Camp

Music Camp Band The camp will emphasize instruction on individual musical skills through warm-up techniques, masterclasses, solo/ensemble and all-state audition preparation techniques, large ensembles, music theory and listening skills. The program is designed for high school students of all levels of experience. Nationally acclaimed faculty/staff will not only coach students and give master classes, but will also perform alongside students in the large ensembles, providing them with a unique and valuable experience that they will carry with them for years to come.


High School Band Camp Director:
Paul W. Popiel, KU Director of Bands

Band Conductors: 

Paul Popiel

Sharon Toulouse, KU Assistant Director of Bands
Please note faculty may be subject to change

2017 High School Music Camp Parent Handbook (pdf)

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