NIU art and music camps announced; scholarships available

From Northern Illinois University

DEKALB – Theatre, visual arts and instrumental jazz are on the summer camp agenda at Northern Illinois University this summer.  At these six-day residential camps for junior and senior high school students, campers work with NIU faculty, alumni, and students and gain a greater appreciation for the life of an artist.

NIU Jazz Camp and Theatre Arts Camp Junior are scheduled for July 12-17.

NIU Jazz Camp is for instrumentalists in grades 8-12 who want to take their jazz playing to the next level. Campers rehearse and perform in a big band, combo, or Latin Jazz Combo.  Master classes, concerts, jazz theory, improvisation, jam sessions, sectionals, and optional private lessons are all part of the daily curriculum.  The camp is under the direction of Geof Bradfield, noted saxophonist and jazz studies faculty member at NIU.

Theatre Arts Camp Junior is for theatre buffs who have completed grades 6-8.  Campers enjoy daily rehearsals, classes, individual coaching sessions, and theatre games.  Campers have many workshop choices, including auditioning, acting, musical theatre, stage combat, make-up, and lighting and set design. Camp director is Nathan Wyman, long-time assistant camp director and theatre faculty member of Judson College in Kansas City.

NIU Visual Arts Camp and Theatre Arts Camp Senior are scheduled for July 19-24.

Theatre Arts Camp Senior is an intensive program for those who have completed grades 9-12. Campers spend the week in rehearsals, classes, individual coaching sessions, and theatre games, and choose from many workshops, including auditioning, acting, musical theatre, stage combat, make-up, and lighting and set design.  Camp director is Nathan Wyman, long-time assistant camp director and theatre faculty member of Judson College in Kansas City.

Visual Arts Camp, for artists in grades 8-12, is an exciting and diverse creative art experience. Campers enjoy two daily in-depth studio sessions in their choice of a wide variety two-dimensional and three-dimensional classes. Activities also include talks by professional artists and open studio time. This camp is directed by Lynn Stockton, NIU alumna and award-winning art teacher at Jefferson High School in Rockford.

Campers sleep and eat in newly-renovated Gilbert Hall, a residence hall that is very close to the Music and Art Buildings. Campers enjoy a variety of evening recreational activities that include bowling, basketball, movies, and talent shows.

Northern Illinois University camp scholarships are available; applications are due by May 1.  An early bird discount is available until June 2.

These popular camps fill quickly, so early registration is advised. For more information, call (815) 753-1450.  More information about the camps, scholarships, and forms are all available on the web at niu.edu/extprograms/summer_camps/index.shtml.

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