Islander Music Camps Provide Students with Fun Summer Activities

| Published: June 21, 2016

Islander Music Camps Provide Students with Fun Summer Activities

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Elementary, middle and high school students cultivated their musical talents at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Coastal Bend String Camp, held June 13-18, and the Islander Band Camp, held June 6-10.

The Islander Band Camp was open to middle school, junior high and high school students, while the Coastal Bend String Camp was open to elementary, middle and high school students.

During the String Camp, 52 students advanced their musical development with the help of the Island University string faculty and other outstanding local and international music artists and educators.

 “The Coastal Bend String and Suzuki Camp 2016 was an amazing success,” said Dr. Jose Flores, Camp Director and Associate Professor of Music. “These young artists trained hard the whole week under the guidance of our distinguished faculty. This year, instructors come from Austin, Houston, Puerto Rico and Corpus Christi.”

To qualify for camp, students needed to have at least two years of musical experience, and had to audition for placement. In addition to participants from the Corpus Christi area, students traveled from the Rio Grande Valley and even Puerto Rico.

String Camp activities included orchestra rehearsal, sectionals, instrument choir and elective classes including mariachi music written for classical string instruments and improvisation. In addition, campers enjoyed activities each day, including recreational events and recitals.

String campers also had the opportunity to participate in a final concert, which took place June 18 in the Performing Arts Center and included sound tracks from famous movies and traditional classical music composers.

During the Band Camp, 83 students enjoyed a week of music and fun at the Island University, and performed in an end-of-camp concert, held June 10 in the Performing Arts Center.

“We want the students to have a great time learning about music,” said Dr. Brian Shelton, Band Camp Director and Assistant Professor of Music. “The focus during the day is learning about their instruments and playing together. The evenings are devoted time to socialize with friends and meet new people. The Island University is an ideal setting for a camp, and the students enjoy staying in the residence halls and having a measure of freedom.”

The Band Camp was open to all students with at least one year of experience on a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. All band camp students auditioned for band placement. The participating students traveled from across Texas to attend camps, from as far north as Denison, near Dallas, to as far south as Rio Grande City.

Band Camp students experienced music-making with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi faculty and outstanding area music artists and educators. Classes consisted of group lessons, sectionals, full ensemble rehearsals, and music electives, including jazz band, conducting and chamber music. Students also enjoyed activities every evening, including games and concerts.