May 21, 2007

Students send (musical) notes from camp

Lyrical sounds of all different kinds will fill the air at Sacramento State this summer when the music department offers students young and old a chance to lead the band, swing with jazz greats or receive coaching in classical chamber music during its annual music camps.

The public, too, will get a chance to enjoy some of the music.

The summertime harmonizing kicks off in June with the Wind Conducting Workshop, featuring the 59th Army National Guard Band.

Sacramento State professor Robert Halseth is co-director of the symposium along with Northwestern University conductor Mallory Thompson. Only 15 applicants are selected to actually lead the band and get instruction and reviews from Halseth and Thompson. But an unlimited number of participants will be allowed to observe the process and are invited to sign up.

The sessions run June 18-22. Cost is $650 for conductors and $325 for observers. For more information, call the band office at (916) 278-5091.

The music offerings swing into their second session July 8-13 with the Summer Jazz Camp, coordinated by Sacramento State professor Steve Roach.

Applications are being accepted until June 7 for participants staying in the dormitories. Those commuting to the courses may be accepted up until the first day of camp.

The camp is open to students age 14 or older who have spent at least one year of study on an instrument. College students and adult instrumental teachers also are encouraged to attend. Cost is $850 for participants lodging on campus and $395 for commuters. For more information, call Roach at (916) 278-7987.

Courses consist of theory classes, master classes, and training in improvisation.

Evening concerts will give the students and the public a treat with the music of the Jim Widner Big Band.

Concerts will be held at 8 p.m., July 8, 9, 10 and 12. A student combo will perform at 7 p.m., July 11, and a closing concert featuring the band and students will be held at 7 p.m., July 13. All performances are free and open to the public and are held in the recital room of Capistrano Hall.

The music department finishes its set with chamber music.

Coordinated by Sacramento State’s Pete Nowlen, The CalCap Chamber Music Workshop caters to individual players and pre-formed groups in two sessions, July 22-28 and July 29 through Aug. 3.

Registration for this summer has closed, but there is some turnover up to the last minute with people dropping out.

The cost is $320 per weekly session. Room and breakfast costs an additional $195 for a double occupancy room and $245 for a single.

For more information, contact Nowlen at (916) 278-7982 or

This year’s instructional roster includes many from the Sacramento area, Northern California and even the Honolulu Symphony and Hofstra University.

The public can hear the results of the students’ efforts during a daily concert. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday performances are at 4 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday concerts begin at 3 p.m. and Friday concerts are at 4 p.m. The concerts are free and held in Room 151 of Capistrano Hall.

Applications and more information for all three summer camps are available at the Sacramento State Music Department web site, You may also call the department at (916) 278-5155.

For media assistance, call the Sacramento State Public Affairs Office at (916) 278-6156.