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Summer Music Camp 2020

Week 1: Band/Choir Camp: July 12-17, 2020
Week 2: Jazz/Vocal Jazz Camp: July 19-24, 2020

Our Summer Music Camp returns for its second year in 2020, now with a second week dedicated to jazz. Open to high school-age students (as of Fall 2020), our six-day camps will provide a safe and nurturing environment for students to take their craft to the next level. Work alongside your peers and some of our own Sac State music majors, and receive instruction from our distinguished faculty.

The daily schedule will feature fully planned out days of ensemble rehearsals, sectionals, and classes in theory, musicianship, and more! Each day will conclude with a camp activity following dinner. And all of this is set on the beautiful 300-acre park-like Sacramento State campus in the heart of Sacramento. The week will conclude with Friday evening performances by our Camp ensembles. Family and friends are welcome to come hear what you've learned, as these performances will be free and open to the public.

Registrations and payments are due by June 1, 2020.

For more information or if you have further questions, email our Camp Director, Gaw Vang Williams

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We offer campers the option to stay on campus all week long, or to be a "day" camper and commute in each day.

With competitive pricing of just $680 for the full on-campus experience, including all meals, or $440 for the "day" camper option, which runs from 9am-8pm including lunch and dinner, this affordable camp will be sure to fit your budget. Overnight campers will stay in Sac State's beautiful 2bd/2ba dorm suites (prices based on quad occupancy).

High school students recital at Summer Music Camp

Camp Faculty: Gaw Vang Williams

Gaw Vang Williams is the Summer Camp Director.

She became the director of the Vocal Jazz program at Sacramento State in 2014, where she earned her Bachelor of Music in jazz studies and Master of Music in voice performance. Mrs. Williams began teaching in 2004, serving as a music instructor at various high schools and music organizations. A member of the 2007 Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, Mrs. Williams is an active private music instructor and has been working for several years as a vocal clinician, working with middle schools, high schools and collegiate ensembles. Under Williams' direction, the Sac State Vocal Jazz program has won 7 Downbeat Magazine Student awards and took first in 2016 and 2017 at the Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival in the collegiate vocal jazz ensemble category.

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Camp Faculty: Dr. Matthew Morse

Dr. Matthew Morse is currently Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music in the School of Music at California State University, Sacramento, where he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Concert Band, oversees the Marching Band, and teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate conducting.

He is in demand as a clinician and guest conductor throughout California and nationwide. Prior to his appointment at Sacramento State, Dr. Morse graduated in May 2017 with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting from the University of North Texas, where he was a conducting student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting in 2013 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he was a student of Dr. Jack Stamp.

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Camp Faculty: Dr. Andrew Kreckmann

Dr. Andrew Kreckmann was appointed the Director of Choral Activities at Sacramento State in Fall 2018.

He directs both of Sac State's student choirs and oversees the graduate choral conducting program. For the past three years, Dr. Kreckmann has served as DCA at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Dr. Kreckmann completed his DMA in Choral Conducting at Texas Tech University with Richard Bjella in 2013. He also taught several courses and choirs at Texas Tech and served as Director of Music Ministries to St. John's United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas. Dr. Kreckmann's earlier studies include a Master's degree in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University (with David Rayl, Jonathan Reed, and Sandra Snow) as well as a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Delaware (with Paul Head).

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Camp Faculty: Dr. Steve Roach

Steve Roach has been the Director of Jazz Studies at Sacramento State since 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance from Indiana University, a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from Northern Illinois University, and a Doctor of Arts degree in trumpet and jazz pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.

Professional appearances as an assisting artist include studio and live sessions with such jazz & pop musicians as Tito Puente, Dave Pietro, Louis Bellson, Billy Drummond, Jon Tchicai, Ben Vereen, Melissa Manchester, Roberta Flack, Paquito D'Rivera, the Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, and others. Steve also works as a clinician and adjudicator for jazz festivals and various workshops nationwide and has directed several California high school honor jazz ensembles.

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Camp Faculty: Melissa Fulkerson

Melissa Fulkerson is California jazz singer and educator. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from California State University, Sacramento. Melissa is a two-time recipient of Downbeat Magazine's Solo Jazz Vocalist Award. She has performed all over Northern California, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, and alongside world-renowned musicians such as Nancy King, Kerry Marsh, Julia Dollison, Bennett Friedman, Charles McNeal, Ben Folds, and the San Francisco Symphony. Melissa teaches jazz and vocal jazz at a number of colleges in the Sacramento area including Sacramento State.

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