It’s seldom the University of Manitoba becomes truly quiet in the summer months, even in mid-July when the weather is at its warmest. Summer Session is in full swing, Mini University day campers are exploring and learning all over campus, and at the Faculty of Music, the Summer Music Institute is providing top-calibre instruction to a wide range of musicians, from elementary school students to professional music educators.
Instructors and musicians from across Canada and the world take in the institute’s programming, and the general public benefits from some fantastic public performances.
A component of the University of Manitoba’s Summer Session, the Summer Music Institute offers programs for junior and senior high-school students, university students, music educators, professional musicians, and amateur musicians of all ages.
Jason Caslor coordinates the institute. He graduated from the University of Manitoba last year with a master’s degree in conducting and has been working with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a resident conductor. Next year he’s off to work with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, but for now he’s pulling together the Summer Music Institute’s broad range of programming that began in the first week of May and will continue through the beginning of September.
The institute offers everything from opera to jazz, says Caslor, including the renowned Contemporary Opera Lab, which runs through the first three weeks in August, to the popular Jazz Camp, which runs Aug. 14 to 20.
This week, music educators from as far away as the Yukon and the East Coast are on campus for the institute’s Orff Certification Program. Carl Orff, Caslor explains, developed a methodology of teaching music to children using a holistic, experiential approach. Next week, the Summer Musical Theatre Camp begins, and students aged 9 to 13 will train as actors, singers and dancers, and create their own scripts and characters.
The Faculty of Music will serve up two great public concerts back-to-back on Aug. 18 and 19.
Smartpark, in collaboration with Jazz Camp, presents A Summer Night Jazz Fest on Thursday, Aug. 18, 8:00 p.m. at the Max Bell Centre, including performances from Venezuela’s Louis Perdomo, New York’s Steve Turre, and Puerto Rico’s Miguel Zenon. Tickets are $10, free for children, and available from Ticketmaster or at the door. Parking is free, but bring your own lawn chair.
The Contemporary Opera Lab presents its final performance on Friday, August 19 at the Contemporary Dancers Theatre (corner of Bannatyne and Main), at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students.
The full range of programming offered by the Summer Music Institute includes:
Teacher Masterclasses - May 5 - June 16
Orff Certification Program - July 4 – 15
Music Theory Courses - July 4 - August 5
Chamber Music Program - July 4 - 8
Summer Musical Theatre Camp - July 18 - 29 & August 1 - 12
Canadian Wind Conductors Development Program - July 22 - 28
Contemporary Opera Lab - August 2 – 20
Jazz Camp - August 14 – 20
Jazz Workshop for Music Educators - August 18 – 19
Brassfest 2005 - August 29 - September 2
Detailed information is available on the institute’s web site.