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Music Electives Set A
Music Electives Set B
Strings Audition Info
Musical/Drama Audition Info
Music Electives Set A

Overview
Campers will be given the opportunity to choose their own electives for the scheduled elective times. 

While we will attempt to do everything possible to include all intermediate and advanced campers interested in chamber group participation, first preference must be given to high school campers at the advanced level. Additionally, considerations are made based on the literature available for the various instrumentalists hoping to participate. Campers registering after May 10 will not be able to choose a chamber group as formulating groups/finding suitable repertoire takes time, and campers need their music in advance.

Set A, first hour Music Electives options

  • Chamber Groups: Musicians will be grouped into trios and quartets with camp faculty. Prepared groups will perform in piano concert. Restrictions: Only for intermediate to advanced-level musicians in 8th grade and up. Campers must be registered by May 1 to be in a Chamber Group. (David Ledgerwood, June Brus, Lewis Rosove, Tim Hammond, Ruth Brown). You should be e-mailed the password. The music is here.
  • Beginning Bucket Drumming: Master fun bucket drumming techniques while also improving your rhythmic ability. Restrictions: For 7th grade and younger. Beginning and Cadet Band Campers must choose this elective. (Will Brown)
  • Beginning Hand Chimes: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be part of a human keyboard? Find out as you experience the fun of hand chimes for yourself! Learn the basics of chime ringing and techniques culminating in a final Friday performance. Restrictions: For 7th grade and younger. No prior experience with chimes or hand bells necessary. (Trisha Herbert)
  • Beginning Piano: This class is for campers wanting to learn the basics of playing piano! After learning about correct posture/hand position, the white keys, and finger numbers, campers will learn how to do basic chording and play some impressive pieces. Restrictions: None. (Janet Tschida)
  • Singing Techniques: Improve your ability to sing by learning the fundamentals of excellent vocal technique. Restrictions: None. (Carol Ruffin)
  • Conducting: Conducting is a crash course in the basics of time beating, cueing, and expression for the beginning director. After learning conducting and score-reading basics, campers will have hands-on opportunities during class sessions. Restrictions: None. (David Brown)
  • Practice Time: The practice time elective is for those desiring extra individual practice time. Restrictions: Option is only available for Piano and String Campers and can only be selected for one of the elective slots.
Music Electives Set B

Overview
Campers will be given the opportunity to choose their own electives for the scheduled elective times. 

Set B, second hour Music Electives options

  • Intermediate Hand Chimes: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be part of a human keyboard? Find out as you experience the fun of hand chimes for yourself! Learn the basics of chime ringing and techniques culminating in a final Friday performance. Restrictions: For 8th grade and up. Must be fluent in reading notes and rhythm. No prior experience with chimes or hand bells necessary. (Trisha Herbert)
  • Beginning/Cadet Band Elective: The Beginning Band Director has special activities planned for the Beginning and Cadet Band members during this time. Restrictions: Beginning Band Campers must choose this elective. (Teresa Herbert)
  • Intermediate Bucket Drumming: Master fun bucket drumming techniques while also improving your rhythmic ability. Restrictions: For 8th grade and up. (Will Brown)
  • College Prep Music Theory: Learn the basics to test out of Music Theory Fundamentals as a university freshman. Restrictions: Must be in 9-12 grade and fluent in note reading bass and treble clefs. (Ruth Brown)
  • Song Writing: Learn strategies to begin writing your own songs. Restrictions: None. (David Ledgerwood)
  • Private Lessons (strings only): Junior or Senior campers considering attending MBU as a music major or minor can sign up for this elective to have a “trial lesson” with one of MBU’s string professors. On the non-lesson day, campers will practice. This opportunity is only available on a first come-first serve. Restrictions: Junior or Senior not currently studying with an MBU professor—strings only (piano campers will have daily lessons). (Lewis Rosove, Tim Hammond, Melody Steinbart)
  • Practice Time: The practice time elective is for those desiring extra individual practice time. Restrictions: Option is only available for Piano and String Campers and can only be selected for one of the elective slots.
Strings Audition Info

STRING AUDITIONS

  • String Campers need to complete the Online String Camp Audition Form by July 1.
  • String Campers will play excerpts from the music they are preparing for camp (click here to download the music). Registered campers without the password should email Mr. Lewis Rosove.
  • Please read this letter from Mr. Lewis Rosove before downloading the music.
  • There will be a short audition for seating on the morning of July 17. No one will be excluded from the orchestra on the basis of this audition. Please have a solo work ready (something that you feel shows you in your best light for about a minute or two). The following excerpts from the above-mentioned pieces will be required for your audition:

What you should prepare for auditions

  • First violin
    • Irish Washerwoman: beginning to downbeat of measure 24
    • Tchaikovsky,​ 2nd movement (Andante cantabile): measure 72-downbeat of measure 86
    • Tchaikovsky, 3rd movement (Scherzo)​: beginning through measure 32
  • Second violin
    • Tchaikovsky, 2nd movement (Andante cantabile): measure 97-through measure 113
    • Tchaikovsky, 3rd movement (Scherzo): measure 37-end of measure 52
    • Lead, Kindly Light: three pickups in measure 74-end of measure 82
  • Viola
    • Irish Washerwoman: pickup to measure 25-end of measure 32
    • Tchaikovsky, 2nd movement (Andante cantabile): measure 98-end of measure 105
    • Tchaikovsky, 3rd movement (Scherzo): measure 25-end of measure 44
  • Cello
    • Borodin Nocturne: letter D-downbeat of letter E
    • Glazunov: seven measures before letter D-downbeat of letter D
    • Tchaikovsky, 3rd movement (Scherzo): beginning to end of measure 24
Musical/Drama Audition Info

MUSICAL/DRAMA TRACK AUDITIONS

Hello Drama Campers!
We are excited that you have decided to join us this summer for Drama Camp!
ALL Drama Campers will participate in vocal auditions ONLINE. We provide you with explicit instructions for how to do this – the instructional video we provide will walk you step-by-step of how to send us a link to your audition video. Please take the time to read the instructions and watch the video – it will be worth your time to do so. (NOTE: the process has CHANGED this year, so please be sure to read the instructions even if you have submitted vocal auditions online before).
We look forward to working with each of you this summer!
~The Directors

MBU Drama Camp Online Audition Instructions

Instructional Video can be found here.

  1. Choose a song to sing – a song from a musical of your choice (NOTE: a hymn is no longer an appropriate choice of song for the audition process).
  2. Secure a pianist to play for you
    • NOTE: piano accompaniment is REQUIRED – no a capella music will be accepted.
  3. Practice.
  4. Videotape yourself auditioning for the musical (you can use a laptop, cell phone, or video camera for this – as long as it will enable you to upload the file online).
    • Video includes a full-body shot of you, your music (if needed), and a piano accompaniment (NO props or embellishments of ANY kind, please). We don’t NEED to see the piano in the video – just need to hear it.
    • Introduce yourself (first and last names, please!), as well as the song you are choosing to sing – be confident, clear, and LOUD!
    • Sing only ONE verse plus chorus of the song you choose – the video should be only 2 minutes in length maximum.
      • Feel free to be expressive and creative in your interpretation of your song – use your hands to gesture and feet to move (if applicable) and don’t forget to use your facial expression to draw us in!
    • Finish the video with a simple “thank you."
    • A sample audition video can be found below.
  5. Save your video as a file onto your computer – please name your file with your actual name and “Audition Video” (i.e. ChristinaMillerAuditionVideo).
  6. Sign up for a free, online account at YouTube.
  7. Once you’ve created your personal YouTube account, log in to YouTube.
  8. Upload your recording onto YouTube. In the dropdown box, choose “Unlisted” or “Public” as the viewing setting for your video. Double click on the video file you want to upload.
  9. Click “Done” to confirm processing on the YouTube screen.
  10. Copy the URL link of your video and paste it onto the space provided for you at the end bottom of the Online Audition form.
  11. Be sure to fill out the Online Audition Form in its entirety and click “submit.”
  12. Questions? Email DramaCamp@mbu.edu.
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