Students in ESME Band Camp will explore chamber music

Aug. 2, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Talented students of all ages will gather at Grand Rapids Community College’s state-of-the-art Albert P. Smith Music Center next week for an in-depth look at chamber music. 

The ESME Band Camp, for students ranging from sixth grade to post-college, runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 to 16 at the Music Center, 142 Ransom Ave. NE. Students will work together in both small and large ensembles and attend workshops on music theory, harmony, improvisation and pop song “anatomy.”

They will also attend master classes led by world-renowned musicians, including Blake Hinson, bassist with the New York Philharmonic; Kimberly Ann Kaloyanides Kennedy, associate concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; and Brandon Hollins, who has contributed to the soundtracks of movies, operas, musicals and television shows such as “The Walking Dead” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

The camp will conclude with a public concert by ESME students and faculty at 3 p.m. Aug. 16 in the music center’s Linn Maxwell Recital Hall.

“This summer, for the first time, the Music Department at GRCC is very excited to collaborate with the Eclectic School Music Ensemble faculty,” said professor Kevin Dobreff, program director for the Music Department. “This unique approach to a summer band camp will attract student musicians who are interested in string chamber music. The professional faculty will work closely with these young musicians on repertoire that is most definitely out of the mainstream for string musicians. We are looking forward to this collaboration – and the final concert on Friday, August 16!”

Openings are still available for the camp; you can learn more and register online.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.


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