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Alumni concert to raise funds for Guy B. Webb scholarship

GuyWebbFive decades of singers under Dr. Guy B. Webb’s direction will gather June 28 for a special reunion concert to raise fund for the Dr. Guy B. Webb Touring Scholarship.

The alumni will be joined by Springfield Chamber Chorus. The event will start at 4 p.m. at Springfield’s Immaculate Conception Church. Webb will direct the ensemble.

Scholarship to help students on choir tours

After Webb retired in 2014, alumni began raising funds to endow the Dr. Guy B. Webb Touring Scholarship. The scholarship will be used to provide financial assistance to Missouri State students for both domestic and international choir tours.

The group hopes to have it fully endowed by fall 2015 so the funds will be available to MSU’s Chorale students attending a May 2016 trip to Africa.

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Event details

Date: June 28
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Immaculate Conception Church, 3555 W. Fremont Ave.
Admission: $10.00 suggested minimum (cash/check/credit card donation at the door); Free for children 12 years old and under
Connect online: #WebbLegacy

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Bands Alive! 2015 still accepting students for summer camp

drumsThis year’s Bands Alive! summer camp has something for grades 6-12 and their band directors as Missouri State’s Pride Band program prepares for the early July event.

Bands Alive! provides opportunities for students to develop skills as musicians and leaders under the direction of music educators throughout the Midwest.

Registration is still open for the July 6-9 event. Visit the website for registration details.

About the 2015 program

Concert Band Camp

Band music in the concert setting for middle school and high school students
Dates: July 6-9
Cost: $325 per student (includes room, meals, activities and camp/performance shirt)

Leadership Camp

Leadership methods for high school drum majors, section leaders and color guard captains
Dates: July 7-9
Cost: $275 per student (includes room, meals, activities and camp/performance shirt)

Spin Camp

Marching specialties for high school students in flag, rifle, sabre, exercise and marching basics
Dates: July 7-9
Cost: $275 per student (includes room, meals, activities and camp/performance shirt)

 

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Carillonneurs fill campus with music in four-day event

Music is ringing out across campus this week as more than 100 carillonneurs from across the world gather at Missouri State for the 2015 Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) Congress. The event concludes Friday, June 19. Visit the website for a complete schedule.

Carillon

About the Congress

This year’s congress opened with a host recital on June 15 in the Jane A. Meyer carillon, a 48-bell Eijsbouts instrument that sits centrally on campus as part of the Duane G. Meyer Library tower.

Over the four-day event, artists like Malgosia Fiebig (Utrecht), Ed Nassor (National Cathedral), Jeremy Chesman (Missouri State) and Joey Brink (Winner of the Fabiola Competition) will be performing in the tower for all campus visitors to enjoy. There are also presentations being held in the library on topics useful to carillonists of all levels.

About the GCNA

The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America is dedicated to promoting the carillon art. It supports the development of proficient carillonneurs and encourages the building of new carillons, the improvement of existing installations and the composition and distribution of carillon music.

Award-winning carillonneur Malgosia Fiebig plays a recital of music by Bach at the 2015 GCNA Congress June 16.
Award-winning carillonneur Malgosia Fiebig plays a recital of music by Bach at the 2015 GCNA Congress June 16.
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Swope selected for Weimar Bach Academy

SwopeJared Swope has done it again. The senior music student has been selected for another impressive opportunity to work with a renowned musician.

This time, Swope will be taking a two-week all-expense paid trip to Germany to sing for the Weimar Bach Academy on Aug. 9-21. He will perform under the direction of one of the world’s most revered conductors of choral and orchestral music, Helmuth Rilling.

About Swope

Swope is a double major in music performance, with a vocal performance track, and music education. Last spring, Swope was among 30 young professional choral singers chosen for a prestigious fellowship in New York City to study and perform with the Grammy-nominated Tallis Scholars, a preeminent a cappella vocal ensemble.

He said he plans to pursue professional singing after completing his degrees at Missouri State University.

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Choral Institute accepting registrations for summer camp

choral instituteHigh school students, from incoming freshmen to recently graduated seniors/incoming college freshmen, are invited to register for the Missouri State University Choral Institute summer choral camp.

The camp, taking place on July 13 – 16, offers an opportunity for high school musicians across the region to work with Dr. Cameron LaBarr and gain ensemble singing experience and musicianship skills, while making lifelong friends.

Singing, seminars and scavenger hunts

Students can participate in a variety of choral experiences including:

  • Ensemble singing
  • Solo voice study with MSU voice faculty
  • Seminars on topics such as college audition prep, conducting, history of popular music and more
  • Recreational activities such as talent shows, scavenger hunts and trip to a Springfield Cardinals’ baseball game

Register today!

Students can choose to live on campus or commute during the camp. Students are responsible for transportation to and from camp.

Residents

Tuition: $395
Includes: Dining hall meals, housing, music fees, voice lesson, and all recreational activities

Commuters

Tuition: $345
Includes: Lunch & dinner meals at dining hall, music fees, voice lesson, and all recreational activities

Ask about our scholarships

The Choral Institute has a limited number of partial-tuition scholarships available to qualifying students who either:

  • Send in an audition recording of one art song/aria. Email recording to program coordinator Jake Mauk; or
  • Participated in one of the following ensembles:
    • MCDA District Choir
    • MCDA All-State Choir
    • MCDA Missouri Youth Honor Choir

Contact us with questions

If you have any questions regarding the MSU Choral Institute, contact Jake Mauk, lead coordinator of Choral Institute, by email or at (919) 215-6381.

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Men’s Chorus invited to perform at Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses seminar

Mens chorusThe Missouri State University Men’s Chorus has been accepted through juried application and audition to perform at the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses’ national seminar to be held March 17-19, 2016, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

More about the seminar

IMC is the primary organization for university men’s choruses in the United States and Canada. Its biennial seminar includes performances, reading sessions, interest sessions and student-conductor sessions.

What is the Men’s Chorus?

Founded in 2014, the chorus is open to male students interested in singing challenging music in a range of styles, and members come from diverse backgrounds and a variety of majors. The chorus performs concerts each semester in a variety of on- and off-campus functions, and performs in Grand Chorus. The ensemble also tours to area high schools and throughout the region.

Audition for the chorus

All students are welcome to audition; a broad range of men’s chorus repertoire is available. Audition information can be found on the website or by emailing Dr. Cameron LaBarr.

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String Fling is back for its 14th year July 19-22

StringFling_sienna-blogMissouri State’s summer music chamber camp String Fling will be back for its 14th year July 19-22.

Instruction

The intensive string instrument instruction is offered to talented middle school and high school students.

Students will be coached by the University’s full-time string faculty, which includes Dr. David Hays, Dr. Amy Muchnick and Dr. Michael A. Murray, and also benefit from guest faculty instruction.

Students receive chamber music and string orchestra assignments, rehearse with different coaches, and perform a concert at the end of the program. Convocations, master classes and other events combine to make string fling an unforgettable experience.

Housing and meals

Students will live on campus in a University residence hall for the duration of the program; they will also be served three meals daily from one of the residential dining halls. A staff of counselors supervise residential life.

Contact information

Contact the Missouri State department of music at 417-836-6958 or stringfling@missouristate.edu for more information.

 

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Carillonneurs worldwide to visit MSU for GCNA Congress

Jane A. Meyer CarillonMissouri State University has been chosen to host the 2015 Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) Congress on June 15-19, where carillonists from across the world will gather to present on their craft.

Missouri State is home to the Jane A. Meyer carillon, a 48-bell Eijsbouts instrument. Erected in 2001, the tower sits centrally on campus as part of the Meyer Library.

About the 2015 Congress

This year’s congress will open with a host recital on June 15. Over the ensuing four days, attendees will hear carillon music from artists like Malgosia Fiebig (Utrecht), Ed Nassor (National Cathedral), Jeremy Chesman (Missouri State) and Joey Brink (Winner of the Fabiola Competition). There will also be presentations on topics useful to carillonists of all levels.

Register for the event

Visit the website for a complete schedule or to register online. An offline PDF registration form is also available. Please complete using Adobe Reader and return to Jeremy Chesman.

About the GCNA

The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America is dedicated to promoting the carillon art. It supports the development of proficient carillonneurs and encourages the building of new carillons, the improvement of existing installations and the composition and distribution of carillon music.

Membership in the GCNA is open to all who are interested in the carillon. The Guild is a member of the World Carillon Federation.

 

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St. Louis sophomore wins Fite piano competition

Hans Chan, a sophomore of St. Louis, brought home the top prize in Missouri State’s 19th Annual Fite Family Young Artist Piano Competition on April 18. The young pianist was awarded $1,000.

Second- and third-place winners

Other winners included Alexandra Rice, of St. Louis, in second place and Joshua Sandinsky, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, in third place. Rice was awarded $500, and Sandinsky was awarded $250.

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About Fite

The annual competition is open to pianists between the ages of 14 and 18. The preliminary round is conducted by mail, with semi-final and final rounds held in Ellis Recital Hall.

This year’s guest artist was internationally acclaimed pianist and recording artist Joel Hastings, piano faculty member from Florida State University.

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