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April 20, 2011

Summer session offers wide variety of programs for musicians of all ages, levels

student, teacher playing trumpet

From a jazz history course presented during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, to instrumental and vocal programs for middle and high school students, to conducting and choral institutes for professionals, Summer at Eastman 2011 offers something for everyone who wants to enrich their musicianship.

Summer classes start June 13 with a first-time offering for adults, Introduction to Jazz History. Jazz pianist Paul Hofmann, an instructor in the Eastman Community Music School, will teach the course. Programs continue into the beginning of August with more than 40 courses for students, teachers, and others who want to build their musical and technical skills.

Summer Institutes are offered in music education, choral conducting, and orchestral conducting, as well as performance studies in percussion, saxophone, trombone, viola, trumpet, world music, and guitar, and include a one-day “Conga Jam.”

At the Eastman Community Music School, programs include instrumental jazz for middle schoolers, a children’s choir for third-through-eighth graders, electronic music for middle and high school students, cello for intermediate and advanced students, and a band camp for adults.

High school students with highly developed skills who are considering a musical career can take part in intensive residential programs. Music Horizons, for example, includes private lessons, a career seminar, classes in solo and small ensemble performance, and a choice of academic topics such as the history of Western music. Students in the Summer Jazz Studies program work with the renowned Eastman School jazz faculty in classes designed to enhance improvisational and ensemble skills.

New this year is a Summer Connections collaboration, in which middle and high schools students can take Eastman summer classes and Rochester Scholars programs on the River Campus. A shuttle will transport students between the two campuses.

Employees and their families may be eligible for tuition waivers for Summer at Eastman 2011; guidelines are available on the University’s Human Resources website. More information about courses and offerings is available at or by calling 274-1400.

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