‘The Hill’ comes alive with the sound of music this summer

Musical events are plentiful on the hill of Mount Mercy’s campus this summer. Three music camps—Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Cedar Brass Music Festival and All-State Choral Workshop—will be available for the public to enjoy.

Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival

Mount Mercy University is pleased to host for the second year the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival. The intensive learning experience begins June 16, culminating in free concerts June 20 and 21 at Mount Mercy and June 22 at Tirrill Park in Manchester, Iowa.

The Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival has brought together musicians of all ages and levels of study to play chamber music since its inception in 2003. Young students are matched with experienced musicians, while adult players often rediscover their love of an instrument they laid down years ago. All enjoy exploring chamber music ranging in scope from duets to string orchestra.

For more information on registration visit www.mtmercy.edu/five-seasons-chamber or contact Festival Director Stephanie Wagor at fiveseasonschambermusic@gmail.com.

Cedar Brass Music Festival

The Cedar Brass Music Festival will be held June 23-27, with morning sessions offered to brass players in grades 6-9 and afternoon sessions offered to brass players in grades 10-collegiate.

The brass festival focuses on large ensemble, chamber music including trumpet, trombones and French horns. Sessions will involve rehearsal and sectional coaching.

A registration fee of $45 is required and must be paid by June 13. Registration and payments can be made at www.mtmercy.edu/cedar-brass-registration. Participants will receive a 2014 Mount Mercy Cedar Brass Music Festival T-shirt.

For questions contact Gerry Kreitzer, director of music activities, at gkreitzer@mtmercy.edu.

All-State Workshop

Mount Mercy’s All-State Workshop, August 1-2, is open to all high school students interested in preparing the Iowa All-State Choral repertoire. Workshops will be held 8 a.m.-noon.

Along with Kreitzer, distinguished clinicians Carol Tralau and Allen Chapman will coach the singers in learning notes, rhythms and texts for each piece.

There is a registration fee of $50, which includes sessions and mid-morning snacks. Singers must purchase and bring their all-state music packet with them. Packets may be purchased beginning July 26 at Kephart’s Music Center in Decorah, Iowa.

For more information or to download a registration form visit www.mtmercy.edu/academy-events. Priority will be given to those received by June 11. For questions contact Kreitzer at gkreitzer@mtmercy.edu or dial 319.363.1323 ext. 1226.

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