NIU offers arts camps for teens this summer
Visual arts, theater and instrumental jazz are on the summer camp agenda at Northern Illinois University this summer. These six-day residential camps for junior and senior high school students are scheduled in July. Campers work with faculty, alumni and students and gain a greater appreciation for the life of an artist.
Theatre Arts Camp Junior, for thespians in grades 6 through 8, is scheduled for July 7 to 12. Theatre Arts Camp Senior, for performers in grades 9 through 12, is scheduled for July 14 to 19. In both camps, students spend the week in rehearsals, classes, individual coaching sessions and theater games. Workshop choices include auditioning, acting, musical theater, stage combat, makeup and lighting and set design. The camps are under the direction of Melanie Parks, who teaches for the NIU School of Theatre and Dance.
Also scheduled the week of July 14 to 19 is NIU Jazz Camp, for instrumentalists in grades 8 through 12 who want to take their jazz playing to the next level. Campers rehearse and perform in a big band, combo or the Latin Jazz Combo. Master classes, concerts, jazz theory, improvisation, jam sessions, sectionals and optional private lessons are part of the daily curriculum. The camp is under the direction of Ron Carter, director of jazz studies at NIU.
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