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NIU offers arts camps for teens this summer

Published: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

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.

The same week, artists in grades 8 through 12 can experience Visual Arts Camp. Campers enjoy two daily in-depth studio sessions in their choice of a wide variety two-dimensional and three-dimensional classes. The day also includes talks by professional artists and open studio time. This camp is directed by Lynn Stockton, NIU alumna and award-winning art teacher at Jefferson High School in Rockford.

Campers sleep and eat in newly refurbished residential halls on campus and enjoy a variety of evening recreational activities that include bowling, basketball and movies.

General camp fees are $505 before June 1 and $565 after June 1. Visual Arts Camp has an additional supplies fee. Discounts are available to returning campers and to children and grandchildren of NIU faculty, staff and students. Camp scholarships are available; applications are due by May 1.

These camps fill quickly, so early registration is advised. For more information, call 815-753-1450 or visit www.artscamps.niu.edu.

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