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Registration is open for summer art, jazz and theater camps at NIU

Northern Illinois University offers music, theater and art residential camps for junior high and high school students. Registration is underway.
Northern Illinois University offers music, theater and art residential camps for junior high and high school students. Registration is underway.

Theater, visual arts and instrumental jazz are on the summer camp agenda at Northern Illinois University this summer.

At Summer in the Arts at Northern residential camps for junior high and high school students, campers work and live with NIU faculty, alumni and students, gain a greater appreciation for the life of an artist, and experience their art as never before.

NIU Jazz Camp and Theatre Arts Camp Junior are scheduled for July 9 through 14. 

NIU Jazz Camp attracts 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 Latin jazz combo, preparing for the final day concert. Master classes, concerts, jazz theory, improvisation, jam sessions, sectionals and optional private lessons are all part of the daily curriculum. The camp is under the direction of Geof Bradfield, noted saxophonist and jazz studies faculty member at NIU.

Theatre Arts Camp Junior is designed for theater buffs who have completed grades 6 through 9. Campers enjoy daily classes, individual coaching sessions, theater games and rehearsals for the final day performance. Workshop choices include auditioning, acting, musical theater, stage combat, makeup and more. Camp director Nathan Wyman is professor of theater at William Jewell College near Kansas City.

Visual Arts Camp and Theatre Arts Camp Senior are scheduled for July 16 through 21.

Visual Arts Camp, for artists in grades 8 through 12, is an exciting and diverse creative art experience. Campers enjoy two daily in-depth studio sessions, choosing from a wide variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional classes. Camp activities also include talks by professional artists, open studio time, and a gala art show on the final day. This camp is directed by Lynn Stockton, NIU alumna and award-winning art teacher at Jefferson High School in Rockford.

Theatre Arts Camp Senior is an intensive program for students who have completed grades 9 through 12. Senior campers spend the week in rehearsals, classes and individual coaching sessions, honing skills and preparing for the final day performance. Workshop choices include auditioning, acting, musical theater, stage combat, makeup and lighting and set design. Camp director is Nathan Wyman, professor of theater at William Jewell College near Kansas City.

Campers sleep and eat in newly renovated Gilbert Residence Hall, located near the NIU Music and Art buildings. A variety of evening recreational activities include bowling, basketball, movies, talent shows and more.

Early registrations, postmarked or received before June 1, receive a $60 camp fee discount. Returning campers save an additional $25. Need-based scholarship applications are being accepted through May 1.

These popular camps fill quickly, so early registration is advised. For more information, call 815-753-1450. More information about the camps, scholarships and registration forms are all available on the website at www.niu.edu/extprograms/summer-camps/index.shtml.

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