More than 1,000 students and school band directors are expected to attend next week's Music for All Summer Symposium in Muncie. The Indianapolis-based organization describes it as the nation's largest weeklong summer music camp for students and teachers. June 18, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS – Central Indiana will again host the largest national weeklong summer music camp for students and teachers, June 21-28 at Ball State University in Muncie. Music for All, one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations in support of music education, will return to Muncie for the fourth summer with its Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha.
More than 1,000 high school band and orchestra students and high school and middle school band directors are expected at the 39th annual Symposium. The full week camp is June 23-28. The Symposium also offers a weekend of student leadership training June 21-23.
The Symposium typically brings together student musicians and educators from as many as 35 states and abroad. High school students learn from top music educators in tracks that include concert band, marching band, jazz band, orchestra, percussion, color guard and drum major. High school and middle school band directors and instructors can choose from several educators’ tracks that hone their professional skills. Student leadership training is a theme that runs throughout all divisions of the Symposium.
The evening concert series of world-class artists and events sets the Music for All Summer Symposium apart. This year’s evening concert and event series includes:
• Yamaha Young Performing Artists — Monday, June 23, 8 p.m. at Emens Auditorium
• Atlantic Brass Quintet — Tuesday, June 24, 8 p.m. at Emens Auditorium
• Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — Wednesday, June 25, 8 p.m. at Emens Auditorium
• Christian Howes and Southern Exposure, presented by Yamaha — Thursday, June 26, 8 p.m. at Emens Auditorium
• Drum Corps International Central Indiana — Friday, June 27, 7 p.m. at Scheumann Stadium
The evening concerts are open to the public. The Yamaha Young Performing Artists concert is general admission balcony seating, and no ticket is required. Atlantic Brass Quintet, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Christian Howes and Southern Exposure performances are reserved balcony seating, pricing coming soon. Children 10 and under are free. Tickets for the Emens Auditorium performances can be purchased at www.musicforall.org or by calling 800.848.BAND. Drum Corps International ticket prices range from $25-$30. Groups of 20 or more receive a $5 discount on seats in selected sections. Visit www.dci.org or call 317.275.1212 to purchase tickets for the DCI show.
The Symposium is supported locally by Muncie Music Center. More information on the Summer Symposium is available at www.musicforall.org or by calling 800-848-BAND.
Music for All’s efforts are supported through sponsorships, including current partnerships with National Presenting Sponsor, Yamaha Corporation of America; Official Uniform Sponsor, Fred J. Miller, Inc.; Official Student Travel Partner, Music Travel Consultants; Corporate Sponsors: Wenger Corporation, Texas Dairy Queen®, Visit Indy and the City of Indianapolis, Vic Firth Company and Zildjian; Strategic Advocacy Partner, NAMM; Associate Sponsors: Vandoren, Delivra, Remo, Inc., SmartMusic, The Woodwind & Brasswind and Director’s Showcase International. Music for All is also supported by the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Ball Brothers Foundation, George and Frances Ball Foundation, and Lilly Endowment Inc..
About Music for All
Music for All (MFA) is one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations in support of active music making. Since 1975, MFA, through its Bands of America and Orchestra America programs, has been a destination and set the standard for scholastic music ensemble performance and music education advocacy. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, MFA’s mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. MFA’s vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for active music-making in their scholastic environment. MFA’s programs include 20+ annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching band, the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers, the Music for All National Festival for concert bands, orchestra, jazz and percussion ensembles and national honor bands and orchestras.Source: Music For All