SEMINAR 2016, Western Michigan University’s summer music camp for high school students, celebrates its 65th year when students from eight states, South America, and China convene on July 10 on the WMU campus for the two-week program.

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SEMINAR is unique in that it focuses on chamber music, providing opportunities for students to perform in small ensembles in addition to daily participation in either band, orchestra, or choir.

Over 100 students from Michigan, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin, China, and Honduras have been selected by audition to participate in the program which begins July 10 and ends July 23.

Each participant is enrolled in one of seven seminars: string, woodwind, brass, percussion, piano, voice, or composition. During their stay at WMU the high school students study music theory and music literature, take private lessons, maintain a rigorous rehearsal schedule, and perform in both large and small ensemble concerts which are open to the public, free of charge (see list below). All music performed during SEMINAR 2016 will be learned and prepared during the two-week program.


Sunday 17 July, 9:45 a.m. — For the 48th year, the SEMINAR Brass Choir and Concert Choir will provide music for a morning worship service, held this year at beautiful First Baptist Church on Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo (315 West Michigan Avenue).

Sunday 17 July, 4 p.m. — A concert including the Woodwind Choir and string chamber music ensembles in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Thursday 21 July, 7 p.m. — Pianists will present a public recital in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Friday 22 July, 7:30 p.m. — SEMINAR 2016 Large Ensemble Concert will feature the wind ensemble, concert choir, and string orchestra performing in WMU’s Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Saturday 23 July, 10:30 a.m. — SEMINAR 2016 will conclude with a festival of five simultaneous chamber music concerts in WMU’s Dalton Center (string, woodwind, brass and percussion, vocal/choral, and piano).

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