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Bob Jones University

Senior Music

Senior Music camp is closed for this year. Check back again next year!

You’ll experience a well-rounded program and choose one of the specialized band, choral, composition, handbell, harp, keyboard or strings tracks. Keyboard tracks can choose piano only, piano/composition, piano/handbells or piano/organ. Get private and large group lessons as well as the opportunity to perform in recitals and concerts at the end of the week.

You’ll benefit from daily devotionals and Bible challenge sessions that will strengthen your faith and help develop a biblical worldview. Camp instructors will demonstrate how you can glorify God by using each new skill.

Tracks

Band or String Orchestra

Campers will be challenged to stretch their musical skills in band or string orchestra rehearsals and small ensemble rehearsals. Daily music electives, workshops and masterclasses will provide additional focus with all sessions taught by professional musicians from BJU’s Department of Instrumental Studies.

Band requirements: Campers must be capable of performing grade III and IV band literature and have a minimum of at least two years’ experience on their instrument.

String requirements: Campers must be working on literature comparable to the end of Suzuki Vol. 4 and play competently in third and fourth positions.

Activities

• Audition upon arrival for chair placement. • Rehearse daily and perform in the Symphonic Band or Symphony Strings. • Begin and end each day with a large group rehearsal. • Receive daily individualized coaching in small ensembles, sectionals and workshops. • Study one-on-one with inspiring faculty who are active performers in their field. • Sing with other music campers in the combined camp choir. • Choose from a dozen elective music classes to explore areas outside your main performance medium. • Broaden your musical understanding through daily music appreciation classes. • Enjoy a number of exciting recreation options each evening, including our famous team competitions at week’s end.

Campers may take an extended private lesson for an extra charge of $15. Please indicate on the reservation form if you wish to take an extended private lesson.

Choral

Campers will benefit from large-group experience in the select, mixed choir with several rehearsals daily, in addition to singing in the combined camp choir. Each evening will focus on Drama in Music sessions in preparation for a performance in the final Friday concerts. All rehearsals and sessions are taught by professional musicians from BJU’s Department of Vocal Studies.

Activities

• Receive daily individual attention in private lessons, masterclasses and small and large ensembles. • Choose from a dozen elective music classes to explore areas outside your main performance medium. • Broaden your musical understanding through daily music appreciation classes. • Enjoy a number of exciting recreation options each evening, including our famous team competitions at week’s end.

Campers may take an extended private lesson for an extra charge of $15. Please indicate on the reservation form if you wish to take an extended private lesson.

Composition

Campers interested in composition will choose the composition/piano track under the Keyboard division. They will enjoy daily coaching in composing and arranging music in the areas of keyboard, choral and/or instrumental. Campers are encouraged to bring compositions or arrangements they are currently working on. Combo track campers will also receive piano instruction in private lessons and group piano instruction in masterclasses and workshops. A computer lab with Finale music software will be available for all campers.

Activities

• Receive one-on-one and group coaching with inspiring faculty who are active composers in their field. • Enjoy built-in personal composing time. • Have access to computer lab with the latest notation software. • Sing with other music campers in the combined camp choir. • Choose from a dozen elective music classes to explore areas outside your main performance medium. • Broaden your musical understanding through daily music appreciation classes. • Receive piano instruction in private lessons and group instruction in masterclasses and workshops. • Enjoy a number of exciting recreation options each evening, including our famous team competitions at week’s end.

Handbells

Campers interested in handbells will choose either the handbell only track or the handbell/piano combo track under the Keyboard division during the week of July 22-27. Campers will explore different positions in both a full choir and small ensembles using more than six octaves of handbells and five and a half octaves of chimes. They will also study a variety of musical styles and techniques, such as four-in-hand, weaving, mallets, ringing multiple bass bells, bell trees and solo ringing.

Individual ringers, partial groups and full choirs are welcome. Handbell experience and equipment aren't required, but campers but must be able to read standard music notation.

Activities

• Receive daily individual attention in private and small group classes. • Sing with other music campers in the combined camp choir. • Choose from a dozen elective music classes to explore areas outside your main performance medium. • Broaden your musical understanding through daily music appreciation classes. • Receive piano instruction in private lessons and group instruction in masterclasses and workshops. • Enjoy a number of exciting recreation options each evening, including our famous team competitions at week’s end.

Harp

Campers will experience the excitement of rehearsing and performing in small and large harp ensembles in addition to receiving individual attention in private lessons taught by BJU’s harp faculty.

Requirements: Campers must be able to perform pieces comparable to Harp Olympics Stage 2 or Sylvia Woods publications Level B or above, have working knowledge of pedals and levers, and be familiar with three-octave scales with both hands.

Activities

• Participate in a full schedule of ensembles and masterclasses. • Sing with other music campers in the combined camp choir. • Choose from a dozen elective music classes to explore areas outside your main performance medium. • Broaden your musical understanding through daily music appreciation classes. • Enjoy a number of exciting recreation options each evening, including our famous team competitions at week’s end.

A limited number of pedal harps may be rented for $75, lever harps for $50. Please email ahead for availability.

Keyboard

Campers will choose one specialized keyboard track.

Piano-only track

Designed for campers with a minimum three years’ experience up through advanced.

Combined organ/piano track

Campers without previous organ training should be able to play Bach Two-part Inventions as well as sonatas by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert or Beethoven on the piano. Combo track campers will also receive piano instruction in private lessons and group piano instruction in masterclasses and workshops.

This track includes private organ lessons and sessions on service-playing and registration in addition to related topics and activities for organists.

Combined composition/piano track

Campers are encouraged to bring staff paper and pencils or a computer with notation software. A computer lab with Finale music software will be available for all campers. Combo track campers will also receive piano instruction in private lessons and group piano instruction in masterclasses and workshops.

Combined handbell/piano track

Campers do not need specific handbell experience but must be able to read standard music notation. Combo track campers will also receive piano instruction in private lessons and group piano instruction in masterclasses and workshops.

Activities

• Receive coaching in solo and ensemble performances and hymn playing • Enjoy private lessons with BJU’s piano and organ faculty and a variety of keyboard-related workshops and masterclasses. • Attend keyboard-specific recitals and seminars, and perform in recitals • Sing with all the other music campers in the combined camp choir. • Choose from a dozen elective music classes to explore areas outside your main performance medium. • Broaden your musical understanding through daily music appreciation classes. • Enjoy a number of exciting recreation options each evening including our famous team competitions at week’s end.

Activities

  • Rehearse and perform with the Symphonic Band or Symphony Strings.
  • Strengthen and stretch your musical knowledge and skills.
  • Build friendships with peers who share your passion for music.
  • Grow spiritually through devotions and Bible challenges.
  • Sing with all other music campers in the combined camp choir.
  • Be inspired by studying one-on-one with faculty that are active performers in their field.
  • Perform in Friday morning recital and afternoon concert.
  • Leave camp motivated, excited and ready for new challenges.


Camp Details

Auditions

Auditions will be held on Sunday afternoon immediately following check-in to allow instructors to know where campers are in musical development. Auditions are also campers' opportunity for chair placement in the string orchestra and band.

With the exception of handbells and composition, all campers should bring a prepared solo or etude and will also be asked to sight-read.

Instrument Rental

A limited number of band or string instruments are available for rental for $10 for the week (no fee for use of percussion instruments). A limited number of pedal harps may be rented for $75, lever harps for $50. Please email ahead for availability.

Private lesson

Private lessons are included in the curriculum in the keyboard and harp tracks. Campers in the band, strings or choral tracks will receive one short private lesson, but campers in these tracks may take an extended private lesson for an extra charge of $15. Please indicate on the reservation form if you wish to take an extended private lesson as part of the band, strings or choral track.

Recitals/Concert

Camp will conclude with a series of recitals and concerts on Friday. Attire for the Friday concerts will be normal camp attire along with the camp shirt provided at check-in. These final performances are free and open to the public. • Individuals and small groups from the piano, string, harp, voice and handbell divisions will perform on Friday at 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. • Large groups from all music camp divisions will perform a final concert in Stratton Hall on Friday from 2–3:30 p.m.

Sample Schedule

8:30 a.m. Bible challenge
9:15 a.m. Large group rehearsals / Piano classes
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Music electives Camp choir
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1–4 p.m. Workshops / Masterclasses / Sectionals
4 p.m. Music Appreciation
4:45 p.m. Dinner
5:30–7 p.m. Large group rehearsals / Piano classes/Workshops

(Exact times and session content may vary.)

General Information

Arrival/Departure

When to Arrive

Camp check-in for all campers is on Sunday between 2-4 p.m. at the Welcome Center.

Day camp drop-off each day will be from 8-8:30 a.m. at the Welcome Center.

What to do When You Arrive

When you arrive on campus, follow the signs to the Welcome Center to check in. Our camp counselors will give you your camp schedule and camp T-shirt. If you have a camp balance, you can take care of it at this time.

When to Depart

Day Camp pick-up each day will be from 4:30-5 p.m. in the Welcome Center. Camps generally end on Friday at noon. Check your specific camp schedule for times of final presentations, performances or concerts that may take place after noon on Friday.

Day Campers

Day campers must live in or stay with family in the immediate Greenville area.

Campers may be required to be on campus from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on camp days. Check your camp schedule for specific details.

Day campers can also enjoy a fun highlight of our camp experience, the Bruins Bash, on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Lunch and dinner are included in the camp cost.

What to Bring

What to Bring

Phones may be used at certain time during the week of camp depending upon activities.

A modest amount of spending money is suggested for The Den, vending machines and Bruins Shop.

Girls: One-piece swimsuit or two-piece swimsuit covering the midriff are appropriate for optional swim times at the campus pool.

Guys: Swim trunks are appropriate for optional swim times at the campus pool.

Please note: BJU cannot be responsible for money, valuables or personal articles.

Overnight Campers:

  • Twin bedding or a sleeping bag and pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Towels and shower shoes
  • Bible

What to Wear

Girls: For general camp activities, knee-length shorts or loose pants (yoga-type pants would not be appropriate) are normal camp attire. Tank tops, low cut tops, or crop top styles will not be permitted. For those wishing to take part in any water activities, please bring dark, loose clothing.

Guys: For general camp activities, shorts or pants with a T-shirt are normal camp attire. For those wishing to take part in any water activities, please bring dark, loose clothing.

Accommodations

Lunch will be served in our dining common in an all-you-can-eat buffet style. Any food concerns (allergies, diet restrictions, etc.) can be noted in the online registration form.

Camp Director

Paul Jantz

Paul Jantz

Paul Jantz is the director of brass studies and director of musical activities in the School of Fine Arts and Communication at BJU. He performs with the BJU Symphony Orchestra and conducts the University's Trombone Choir and Brass Choir. He has been involved with summer music camps and church instrumental music programs for more than 40 years.

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