Music Composition Explorations Workshop Online

Composition students at summer camp

MUSIC COMPOSITION EXPLORATIONS WORKSHOP ONLINE

Part of Summer Music Intensive Week!

The primary goal of “Composition Explorations” is to challenge and inspire creative and musically advanced high school students enrolled in this virtual program during the week of June 15-19. Students will share creative ideas, learn how to better develop their compositional skill, improve their listening skills, and participate in performances and discussions of their own works. Additional topics will include enhancing their knowledge of music history and theory through daily structured listening sessions.

IMPORTANT: In order to best evaluate a student’s preparedness for this program, all registrants must send one letter of recommendation and a sample of one musical composition to: Professor Mark Camphouse, mcamphou@gmu.edu

 

Ages:  13 – 18
Dates:  June 15 – 19, 2020
Times:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm (M-F)
Tuition:  $425
Location:  Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)

 

Daily Schedule

9:00 am– 12:00 pm
Online Lecture and Discussions
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Special Topics and Presentations
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Individual and Small Group Check-ins with Professor Camphouse
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Group Wrap-up and Review

 

Requirements

 

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PROGRAM FACULTY


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Instructor: Mark Camphouse
Mason School of Music Professor
Read about Professor Camphouse

A product of the rich cultural life of Chicago, composer-conductor Mark Camphouse was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1954. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Northwestern University where he studied composition with the late Alan Stout, conducting with John P. Paynter, and trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz. A scholarship from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago enabled Professor Camphouse to study trumpet privately for two years with legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet, Adolph Herseth.

Professor Camphouse began composing at an early age, with the Colorado Philharmonic premiering his First Symphony when he was 17. His 30 published works for wind band have received widespread critical acclaim and are performed frequently in the US and abroad in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Symphony Center-Chicago, Royal Albert Hall-London, and conferences of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, American Bandmasters Association, and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Principal commissions include those by the William D. Revelli Foundation, The US Army Band, The US Marine Band, Northshore Concert Band, Tara Winds, and Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. Recent guest conducting engagements include those with the Houston Symphony Brass Ensemble, United States Air Force Band, NAfME All-National Honor Concert Band, and Banda de Conciertos de San Jose (Costa Rica).

Professor Camphouse has served as guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician in 43 states, Canada, Europe, and China. He was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 1999 and has served as founding coordinator of the National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project since 2000. He conceived and edited the unique 4-volume book series for GIA Publications, Composers on Composing for Band. His 5th book with GIA Publications (Whatsoever Things … The Life and Teachings of John P. Paynter) was published in 2014.

The 2017-2018 academic year marks his 40th year of full-time teaching in higher education. In 2006, Professor Camphouse joined the faculty of George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia) where he serves as Director of Concert Bands, conductor of the wind symphony, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, conducting, orchestration, and analysis. Other principal artistic, teaching, and administrative positions have included serving as Music Director and Conductor of the New Mexico Music Festival at Taos Symphony Orchestra, Associate Director and Music Division Head of the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts, Acting Dean of Music of New World School for the Arts in Miami, and Interim Director of the George Mason University School of Music.

Professor Camphouse attained regional finalist status in the prestigious White House Fellowship Competition in 1993. In 2002, he received an Outstanding Faculty Award sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the Commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s colleges and universities for demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and public service. In 2011, Professor Camphouse received the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Award in recognition of and appreciation for valuable contributions to the growth and development of the modern college/university band in the field of composition. In 2015, Professor Camphouse received the Outstanding Contributor to Music Award from Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. Mark Camphouse has been married to Elizabeth Ann Curtis (Executive Director of the Mason Community Arts Academy) since 1982. They have twin daughters, Beth and Briton.

 

 

TESTIMONIALS


“I loved working with Professor Camphouse!” – Music Composition Explorations Summer Workshop 2017 Participant

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“My favorite part was the teacher and the other students.” – Music Composition Explorations Summer Workshop 2017 Participant

“I really enjoyed the actual composition class every morning – discussions were great!” – Music Composition Explorations Summer Workshop 2017 Participant

 

 

 

 

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