SYMS: Summer Youth Music School
July 16-21, 2017
(For students who have completed grades *6-8)
*Students who have completed 6th grade may only register as a commuter at Junior SYMS
July 23-August 5, 2017
(For students who have completed grades 9-12)
Guest Conductors 2017
Louise Bears Pajak
Louise Bears Pajak is the middle and high school orchestra director in the Timberlane Regional School District where she instituted the strings program in the early 1980s. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music and a Master of Arts from UNH. We are excited to have her back to direct the string orchestra at Jr. SYMS.
Dr. Thomas Keck
Thomas Keck is Director of Bands at Utah Valley University where he conducts the Wind Symphony, teaches courses in conducting and music education, and oversees all aspects of the band program. Ensembles under his direction have performed for regional conferences of the CBDNA and NAfME. Dr. Keck has presented clinics at state music conventions and has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician with ensembles throughout the United States, as well as the internationally. Dr. Keck has seventeen years of collegiate teaching experience at the universities of Miami, New Hampshire, Georgia, and Ball State.
Dr. Amy Kotsonis
Dr. Amy Kotsonis is Assistant Professor of Choral Ensembles and Music Education at the University of Northern Iowa, where she conducts the UNI Singers, Women's Chorus, chairs the Music Education division, and teaches courses in conducting and music education. She is the Artistic Director of the Metropolitan Chorale in the Cedar Valley, and prior to her appointment at UNI, she served as Assistant Conductor, Director of Workshops, and Satellite School Teacher for the Young People's Chorus of New York City.
Dr. Milt Allen
Dr. Milt Allen has worked with hundreds of schools and thousands of students, directors and community members during his career. He is often credited as being one of the most creative, innovative, inspiring and non-traditional music educators today. Conductor, clinician, speaker, author and tireless advocate on behalf of music education, his passion for reaching more musicians at a grass-roots level drove him to leave a 26-year career in education, including 17 years in the public school, to step outside the traditional rehearsal room to create The Music Guerrilla, allowing him – and eventually others – to harness the power of music through whatever avenues available. Dr. Allen is an educational artist for Jupiter Instruments while also serving as a clinician for the Hal Leonard Corporation and Meredith Music Publications.
Students concentrate on a major instrument or voice part and choose electives to broaden their experience. They associate with talented young musicians who share their excitement about music, and they study with outstanding teachers and freelance artists. Enrollment for certain instruments may be limited.
In addition to concert bands, a variety of choruses, a string orchestra, and a full orchestra, we offer master classes, small ensembles, jazz groups, and other opportunities designed to improve each student's technique and musical understanding. Stimulating and challenging classes are available to students at all levels. Private lessons, at additional cost, are available to interested students.
Students and faculty members give a variety of evening recitals throughout the sessions. Each session concludes with a final concert.
The University of New Hampshire seeks to create a welcoming and inclusive youth program experience for all participants. Reasonable accommodation, consistent with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended, Section 504 and applicable state law, may be requested to support participation of individuals with disabilities in youth camps and other youth activities. If an accommodation is needed for any reason, please contact Cathy Leach, Summer Youth Programs, 603-862-3266 (phone); TTY Users: 7-1-1 (Relay NH); or firstname.lastname@example.org. Accommodation request determinations are made on a case by case basis. Accommodation requests should be made at the time of registration, or as soon as possible thereafter to allow sufficient time for consideration and implementation.