A new wave of excitement and energy is coming to North Campus, in the form of some 200 high school students, arriving over the month of July, for the 2011 MPulse Summer Performing Arts Camp. Faculty from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance will lead them in two- to three-week intensives in wind instruments, jazz, musical theatre, percussion, dance, performing arts technology, vocal arts, harp, and theatre and drama.
“I love teaching at MPulse every summer and seeing young talented students come from all across the country,” says Chad Burrow, heads up the clarinet institute. “It is quite remarkable to see all of the growth that can happen over a two-week intensive program.”
New this summer is the Jazz Institute, created by popular demand. “It's exciting to be a part of the first summer jazz program in school history,” says Andrew Bishop, saxophonist and faculty member in Jazz and Improvisation Studies. “I’m especially excited about the saxophone workshop with my amazing colleague and legendary saxophone teacher Donald Sinta.”
At MPulse, high school students have a chance to work with faculty like Adam Unsworth, who came to SMTD from the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2007. "I'm excited to meet and work with the MPulse 2011 class of horn players,” Unsworth says. “It's fun to give these young musicians a two-week preview of what the School of Music, Theatre and Dance has to offer.”
MPulse students, most of whom are considering college study in these areas, stay in North Campus residence halls, getting a first-hand taste of daily life at a University and exposure to the rigorous training provided by the School.
For information on all programs offered through MPulse, visit their Web site.