Community School plans summer arts camps

Community School of the ArtsVisual arts, theater and instrumental jazz are on the summer camp agenda at NIU.

These six-day residential camps for junior and senior high school students are scheduled in July. Campers work with faculty, alumni and students and gain a greater appreciation for the life of an artist.

Theatre Arts Camp Junior is scheduled July 7 to July 12. Thespians in sixth- through eighth-grade spend the week in rehearsals, classes, individual coaching sessions and theater games.

Campers have many workshop choices, including auditioning, acting, musical theatre, stage combat, make-up, and lighting and set design. This camp, along with Theatre Arts Camp Senior, is under the direction of Melanie Parks, who teaches for the NIU School of Theatre and Dance.

A trio of camps is scheduled for July 14 to 19.

NIU Jazz Camp is for instrumentalists in eighth- through 12th-grade who want to take their jazz playing to the next level.

Campers rehearse and perform in a big band, combo, or the Latin Jazz Combo. Master classes, concerts, jazz theory, improvisation, jam sessions, sectionals and optional private lessons are part of the daily curriculum. The camp is under the direction of Ron Carter, director of jazz studies at NIU.

Community School of the ArtsThespians in ninth- through 12th-grade can enjoy Theatre Arts Camp Senior. Spend the week in rehearsals, classes, individual coaching sessions and theater games. Campers have many workshop choices, including auditioning, acting, musical theater, stage combat, make-up and lighting and set design.

Visual Arts Camp, for artists in eighth- through 12th-grade, is an exciting and diverse creative art experience. Campers enjoy two in-depth studio sessions each day in their choice of a wide variety two-dimensional and three-dimensional classes. The day also includes talks by professional artists and open studio time.

This camp is directed by Lynn Stockton, NIU alumna and award-winning art teacher at Jefferson High School in Rockford.

All campers sleep and eat in newly refurbished residential halls on campus and enjoy a variety of evening recreational activities that include bowling, basketball and movies.

Northern Illinois University camp scholarships are available; applications are due by May 1.

These popular camps fill quickly; early registration is advised. For more information, call (815) 753-1450.

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