Happy Monday LMC fans! We had a great staff meeting on Sunday (at a snowy Camp Workcoeman, which was different), and we are gearing up and getting ready to make 2017 the greatest season yet!
We wanted to share exciting news with you all: all of the conductors from last summer will be BACK to share their expertise with you again this summer! We couldn't be more pleased :)
Ron Ciasullo (Jazz Band), Gary Partridge (Band), Sarah Bowe (Choir) and Ertan Sener (Orchestra) are all looking forward to working with you again! Check out our posts from last year for more specific details about our wonderful guest conductors.
We hope to have our registration officially open later this week, so stay tuned for an official announcement!
Hellooooooooo Laurel Music Camp! We hope you are all having a wonderful school year and a jolly start to the holiday season! We have some exciting news to share with you regarding the preparations for our 75th Anniversary coming up in 2019, and we need your help:
The Laurel Music Camp, Inc. 75th Anniversary Committee is seeking artists and graphic artists to create an image to be used as a logo to represent the 75th anniversary celebration of Laurel Music Camp, Inc.
Laurel Music Camp, Inc. is a non-profit organization in the State of Connecticut that provides a one week camp experience to junior and senior high school students at a camp owned and run by the Boy Scouts of America. It is staffed by volunteer music educators and former campers. Its philosophy is that of “Fellowship Through Music”.
Images/logos are to be submitted in color. If the image has multiple colors, please also include a single color version and a transparency of the image, all in Jpeg, PDF and EPS format along with the attached release to Roberta Prior at RobertaPrior@yahoo.com by no later than January 6, 2017.
Images will be reviewed and selected by the Laurel Music Camp 75th Anniversary Committee where the top three submissions will be to be voted on by the entire LMC voting membership. The artist for the winning logo will receive two complimentary tickets to the LMC 75th Anniversary Concert on June 28, 2019.
We hope everyone has a moment to share their ideas for the logo! Please submit your submissions (along with the below release form) before January 6th... we can't wait to see what you come up with!
We're wishing all of our campers (and staff!) a wonderfully successful school year! Make sure to share one thing you learned at LMC this summer with you classmates and your music director! We can't wait to see you all again next year!
Want to relive the concert all year long? Make sure you grab the concert CD (... and DVD if you wish!) and listen to it over and over and over... check it out on the Soundwaves website here.
Sarah Bowe is currently pursuing a doctorate in Choral Conducting at Louisiana State University where she co-directs the LSU Chamber Singers, mentors undergraduate conductors, teaches undergraduate aural skills for the LSU Music Theory department, and serves as a section leader at St. Alban's Chapel in Baton Rouge. Over the past year she has conducted the LSU Chamber Singers and the LSU Women’s Chorale, and has prepared the LSU Tiger Men’s Glee Club for performance of Mozart’s Requiem.
Sarah holds an MM in Choral Conducting and a BM summa cum laude in Music Education and Music Theory from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her conducting mentors include Dr. E. Wayne Abercrombie, Dr. Tony Thornton, and Dr. John Dickson. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Society for Music Theory, and the American Choral Directors’ Association.
Prior to graduate study, Sarah was an active music educator in Massachusetts and held teaching positions in Winchendon, Woburn (her hometown), and Springfield. Her experience includes work with secondary choir, band, classroom music, and summer theatre productions for students K-12. She is especially passionate about middle school music education, and in her most recent teaching position helped to implement a choral program for at-risk youth in an urban school.
We're excited to have Sarah back to work with our vocalists at camp! We are still looking for MALE VOICES to fill out the choir, as well as trombone, french horn, bassoon and orchestral strings. Only 23 more days until we see your smiling faces at registration!
Gary L. Partridge received his Bachelor of Music Education from The Hartt School, University of Hartford, and his Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Connecticut. He has studied conducting with Larry Rachleff, William Revelli, William Willett, and Alan Gillespie.
Mr. Partridge has retired from Music and Arts Centers where, as an Educational Representative, he managed school accounts and served as an advocate for Music Education in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts for the national company.
In his twenty-two years at Renbrook School in West Hartford, he was Director of Music and conducted the Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble. Both groups annually earned Superior Awards in festivals in the U.S. and Canada. Renbrook School commissioned W. Francis McBeth’s “The Dream Catcher”, and performed the premier of that work in September 1996. The Concert Band appeared at the Connecticut Music Educators Association In-Service Conferences in 1997 and 2001.
He is in his twentieth year as conductor of Capitol Symphonic Winds at the Hartt School. Capitol Symphonic Winds was a featured performing ensemble at the 2004 Connecticut Music Educators Conference.
As Director of Bands at Central Connecticut State University, Mr. Partridge directed the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and the Blue Devil Marching Band from 1985 to 1996. The Blue Devil Marching Band was featured at half-time shows in Foxboro, Massachusetts for the New England Patriots. He was the conductor of the Concert Band at Laurel Music Camp for many years from 1990 to 2003, and is returning to Camp this Summer.
He has conducted numerous All State, Regional, and District Bands throughout the country and is active as an adjudicator and clinician. He continues to adjudicate for Classics Festivals, Heritage Festivals, Music in the Parks, and is a frequent adjudicator for the Rhode Island Music Educators Band Festival. He is a member of many professional organizations, having served the Connecticut Music Educators Association as adjudicator chair for the All State auditions, and as Festival Chair for the Northern Region Middle School Music Festival for twenty years. He is a member of the International Bandmasters Fraternity, Phi Beta Mu.
Gary is a longtime friend of LMC, so we're excited to have his baton back in front of our campers in Weed Lodge! We are still looking for trombone, alto saxophone, orchestral strings and male vocalists to fill out our ensembles. Make sure you get registered soon as spots are filling up fast!!!!!!
HELLO LAUREL MUSIC CAMP! Only 34 more days until the happiest day of the year! We cannot wait to see all of your smiling faces :)
We are finally able to announce the site of our 2016 Concert, and we cannot be more excited to return back to Naugatuck HS! NHS was the home of our LMC concerts for many, many years back in the day. They have recently completed some beautiful renovations to their campus, but more importantly to us their new auditorium will be a fabulous venue for our concert!
Address: 543 Rubber Ave, Naugatuck, CT 06770
Concert starts at 7PM on Friday July 1st
We already have 170 campers and JCs registered to come to camp this year... we're filling up fast! If you haven't registered yet, make sure you head over to our registration page and get it done!
Ron Ciasullo is the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Director of Bands at Cheshire High School in Cheshire, Connecticut. He has taught for 29 years in the Connecticut Public Schools, the last 18 at Cheshire High School. He received his education at The University of Bridgeport where he studied with Neil Slater and Mike Carubia. Mr. Ciasullo’s Jazz program has received honors throughout the state and New England. His groups have performed with some of the biggest names on the jazz scene today including Terell Stafford, Gary Dial, Luis Bonilla, Randy Brecker, Dick Oatts and many others. His responsibilities at Cheshire High School include teaching not only the CHS Jazz Ensemble but also multiple jazz combos, classes in Jazz History, Jazz Improvisation, Music Technology and The History of American Popular Music. He also assists with the CHS Concert and Symphonic Bands. In his spare time he loves spending time with his wife and two children; mentoring both who themselves are on paths to become future educators. Mr. Ciasullo is also an avid student of American history and often travels to visit and study the important places at which pivotal historical events occurred.
Ron is going to have a great first year as our guest Jazz Band conductor up in Griffin with those jazzers. We're excited to hear those funky beats from up the hill! SPACES ARE FILLING UP QUICKLY for this year's camp season, so if you haven't registered yet make sure you get to it! Visit our registration page to get more information!
Maestro Ertan Seyyar Sener is the conductor and musical director of the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, a role he assumed during the 2014-2015 concert season. During the previous season, Mr. Sener served as the guest conductor of the New Britain Symphony for their 65th anniversary celebration concert, “On Time”, during which he led the orchestra in works by Charles Ives, Hayden, and Beethoven.
Mr. Sener, a resident of Simsbury, holds a degree in conducting from the Hartt School of Music. While at the Hartt School, he studied under and was mentored by composer/conductor Gene Young, while William Willett encouraged his connection to music education. Following graduation, Mr. Sener studied in California with prolific American composer, Lou Harrison. His past conducting positions have included president and associate conductor of the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Manchester Symphony.
Mr. Sener has been on the Hartt School Community Division faculty since 1992 and currently teaches music history, theory, and ear training, as well as percussion performance. He is a talented musician as well as a conductor and has performed as percussionist with the Waterbury Symphony, the Wallingford Symphony, the New Britain Symphony, and the New Britain Chorale. Additionally, he founded and performs regularly with Steel Sunrise Steel Drum Band and is the music director of the Simsbury Community Band.
We're excited to have Ertan join us in the boat house this summer; now we just need to fill out the orchestra! How would you like to share an ice cream with a friend at camp? We are still looking for string players, low brass and woodwinds and male voices to fill the limited spaces we have at camp for the 2016 season. If you refer a friend that signs up you both will get a free ice cream on us....it's a win win from the trading post. For questions on the referral program, email our registrar Kim Friend by clicking here.
HELLO LAUREL MUSIC CAMP!!!! We miss you. Really.
We hope your holiday season started off well. We have a gift to share with you: OUR 2016 CONDUCTORS ARE FINALIZED! YOU CAN START GETTING EXCITED!
Unfortunately, Keith is unable to rejoin us this summer due to overlap with other professional responsibilities. But never fear, Gary Partridge is here! Gary is a longtime friend of Laurel Music Camp, having served as the Concert Band guest conductor several times in our history. Gary is currently a Senior Artist Teacher and Director of Capitol Winds at the Hartt School Community Division.
Ron Ciasullo; Director of Jazz Studies, Cheshire HS
- Ron joins us for his very first camp season in the jazz shack! We can't wait to see what those jazzers come up with under his direction.
Sarah Bowe; Pursuing a DMA for Choral Conducting at Louisiana State
- Sarah liked us! She really liked us! She'll be back for her second camp season this year. She just finished up her Master's degree at UMASS, and she's keeping busy at LSU where she is Assistant Graduate Conductor of the Tiger Glee Club and the LSU Chamber Singers.
Ertan Sener, Conductor of the New Britain Symphony, Music Director of the Simsbury Community Band
- Ertan joins us for his very first season at camp after seeing many of us enjoy a week in the woods over the years. We hope his new home in the boat house will suit him well.
Keep your eyes pealed for more in-depth profiles of our conductors AND for our official opening of registration!
This summer, our week ending concert will be back at East Hartford Middle School. This is a great concert facility in central CT; our 2013 concert was held at this venue. The concert is on Friday July 3rd at 7PM.
EHMS is located at 777 Burnside Avenue East Hartford CT 06108.
We still have some instrumentation needs to fill out our ensembles:
- TUBAS!!! (we know you are out there!)
- Tenor and Bari Sax
- Male Voices (Tenor/Bass)
- ALL ORCHESTRAL STRINGS!!!
If you haven't had a chance to register yet OR you have a friend that plays one of these instruments, GET ON IT! Sign up over at our REGISTRATION PAGE!
Have a great day! :)
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