CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: May 28, 1999
Students in All-State Music Camp will present free
concerts at UI June 12, 16, 18
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Students participating in the All-State
Music Camp will present three free concerts during the camp, which will take
place June 6-18 at the University of Iowa School of Music in Iowa City.
The camp's large ensembles -- the concert bands, orchestra
and mixed choir -- will present their concerts at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12
and at 7 p.m. Friday, June 18 in Clapp Recital Hall. The jazz bands and madrigal/jazz
choir will present a concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 16 in Clapp Recital
All music camp concerts are free and open to the public.
Nearly 240 talented instrumentalists and vocalists of
high-school and junior-high age will participate in the 1999 All-State Music
The top band, the Gold Band, will be directed by Dale
J. Lonis, director of bands at the University of Missouri in Columbia and
Major Mark Peterson of the US Air Force Bands in Washington, D.C.
The bands for younger students, the Red Band and Black
Band, will be directed by four outstanding Iowa band directors: John Aboud,
from Algona High School in Algona; James Bawden, from North Scott Junior High
School in Eldridge; Leon Kuehner, from Hampton-Dumont High School in Hampton;
and David Lang, from Independence High School in Independence.
The orchestra will be conducted by Steven Amundson from
St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and William LaRue Jones, the conductor
of the UI Symphony Orchestra.
The chorus will be conducted by William Hatcher of the
UI and Richard Bjella from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. The madrigal/jazz
choir will be conducted by Daniel Afonso, a doctoral student and graduate
assistant in the UI School of Music.
The jazz bands will be led by John Rapson, director of
the jazz studies are at the UI, and Bob Long from Valley High School in West
The All-State Music Camp, sponsored by the UI School of
Music and directed by UI Hawkeye Marching Band Director Kevin Kastens, provides
a variety of performing experiences for talented young musicians who have
completed grades 8-12. All participants were recommended by their school music
teachers. In addition to the ensemble rehearsals and performances, classes
are offered in music theory, music appreciation, musical forms and ideas,
organ, jazz improvisation, choral and instrumental conducting, and double-reed
making for oboe and bassoon players. Many students also take private lessons
with UI artist-teachers.