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University of Iowa News Release


June 18, 2009

Local students attend percussion and piano camp at University of Iowa

Forty-five students from Iowa, Illinois and Florida are participating in the Iowa Summer Music Camp percussion and piano programs June 14-19 at the University of Iowa School of Music.

The students in the camp will present free public concert/demonstrations at the end of the camp at 7 p.m. Friday, June 19. The percussion students will perform in Room 180 of the UI Museum of Art building, and piano students will perform in Macbride Hall Auditorium on the UI Pentacrest. Both performances are free and open to the public.

Local students from (name of school) attending the camps are (names, grades and camp program listed below):

The percussion camp is taught by Dan Moore, area head of percussion in the UI School of Music, and Mat Britain, a Nashville recording artist. Students in the camp explore a wide variety of topics including concert, marching, jazz and world percussion.

Teachers at the piano camp are UI School of Music faculty members Alan Huckleberry and Rene Lecuona. Campers receive daily piano lessons with Huckleberry and Lecuona as attend classes in music theory and piano literature.

The Iowa Summer Music Camp is sponsored by the UI School of Music and directed by Kevin Kastens, who also directs the UI Hawkeye Marching Band. It offers a variety of musical experiences for talented young musicians who have completed grades 8-12. All participants were recommended by their school music teachers.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that young people from your readership participated in the piano or percussion programs of the 2009 Iowa Summer Music Camp at the UI School of Music. Information is listed alphabetically by town and high school, with Iowa towns listed first. After the town names, the name of the schools appear, followed by students' names, grade in school and the specific camp they are attending.


Altoona: Southeast Polk Jr. High School - Hope Metts, freshman, percussion

Amana: Clear Creek Amana High School - Alex Hamilton, junior, percussion

Ankeny: Ankeny High School - William Xie, junior, piano

Bettendorf: Pleasant Valley High School - Paolo Mondadori, senior, piano

Pleasant Valley Jr. High School -- Kevin Li, freshman, piano

Burlington: James Madison Middle School - Rachel Schupick, freshman, piano

Cedar Rapids: Linn Mar High School - Kyle Schellhorn, junior, percussion

Trinity Lutheran School - Nathan Benya, freshman, percussion

Coralville: North Central Jr. High School -Zach Miller, freshman, percussion

Northwest Jr. High School - HaRin Lee, freshman, piano

West High School - Curtis Boysen, junior, percussion; Tom Elleson, sophomore, percussion; Al Garcia-Lair, sophomore, percussion

Davenport: Sudlow Intermediate School - Albert Chen, eighth grade, piano

Decorah: Decorah High School - Erik Bay, senior, percussion

Fulton: Fulton High School - David Olsen, senior, percussion

Independence: Independence High School - Tony Barker, senior, piano

Iowa City: City High School - Zane Lubaroff, freshman, percussion; Kelly McNeilly, sophomore, piano; Rebecca Russell, junior, piano; Derek Schwab, senior, piano

West High School - Erica Segre, sophomore, piano

Northwest Jr. High School -- Ryan Craven, freshman, percussion; Jon Ealy, eighth grade, percussion; Gil Phelps, freshman, percussion; Shirley Wang, eighth grade, piano

South East Jr. High School - Will Lubaroff, sophomore, piano; Matt Ronnfeldt, freshman, piano
West Branch High School - Brianna De Jong, sophomore, piano

West High School - Andre De Groot, junior, percussion; Joe Henderson, sophomore, piano; Nick Mirr, sophomore, percussion

Kellogg: Lynnville-Sully High School - Sam Wenndt, junior, percussion

Lancaster: Schyler R-1 High School - Ben Gibson, graduate, percussion

Lowden: North Cedar Middle School - Andy Middler, eighth grade, percussion

Marion: homeschooled - Alyssa Yarbrough, junior, piano

North Liberty: West High School - Sam O'Brien, freshman, percussion

Preston: Fillmore Central High School - Jamie Mathison, junior, percussion

Sioux City: North High School -- Neil Vezeau, sophomore, percussion

Swea City: North Sentral Kossuth High School - Alex Johnson, senior, percussion

West Branch: West Branch High School - Molly Whiteside, senior, percussion

West Des Moines: Valley High School - Tessa Johnson, junior, piano
Takashi Yanagi, sophomore, piano


Orlando: Carl Sandberg High School - Becky Maher, graduate, percussion


Elmhurst: Yorn High School - Lauren Mola, junior, percussion

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,