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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, April 30, 2007


The PMC Quick Note is a weekly service provided to all area directors.  It is part of our mission to support the lives of band directors across the Midwest.  The weekly Quick Note contains helpful tips and suggestions from area directors, spotlights on area college and university band programs, calendars of upcoming events, advocacy articles promoting music education, links to helpful web resources, and much more.  Comments, suggestions, ideas, and articles are always welcome.


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News From The Midwest Clinic
In 2003, the Midwest Clinic began placing streaming videos of concert selections on our website for viewing throughout the following year.  Each year since this very successful program has created a resource library of almost one-hundred pieces for use by educators and attendees around the world.  

We are happy to announce that ten selections from the 2006 Web Archive are now available as video Podcasts.  Unlike streaming videos, these files can be downloaded to your computer's hard drive or your video iPod and played repeatedly.  (They will not work on audio-only iPods.)  Please visit and look for the green apple icon to find instructions on obtaining these files. 

The countdown to the 2007 Midwest Clinic stands at 232 days.  A very strong schedule of events is taking shape, and we will be announcing the clinic sessions in early May.  Please visit our homepage ( for all the information pertaining to this year's conference.

Darcy A. Nendza
Associate Director - The Midwest Clinic

Scholarship Available from MWBDA
The Missouri Women Band Directors Association has grant money available to assist a first year band director with expenses associated with attending the Missouri Bandmasters' Association Conference in June.   The grant application is on our website at

--Kelley Head

Summer Music Camp Opportunities
This is the second and final week that we will post a list of summer music camps available to your students. There are many wonderful opportunities for your students to study music this summer. Camps across the midwest offer wonderful ensembles, clinics, sectionals, lessons, and activities at reasonable prices.

  Click for the Bands Alive 2007 Application Click for the Bands Alive 2007 Brochure Missouri State University Bands Alive Summer Music Camp
The Auxiliary Camp runs from Thursday, June 21-24, 2007. The Concert Band Camp runs from Monday, July 16-20, 2007. Fees for the concert camp are $279 and the auxiliary camp costs $229. Campers will be housed in the University residence halls. Meals will be served in the University dining centers. Campers will receive a Bands Alive 2007 t-shirt. For more information, view the camp brochure or camp application.

View the Mizzou Band Camp website

University of Missouri-Columbia Summer Band Camp
The Mizzou Junior High Band Camp will be held on June 10-15, 2007 and the High School Band Camp will run June 17-22, 2007. Ninth graders may attend either or both camps. Residential cost includes tuition, a camp t-shirt, rooming in the residence halls, and all meals. Commuter cost includes tuition, a camp t-shirt and lunch. This year MBC is offering courses in basic band conducting, world music and percussion in addition to music appreciation and theory. Fees are $380 for JH residents and $240 for JH commuters; fees are $430 for HS residents and $240 for HS commuters. For more information, visit the Mizzou Band Camp website.
  Click to visit the UCM Music Camp 07 Website University of Central Missouri Music Camp
The UCM Music Camp 07 runs from June 3-8, 2007. The on-campus fees are $340 and commuter fees are $190. A UCM Music Camp t-shirt is complimentary. Enrichment classes in music technology, music fundamentals, theory, conducting, and more are available. Private lessons are also available. For more information, visit the camp website or view the online registration form.
View the Drury University Jazz Camp brochure

Drury University Jazz Camp
The Drury University Jazz Camp runs from June 17-22, 2007. It is the oldest jazz camp in the state of Missouri and is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Tuition is $295 and room & board is $240. Tuition includes a camp t-shirt, nightly concerts by the Jim Widner Big Band, and participation in all daily events. Room and board includes five nights of lodging on campus plus 15 meals in the Findlay Student Center. For more information, visit the camp website or view the camp brochure.

Click for the Midwestern Music Camp website
University of Kansas Midwestern Music Camp
The Midwestern Music Camp offers many different tracks of study including junior high band and orchestra camp from June 10-16, senior high band and orchestra camp from June 17-23, choral institute from June 24-30, marching band leadership camp from July 8-12, and the KU jazz workshop from July 8-13. Elective classes including music theory, music appreciation, rhythm techniques, conducting, and improvisation are available. Private lessons are also available. For more information, check out the detailed camp website or jump directly to the registration forms.

University of Arkansas Summer Music Camp
This is the 50th anniversary of the Arkansas Summer Music Camp. The junior high band camp runs July 8-13; the senior high band camp runs July 15-21; the junior and senior high orchestra camp runs July 15-21. Private lessons are available. Regular resident rates are $350 for the junior high band camp, $380 for the senior high band camp, and $380 for the orchestra camp. Regular commuter rates are $255 for the junior high band camp, $280 for the senior high band camp, and $280 for the orchestra camp. Earlybird discounts apply for applications postmarked before May 25th. For more information, visit the camp website.
Click to visit the UMKC Jazz Camp website
University of Missouri-Kansas City Jazz Camp
Designed for instrumentalists and vocalists from middle school through adult, this day camp features bass player and bandleader, Jim Widner, and UMKC Conservatory jazz faculty. Participants will be exposed to all aspects of jazz through master classes, ensemble work, theory and improvisation training and concerts. The camp runs from June 24-29, 2007. Tuition runs $340. UMKC room and board is available for a reasonable price. For more information, visit the camp website or check out the online application. Financial aid is available.
Click for the Music On The Mississippi Info Packet Click for the Music On The Mississippi Application

Southeast Missouri State University Music On The Mississippi Music Camp
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Music On The Mississippi music camp. Week 1 runs from July 10-14, 2007 and features the elementary and junior high band camp. Week 2 runs from July 17-21, 2007 and features another round of elementary and junior high bands, plus senior high band and junior and senior high strings. Camp fees are $350. For more information, view the camp application and the camp information packet.


Click to see the Cutting Edge Summer Music Camp Website

Cutting Edge Auxiliaries Summer Marching Camp
There are two Cutting Edge Camps -- one from July 12-14, 2007 at Missouri Western College and one from July 23-26, 2007 at Pittsburg State University. The price for commuters is $125 and the fee for residents is $215. The Missouri Western camp offers colorguard, drum majors, and section leaders. The Pittsburg State Camp offers colorguard, drum majors, section leaders, and percussion. A DCI show on July 25th is included in the price. Band director workshops are available for credit. For more information, visit the camp website or view the registration form.


Click for information on the Viking Band Camp
Jefferson College Viking Band Camp
Jefferson College is located in Hillsboro, Missouri and is putting on two weeks of junior high band camps. The first week is from July 16-20, 2007 and the second week is July 23-27, 2007. Multi-week discounts are available. The cost for resident campers is $200, which includes four nights lodging in the residental complex, all meals, activities and everything in the commuter option. The cost of commuter campers is $100, which includes master classes, instruction, music education classes, lunch, recreation, t-shirt, and the concert. For more information, check out the camp website or the camp application.
  Check out more information at the camp website

Southwest Baptist Univeristy Christian Summer Music Camp
SBU invites you to "go deep this summer" at their high school music camp. The camp is open to high school instrumental, vocal, and keyboard students who have completed grades 9, 10, 11, or 12. Dates are June 3-9, 2007. Resident fees are $280 (or $300 after May 1st) and include housing, meals, class materials, master classes, and camp t-shirt. Commuter fees are $220 (or $240 after May 1st) and include lunches and dinners, class materials, master classes, and camp t-shirt. For more information, visit the camp website.

  Missouri State Lions Band
The Missouri State Lions Band is taking applications through the end of April. The band will gather for camp at Southeast Missouri State University from June 28-30 and will travel to Chicago for sightseeing, performances and competition in the Lions International Convention Parade on July 4 along Michigan Avenue. Cost for the trip is $650 per student and support is available through many local Lions Clubs. The band is led by SEMO Director of Bands Barry Bernhardt as well as SEMO graduate staff and area band directors. A great experience for any high school band member! Contact your local Lions Club for more information or e-mail for contact information on area band committee members.
  Check out summer music opportunities at SWOSU Southwestern Oklahoma State University Summer Music Camps
There are many opportunities for music students this summer at SWOSU, located in Weatherford, Oklahoma just west of Oklahoma City. The campus is hosting its 4th annual Jazz and Guitar Camp from June 4-8, its 32nd annual double reed camp from June 10-13, its 34th annual Choral Camp from June 17-20, its 19th annual Middle School Band Camp from June 24-27, its 15th annual Colorguard and Marching Percussion Camp from July 1-3, its 4th annual String Camp from July 8-13, and its 52nd Annual Band Camp from July 8-13. For a complete listing of fees and information, check out the extensive 2007 Special Events, Summer Camps, & Workshops website.


Inspiration Point Music Camp
After the opera season at Inspiration Point each season, two summer camps are offered. The first camp runs from July 22-28, 2007 for junior and senior high string and piano students. The second camp runs from July 29-August 4, 2007 for vocal camp.  Contact Kathryn Hickman at (580) 353-0716 for brochures and information.

If you know of any additional camps, please let me know and we will post the information!

Contact Your Local Palen Music Center

Can we assist you with anything?  Please contact your local Palen Music Center school road representative for all of your music education needs.


(417) 882-7000
Bob Hopkins, Mike Brown, and Zach Houser
Springfield North (417) 862-2700 Burl Williams
Columbia (573) 256-5555 Robert Pitts
Joplin (417) 781-3100 Wayne Blades
Liberty (816) 792-8301 Ken Crisp and Dick Murdock
Broken Arrow (918) 770-6827 Mackey Amos and Mark VanVranken


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