For 17 years, the Chamber Music Festival and Camp for strings, piano, winds and harp
has provided a rigorous chamber music training program for high school and college
student musicians. Starting July 8, the three-week program conducted by School of
Music faculty consists of master workshops, daily coaching sessions, group rehearsals
and performances. The series will hold 15 performances featuring faculty, guest artists
and students. All events are free and open to the public.
Such community-wide performances will continue into the school year with the 44th
annual Jazz Festival, to be held on February 1 and 2, 2019. The festival provides
junior high and high school jazz ensembles the opportunity to compete in front of
a panel of expert judges. Participating ensembles also gain valuable exposure to performers
of varying experience levels, from local groups to featured guest musicians.
In addition to concerts dedicated to guest performers, IWU's Jazz Ensemble and vocal jazz ensemble Unlicensed Syncopation are anticipated to present a concert with all other adjudicators for the festival.
In past festivals, adjudicators have also led a series of masterclasses showcasing
various jazz instruments and proper technique. All events are free and open to the
Funding for both programs is provided through the Illinois Prairie Arts and Culture
Endowed Fund and the Jerome Mirza Arts and Culture Fund.