| Grammy-winning artist directs music camp
Send your budding musician to camp led by a Grammy-winning artist?
That's an option Bay Area parents have at MUSE Band Camp, which will be July 7-11 at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland.
MUSE offers instrumental band programs in private schools that otherwise would not be able to afford to hire a band director on their staff. Several schools in the diocese have bands led by MUSE teachers.
One of those teachers, Steffen Kuehn, who teaches band at Holy Rosary in Antioch and All Saints in Hayward, received a Grammy this year in the best Latin Tropical category, with Pacific Mambo Orchestra, of which he is co-director.
Kuehn will direct the July camp, which is designed for students in fourth through eighth grade as of the 2013-14 school year. Open to musicians who have played for at least a year, the camp runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily in the band room of Bishop O'Dowd High School, 9500 Stearns Ave., Oakland.
He will be assisted by Jan Klimala, who also teaches in local schools for MUSE.
"Everybody's welcome," Kuehn said. The young musician does not need to have experience with MUSE to attend the camp.
Campers can expect a busy four hours each day, with concert band arrangements and warm-ups. Instructors work with the group on basic fundamentals such as dynamics, articulations, rhythm studies, ensemble balance and individual instrument issues.
Small ensemble work happens daily as well, and students will be introduced to jazz. Kuehn, a trumpeter, will work with the brass section.
Students will work in small groups in beginning, intermediate and advanced groupings.
Kuehn says he has seen campers develop friendships while learning new music, including jazz. "What I see at the camp on Day 1, it sounds horrible. Day 5, it sounds great."
The week ends with a concert in the Bishop O'Dowd theater. "Performances are always really unexpectedly good," Kuehn said.
Cost of the camp is $225, which includes a camp T-shirt. The registration form is available on the MUSE website, www.museband.com. For more information, dial 800-233-6873 or email email@example.com.
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