Summer Music School returning

Music will ring through the halls of Warren Area Elementary Center this summer.

Registration for the 2014 Warren County Summer Music School opened Friday for a session slated to run from June 12 through 27. Classes will run Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Registration is open to individuals ranging from those entering grade five through adulthood and applications and payments are tentatively due by April 22.

Students will be asked to choose five classes, one of which must be an instrumental or vocal class.

The school is celebrating it’s 25th year in 2014, and, according to Director Ann Mead, part of the celebration includes a “Promising Young Composers Competition”.

The composer must be between the ages of 15 and 30 as of April 1, according to Mead. The composition must be an unpublished and original work. In addition, the piece must be appropriate for students in grades seven through 12. The compositions should be written for one of the following: Instrumental jazz ensemble, vocal ensemble or symphonic youth orchestra. The recommended duration for vocal is two to five minutes and for instrumental it is less than nine minutes.

The competition will award three cash prizes and could see their compositions performed at the “Pops at the Fountain” concert, a collaboration between the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra and music school students usually performed in late June. Judging will be handled by Dr. Neil Flory, chair of the music department and assistant professor of music at Jamestown Community College and a nationally recognized composer.

Winners must agree to allow the summer music school to perform their works without fee or royalty in perpetuity.

The anniversary year will also feature some new classes, according to Mead. Classes for steel drums and conducting are being added, as is an advanced class on instrument repair. Classes focused on music genre exploration, music production and recording and a “How to Jam” class on playing with others are also being added.

Further information on the summer music school, registration forms, cost to participate and a complete listing of classes are available at www.wcsms.org.

In all, the school is offering 50 classes, but class sizes are limited. Rgistration forms include a section to list alternative courses participants would be interested if their first choices are full.

While there is a fee for the school, tuition is subsidized by grant funding and donations.