Over the past week, 90 high school musicians tuned their skills and grew new friendships at Central Michigan University's
Summer Music Institute, an intensive six-day summer camp for musicians who play saxophone, oboe, bassoon, flute, clarinet, trumpet, tuba and euphonium.
Alongside CMU School of Music faculty members and current music students, who serve as teaching assistants, the students participated in lessons, rehearsals, master classes, recitals and concerts. In addition to Michigan, students traveled from Ohio, Tennessee and New Mexico to learn and grow in the university's music community.
The camp experience strikes a chord for Lindabeth Binkley, associate professor of oboe. She helps coordinate the camp and teaches oboe players how to make their own reeds.
"The institute is a great experience for these students because they spend a week living on campus and interacting closely with CMU faculty and students, all while being immersed in a music program designed specifically for their instrument," said Binkley. "The instruction is highly specialized, so the campers advance and improve quickly during the time they are here."
The Summer Music Institute is one of nearly 400 events presented annually through CMU's School of Music.