UTSA Music

Summer Band Institute

Location San Antonio, TX
Event Date(s) Jun 16, 2019 to Jun 22, 2019
Grades 6th to College Freshman
Register By Jun 15, 2019 11:59pm CST

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Event Description

Summer Band Institute


June 16th - 22nd
Check-In: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM  - JUNE 16th

Middle School Campers with the last names starting with A-M will check-in between the hours of 12:00-1:00pm
Middle School Campers with the last names starting with N-Z will check-in between the hours of 1:00-2:00pm
High School Campers with the last names starting with A-M will check-in between the hours of 2:00-3:00pm
High School Campers with the last names starting with N-Z will check-in between the hours of 3:00-4:00pm

 
Day Campers (Commuters): $385
Overnight Campers (Resident): $595
Returning Day Campers: $325
Returning Overnight Campers: $535
*Contact camp coordinator for return camper discount code
A $150 non-refundable deposit is due at registration. Balance is due by June 10th, 2019.
 

CAMP DETAILS

The UTSA Summer Band Institute offers a comprehensive music experience focused on developing the musician in addition to developing playing techniques. At this one-week playing intensive camp, campers will perform with one of our concert bands and attend daily classes that include rehearsals, sectional and master classes, and an elective class, which focuses on performing soundtrack music and developing stronger marching techniques for our high school students. This camp provides an opportunity for students to receive exceptional instruction on the instrument that they love and to broaden their learnings of many musical components.
 
Each day is divided into structured routines that focus on developing individual musicianship and includes an hour break for lunch. On check-in day, each student will complete a placement audition, which will place them into one of our concert bands. Campers put down their instruments at 6:00pm, but the day isn’t over yet! Each evening students can participate in recreational activities such as, swimming, sand volleyball, camp Olympics, movie night, various recreational sports, rock-wall climbing, tennis, basketball, a Fiesta Texas outing and a formal banquet to cap off the week!
 
Performance opportunities are also an integral part of the camp experience. Students at the UTSA Summer Band Institute will perform in a public performance at the conclusion of the week. These performances may include master class performances, marching exhibitions and or the final concert on Saturday.
 
Eligible campers must have attended grades 6-12 in the '18-’19 school year. Campers should have at least one year of school instruction or equivalent. Those students who will have just completed their eighth grade year of school will participate in the middle school track of our camp curriculum, regardless of playing ability. It is important that these experienced individuals serve as leaders amongst their peers and exhibit the ideal musical model through their individual performance.
 
EXPLORE CAMP LIFE

Music isn’t the only reason that you come to camp! It is also a chance to experience what living and learning in a collegiate setting is all about. We understand that for some of you, this will be the first time that you, your son or your daughter will be away from home for an extended period of time, so be sure to read our Parent & Camper Handbook. This handbook contains important information to help you prepare for camp. We also understand that the structure of our camp is not like many other camps here in Texas. We take great pride in the fact that we are able to offer our campers with a unique camper experience. Our mission for our camp will continually be to expose our campers to a wide variety of musical repertoire and performance opportunities.
 
During this camp, each camper (both middle school & high school)will take part in a "Simulated Film Scoring ensemble". This will allow the students to get an idea of what professional musicians in the film industry get to do. Throughout the week, campers will work to perform soundtrack music to a live film. This challenges the players to perform in an ensemble setting outside the normal genre they are typically exposed to in the public school setting. For our high school campers, we will have all students perform in an outdoor marching ensemble. We will teach a basic marching technique to help unify the group and provide a set of marching instruments to those who require specialty marching horns (i.e. sousaphones, mellophone, marching percussion, etc.). The campers will work together to create a full marching performance equipped with fun drill design, pop tunes and high-energy performance. All marching rehearsals will be lead by Ron Ellis, who currently serves as the Director of Bands at the University of Texas at San Antonio as well as the head director of the UTSA “Spirit of San Antonio”. During the rehearsal blocks we will also discuss current topics related to marching band techniques and help campers develop basic leadership skills that they can take back to their respective programs. The curriculum will be structured to represent that of many collegiate marching bands.

RECREATION

Our evening recreation activities are designed to let campers take a break from their instruments and spend some social time with new friends. Each evening there will be a free recreation activity; events such as movie nights, nights spent at the recreation center, ice cream socials, sports and more. On Wednesday, all students will participate in a Six Flags outing. For a better idea of how the day is laid out, please view our camp schedule below:

2019 UTSA SBI Schedule

COSTS

First Year Day Camper: $385
Includes tuition with a lunch provided each day (M-F) and dinner on Friday.
A $150.00 deposit is due at registration. All remaining balances are due by June 10th.  
 
Returning Day Camper: $325
Includes tuition with a lunch provided each day (M-F) and dinner on Friday.
A $150.00 deposit is due at registration. All remaining balances are due by June 10th.  
 
First Year Residential Camper: $595
Cost includes tuition and housing with three meals per day.
A $150.00 deposit is due at registration. All remaining balances are due by June 10th.  
 
Returning Residential Camper: $535
Cost includes tuition and housing with three meals per day.
A $150.00 deposit is due at registration. All remaining balances are due by June 10th.  
 
Other costs:
Campers may wish to bring a small amount of extra money for snacks and optional recreation activities.

CAMP CHECK-IN

Sunday June 16th – 12:00-4:00pm
 
Middle School Campers with the last names starting with A-M will check-in between the hours of 12:00-1:00pm
Middle School Campers with the last names starting with N-Z will check-in between the hours of 1:00-2:00pm
High School Campers with the last names starting with A-M will check-in between the hours of 2:00-3:00pm
High School Campers with the last names starting with N-Z will check-in between the hours of 3:00-4:00pm
 
Be sure to visit our Preparing For Camp section for detailed information about check-in.
 
PLACEMENT AUDITION

There will be a placement audition at camp check-in to determine your band and chair placement. Once band assignments have been made, they will not be changed. Often, we get questions regarding the differences between our ensembles. Read more about our placement process below:

Placement Procedures

Campers should prepare the following for the audition:

  • Two major scales of your choice
  • Approximately 1-2 minutes of music that displays the individuals playing ability. Students may wish to ask their middle school instructors for suggestions.
  • Percussionist should prepare a snare piece and a mallet excerpt. Each excerpt should be approximately 30 seconds to a minute long.
  • No audition is required prior to the registration for the camp.
LAST DAY OF CAMP

Saturday, June 22nd

A final concert series will be held on this day starting at 12:00pm. Students are encouraged - but not required to stay and listen to other performances. Once the student has finished their performance, they are welcome to leave the camp. Please see the concert schedule below for your camper’s respective ensemble performance time.

Final Concert: Saturday June 22nd
All campers will perform and all concerts will take place in the UTSA Recital Hall.
Parking and concerts are free and open to the public.

Middle School White Band – 11:00 AM
Middle School Blue Band - 12:00 PM
Middle School Orange Band  - 1:00 PM

High School Blue Band – 2:00 PM
High School Orange Band - 3:30 PM
 
CAMP LOCATION

All of our camps take place on the UTSA campus in San Antonio, TX. Music classes will take place in the UTSA Music Building and UTSA Recital Hall. All campers are housed in the Alvarez Hall dormitories located on the UTSA Main Campus. Marching rehearsals for our high school campers will take place on the SOSA practice field located immediately behind the UTSA Recreation Center.

HOUSING OPTIONS

Day Campers - Students who attend camp as a day camper must be staying at home or with a San Antonio relative over the age of 21. Day campers are required to attend all rehearsals, performances, and classes and should plan to attend camp daily from 8:00am-6:00pm. All middle school campers who are commuting to our camp must be picked up each day at 6:00pm. If you are a high school commuter, you are welcome to participate in any of our evening recreational activities offered to our residential campers.

Residential Campers – All residential campers stay in the Alvarez Hall dormitories. Alvarez Hall is an air-conditioned, private dormitory which is approximately a 10 minute walk from the College of Music buildings. Campers are supervised by our camp counselors during all times spent in the Alvarez Hall dormitories. Campers are welcomed and encouraged to submit roommate requests. However, these requests must be filled out on your registration form.
 
INSTRUMENTS
  • All campers must bring their own instrument to camp.
  • Percussionists should bring sticks/mallets and practice pads.
  • Students need to bring a wire music stand. If you do not have one, there are plenty of local music stores as well as online vendors who sell stands.
  • We suggest that the campers communicate with their middle school directors if they will need to borrow equipment for the week.
PRIVATE LESSONS

This camp offers students the option to sign up for private lessons at an additional cost of $25 per 30-minute lesson. Each student will be allowed a maximum of two lessons.
 
All lessons are organized and paid for in full at camp check-in. Payments for lessons are payable by cash or check only and checks must be made payable directly to the instructor.
 
Lessons are scheduled with a teacher based on availability. The lesson will take place during morning or afternoon rehearsal blocks as well as during the camper’s recreational periods. No lessons are scheduled outside of the 8:00am-6:00pm class day.

*Lessons will be with the UTSA Camp Faculty & Distinguished Alumni

CAMP ADMINISTRATORS

Aaron Collins - Camp Director
Cristina Moersen - Assistant Camp Director

ENSEMBLE CONDUCTORS

Ron Ellis, Director of Bands, UTSA
John Zarco, Associate Director of Bands, UTSA
John Dominguez – Head Director – John Paul Stevens High School - San Antonio, TX.
Angela Dominguez – Head Director – Jefferson Middle School - San Antonio, TX.