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Summer 2011 Issue
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Summer music camp spaces are still available
From musical theatre to rock to chamber music, the MSU Community MusicMiddle School Band Camp School has summer camps that appeal to a range of interests. Two new camps, Strings Camp for Beginners and Chamber Music Camp, were recently added. Registration forms are available on the CMS website.

Rock Camp (July 11 - 15)

Middle School Band Camp (July 18 - 22)
Musical Theatre Camp (July 25 - 29)

Strings Camp for Beginners NEW (August 1 - 12)


Chamber Music Camp NEW (August 22 - 26)  

Five CMS couples challenge CMS to raise $5,000
Because of a love of music and an appreciation for what music has meant in their lives and in the lives of their children, ten members of the CMS family, all with ties to the New Horizons Bands, have generously issued a challenge to our community, hoping to inspire additional financial support for CMS.

Through June 30, 2011, every dollar CMS raises, up to $5,000, will be matched by Jim and Maribeth Fletcher, Bill and Melody Glick, Bob and JoAnn Hubbard, John and Mary Anne Larzelere, and Ian and Kathleen McLeod.

Raised dollars help CMS offer musical opportunities to Greater Lansing residents. To receive the full $5,000 gift, CMS must raise $5,000. Please consider joining us in our efforts to support music education and therapy.

By making a donation before June 30, you can double the impact you have on CMS programs. Donations can be made in person, through the mail, by phone, (517)355-7661, ext. 16, or online . 
Starting early with musical family traditions 
Siblings, Nicholas, Madisyn and Nathan Reed, and their cousin, Kalyn Proctor, were born into musical families. With musicians on both sides of their family trees, the children's grandmother, Johanna Balzer, hoped that by involving the children in music at an early age she could help the musical family tradition continue. She decided to take it upon herself to attend early childhood music classes with each of the children.
Grandma and Twins
Johanna Balzer and grandchildren Madisyn and Nathan at an Early Childhood Music class last spring.

The family began taking early childhood music classes nearly seven years ago, when the oldest, Nicholas, now age 8, was just 1 year old.  They continued with twins Madisyn and Nathan, now age 5, and Kalyn, age 18 months.

Kathryn Reed, mother of Nicholas, Madisyn and Nathan, says that the experience has given her mother and the children, "a great bonding activity."

Balzer agrees. "It's an opportunity to have special time with the grandkids that I never had with my own grandparents," she says. "It's been a great experience. We talk in the car on the way there. We work on learning left and right by the corners we turn. We get to be silly and creative together," Balzer said.

In addition to building the children's music aptitude and spending time together, Balzer says she also participates in the classes to build the children's sensory and motor development.

"It's fun to watch them develop skills such as coordination, small muscle skills, body awareness, relationships with other children, parents and teachers, as well as an appreciation of music," said Balzer.

In the future, Balzer says she sees all four of the children involved in music, both dancing and playing musical instruments.
Two new children and youth choirs in 2011-12
To accommodate the growing number of singers at the MSU Community Music School, two new ensembles have been added to the Children and Youth Choir Program, Cantabile for singes ages 8-10 years old and Young Women's Chorus for singers ages 15-18 years.

"Our program has some of the most talented, dedicated, and hard-working singers in the community," said Kristin Zaryski, director of the MSU Children and Youth Choirs. "In preparing for a new season, we are looking for singers who are enthusiastic about singing and who are excited for the challenge, discipline, and enjoyment that music-study brings."

Choral singersAuditions for all six Children and Youth Choirs will be held on:

Aug. 1 from 5-7p.m.

Aug. 4 from 5-7p.m.

Aug. 6 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Aug. 27 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Aug. 30 from 5-7 p.m.

Please call the Community Music School at (517) 355-7661, ext. 10, to set up an appointment. Audition material does not need to be prepared.
Faculty Spotlight: Sara Stolt goes from inspired to inspiring others through teaching at CMS 
Sara StoltMusic was all around Sara Stolt as a child. Her mom played clarinet in orchestras and Sara would go to her rehearsals and concerts. She started piano study and began singing in a choir at age 9, and at age 11, she followed in her mother's footsteps and began clarinet study.   


In addition to performing and pursuing multiple music degrees, Stolt has been teaching the clarinet for the past 10 years. She has been teaching at CMS since 2007. In May, she graduated from the MSU College of Music with her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance.


She says her love for music and desire to spread the joy music can bring to anyone, combined with a desire to share her excitement for and knowledge of music, have inspired her to teach.


"I think music education is very important for everyone because it can help nurture life skills as well as bring a great sense of accomplishment," said Stolt. "It is crucial to bring musical awareness to all people, especially students, because they can develop a strong work ethic, be committed to a goal and reach it."


In addition to her mother, Stolt credits MSU College of Music Professor of Clarinet Caroline Hartig as another person who inspires her musically.


"I want to thank my teacher Dr. Caroline Hartig for being the greatest teacher and mentor a person can ask for. I will strive to pass on all the knowledge and inspiration she has given and continues to give me," said Stolt.


Now that she has finished school, Stolt says she will continue to perform and teach at CMS. She encourages her CMS students, and all young musicians, to listen to as much music as they can, familiarizing themselves with many genres.
Summer programs for adults 
In addition to offering private lessons this summer, CMS is offering a summer session of the New Horizons Band and a special one-week chamber music seminar for adult students.
  • The New Horizons Band summer session begins on June 23 and runs from 9-11 a.m. for six weeks. Tuition is $54. Students may register online.
  • The Chamber Music Seminar runs August 22-26 and meets 6-9 p.m. Tuition is $100. Students should call the office at (517) 355-7661 to register.
News and noteworthy happenings 
Please consider a gift to CMS 
Support from individuals in the community helps CMS offer quality music programs, classes, lessons, and music therapy taught by dedicated and gifted faculty. Your support also allows CMS to offer financial aid to those in need of assistance. Please consider making a gift today to help us meet our $5,000 Challenge. Gifts are tax deductible.

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In This Issue
Five CMS couples challenge CMS to raise $5,000
Starting early with musical family traditions
Two new Children and Youth Choirs in 2011-12
Faculty Spotlight: Sara Stolt goes from inspired to inspiring others through teaching at CMS
About our building
Since 2002, the MSU Community Music School (CMS) has leased space on Timberlane Street from the East Lansing Public Schools. Recent changes within the district, however, have prompted the East Lansing Public Schools to place the Timberlane property on the market.

Together with MSU, we are exploring different sites and properties in the event that we must relocate when our lease expires in November 2012. Please know that our school and community remain strong, and rest assured that CMS will have a home that meets the needs of our CMS family in 2012 and beyond.
Summer Early Childhood Music Mini Sessions 
Early Childhood Music Class
New 5-week early childhood music classes begin June 23-25. Another session of classes will begin the week of July 25. Both infant/toddler and preschool classes are offered. Online enrollment is now open. Registrations are also accepted by telephone. The cost is $80. Class activities include singing and chanting, moving to music, playing assorted percussion instruments, and pattern instruction.
Events Calendar
19-24 Jazz Camp

20 All current students may register for Fall 2011/Spring 2012

24 Jazz Camp Concert at 7:30 p.m., CMS Auditorium

4 CMS office closed

15 Rock Camp Concert at 5:30 p.m., Common Ground Music Festival, $

18-22 Middle School Band Camp

22 Middle School Band Camp Concert at 7 p.m., Wharton Center

25 Early Childhood Music summer session III begins

25-29 Musical Theatre Camp

27 All-School Recital at 7 p.m., Large Ensemble Room

29 Musical Theatre Camp Revue at 7 p.m., CMS Auditorium

1 Children and Youth Choir Auditions, 5-7 p.m., Room 102

1-12 Strings Camp for Beginners

4 Children and Youth Choir Auditions, 5-7 p.m., Room 102

6 Children and Youth Choir Auditions, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Room 102

12 Strings Camp for Beginners Concert at 11 a.m., CMS Auditorium

12-14 Great Lakes Folk Festival

15 New student registration for Fall 2011/Spring 2012 begins

22-26 Adult Chamber Music Seminar and Chamber Music Camp for Youth

26 Chamber Music Concert at 7 p.m., CMS Auditorium

27 Children and Youth Choir Auditions, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Room 102

30 Children and Youth Choir Auditions, 5-7 p.m., Room 102

5 CMS office closed

6 Fall semester lessons begin

11 Open House, 3-5 p.m., CMS

12 Fall semester classes and ensembles begin

12-13 Annual Auditions for Mid-Michigan Youth Symphony at 3:30 p.m., East Lansing High School

MSU Community Music School
841 Timberlane St. 
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Telephone: (517) 355-7661  Fax: (517) 355-3292
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