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All-State Masterclasses

Each fall, the OU School of Music hosts All-State Master Classes. This free event is designed to help high school students with the final round of All-State Band and All-State Orchestra Auditions. Though this event comes a week after the first round, all students are welcome to attend. We will accept all woodwind, brass, percussion, and string instruments. Though there are no current OkMEA harp auditions, all high school harpists are welcome to enjoy a special harp masterclass.

Next event: Fall 2022
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Conducting and Teaching Workshop

The Conducting and Teaching Workshop is an annual 3 day summer workshop for conductors, hosted by OU faculty and featuring a guest clinician.

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The workshop focuses on conducting technique, rehearsal pedagogy, administrative skills, and teaching skills. There are two ways for conductors to participate in this workshop: as an observer, or as a conducting participant.

Conducting participants will conduct the OU Summer Chamber Winds daily, with ample time on the podium. The repertoire includes some of the finest works for chamber wind ensemble. In addition to conducting this ensemble, participants will receive feedback and coaching on their conducting, attend master-classes, clinic sessions, and panel discussions.

Next workshop: June 8-10, 2022
Registration deadline: February 1 for participants, May 1 for observers
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Day in the Life

Each fall, the OU chapter of the National Association for Music Education invites high school juniors and seniors to join us for a day at the University of Oklahoma.

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This is an opportunity for students to experience a day in the life of a music education major at OU. Students will attend classes and rehearsals and participate in question and answer sessions with students and faculty.

Parents are welcome to attend as well. There will be opportunities for parents of prospective students to meet to address financial aid, housing, and other issues they may have questions about.

As part of Day in the Life, string students will also have the option to participate in an All-State Clinic taught by OU String faculty. See the flyer below for more information.

Next workshop: Fall 2022
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Great Plains Saxophone Workshop

The Great Plains Saxophone Workshop is a multi-day workshop open to high school through graduate level saxophonists. Students can participate as a commuter or as a resident.

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At the GPSW, participants will engage in a variety of musical and social activities designed to better solo and ensemble skills, stimulate creative musical thought, and foster a saxophone community in the region.

Daily activities include large saxophone ensemble rehearsals where students play alongside faculty, saxophone quartet coachings, performance and pedagogy master classes, and topics classes. Students will be able to study all-state music, contemporary techniques, repertoire, chamber music, and jazz with world-class saxophonists. Students also have the opportunity to have a private lesson and to perform in the student honors recital (optional).

There are two different versions of the workshop offered (standard and intensive). GPSI (the intensive option) is a longer workshop designed for advanced students. Admission to the GPSI is by audition, and space is limited. A limited number of partial tuition scholarships are available for both versions of the workshop.

Kodály Institute Certification Program

The University of Oklahoma offers Kodály levels 1-3 certification through credit courses and summer workshops.

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The summer Kodály workshops are available to the general public, as well as to current students of the School of Music. The Kodály levels offered and the locations of the workshop(s) vary from year to year. Some workshops are offered at the Norman campus, and some are offered at the Tulsa campus.

Next workshop: Summer 2022 (dates TBD)
Registration deadline: TBD
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Oklahoma Bass Bash

Bass Bash is an annual four-day summer camp for middle and high school double bass students. The camp alternates locations each summer between The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.

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A typical day includes: warm up and technique classes, workshops on OK All-State audition material, a jazz class, and a solo class, in which students may perform prepared solos for their peers with a professional accompanist. Additionally, each student will receive a private lesson with one of the instructors. Chamber music is also a particular emphasis of the Bass Bash, so students are divided into different groups to rehearse bass ensembles to be performed at a final concert.

Breakfast and lunch take place on campus and evening meals will be at different local restaurants. There will also be evening activities that both resident and commuter students can participate in. Past activities have included a talent show, movie night, and bowling. Each student will receive an OK Bass Bash t-shirt.

The faculty of the Oklahoma Bash Bash includes highly qualified public school teachers and university professors. They all have professional orchestra experience and have studied with teachers from across the country.

For more information, see the Bass Bash website.

Next workshop: Summer 2022 (dates TBD)
Registration deadline: TBD
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Oklahoma Trombone Workshop

Each year, Dr. Irv Wagner hosts the Oklahoma Trombone Workshop at OU, typically in February. The trombone workshop is an all day event, featuring performance and clinic opportunities for students, as well as performances by OU's trombone choir and trombone groups from other Oklahoma universities.

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The event will run from 9am - 5pm, and will include a pizza lunch. The cost is $20, which includes the lunch. Payment can be made at the workshop, and no pre-registration is required.

Any questions can be directed to Dr. Irv Wagner, Professor of Trombone at OU.

Next workshop: Feb 19, 2022
No pre-registration is required
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OU Saxophone Day

Join the University of Oklahoma Saxophone Studio and Dr. Jonathan Nichol as they host the annual OU Saxophone Day, an interactive, educational event for high school and collegiate saxophonists of all skills levels! This FREE daylong event is an opportunity to learn about and discuss in-depth saxophone topics, hear live performances from Dr. Nichol and members of the OU Saxophone Studio, and present your own creative endeavors.

Next workshop: Spring 2022 (date TBD)
Registration deadline: TBD
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Sounds of Summer Percussion Camp

The Yamaha Sounds of Summer Percussion Camp at OU is a marching percussion training course for 8th - 12th grade students (8th grade with at least one year of experience). Students will work with some of the top state and nationally renowned percussion instructors.

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The student's preferred choice of marching percussion will be available to play at camp: snare drum, bass drum, tenors, and front ensemble. Students will be grouped into ensembles based on experience and ability level, and will have the opportunity to play in sections (drumline and front ensemble) or in a full percussion ensemble setting.

In addition to quality percussion instruction, students will also receive a Yamaha Sounds of Summer 2020 t-shirt, certificate of completion, name badge, and the potential to win special prizes graciously provided by Edmond Music. Edmond Music will have a booth available in the afternoon for students or parents looking to purchase sticks/mallets for the upcoming marching season.

Next workshop: Summer 2022 (dates TBD)
Registration deadline: TBD
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Summer String Academy

The Summer String Academy is an annual intensive summer workshop focused on the study and performance of solo and chamber music repertoire for violin, viola, cello and piano. The Academy is open to Violinists, Violists, and Cellists.

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Accepted participants will rehearse, perform and receive daily faculty instruction as members of an assigned chamber ensemble. Additionally, each student will receive multiple private lessons from faculty members and will have opportunities to perform individually in masterclasses and evening solo recitals. Each chamber music ensemble will perform on the Academy’s final recital.

For more information, see the Summer String Academy website.

Next workshop: June 2022 (dates TBD)
Applications open: February 1, 2022
Applications due: May 15, 2022
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Winter Piano Camp

Winter Piano Camp is a day-long event, hosted annually by OU piano faculty near the start of the spring semester. The camp is open to upper-intermediate through advanced, high school-age pianists who have studied piano for at least four years.

Next workshop: January 2023
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Women's Choral Leadership Workshop

The Women’s Choral Leadership Workshop is an annual workshop designed to empower female singers (primarily sophomores and juniors) to be leaders in their choirs.

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The number of participants from each school is limited to a balanced octet (SSSSAAAA) or quartet (SSAA) of section leaders or future section leaders. The goal of the WCLW is to equip and motivate young ladies to grow as musicians, develop as singers, and blossom as choral artists.

The cost to participate is $130 per quartet ($260 per octet). Lunch and t-shirts are included in the cost.

Next workshop: Fall 2022 (date TBD)
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Young Men's Vocal Workshop

Young Men's Vocal Workshop is a one-day choral festival that takes place in the fall semester at the University of Oklahoma.

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Since 2006, the OU School of Music has welcomed sixth through twelfth grade boys from across the state to the Norman campus for inspiring and enriching music making. The Young Men’s Vocal Workshop, otherwise known as Real Men Sing, is led by OU choral faculty members and distinguished guest conductors.

Each year, hundreds of young men attend, representing dozens of high schools, junior high & middle schools, and elementary & intermediate schools. Participants in the Young Men’s Vocal Workshop not only rehearse and perform together, but also they enjoy performances by the OU Men’s Glee Club, OU faculty soloists, and current OU voice students.

Next workshop: Winter 2022 (date TBD)
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