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Summer Music at DePaul

DePaul University School of Music is thrilled to announce Summer Music at DePaul, consisting of three new intensive programming opportunities for student musicians at various levels of their educational career.


Summer Percussion Summit

June 22-24, 2019

The DePaul School of Music's new Summer Percussion Summit will provide students at the high school, university and graduate level direct access to DePaul's large and diverse percussion faculty across three days of programming. Orchestral percussion and timpani will comprise a large portion of the programming, with special emphasis on skills pertaining to actual orchestral performance (rather than solely focusing on audition excerpts). Clinics and masterclasses will also be held on a variety of other topics, including solo marimba, world percussion and drum set. DePaul School of Music percussion faculty include Ian Ding (Fulcrum Point New Music Project), Michael Green (Lyric Opera Orchestra), David Herbert (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Michael Kozakis (Chicago freelance percussionist), Eric Millstein (Grant Park Orchestra), Albert Payson (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Cynthia Yeh (Chicago Symphony Orchestra).

Program Requirements: Applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation from an educational institution or private instructor.

2019 Registration Rate (Non-Credit): $285 (excludes housing)

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Summer Voice at DePaul

July 28–August 3, 2019

This summer voice clinic will offer a thrilling week for current undergraduate-level students seeking to refine audition repertoire through voice lessons, coachings, stage technique classes and performances. Participants will receive lessons and coachings from members of DePaul’s esteemed voice faculty coaches, as well as take part in discussions about audition protocol, promotional materials, self-management, repertoire, vocal health and much more. Acclaimed director Harry Silverstein will lead daily stage technique and delivery classes. Students will perform in concerts, masterclasses and studio classes with faculty and guest artists including Kit Bridges, Nicole Cabell, Linda Hirt, Nicholas Phan, Matthew Polenzani and Jeffrey Ray, all amidst the back drop of the wonderfully vibrant city of Chicago.

Program Requirements: Applicants are required to submit a brief performance summary, photograph, resume, and recordings of two pieces; one in English, one in a foreign language. One of the two pieces should be an aria.

2019 Registration Rate (Non-Credit): $750 (excludes housing)

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Ensemble Dal Niente and DePaul Residency for New Music

July 28–August 3, 2019

The Dal Niente and DePaul Residency for New Music, featuring guest artist/composer Carola Bauckholt, is available to undergraduate-level composers and performers of new music and will partner with the internationally-recognized Ensemble Dal Niente and the DePaul School of Music for a week-long residency program. Throughout the week, young composers and performers will have opportunities to collaborate on new projects, work side-by-side with Dal Niente musicians, perform in small and large ensembles, receive individualized feedback from DePaul faculty composers (including Christopher Jones and Kurt Westerberg) and participate in masterclasses with an invited guest composer. Participants will receive daily instruction through lessons, rehearsals, workshops and lectures. Projects realized during the residency will be performed on evening concerts.

Program Requirements: Composition applicants are required to submit a brief bio, comprehensive list of works, 2-3 scores of recent works, and portfolio recording of selected works. Performance applicants are required to submit a short essay, one letter of recommendation, list of works studies, list of ensembles, and portfolio recording of two solo works for their instrument written in the last 30 years.
2019 Registration Rate – College or Post-College Level (Non-Credit): $925 (excludes housing)

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All Summer at DePaul programming will be held in the brand-new Holtschneider Performance Center, a 185,000-square-foot state-of-the-art music facility with multiple performance and educational facilities.

Applications for Summer Music at DePaul will be accepted through Monday, April 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and additional program details following the submission deadline.

Housing information (including on-campus options, rates, and reservation instructions) will be announced in January 2019.

Located in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, the DePaul University School of Music is dedicated to excellence in music teaching and performance with a distinguished faculty including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Students work in a collaborative, performance-focused environment and can enjoy Chicago’s phenomenal, one-of-a-kind summer music scene.


For further information on Summer Music at DePaul, please email Ben Polancich.