Donald A. Dake Summer Music Academy

 

 

 

What are the South Bend Symphony Orchestra Donald A. Dake Summer Music Academies?

The SBSO Donald A. Dake Summer Music Academy was created in 1998 as an outstanding, local summer camp for high school students. Now in its 20th year, the Dake Academies continue to be the region’s premier summer chamber music camp and will be expanding to include Middle School students!  Our exceptional faculty members are professional musicians from the South Bend Symphony.  These musicians come from Alabama, Illinois, Michigan, and Northern Indiana to bring the music camp to South Bend!

The Dake High School Academy is designed to challenge high school students in grades 9-12 and students who have graduated from high school in 2017 with a focus on chamber music and small ensembles.  This week-long academy includes: individual and group instruction, participation in chamber ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, etc.) and the masterclasses, seminars/classes, community tour, and a gala concert.

**New for 2017**: The Dake Middle School Academy is designed to challenge middle school students in grades 6-8 and students with a focus on masterclasses, section and smaller ensemble playing.  This four-day academy includes: individual and group instruction, masterclasses, seminars/classes, and a lunchtime community concert.


When and where is the SBSO Donald A. Dake Summer Music Academy?

Middle School Academy: June 19-22, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - noon
High School Academy: June 19-23, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
     The high school community tour - locations TBA – see Daily Hours information below
Location: Indiana University South Bend


What are the daily hours?

Middle School Academy: June 19-22, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - noon
High School Academy: June 19-23, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, June 23, 2017 – Performance Tour – Time TBA and Gala Concert 6:30 p.m. at the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall, Indiana University South Bend.


Who is eligible to participate in the Donald A. Dake Summer Music Academy?

Students who play wind and string instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, F horn, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass). 

  • Middle School – students who are in grades 6-8 with a minimum of one year playing experience are eligible. Participation in Solo and Ensemble festival or equivalent ability level is appropriate.
  • High School – students who are in grades 9-12 are eligible.  Students who will be graduating from high school in 2017 may also apply.  Students who are in grades 7 or 8 may only apply if they meet a high school playing level.  Auditions will determine the most appropriate placement.

How much is tuition?

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL EARLY BIRD RATE!!! If your recordings and applications and $25 deposit are postmarked or electronically submitted no later than April 15, 2017, you will receive the Early Bird tuition rate of $85.00.  If you are unable to pay the deposit fee at the time of application, please contact Christina Gibson, SBSO Director of Education.  If materials are postmarked or electronically submitted April 16-May 1, 2017 tuition is $99.00 for the week.
  • HIGH SCHOOL EARLY BIRD RATE!!! If your recordings and applications and $25 deposit are postmarked or electronically submitted no later than April 15, 2017, you will receive the Early Bird tuition rate of $175.00.  If you are unable to pay the deposit fee at the time of application, please contact Christina Gibson, SBSO Director of Education.
  • If materials are postmarked or electronically submitted April 16-May 1, 2017 tuition is $199.00 for the week.
  • There are full and partial need-based scholarships available
  • Tuition covers: instruction, music, community tour transportation, t-shirt for performance and complimentary tickets for the 2017-2018 SBSO season!
  • Applications must be submitted on or before May 1, 2017

Why is tuition so much lower than other camps?  Is this a legitimate musical offering?

The Dake Academies are legitimate musical offerings.  Our exceptional faculty members are professional musicians from the South Bend Symphony.  These musicians come from Alabama, Illinois, Michigan, and Northern Indiana to bring the music camp to South Bend!

We have very generous sponsors for our Dake Summer Music Academies. Students only pay roughly 30-40% of the total cost for the week (total estimated value for 2017 is $600 per high school student).  A huge thank you to our generous sponsors: The Georgina Joshi Foundation and Mr. Lloyd Palmiter!!!


When is tuition due?

  • There is a deposit due of $25 when the application is submitted. 
  • The remainder of the tuition is due on the first day of the Dake Summer Music Academy.
  • Payment arrangements can be made with Christina Gibson, SBSO Director of Education

How do I apply/register for the SBSO Dake Academies?

  • Download the Application - Word format | PDF format
  • Record your audition onto a CD, DVD, e-mailed computer files or YouTube link.
  • If you are in need of financial assistance to help cover your tuition fees, please include a letter demonstrating financial need with your application materials. Scholarship materials must be postmarked or electronically submitted by April 15, 2017.
  • Students interested in attending the Donald A. Dake Summer Music Academy should have their applications postmarked or electronically submitted by April 15 to receive Early Bird tuition.
  • Applications must be submitted on or before May 1, 2017

What are the audition requirements for the recording?

All students must submit a recording on CD, DVD, e-mailed computer files or YouTube link. Recordings should include all of the following:

  • A scale of your choice (please perform the appropriate number of octaves for your instrument). The scale should be performed at both a slow and fast tempo.
  • Two contrasting musical selections (each must be at least one minute in length)

            Examples:

  • A technical etude and a lyrical solo
  • A technical solo and a lyrical solo
  • A technical section and slow section of one larger work (this could be a solo or band/orchestra pieces)

When are applications and recordings due?

  • April 15, 2017 - to ensure Early Bird tuition and scholarship applicants
  •  April 16 - May 1, 2017 – applications will still be accepted and regular tuition will apply
  • Applications must be submitted on or before May 1, 2017.  Applications may be accepted if there are vacancies available.

Where do I send my application, recordings and deposit/tuition?

            South Bend Symphony Orchestra 
            Attn: Dake Summer Music Academy 
            127 North Michigan Street 
            South Bend, IN 46601 
            e-mail: cgibson@southbendsymphony.org


How do I apply for a need-based scholarship?

Please have your parent or guardian submit a letter of financial need.  All information will be kept confidential.  Your letter, application and recordings must be postmarked or electronically submitted no later than April 15, 2017.  After that date, we cannot guarantee scholarships.


When will I know if I have received a scholarship?

If you are applying for a scholarship, your application and audition recordings will need to be postmarked on or before April 15, 2017.  We will let you know if you have received a scholarship by April 30.


How are ensembles selected?

Ensembles are based on the level and quality of performance of the audition recording submitted and by instrumentation.  Students are placed in ensembles where they will be the most successful.


When do I receive my music for the Donald A. Dake Summer Music Academy?

You will receive your materials by the first week of June.


When and where do we perform?

Middle School: On Thursday, students will perform with their small ensembles at 11:00 a.m. at a location TBA.  We will keep you posted with more details to follow.

High School: On Friday, students will perform with their chamber ensembles at various venues throughout the community during the day.  They will perform in the Academy Gala Concert on Friday evening at the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall, Indiana University South Bend.


Refunds/Cancellations

As ensembles and music will be assigned in early May, refunds on the $25 deposit and/or full payment can only be guaranteed until May 31. If for any reason, a student is not selected for the Dake Academy, deposits will be refunded.


But wait!  There’s more!!!

Students who attend Dake also will receive:

  • Complimentary tickets and backstage access to all South Bend Symphony Orchestra concerts for the 2017-2018 season!
  • Opportunities to attend masterclasses and work with faculty members throughout the season
  • Opportunities to meet and greet guest soloists during the season
  • Access to SBSO rehearsals and observe how the professionals rehearse
  • Special invitations to Dake Alumni reunions and events

Sponsors:

The Georgina Joshi Foundation, Inc
http://www.thegeorginajoshifoundation.org/

 

Mr. Lloyd Palmiter

 

    


If you have any questions regarding the application or the audition requirements, please contact:

For additional information, please contact: 
Christina Gibson, Director of Education
Phone: 574-232-6343
Email: cgibson@southbendsymphony.org

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