musicfestaber2016_jazzjamwMusicFest International Summer School has launched its portfolio of courses for 2017 with an exciting blend of thirteen disciplines including Violin with Sigyn Fosnes, Viola with Graham Oppenheimer,  Cello with Nicholas Jones, Chamber Ensembles with Kari Ravnan, Clarinet with David Campbell and Flute with Lisa Nelson. The Summer School will take place from 22nd July – 30th July.

Vocal Courses will return with Veronica Veysey-Campbell, John Flinders, Liza Hobbs, Andrew Robinson and Dr Ron Morris teaching Classical Vocal and Dr Ron Morris will again be teaching the two-day professional development course for singing teachers, Vocal Pedagogy.

Conducting with Toby Purser offers again its uniquely practical course working with the Orion Orchestra and a range of guest artists throughout the week.

Dan Swana and Andy Scott will again be working with the Jazz course which is taught through small band rehearsals, masterclasses, individual lessons, open improvisation sessions. In 2017 the very popular late night Jazz Jams will be back alongside a showcase performance which will take place in the main theatre for the first time.

New courses for 2017 include Percussion with Simone Rebello and Saxophone with Kyle Horch and Lars Lien.

The summer school offers a wide range of performance opportunities from solo showcases throughout the week to performances with orchestras for selected students.

Courses cost from £225 – £595 with bursaries available from Friends of MusicFest who provide individual support for any student requiring assistance with the course costs.

Courses are residential with student housed in university halls on campus close to the school locations. Many families of young students have taken advantage of Aberystwyth as a thriving cultural tourism location and chosen from its range of accommodation including self-catering cottage in the hills, to five star hotels in mansion houses and sea-front bed and breakfasts.

David Campbell said, “The International Summer School includes students from all over the world including the US, Canada, Malta, Luxembourg and Norway who travel to Aberystwyth to participate in the unique MusicFest experience. It is the total immersion in a musical environment which makes MusicFest completely absorbing, and in many cases literally life-changing.