Senior High Bands

June 17-23, 2018

For students completing grades 8 - 12

Designed for senior high students who play wind, brass and percussion instruments, the primary focus of this program is developing the finest wind ensemble experience and individual artistry as a member of either the ISYM Senior Symphonic or Concert band. Participants will perform a wide range of challenging band music ranging from the repertoire’s cornerstone works to recently released composition. Classes include full ensemble and sectional rehearsals, masterclasses, and elective courses. A small number of brass, woodwind and percussion players who place highest in auditions and indicate interest will be selected to perform exclusively in the Senior Orchestra during their camp experience.

Here is what a typical day in the Senior Bands program looks like:

  • 8:15- 10:30 am: Full Band Rehearsal
  • 10:45- 11:45 am: Sectionals
  • Noon- 1:15 pm: Lunch
  • 1:15- 2:15 pm: Full Band Rehearsal
  • 2:30-3:30 pm: Technique Class
  • 3:45- 4:45 pm: Electives
  • 5:15 pm: Dinner and evening activities
  • 10:30: Lights out

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Conductors for 2018

Senior Symphonic Band Conductor
Dr. Stephen Peterson, The University of Illinois

Dr. Stephen G. Peterson was appointed Director of Bands at the University of Illinois in the fall of 2015. As Director of Bands, he conducts the Wind Symphony, leads the graduate wind conducting program, teaches courses in wind literature, and guides all aspects of one of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most storied band programs. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Illinois he served as Director of Bands at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, for seventeen years. From 1988-1998 he served as Associate Director of Bands at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Peterson was also conductor of the renowned Northshore Concert Band. He held positions as Associate and Interim Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas and has several years of successful teaching experience in the public schools in Arizona.

Read more about Dr. Peterson here.

Senior Concert Band Conductor
Dr. Beth Peterson, The University of Illinois

Dr. Elizabeth Peterson, associate director of bands and clinical professor of music, joined the Illinois faculty in the fall of 2015. Dr. Peterson conducts the Illinois Wind Orchestra, and teaches courses in instrumental conducting. Prior to her appointment at the University of Illinois, Peterson was a tenured professor of music education at the Ithaca College School of Music. During the seventeen years she spent at Ithaca College, Peterson conducted numerous ensembles including the Symphonic Band, Brass Choir and All-Campus Band. She taught courses in conducting, undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, and supervised student teachers. Peterson was the co-conductor of the Ithaca Concert Band (community band) for fifteen years. Dr. Peterson’s current research focuses on the experiences of first-year teachers.

Read more about Dr. Peterson here.