Pre-College Flute

June 20 – 25, 2022

Designed for senior high school aged flutists, this dynamic and acclaimed program focuses on strengthening artistry, musicianship and fundamental flute technique. Students participate in daily private lessons, master classes, and workshops with professors from the University of Illinois, DePaul University, and Eastern Illinois University, among others. The camp offers an in-depth experience covering a range of topics, including advice on preparing for college auditions, ensemble etiquette, daily warm-ups  and more. Activities and classes in the pre-college program are designed to immerse students in a college music experience similar to that of a music student at the University of Illinois.

Format: In-Person on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

Eligibility

  • For students completing grades 8-12.
  • Students must have a minimum of 4 years of flute experience and be enrolled in private lessons.

Typical Daily Schedule

8:15 – 8:30 am: Group Warm-Up
8:30 – 9:30 am: Master Class
9:45 – 10:45 am: Individual Practice/Lessons
10:45 – 11:45 am: Pre-College Chamber Music Hour (woodwind quintets and ensembles)
12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 pm: Individual Practice/Lessons
2:30 – 3:30 pm: Workshops
3:45 – 4:45 pm: Electives
5:15 pm: Dinner and Evening Activities
10:30 pm: Lights out

Application Materials

  • Submit the ISYM Application Form (opens December 1)
  • Acceptance notifications are sent on a rolling basis.
  • Additional accepted student information will be available after April 15, 2022.
  • Audition Information will be available after February 1, 2022.

Tuition

  • Resident – $850 (tuition, room and board)
  • Commuter – $550 (tuition and lunch only)

Program Faculty

Jonathan Keeble, University of Illinois

Jonathan Keeble is known for his rich tone, effervescent personality, and nuanced musicality. In high demand as performing artist and master class clinician, he has been described as having an “infinitely flexible sound, with many subtle colors,” and is among the leading performers of his generation. Recently released, critically acclaimed recordings include Voyage and Song of the Black Swan as part of the Aletheia Duo, and Turbulent Winds with the Prairie Winds. He is a regular performer at National Flute Association conventions, and is currently Immediate Past President of the Association.

Read more about Professor Keeble here.

Rebecca Johnson, Eastern Illinois University

Flutist Rebecca Johnson has been on the faculty of Eastern Illinois University since 2007, and is 2nd flutist of the orchestra Sinfonia da Camera. Dr. Johnson enjoys national prominence as performer and teacher through her work on numerous guest artist recital series, master classes, festivals and orchestras. Internationally, she has regularly performed and taught at the Convención Internacionál de las Flautistas in Quito, Ecuador, since 2009, and was a featured artist at the 2018 Festival Internacional de Flautistas in São Paulo, Brazil. Recent projects include a recording of Thea Musgrave’s music with oboist Elizabeth Sullivan and many regional and national conference presentations, mostly focusing on works by female composers.

Dr. Johnson was first involved in the National Flute Association as the Assistant Program Chair for the 2008 convention. Subsequently, she served the Association as Secretary from 2014-2016, and currently serves as the Program Chair for the 2019 NFA convention. She has been honored to be invited to perform at each NFA convention from 2010-2018.

Dr. Johnson was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England where she studied with renowned flutist Peter Lloyd. She holds degrees from the University of Illinois (DMA), the University of Louisville (MM), the Royal Northern College of Music (PGDip, PPRNCM) and the University of Northern Iowa (BM). Her major teachers include Angeleita Floyd, Kathleen Karr, Jonathan Keeble and Peter Lloyd. She enjoys playing music with colleagues, cooking and video games.

Jenny Shin, DePaul University

A native of San Diego, California, flutist Jenny Shin is a performer, educator, chamber ensemble coach and wind pedagogy instructor. She is an avid solo recitalist in Chicago. As an orchestral musician, she shared stages with prestigious ensembles such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera and the San Antonio Symphony.

She has garnered top performance prizes from numerous competitions, including National Crescendo Awards, Yamaha Young Performing Artist, Musical Merit of California, Illinois Flute Society, San Diego Flute Guild and the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition. She made her solo artist debut as the winner of Krannert Debut Artist Competition in 2016.

In addition to her performing, Ms. Shin is a passionate teacher. She has been a part of the faculty with the Illinois Summer Youth Music Pre-College Flute Camp since 2014 and has served as teaching assistant at both the University of Illinois and Northwestern University during her studies.

Ms. Shin is a frequent adjudicator and clinician. She has been on the adjudicating panel for the Chicago Flute Club, various Chicago area concerto competitions as well as the Music Teacher’s National Association. She serves as the international liaison for the National Flute Association and is a Yamaha Performing Artist.