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Piano Camp-Welcome Letter

Dear Piano Campers,
Welcome to the University of Montana Summer Piano Camp 2014!  We have planned a very stimulating and memorable camp that will focus on the development of your musical skills.  Along with the helpful camp information in this letter, we have attached a campus map with driving directions to the School of Music building. The building is located on Maurice Avenue, between Eddy and Connell Streets.   There is almost no parking available in front of or near the music building. Attached is a Campus  Map showing available parking lots in relationship to the School of Music.  
Arrival, Registration, and Departure Information
Students need to arrive on Sunday, June 22nd between 2:00 PM and  5:00 PM for Camp Registration which will be located in the lobby of the Music Building.  The registration hours will include an audition with your assigned Piano Camp Teacher.  Resident students will be able to check into the dorm after their registration and piano audition.  If you will be arriving later than this, please let us know beforehand at 406-243-6055 (leave a message and a phone number in case a response is necessary).  A daily camp schedule will be given at this time.  End of Camp: 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 28th for those needing to make their travel plans.
Auditions- The piano audition will include one or two selections from your repertoire and the sight reading of a short musical example to help team up good duet partners for the week.  Memorization is not mandatory, but helpful for those who might like to perform a piano solo sometime during the week.
Camp Meeting Sunday 5:00 p.m. for all campers, faculty, and staff
Lesson-partner assignments will be announced during our Camp Student & Faculty Meet and Greet.  Faculty and Staff will be introduced and helpful Camp Policies will be reviewed together at that time.  Pizza dinner will be served to all campers at that time.
Resident Campers (Lodging and Meals)
Resident camperswill stay in an assigned dorm on campus. A list of important items to bring to camp is included.  Bedding (linens and one blanket) and towels are provided in the dorms. Be sure to bring soap, shampoo and other personal care items as needed.
All resident campers will receive a dining card allowing them to eat in the “Food Zoo” cafeteria located in the Lommasson Center.  Meals start Monday morning and include breakfast, lunch and dinner until Saturday breakfast, which will be the last meal.  Meal times will be posted on your daily schedules
Day Students NOTE: Commuter Students will receive meal passes for M-T-R-F lunches.  Wednesday’s lunch for ALL campers will take place at Caras Park’s Out to Lunch. Cash will be given to all campers for purchase of food items.
Phones will be available for necessary calls – bring calling cards for long-distance calls.  We appreciate cell phones being silenced during classes and after bed-check.
Items to bring to camp (PDF):
What is provided for dorm residents: a room key, meal pass, mattress pad, 2 sheets, pillow, pillowcase, blanket, and 2 bath towels are provided for each camper in the dorms (ALL items must be returned at week's end for a complete checkout) - don't lose anything - the 'fines' are not fun to pay! (There is a $60.00 fine for a lost key, for example!)
What to bring: hand towels and washcloths are not provided.  Campers should also bring their own soap and shampoo and other personal care items as needed.
Other important things to consider:
  • Casual daily wear as well as comfortable shoes for walking or hiking
  • Alarm clock
  • Music and music carrier if needed
  • Another instrument if you wish
  • Umbrella and/or rain gear for rainy days
  • You may wish to bring a fan if hot-natured, extra blankets if cold-natured! 
  • Swimsuits (in case we can find a time: students on a swim team may find an individual time)
  • Semi-formal dress clothes for performing in the final camp recital
  • Dress shoes (good for pedaling). 
  • Optional mosquito repellant. 
  • Any other personal items that will help your stay be comfortable and fun. 
Other items to consider: tennis and other recreational equipment (Frisbees), food for dorm room snacking, games, music recorders/players, and a variety of clothing for a variety of weather conditions!
ALL STUDENTS PLEASE BRING METRONOMES - always useful - and expected for great practicing during this week.  BE SURE TO PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR METRONOME and books so they don't get misplaced.
Substance Policy:  The use of any drugs (except as prescribed by your doctor) by piano camp participants, faculty and staff during camp is expressly prohibited.  Any participants found in possession or under the influence of tobacco, alcohol, or other illegal substances, will be expelled from camp and required to return home at their own expense.  This policy will be strictly enforced.  Please do not ruin a fun week with such substances.
Final Concerts
Parents and Family are invited to attend our two final concerts on Friday, June 27th at 5:00 PM and Saturday, June 28th at 10:00 AM in the Music Recital Hall located in the Music Building.  Friday’s concert will be the Solo Recital with selected performers and Saturday will be the Ensemble Concert with all campers performing. These concerts are free and open to the public. It is a great way to applaud the efforts the students have made during the week. Following the Saturday concert there will be a brief reception in the Music Recital Hall Lobby for faculty-student farewells and a chance to meet families and teachers.  The planning for UMPC-2015 will have already begun!
If you have any further questions, please call:
406-243-6880 for the main office of the School of Music
406-243-6055 (Steven Hesla:
406-243-6490 (Christopher Hahn:
These numbers will also serve as contact numbers for parents during the camp week.
We’ll see you all soon – in the meantime, best wishes for a great end of your current school year and practice hard!
Steven Hesla and Christopher Hahn, Directors