Performance Areas

Cannon Music Camp is committed to providing comprehensive music instruction for instrumentalists and vocalists. View the information below to find out what is offered in each performance area. Hayes School of Music faculty, along with visiting artists and teachers, are in residency to provide all instruction and training.

Students may pursue additional interests as time allows , and secondary lessons are available as schedules permit (optional, additional fee- see link).

Audition placement for our ensembles & placement with your studio professor are scheduled for the first Sunday at 12:30 P.M.  You may also audition on a secondary instrument/voice.

KEYBOARD - Classical Piano  

Link for audition placement on Piano

Participants in Cannon Music Camp's keyboard program have a variety of opportunities to pursue their interest in performing and learning about keyboard instruments. Our computer labs have keyboards, so please due to space, do not bring your keyboard/stand.   If you are interested in the Organ, please contact Greg to see if Dr. Joby Bell will be around in the summer to give you lessons.

Daily activities for keyboard students include:

Piano Chamber Ensemble - a small ensemble class designed to give students exposure to and experience with piano music written for more than one player.

Piano Literature - a class intended to broaden the student's knowledge and understanding of the wide range of literature written for the piano.

Music Theory - All Cannon Camp participants study the forms and structure of music at one of four levels, as determined by placement tests administered at the beginning of camp session. Theory information (PDF)

Private Lesson - Additionally, all keyboard principals receive a one-hour weekly private lesson, as well as participating in a weekly masterclass.

Piano Class - a beginning level introduction to keyboard skills is open to students with no prior piano experience. (Optional, additional fee)- You would take this class if you are NOT a Piano Major - see Camper Handbook for registration form

Piano students do not normally perform in the Ensembles or Finale Concerts, and due to that, the piano students are not as busy as the other students. The Piano instructor will present a piano recital for the students who wish to perform, in our Recital Hall during the final week. The concert will be streamed for the familes and friends to view. Piano students should intend on participating in our Concert Choir or Treble Choir and Alexander Technique classes. If you perform on another instrument, please audition for that on the first Sunday also. 

PERCUSSION - Snare Drum-Mallets-Timpani-Drumset

Link for audition placement in Percussion

Participants in Cannon Music Camp’s percussion program have a variety of opportunities to pursue their interest in performance, both individually and as a member of numerous ensembles, large and small.

Daily activities for percussionists include:

Large Ensemble - Students are placed by audition into the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, or Symphonic Band. It is conceivable, due to enrollment and ensemble needs, that percussionists may participate in as many as two of the large ensembles.

Jazz Ensembles - Those percussionists who have jazz and drum set interest may audition for one of three jazz ensembles. Each jazz ensemble rehearses daily and performs once during the camp session.

Percussion Ensemble - All percussion students will be included in percussion ensemble and this group meets daily. Past performances of this ensemble have featured literature representing a variety of genres, including: “classic” concert percussion by composers such as Varese, Cage, Harrison, Cowell, and Chavez; contemporary concert percussion which have included premieres of works; fusion pieces utilizing a rhythm section, percussion, and mallets; and mid-East performance on middle-Eastern Rigs, North African Tars, and Irish Bodhrans. This ensemble performs once during the camp session.

Music Theory - All Cannon Music Camp participants study the forms and structure of music at one of four levels, as determined by placement test administered at the beginning of the camp session.

Private Lesson-Additionally, all percussion principals receive a one hour weekly private lesson as well as participating in a weekly masterclass.

Piano Class - a beginning level introduction to keyboard skills is open to students with no prior piano experience (Optional, additional fee). See Camper Handbook for registration forms

STRINGS - Violin-Viola-Cello-String Bass

Link for audition placement in Strings

Participants in Cannon Music Camp’s String Program have a variety of opportunities to pursue their interest in performance, both individually and as a member of a chamber ensemble, as well as in large ensemble settings. The faculty, made up of both ASU and visiting artists, provide all instruction and training. Campers also have the added benefit of coaching sessions, master classes, and open rehearsals.

Daily activities for string students include:

Symphony Orchestra performs standard orchestral repertoire and often has the opportunity to accompany guest artists in performance.

String Orchestra performs repertoire without the symphonic compliment of winds/percussion and focuses on the continued development of ensemble playing and string sonorities.

Chamber Ensembles - Each string student is placed into a trio or quartet for small ensemble exposure to both chamber literature and performance. These ensembles meet weekly and are coached by the CMC string faculty.

Music Theory - All Cannon Camp participants study the forms and structure of music at one of four levels, as determined by placement test administered at the beginning of the camp session.

Private Lesson - Additionally, all string principals receive a one-hour weekly private lesson. They also participate in a weekly masterclass.

Piano Class - a beginning level introduction to keyboard skills is open to students with no prior piano experience (Optional, additional fee). See Camper Handbook for registration forms

VOICE - Chamber Singers-Jazz Vocal-Concert Choir-Treble Choir

Link for audition placement in Voice

Participants in Cannon Music Camp’s Vocal Studies program have a variety of opportunities to pursue their interest in singing, both individually and as a member of an ensemble. The ASU Vocal Faculty, along with visiting faculty members, are in residency to provide all instruction and training.

Daily activities for voice students include:

Chamber Singers is an auditioned group of 16-24 singers that performs a variety of choral literature from all stylistic periods.

Jazz Vocal Ensemble is an auditioned group of 8-12 singers and a rhythm section (piano, bass, drums). This ensemble is devoted to performing a variety of traditional and contemporary jazz literature. This includes everything from lush ballads, swing tunes and the blues, to Latin, pop and fusion pieces. In addition to experiencing ensemble singing in styles representing groups such as the Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, and Singers Unlimited, these students will have the opportunity to develop their musicianship through the intense exploration of jazz melodies, harmonies, rhythm and improvisation.

Concert Choir is a non-auditioned group of 100+ singers and is open to all campers. The Concert Choir performs a wide range of selections representing both classical and popular styles.

Treble Choir Is a non-auditioned group of soprano and alto voices that perform music written specifically for treble voices.

Voice Classes - classes designed to enhance aspects of individual performance, separate and apart from private study. Class topics will be chosen and formatted from the following: movement (Eurhythmics, Alexander Technique), diction, song literature, and stage presence.

Music Theory - all Cannon Camp participants study the forms and structure of music at one of four levels, as determined by placement test administered at the beginning of camp session.

Private Lesson - Additionally, all voice principals receive a one-hour weekly private lesson. They also participate in a weekly masterclass as well as the various choral ensemble concerts that occur throughout the camp session.

Piano Class - a beginning level introduction to keyboard skills is open to students with no prior piano experience (Optional, additional fee). See Camper Handbook for registration forms

WINDS - Flute-Oboe-Clarinet-Bassoon-Saxophone-Trumpet-French Horn-Trombone Euphonium-Tuba

Link for audition placement in Woodwind

Link for audition placement in Brass

Participants in Cannon Music Camp’s Wind program have a variety of opportunities to pursue performance on their respective instrument, both individually and as a member of numerous ensembles.
Daily activities for wind students include:
 
Wind Ensemble is made up of essentially “one-on-a-part” instrumentation and performs upper level standard repertoire.

Symphonic Band is an ensemble comprised of wind and percussion students and performs standard band repertoire.

Symphony Orchestra performs standard orchestral repertoire and often has the opportunity to accompany guest artists in performance.

Jazz Ensembles represent a significant part of the wind curriculum. These ensembles are directed by nationally known instructors that provide expert instruction and rehearsal techniques. Students who participate in the jazz curriculum are encouraged to pursue Jazz Improvisation as part of their schedule.

Music Theory - All Cannon Camp participants study the forms and structure of music at one of four levels, as determined by placement test administered at the beginning of the camp session.

Private Lesson- Additionally, all wind principals receive a one-hour, weekly private lesson. They also participate in a weekly masterclass as well as the various instrumental ensemble concerts throughout the camp session.

Piano Class - a beginning level introduction to keyboard skills is open to students with no prior piano experience. (optional, additional fee) See Camper Handbook for registration forms

Along with the above classes, there are classes in Jazz Improvisation and reed-making for oboes and bassoons that are available.

Students may pursue piano and vocal interests as time allows , secondary lessons on additional instruments are available as faculty schedules permit (optional, additional fee- see link).

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Mailing Address:
Cannon Music Camp
ASU Box 32031
Boone, North Carolina 28608
 
Physical Address:
Cannon Music Camp
Broyhill Music Center
813 Rivers Street - Room 113
Boone, North Carolina 28608
 
Phone: 828-262-4091
Fax: 828-262-3021 
 
Please contact our office for all information regarding the Camp and the process for applying:
 

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Mr. James G. Daugherty
 
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