Introducing: Summertime Jams

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Dana Wenzel and Andrew Kim

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Photos by Jason J. Kim Photography

Looking for an opportunity to play and perform in a small group? Join us for Summertime Jams, a PSMA chamber music program that will run weekly from July 16 to August 17! Students will attend six two-hour chamber music coaching sessions in groups of two to four. At the end, they will showcase the skills they've learned in a cumulative Summertime Jams performance on August 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Registration ends Friday, June 29, so be sure to turn in your application soon!

Small group music, or chamber music, can be one of the most rewarding parts of playing an instrument. Chamber music combines the personal expression of solo playing with the collaboration of orchestral playing to provide a truly unique creative experience.

Many professional musicians claim that chamber music is their favorite type of music! However, not all students get a chance to play chamber music—it is not easily integrated into private lessons or orchestra programs. Summertime Jams is intended to help bridge that gap and give students of all ages and levels the ability to experience chamber music!

Summertime Jams is recommended to all students who want to go beyond just playing the notes on the page and learn how to make them come alive. An emphasis will be placed on communicating with other group members and expressing emotion through music. This program will be lead by the 441 duo, comprised of local musicians and teachers Dana Wenzel and Andrew Kim. 

The program is $200 per student. Once groups are determined, a weekly rehearsal time will be created around the schedules and availability of the students in each group. This is the only summer camp of its kind that seeks to cater its specific schedule based on the availability of the registered students. If you are interested in participating, please complete the Google form by Friday, June 29.

Please note that a placement audition may be required. For questions, information about need-based scholarships, and more, please email teacher Dana Wenzel: dana.violinist@gmail.com.

For more information about Dana and Andrew, check out their bios on our Instructors page.