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Summer 2013

Honors Music Institute

The Penn State Honors Music Institute is an intensive, week-long immersion in the art of music making for talented high school students. As one of the most exciting summer music camps of 2013, specific areas of study include Chamber Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Piano and Wind Ensemble. Students entering 9th grade in the fall of 2013 (current 8th graders) through students who will graduate in the spring of 2013 (current seniors) are eligible to audition.

Accepted students will participate in masterclasses, private lessons, chamber music, student recitals and large ensembles. All institute participants will study with renowned School of Music faculty and acclaimed guest artists.

Students may submit audition materials for more than one area of study, but will be placed in only ONE, based on the review of the audition videos. Audition videos and applications are due June 1, 2013. You will be notified via email regarding your acceptance/non-acceptance to The Honors Music Institute by June 10, 2013.

All events will take place in the Penn State School of Music on the beautiful University Park campus. Students will be housed in the newly renovated, air conditioned North Halls, located near the School of Music.

Chamber Choir

The Honors Music Institute presents a well-rounded curriculum of instruction and performance opportunities for singers dedicated to the discipline of choral music. The maximum number of students selected to participate in the Chamber Choir is limited to 32.

Kiver photoChristopher Kiver is director of choral activities at Penn State, where he directs the Concert Choir and Glee Club, oversees the graduate choral conducting program, and teaches classes in choral conducting and choral literature. He is founder and director of the Orpheus Singers in State College, Pennsylvania, and serves as director of music at the University Baptist and Brethren Church. 

Choirs under Kiver’s direction have performed at state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and National Association for Music Education. He has taught at the Westminster Choir College Summer program, the Saturday Seminar programs, and has appeared as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in the United States, Australia, China, and New Zealand.

Kiver is national chair for the Repertoire and Standards Committee on Male Choirs for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He serves the same function for the Eastern Division of ACDA, is immediate past president of the Pennsylvania chapter of ACDA, and is Choral Content Area Representative for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA).

A native of England, he has received numerous prizes and scholarships including a Fulbright Award, and the 2002 Sydney World Choral Symposium Foundation Scholarship. In February 2006, he was a double Grammy Award winner (“Best Choral Performance” and “Best Classical Album”) as a chorus master for the critically acclaimed Naxos recording of William Bolcom’s monumental Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Kiver is a graduate of the University of London, Florida State University, and the University of Michigan, where he received his doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting.

The 2013 Chamber Choir program was:

Swell the full chorus (from Solomon) ♦ George Friderich Handel

Sicut cervus ♦ Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

I will lift up mine eyes ♦ Nicholas McKaig

Veni Sancte Spiritus, K. 47 ♦ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Au joly jeu ♦ Clément Janequin

Oh my Luve’s like a red, red, rose ♦ René Clausen

Buffalo Gals ♦ arr. Bob Chilcott


Accomplished piano students receive private instruction along with master classes, special topics classes, performance opportunities and practice time.

Shafer photoTimothy Shafer, professor of piano at Penn State, is recipient of the 1997 Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year Award and has twice appeared at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, both as a soloist and as a member of Duo Concertant. In addition to maintaining an active solo recital and chamber music schedule in the United States, he has concertized, taught, and adjudicated in South America and Asia. With performance degrees and awards from both Oberlin and Indiana University, Dr. Shafer is the founding director of the keyboard option in Penn State’s High School Summer Music Camp in 1987.

guzman pianoChristopher Guzman, assistant professor in piano, has entertained audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. A prizewinner in many international competitions, including the Walter M. Naumburg Competition, the Seoul International Music Competition, and the Isang Yun Competition of South Korea, he has performed as soloist with many large ensembles, including the San Antonio Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Corpus Christi Symphony, and The EOS Orchestra of New York City. He has performed concerti with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and in Spoleto, Italy, during the orchestra’s first summer residency at the 2003 Festival Dei Due Mondi. Guzman has appeared in recitals in such varied venues as Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, and Spoleto’s Teatro Caio Melisso. A Texas native, Guzman began studying piano at age 9 and violoncello two years later. He has studied at the University of Texas at Austin, New England Conservatory, and the Juilliard School.

The program of the 2013 piano recital included works by Chopin, Schubert, Prokofiev, and Liszt among others.

Wind Ensemble

Talented young musicians can increase their knowledge of music and music making in rehearsals, chamber ensembles, master classes, and recitals. The maximum number of students selected to participate in the Wind Ensemble is limited to 50.

Glocke photoDennis Glocke was appointed director of concert bands at Penn State in 1996.  He received degrees in conducting from Northwestern University, where he studied with John P. Paynter, and in music education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where his principal conducting teachers were H. Robert Reynolds and Eugene Corporon. 

 Prior to joining the Penn State faculty, Professor Glocke was associate director of bands at the University of Michigan, director of bands at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and a band director in the Oconomowoc (WI) public schools.

 Professor Glocke is frequently invited to serve as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States.  His ensembles have performed at the Eastern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Conference, and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.  The Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble was invited to open the 2005 Flicorno D’Oro international band festival in Riva del Garda, Italy, the first American band to be so honored.  He has also conducted in some of the country’s finest performing venues, including the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas), Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater (Chautauqua, NY), The Music Center at Strathmore (North Bethesda, MD), and the Eastman Theatre (Rochester, NY).

The 2013 program of the Wind Ensemble was:

Kirkpatrick Fanfare ♦ Andrew Boysen Jr.

Scenes from The Louvre ♦ Norman Dello Joio

  • The Portals
  • Children’s Gallery
  • The Kings of France
  • The Nativity Paintings
  • Finale

A Somerset Rhapsody, Op. 21 ♦ Gustav Holst, transcribed by Clare Grundman

Irish Tune from County Derry ♦ Percy Aldridge Grainger

Shepherd's Hey ♦ Percy Aldridge Grainger

Jazz Ensemble

Note: Jazz Ensemble was initially offered in 2013 but did not occur.

Talented young jazz musicians can benefit from a varied schedule of rehearsals, master classes, recitals, combos, and instruction in the art of improvisation.

The maximum number of students selected to participate in the Jazz Ensemble is limited to 18.

The daily schedule for Jazz Ensemble members will include the following:

  • Jazz Ensemble rehearsals

  • Master Class (taught by School of Music faculty and guest artists)

  • Jazz Combo or Improvisation

  • Common Hour (featuring a different musical topic or opportunity each day, TBA)

  • Practice time

  • Evening recital

  • Each student will receive one 45-minute private lesson during the week.

Yoder photoDan Yoder has served as Penn State’s director of jazz studies for twenty-nine years. Centre Dimensions, the top jazz band, has achieved acclaim at jazz festivals throughout the Midwest and East Coast. In addition to directing Centre Dimensions, he also advises the jazz combos and teaches courses in improvisation, harmony and arranging, jazz pedagogy, as well as a jazz history course for non-music majors. Prior to his Penn State appointment, he held a similar position at the University of Iowa. 

Professor Yoder is active as a guest conductor and clinician. He conducts district and regional jazz bands throughout the state of Pennsylvania, and has conducted all-state jazz ensembles in six states. He is in demand as an adjudicator at jazz festivals throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. 

As a performer, Yoder has been saxophone soloist with the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C., as well as lead alto saxophonist with the U.S. Army Blues. He remains active as a guest soloist and freelance performer. Recent performances include the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.

Yoder has written more than seventy-five compositions and arrangements for jazz ensemble. In addition, he has published articles in the Jazz Journal, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association News, and Westwind. His textbook, Beginning Improvisation, is published by Prentice Hall. He is past president of the Pennsylvania unit of the International Association of Jazz Educators. 

The following list represents examples of the type of repertoire that students will study and perform:

  • Time After Time, Don Schamber

  • Muttnik, Quincy Jones

  • Samba Dees Gotta Do It, Tom Kubis

  • Bemsha Swing, Thelonious Monk 

  • Sing Sang Sung, Gordon Goodwin

  • Over the Rainbow, arr. Dan Yoder

  • Big Swing Face, Buddy Rich

2013 Applied Faculty

Bassoon — Daryl Durran, Penn State School of Music

Clarinet — Anthony Costa, Penn State School of Music

Double Bass/Electric Bass — Sam Hepplemann, Freelance Performer, Teacher, Central Pennsylvania Region

Drum Set — Charlie Heim, Freelance Drummer, Percussionist, Composer

Flute — Naomi Seidman, Penn State School of Music

Guitar — Mac Himes, Penn State School of Music

Horn — Lisa O. Bontrager, Penn State School of Music

Jazz Piano — Billy Test, Freelance Performer, New York City, NY

Musicianship Skills — Matthew Travis, Director of Choral Activities, Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling NY

Oboe — Timothy Hurtz, Penn State School of Music

Percussion — Michael Schutz, McMaster University of the Arts, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Piano — Timothy Shafer, Penn State School of Music

Piano - Christopher Guzman, Penn State School of Music

Piano-Jose Mendez, Penn State School of Music

Saxophone — David Stambler, Penn State School of Music

Trombone — James Michael Hall, Old Dominion University

Trumpet — Brent Turney, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Tuba/Euphonium — Velvet Brown, Penn State School of Music

                              Brian Edwards, DMA (ABD) Northwestern University

Voice — Richard Kennedy, Penn State School of Music

Voice — Beverly Patton, Penn State School of Music

Voice-Jennifer Trost, Penn State School of Music

How to Apply

In order to apply, you must submit a video audition via YouTube and then fill out the proper application form for the area(s) of study in which you are interested.

  • If you don't have a YouTube account, please create one by going to: Click on "sign in" in the upper right hand corner and follow the directions to create an account.
  • PLEASE USE YOUR FULL NAME as identification (no nicknames) as the title of your video.
  • Upload your video, following the instructions provided on YouTube.
  • Under the video settings, be sure to choose “unlisted,” for copyright and privacy concerns.
  • Once your performance video has been uploaded to YouTube, copy and paste the URL of your video into the application form where indicated. (Links to application forms are listed at the bottom of this page.)

You may submit audition videos/applications for more than one area of study, but will be placed in only ONE, based on the review of the audition videos. Audition videos/applications are due Monday, June 2, 2014. You will be notified via email regarding your acceptance/non-acceptance to The Honors Music Institute by Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

You will find the areas of study listed below. Each one links to an application form and audition instructions specific to that area of study. Good luck!

Apply to Chamber Choir

Apply to Jazz Ensemble

Apply to Piano

Apply to Wind Ensemble

Should you be accepted into The Honors Music Institute, you will receive registration materials electronically. The registration fee is $849 for residential participants and $649 for commuters. This fee includes instruction, one private lesson, meals, and materials as well as lodging for the residential participants.

Partial scholarships will be available to qualified students upon acceptance to The Honors Music Institute. Scholarship information will be sent with registration materials to accepted participants.

Note: Rising seniors interested in majoring in music at Penn State may have the opportunity to have their participation in The Honors Music Institute serve as their audition to the Penn State School of Music. Information to follow upon acceptance to The Honors Music Institute.


About Program Content, including questions regarding Youtube audition video and application

Jayne Glocke, Honors Music Institute Director
The Pennsylvania State University
104 Music Building I
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-2487
Email: (email contact recommended)

About Registration

Autumn Spots, Planner 
The Pennsylvania State University 
225 The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel 
University Park PA 16802 
Phone: 814-863-5100