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Summer 2016

Honors Music Institute

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Congratulations to the 75 incredibly talented students selected to attend the 2016 Honors Music Institute for a most remarkable week of music making last month!  Students from 11 states and Hong Kong spent the week working with renowned School of Music faculty and acclaimed guest artists in large ensembles, chamber ensembles, masterclasses, lessons and operetta scenes.  The impressive efforts of these talented students were brilliantly displayed in the final concerts on Saturday, July 23.

Dates of the fifth annual Honors Music Institute are July 16-22 2017. This one-week residential program offers an intensive immersion in the art of music making for talented high school students, and is open to students entering grade nine through those graduating in spring 2017. Specific areas of study include Chamber Choir, Piano, and Wind Ensemble.

2017 audition and application information will be available January 2017.

From 2016 participants:
-By far, HMI as taught me more technique and musicianship than any place else. HMI really helps talented musicians grow and see where they can improve.
-I really loved the campus, all the faculty and counselors, and meeting a bunch of friendly, talented, and passionate musicians. Overall, I was very impressed with the program at Penn State and I have learned so much!
-The faculty in the School of Music are truly world class. Everyone is willing to help and they are one of the leading reasons that Penn State is the school I want to attend.
-Probably the best music camp experience I've ever had.
-I learned more in the last week than I ever thought I would. I believe that I have already improved and I'm a better musician now than I was one week ago.
-There's no way to describe exactly what was felt, it was magical.
-This is an amazing experience. The institute offers many opportunities to study with some of the best professors in the US. The camp in its entirety has truly changed how I play for the better.

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Chamber Choir Piano ensemble wind  ensemble