This summer, we encourage string players to take advantage of a week-long music camp coming to Thayne, WY! A week-long camp for students of all ages that will take them from the classroom to the stage! With instruction in both a primary and a secondary instrument, they learn improv, backup, and how to play with a band from professional educators & musicians, featuring Aaron Ashton, who has performed with Peter Cetera, William Joseph, Smokey Robinson, Josh Groban, the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and the Country Music Awards. Younger students can start their musical journey through Kodaly classes and games, while older students will have fun learning techniques and preparing for a final performance in their very own bluegrass band!
The Jr. Music Festival is an opportunity for piano, voice, band and string students K-12 to perform a prepared piece for an adjudicator. Students receive critical feedback and hands-on instruction from qualified, university level instructors. Top performing students in each level are awarded an opportunity to play at the Honors Concerts and receive cash prizes or scholarships to university summer music programs!
The festival is a unique opportunity in our rural neck of the woods to host guest clinicians from all over the United States. Experts in their musical arena have come from North Carolina, Missouri, Minnesota, San Francisco, Idaho and Utah excited to share techniques with students. We offer workshops in piano, voice, strings, band, and organ, as well as private lessons with our guest clinicians.
In its 5th year now, the Youth Opera (musical theater) experience continues to be a popular part of the festival and an audience favorite. Former Yale voice instructor and Idaho State University professor Kathleen Lane takes students age 8-18 on a fun, 3-day adventure culminating in a fantastic student performance of classic operetta pieces. Please note due to a cutback in the schedule for 2018, this program will not be offered in 2018. Please look for it again in 2019!
The Silver Star Communications scholarship will not be presented this year (2018) due to an overabundance of requests to the company this year. We are grateful for their generous support in the past several years!
Simplot has generously donated to ensure the continuity of the festival in 2017!
In 2016, Shopko Foundation and the local Afton Hometown Shopko made generous donations to support our festival.
The Town of Thayne, Wyoming generously provides a continuous music/arts instruction room at the Thayne Community Center, as well as making the building available each year for the Jr. Music Festival!
Hunter's Furniture, Appliance & Mattress is a locally owned store run by the Hunter family in Star Valley. They have a serious track record for supporting the arts, and we appreciate them greatly!!!
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Did you know? 100% of your donation to this music festival program goes to directly support the arts education of our students and teachers during our 3-day festival...because 100% of the administrative staff is volunteer!