More than 50 area high school students are on campus participating in the Senior Summer Academy of Music. The junior segment, with 64 students, was held earlier in July and ended with a concert that packed the UM-Flint Theatre.
Many of the students have been returning to the academy year after year. For Owen Ananich, a senior from Davison High School, this is his 7th. Jody Henderson from Flushing High School is attending her 5th academy. Both agree that it is the quality of the faculty, and the type of student drawn to the program that keeps them coming back.
"The people here respect music, and they take it seriously," said Henderson.
The senior segment will run through the end of July, and will involve students in a variety of musical training. The program includes, among other things: dance, vocal techniques, men's and women's ensembles, and music theory and composition. The academy seeks students who can match pitch, love to sing, and want to develop their musicianship.
Cost for the two week program is $145.
This is the 26th year that the Department of Music has offered the Summer Academy program.
Like the junior program, a final concert will be presented in the Theatre on July 31 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.00