Community Programs and Summer Institutes
The APSU Department of Music hosts and organizes a number of outreach programs that are available to student musicians throughout the state.
(Spring Semester) Available to high school instrumentalists who are nominated for participation by their band & orchestra directors. Participants audition for one of two ensembles that rehearse over the course of a weekend concluding with a Saturday evening performance. Ensembles are conducted by guest clinicians, and workshops are available for band & orchestra directors who have students participating in the ensembles. Contact Dr. Gregory Wolynec or visit Governors Honor Festival for more information.
(Fall Semester): A marching band competition available to high school programs coordinated by the APSU Department of Music and the Governor's Own Marching Band. Contact Mr. John Schnettler or visit the GOMB website for more information.
For 2020, now part of Governors Honor Festival. Please visit Governors Honor Festival for more information.
(Fall Semester): Available to middle and high school vocalists who are nominated for participation by their school ensemble directors. APSU Choral ensembles perform alongside top high school choirs. Participants rehearse with guest clinicians and APSU faculty over the course of a day, and perform in an afternoon concert with the APSU Choral ensembles. Contact Dr. Korre Foster for more information.
(Spring Semester): The Big Sing is an invitation-only event in which two high-performing high school choirs are invited to campus. The choirs rehearse under the direction of APSU Choral Conductor, Dr. Korre Foster and a guest clinician. The day concludes with a joint performance of the high school choirs performing with the APSU Choral Union. Contact Dr. Korre Foster for more information
The Gateway Chamber Orchestra, a Clarksville-based professional orchestra under the direction of Dr. Gregory Wolynec, programs a concert of elementary-appropriate musical selections. Students from local elementary schools are invited onto the APSU campus for a field-trip to hear the orchestra perform, and learn additional information about the music, instruments, composers, and other elements. Contact Dr. Michael Chandler (APSU Coordinator of Music Education) or Dr. Gregory Wolynec, Gateway Chamber Orchestra Director for more information. Click here for additional information about the GCO.
In cooperation with the Cumberland Winds Jazz Project, APSU welcomes jazz ensembles from across the community to participate in the annual Jazz Fest. The event concludes with a performance of APSU Jazz Collegians and Jazz Combo.
The Community School of the Arts offers private lessons and ensemble experiences to students throughout the community. APSU students teach vocal and instrumental lessons, and direct a selected number of the ensembles. Additional programs are available in theatre, art, dance, and creative writing.
The Clarksville Youth Orchestra provides high-quality instruction and exciting performance opportunities for young string students in the greater Clarksville area. The CYO aims to enrich the lives of the students as well as the community and to help influence the local schools to include string orchestra as part of their music education.
Established in 1990, the Community School of the Arts (CSA) at APSU offers a variety of arts classes for children and adults, from beginning to advanced levels, in the areas of dance, theatre, music, creative writing, and visual art. The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA, or "seek-ah") took over the management of the CSA in 2017. For more information, call 931-221-7034 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Granada is a music day-camp program for students entering the 1st through 6th grades. The week-long program offers the highest quality music education in a child-centered environment that encourages participation, stimulates creativity, and focuses on fun. Since 2000, it has given thousands of musically gifted and interested students a chance to further their interests in an active and exciting camp environment. Contact Dr. Eric Branscome, or visit apsu.edu/granada for more information.
Spend a week with other piano students and embrace your love for the piano! The Piano Camp is designed for piano students who study privately and would like to connect with and be inspired by fellow piano students. The daily schedule includes master-classes with APSU faculty, small ensemble coaching, musical explorations such as composition and musicianship training, movement/dance sessions, and presentations of various music related topics. Contact Simone Parker or visit the Piano Camp webpage for more information.
Spend several days among other string students and embrace your love for your instrument! The String Camp is designed for string students who study privately and would like to connect with and be inspired by fellow string students. The daily schedule includes master-class type lessons with APSU faculty, small ensemble coaching, musical explorations in musicianship training, movement/dance sessions, and presentations of various music related topics. Contact Simone Parker or visit the Strings Camp webpage for more information.
The Cumberland Clarinet Academy is open to high school, collegiate, and professional clarinetists. Participants have the opportunity to take lessons and rehearse in ensembles coached by Boris Allakhverdyan (LA Philharmonic), James Zimmermann (Nashville Symphony), and APSU's Dr. Spencer Prewitt. Visit the Clarinet Academy webpage or contact Dr. Spencer Prewitt for more information.
Cellists of all ages and abilities are invited to join us for APSU’s second annual Cello Day, hosted by Dr. Meghan Berindean. Cello Day activities include cello choir readings, technique workshop, and a masterclass and recital by the guest artist. Contact Dr. Meghan Berindean or visit the Cello Day webpage for more information.
The Violin Fest is an enrichment event for the local and regional violin community. Violin Fest activities include violin group readings, an Alexander Technique workshop, and a master class and recital given by a guest artist. For more information contact Dr. Emily Hanna Crane or visit the Violin Fest website.
We invite you to join us for the annual APSU Horn Day for players of all levels, hosted by Dr. Kristen Sienkiewicz. The event includes master classes for high school and collegiate players, mass horn choir readings, a Q&A discussion on careers in and around music, a performance by the Music City Horn Quartet, and will conclude with our international guest artist and regional horn professors in concert. Contact Dr. Kristen Sienkiewicz or visit the Horn Day webpage for more information.
We invite you to join us for the annual APSU Trumpet Day for players of all levels, hosted by Mr. Rob Waugh. The event includes master classes for high school and collegiate players, mass trumpet choir readings, a Q&A discussion on careers in and around music, and will conclude with our international guest artist and regional trumpet professors in concert. Contact Mr. Rob Waugh or visit the Trumpet Day webpage for more information.
Area high school woodwind students are invited to rehearse and perform with the Austin Peay State University woodwind ensembles. During the event, students work with APSU faculty Dr. Lisa Wolynec (flute), Dr. Amy Gillick (double reed), Dr. Spencer Prewitt (clarinet), and Dr. James Fusik (saxophone) and play along side APSU music students. Visit the Woodwind Spring Fling webpage for more information.
Area high school double reed students are invited to rehearse and perform with the Austin Peay State University double reed ensemble. During the event, students work with APSU faculty Dr. Amy Gillick (double reed) and play along side APSU music students. Visit the Double Reed Roundupwebpage for more information. Visit the Double Reed Roundup webpage for more information.