CSI Community Education Center

Music Fest!

June 12-16, 2017

MUSIC FEST! is an annual event, an opportunity for students age 12 - 18 to grow musically and socially in a day camp setting on the beautiful CSI campus!


Music Fest, a music day camp for students age 12 to 18, is an opportunity for students to participate in many areas of music and interact with professional faculty.  Music Fest is held on the beautiful College of Southern Idaho campus in Twin Falls, Idaho. Students choose a major and spend significant time each day in classes related to their major. Available majors include band, strings, vocal, handbells, musical theater, organ, percussion, and piano. All students participate in the camp choir and have three elective periods to choose from. There are a wide variety of elective classes to choose from. On the last evening of the camp, all students perform in the Music Fest concert.

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There are a wide variety of classes to choose from! All students are required to take Choir and at least one Repertoire and Technique class in their major area in addition to technique classes in their Major. Beyond that, students have the opportunity to pick other elective classes to study during the week.

Major Area Choices:
Students choose one major. They must already play the instrument to declare as their major. We must have a minimum of 5 students to hold a class, including majors.

  • Band
  • Strings
  • Vocal
  • Handbells
  • Musical Theater
  • Percussion
  • Organ (must have at least one year piano)
  • Piano (must have a minimum of 2 years private lessons and currently be studying with a private teacher)

Music Exploration Classes

  • Band Technique
  • Band Chamber Ensembles
  • Orchestra Technique
  • Intermediate String Ensemble
  • Advanced String Ensembles
  • String Master Class
  • Beginning Drum Circle
  • Intermediate Drum Circle
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Beginning Piano
  • Intermediate Piano Ensemble
  • Advanced Piano Ensemble
  • Beginning Organ
  • Organ Hymn Playing
  • Handbell Exploration
  • Intermediate Handbells (some experience necessary)
  • Handbell Ensemble
  • Girls’ Choir
  • Advanced Choir
  • Musical Theatre
  • Composer of the Year

Scholarship and Fees

All registrations and fees must be received by May 1.  No registrations will be accepted after this time.  Tuition price includes a $25 non-refundable deposit.

  • Tuition
    • Early Bird Tuition (received before March 15) is $195.
    • Tuition after March 15 is $225.
  • Lunches: $40
  • Friday Dinner: $15
  • Camp Photo: $10
  • Housing:  $25/night
  • Half-Hour Private Lessons: $15 each

A limited number of needs-based scholarships are available. Email cbarigar@csi.edu for more information

Faculty 2017

Music Fest is honored to host some of the most talented music teachers in the state and beyond! Here is a sample of the talent featured at the camp.

Luke Lords, Musical Theater
Luke Lords is honored to be a part of the faculty for the CSI Music Fest. He has been seen as Dwight in the off-Broadway musical Elevator Music. Other favorite New York Theatre credits include Jamie (The Last Five Years), Doc (The Most Happy Fella), and Billy Van Cleve (Sweet Smell of Success). Luke received his master's degree from New York University in musical theatre performance. He also received a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University - Idaho in choral conducting. Luke currently works as a vocal coach/musical director in the Boise area. www.lukelords.com

Dallin Hansen, Strings
Dallin has a DMA degree in violin performance from Arizona State University, a M.M. degree in orchestral conducting from BYU, and a B.M. degree in Music Education from BYU.  He has soloed throughout Utah, Idaho, and Arizona.  Mr. Hansen’s orchestral and chamber music experience includes performance tours of Europe and Russia with the BYU Chamber Orchestra, performances with the Utah Symphony, and as first violinist of the ASU Chamber Players (ASU’s top mixed chamber ensemble).  Mr. Hansen is a faculty member at BYU-Idaho, where he directs the string pedagogy program, teaches applied violin, and performs with the Serenata Strings faculty quartet at BYU-Idaho.

Marcellus Brown, Band/Brass
A Detroit native, Marcellus has taught at Chicago State University and Austana College. He holds a Masters of Music from University of Michigan. Director of bands at Boise State University and Director of the University Symphonic Winds and the Treasure Valley Concert Band. The University Symphonic Winds has been recognized as one of the outstanding concert groups in the Northwest and has been selected to perform at numerous clinics and conventions. Founder of Idaho Youth Wind Symphony and he is the conductor of the Idaho Youth Wind Symphony Senior Ensemble. Active soloist and performer on trumpet as well as extensive work as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator.

Sue Miller, Piano
A Twin Falls native, Sue has a Bachelor of Music from George Mason University, a Bachelor of Arts from Idaho State University, and a Maters Degree from Boise State University. Sue is a piano, organ, and theory instructor at the College of Southern Idaho.

Del Parkinson, Piano
Began studying piano at age five in his hometown of Blackfoot, Idaho. Doctor of music degree, Indiana University. Postgraduate diploma from the Juilliard School. Recipient of a Fulbright-Hays grant for graduate study in London. Debut recital at Carnegie Hall. He was coordinator of piano instruction at Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he taught for eight years. Currently professor of piano at Boise State University.

Barbara Mix, Handbells, Organ
Graduate of University of Wyoming in Piano Performance and Music Education, K-12.  Currently has music studio teaching piano, church organ, and three handchime choirs for homeschooled youth. She is the organist, pianist, choir accompanist, and handbell director at First Presbyterian Church of Twin Falls.

Phyllis Tincher, Handbells
Phyllis Tincher has been solo ringing since 1997 and has directed youth and adult handbell choirs since 1993.  She has served as a guest conductor at festivals and taught at handbell conferences.  She is active in the Northwest area of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers and served as chair from 200 - 2002.  Phyllis, along with Sean Rogers, pianist publised four CDs.

David Taylor, Percussion
Dr. David Taylor is the Coordinator of Percussion Studies at BYU-Idaho. He is the founder of BYUIdaho's "RixStix Percussion Group," comprised of various percussion-centered performing ensembles, including chamber percussion groups, drum circles, mallet ensembles, electronic ensembles, novelty works and a handbell choir. His primary responsibility is overseeing the percussion program including the RixStix Percussion Group and teaching percussion Pedagogy and Methods courses as well as music technology, music theory, and music history, and musicianship. He is the author of "Basic Theory: An Interactive Introduction to the Fundamentals of Music," an online course for prospective music majors and others desiring to learn more about fundamental music theory concepts. Dr. Taylor is also a published composer of both original and arranged works for percussion ensemble, chamber groups, and a variety of choral groups.

Cory Evans, Choir
Dr. Cory Evans is Director of Choral Activities at Utah State University.  He holds degrees from Utah State University, the University of Florida, and Arizona State University.  He serves as Associate Director of the ?American Festival Chorus and as Artistic Director of Choral Rendezvous, a national summer choral festival in Challis, Idaho.  Under his direction, the Utah State University Chamber singers have been featured on American Public Media's "Performance Today" and were eligible for a Grammy nomination in three categories for their 2010 album Show Me Thy Ways: Choral Music of Daniel E. Gawthrop.  Cory regularly conducts internationally and his highly acclaimed as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.  As a tenor soloist, Cory performs throughout the world and has been a featured soloist with several prominent orchestras and choral ensembles including the Grammy-nominated American vocal ensemble, Conspirare under Craig Hella Johnson.  Cory lives in Nibley, Utah with his wife Jennie and two daughters, Ellie and Jessie... the REAL musicians in the family.

Contact Information

For more information or to obtain a registration form, stop by the CSI Fine Arts Center, call Camille Barigar at (208)732-6288, or call Chenele Dixon at 420-3232.  You can also email cbarigar@csi.edu or chenele@yahoo.com.

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