CSI Community Education Center

CSI Summer Band Experience

June 25 - 29, 2018

CSI Summer Band Experience

Do you love music? Whether you are a hobbyist, a middle or high school student, or have just always wanted to learn to play, the CSI Summer Band Experience is the perfect opportunity for you!  In this week-long summer camp, jazz and classical music tracks are available.  Students will get the chance to have direct contact with renowned performance faculty six hours each day, learning all about their instrument during daily sectionals, working with their peers in small chamber groups and full band settings, learning about the building blocks of music, improvising in music theory, and experiencing the greatest musical recordings and historical performances of all time in the listening lab.  A culminating performance as part of the Jazz on the Canyon Festival is always a highlight of the summer!  So get your instrument off the shelf, come on down to CSI’s beautiful campus, and have a great time making new friends and great music this summer! Affordable on campus housing and meal plans are available for regional students.  Contact camp director, Scott Farkas to set up arrangements

Our faculty of professional musicians from across the country are masters of making music with students at every ability level.  They meet each student at their skill level, and provide a positive, supportive experience that is guaranteed to improve the student’s ability on their instrument, knowledge of repertoire, and comfort in performing.  The powerful five day experience will allow students the opportunity to listen to, play, and learn about a wide range of music and will culminate in an exciting concert as part of the Jazz on the Canyon Rim festival. 

During the week, students will get the chance to:

  • Have direct contact with performance faculty six hours each day
  • Learn about the intricacies of their instrument during daily sectionals
  • Work with their peers in small and large ensembles
  • Learn about the building blocks of music and improvising in music theory
  • Experience great recordings and historical performances in the listening lab
  • Perform with peers and faculty in an exciting culminating concert

Date, Time, & Location

June 25 - 29, 2018

Keep watching for exact camp times, but camp will run approximately 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. with some evening jamming and concert opportunities...We will let you know as soon as the schedule is finalized. We are excited!

Classes take place in the College of Southern Idaho Fine Arts Building. Check in on the first day will be in the CSI Fine Arts Building’s Foyer.

Registration & Payment

To register for the class, download, print, and fill out the following form:

  • Tuition is $275.
  • Registration deadline is June 21, 2018
  • There is a non-refundable $25 deposit due upon registration
  • Balance of camp is due by the first day of camp

Tuition will cover all program costs, but students are encouraged to bring their own instruments if possible. Because this is a day camp, the $275 fee does not include meals or housing. Younger students will need to bring a sack lunch or have mom and dad pick them up for the noon lunch hour. Older students/adults are welcome to bring their lunches or go off campus to eat. There are a limited number of needs-based scholarships available. If you are interested in these, please call Camille Barigar at 732-6288 or e-mail cbarigar@csi.edu.

Return completed forms and your $25 deposit or tuition in full to:
Camille Barigar
CSI Fine Arts Center
PO Box 1238
Twin Falls, ID 83303-1238

You may also hand-deliver to the CSI Fine Arts Box Office.

Checks payable to College of Southern Idaho
We accept Visas, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or debit cards

Camp Faculty - Keep watching for faculty addition and updates!

Scott Farkas, Camp DirectorScott Farkas, Camp Director

Scott Farkas has been the director of the CSI jazz camp since its creation in 2013. He has been studying and performing music for over 20 years. Originally from New York, Scott holds Bachelor’s degrees in music performance and composition from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and a Master’s degree in percussion performance from the University of Akron. He has performed music in countless settings across the country and has been a full time member of the faculty at the College of Southern Idaho since 2012 as the director of percussion studies and of the CSI pep band. He has performed frequently around the Magic Valley with members of the local jazz community. He values music education very highly and seeks to always provide the highest caliber experience to students from many and varied walks of life. He has taught community education classes in African Drumming, college performance courses, private lessons, and has worked as a specialist in many local school districts including Kimberly, Buhl, Jerome, Filer, Minico, Declo, and Hansen. He draws on all of these varied experiences to create a positive student centered experience for every participant of the CSI jazz camp each and every year.


Scott PrebysScott Prebys

Scott Prebys is a multi-instrumental percussionist with numerous performances in the jazz, classical, pop and ethnic-music genres. He recently completed a highly-successful career in higher education (37 years) and is a 2009 recipient of the North Dakota Governor's Award for the Arts in Education. As a director/performer, he has made two appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, recorded for the Sea Breeze label, and has served as a clinician in twenty states and four Canadian provinces. Scott continues to serve on the faculty of the Kansas City Jazz Alliance workshops (12 years) and has directed all-state jazz ensembles in Montana, Idaho, South Dakota, and British Columbia. He recently composed and recorded the score for "The Enchanted Highway" (film) and has performed with numerous artists in the jazz and pop fields. His performance groups have consistently received high ratings in festival competition. Scott can be heard on weekday mornings throughout North Dakota on Prairie Public radio as host of "Prebys on Classics". He serves as a clinician for the Ludwig Drum Company and maintains a torrid performance/clinic schedule. In addition, he hosts "Prebys on Music" which can be viewed on Dakota Media Access as well as on the internet. He holds performance degrees from the University of Colorado, Indiana State University, and has attended the Eastman School of Music for post-graduate study.


Micheal FrewMichael Frew

Michael Frew is an adjunct instructor of guitar at the College of Southern Idaho where he coaches jazz combos and teaches class guitar and private lessons. He received his undergraduate degree from Utah State University where he studied with Corey Christiansen. Michael is featured on jazz vocalist Liz Wooley's debut CD, A Little Bit Romantic" and has performed in jazz ensembles for Carnival Cruises.


Ben BrittonBen Britton

Saxophonist Ben Britton is an active performer, composer, and educator in the U.S. His talents as a musician and composer were first nationally recognized in 2007 when he was selected to participate in a residency at the Kennedy Center as part of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. Following that, Britton has recorded and performed with both world-renowned musicians like Chris Potter and Harold Danko as well as rising stars from the younger generation. He has  been featured as a soloist on premiers of compositions by Dave Rivello (a protégé of Bob Brookmeyer), George Darrah, and Max Berlin. He has made two recordings as a leader and has a new album coming out in 2018. Brittonhas also recorded as a sideman on several recordings, one of which, Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!!, was nominated for best Latin Jazz Album at the 2011 Latin Grammys. In 2012, Britton participated in two national saxophone competitions placing as a finalist in the Detroit Jazz Festival National Saxophone Competition and winning the First Annual Charlie Parker Cutting Contest hosted by NPR's 12th Street Jump.  As an educator, Britton has held teaching positions at several colleges, and he is currently the Instructor of Woodwinds and Jazz Studies at the College of Southern Idaho.

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More Information

For more information or to obtain a registration or student information/release form

Camille Barigar at (208) 732-6288

Camille Barigar at cbarigar@csi.edu

Camille Barigar
Po Box 1238
Twin Falls, ID 83303

Stop By:
The CSI Fine Arts Center at 315 Falls Avenue in Twin Falls

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