CSI Community Education Center

Music Fest!

June 11-15, 2018

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.

  • 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)

Note:  We have moved the band students into the CSI Jazz Camp, where they will get specialized instruction on brass instruments in both jazz and notated music.  Jazz Camp takes place June 25 - 29.  You can learn more at www.csi.edu/jazzcamp

Music Exploration Classes

  • 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 2018

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.

Del Parkinson, Piano
Del holds a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Juilliard School.  He is the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays grant for graduate study in London and had his debut recital at Carnegie Hall.  Mr. Parkinson was the coordinator of piano instruction at Brigham Young University-Idaho for 8 years and is currently a professor of piano at BSU.

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 Masters Degree from Boise State University. Sue is a piano, organ, and theory instructor at the College of Southern Idaho.

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.  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.

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 NYC 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 NYU in musical theatre performance and a bachelor's degree from BYU - Idaho in choral conducting. Luke currently works as a vocal coach/musical director in the Boise area.

Barbara Mix, Handbells, Organ
Barbara is a graduate of University of Wyoming in Piano Performance and Music Education, K-12.  She currently has a 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.

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.  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.

Doug Hansen, Strings
Doug graduated from BYU-Idaho with a Bachelors in Music Education in 2005 and completed a Masters in Music Education from Kent State University in 2015.   He has been playing the violin for 32 years.  Doug has taught orchestra for 14 years.  During this time, his groups consistently receive superior ratings at festiva, and his 7th grade group was selected to perform at the Idaho Music Educators Association Conference in 2016.  Doug has enjoyed teaching in different music camps and participates in the Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra.  He is also an adjunct faculty member for BYU-Idaho where he helps teach the string practicum courses.

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 Susanna Terry at 421-1781.  You can also email cbarigar@csi.edu or directorcsimusicfest@gmail.com.

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