CSI Community Education Center

MusicFest!

June 10 - 14, 2019

MUSICFEST! is an annual camp for students ages 12 and up to grow musically and socially in a day camp setting on the beautiful CSI campus!

Overview and Camp Majors/Classes

Do you love music? No matter your experience level, CSI MUSICFEST is the place for you! This week-long summer camp on the beautiful College of Southern Idaho campus provides opportunities for you to be immersed in music making. Focused study is available in strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, jazz, and voice. The daily schedule includes seven hours of hands-on instruction laid out to thoroughly engage students from beginning to end. Exceptional faculty from across the state work closely with you in small and large ensemble settings, as well as in daily master classes and sectionals. The listening lab brings theory and history of music to life! Each afternoon, students have the chance to shine alongside their faculty mentors at the camp's performance spotlight. Private lessons and a wide range of elective areas are available to round out the camp experience. The week's learning culminates with student recitals and a Gala concert for friends, family, and community to enjoy. CSI MUSICFEST promises to be an unforgettable experience where students build life-long friendships through the power of music making!

Students choose one major of study. They must already play the instrument declared as their major. We must have a minimum of 5 students to hold a class, including majors.

  • Strings
  • Vocal
  • Percussion
  • Brass
  • Woodwinds
  • Jazz
  • 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

  • Festival Choir
  • Festival Orchestra
  • Festival Band
  • Piano Ensembles/Technique
  • String Ensembles/Technique
  • Wind Ensembles/Technique
  • Brass Ensembles/Technique
  • Percussion Ensemble/Technique
  • Jazz Combos
  • Jazz Choir
  • Musical Theatre
  • Ghana: Drum, Dance, Sing
  • Organ Class
  • Listening Labs
  • Master Classes
  • Private Lessons

Photo/Video Gallery

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Scholarship and Fees

All registrations and fees must be received by Friday, May 24. No registrations will be accepted after this time. Tuition price includes a $25 non-refundable deposit.

  • Tuition is $230
  • Camp Photo: $10
  • Half-Hour Private Lessons: $15 each

A limited number of needs-based scholarships are available. Affordable on campus housing and meal plans are available for regional students. Email sfarkas@csi.edu for more information.

Faculty 2019

MusicFest 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.

Serena ClarkSerena Clark, Camp Co-Director and Voice/Musical Theater
Serena serves as co-director of CSI MusicFest. Serena received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pepperdine University and her Master of Music from University of Idaho. She is Director of Choral Activities at the College of Southern Idaho, where she conducts two choirs, teaches voice, and music appreciation. Serena's former students have been heard on Broadway, at Carnegie Hall, and on professional recordings. Serena regularly conducts, clinics, and adjudicates throughout the state and is an active guest soloist and musical theatre performer.

Scott FarkasScott Farkas, Camp Co-Director, Jazz, and Percussion
Scott Farkas is the Department Chair of the CSI Fine Arts Academic Department has was the director of the CSI jazz Camp from 2013-2018. 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.

Del ParkinsonDel 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 MillerSue 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.

Sue MillerBarbara Mix
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.

Michael FrewMichael Frew
Michael Frew's creative approach and deep knowledge of jazz guitar have made him one of the top-call guitarists in southern Idaho. He has performed with many fantastic jazz musicians, including Justin Nielsen, Kobe Watkins, Aaron Miller, Corey Christiansen, Steve Lyman, Denson Angulo, and Brent Jensen among others. He performs regularly in the southern Idaho area at clubs, festivals, events, and educational performances. He has also performed in jazz ensembles for Carnival Cruises, and he was featured on jazz vocalist Liz Wooley's debut CD, A Little Bit Romantic." As an educator, Frew is active across the state. He is an adjunct instructor of guitar at the College of Southern Idaho where he coaches jazz combos and teaches class guitar and private lessons, and he also teaches jazz guitar at Boise State. He received his undergraduate degree from Utah State University where he studied with Corey Christiansen.

Ben BrittonBen Britton
Saxophonist Ben Britton is an active performer, composer, and educator in the U.S. He has recorded and performed with both world-renowned musicians like Chris Potter and Harold Danko as well as rising stars from the younger generation. As a sideman, he performed on the recording Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!!, which was nominated for best Latin Jazz Album at the 2011 Latin Grammys. In 2007, Britton was selected to participate in a Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency at the Kennedy Center, and in 2012, Britton placed as a finalist in the Detroit Jazz Festival National Saxophone Competition and won the First Annual Charlie Parker Cutting Contest. Britton's musical training includes a DMA in Jazz Studies from Eastman School of Music. He currently lives in Twin Falls with his family and is an Instructor of Woodwinds and Jazz Studies at the College of Southern Idaho.

George HalsellGeorge Halsell
George K. Halsell, Distinguished Professor of Music, is in his twenty-fifth year on the music faculty at the College of Southern Idaho. He directs the Symphonic Band and teaches music theory, aural skills, music appreciation, brass instruments and composition. He also performs in the Twin Falls Municipal Band and the Magic Valley Symphony, appearing as well with each as both guest conductor and soloist. Dr. Halsell earned his bachelor's degree in bass trombone performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and his master's and doctorate, also in trombone performance, from The University of Texas at Austin. He also attended graduate school at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has studied at the Aspen Music School and the Aspen Choral Institute. He has performed with ensembles ranging from the Baltimore Symphony and the Baltimore Opera Orchestra to bands for Diana Ross, the Temptations, and the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus. Since joining the CSI faculty, Halsell has also distinguished himself as a composer. He has written and arranged works for the Magic Valley Symphony, the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra (College Station, Texas), the CSI Symphonic Band, the Twin Falls Municipal Band and the Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Twin Falls. In the spring of 2009, he was awarded a sabbatical leave, during which time he composed his Symphony in Five Episodes. He directed the premiere of this work with the Magic Valley Symphony in November of that year. Subsequently, now former Governor Butch Otter recognized his efforts by awarding him a Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Most recently, he has received a commission from the Idaho Music Teachers Association to compose a chamber work to be premiered at their September 2019 convention in Boise.

Jared HallockJared Hallock
Hallock's years as a performer and composer have led him down many roads. Holding a B.M. in Percussion Performance from the University of Idaho, he has shared the stage with a variety of performing artists, from dance troupes to internationally renowned musicians. From jazz combos to funk bands, orchestral work to the avante garde, he thrives on exploring all avenues of performance art. Hallock's projects include scores for movies, dance pieces, and theatrical collaborations, among a myriad of other productions for theater, stage and professional recordings. As a result of these eclectic explorations, he has enjoyed working as a musician, performer, composer, director and clinician throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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Contact Information

For more information or to obtain a registration form, stop by the CSI Fine Arts Center, email or Camillle Barigar at (208)732-6288 | cbarigar@csi.edu, or contact camp directors Scott Farkas (208) 732-6763 | sfarkas@csi.edu or Serena Jenkins Clark (208) 732-6768 | sjenkinsclark@csi.edu to set up arrangements.

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