CSI Community Education Center

Instructing young students on a piano


There will be no 2021 Music Fest. See you in 2022!

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

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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 $225 or $275 after May 18
  • 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 2020

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 for small venues, 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. 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 in Washington D.C. as part of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. Then in 2012, Britton placed as a finalist in the Detroit Jazz Festival National Saxophone Competition and won the First Annual Charlie Parker Cutting Contest hosted in Kansas City. 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. His 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.

A. Quinn Van PaepeghemA. Quinn Van Paepeghem
A. Quinn Van Paepeghem is enjoying his 39th year as a music educator. Quinn taught high school choral music for 34 years, before moving to the collegiate level in 2014 at Boise State University. He began teaching at Northwest Nazarene University in the fall of 2016. His current responsibilities at Northwest Nazarene University include the Northwesterners vocal jazz ensemble, Choral Methods, and applied Jazz Guitar. He also assists with the music education program at NNU. He holds Music degrees from the University of Oregon (MME), and Boise State University (BA). Quinn serves as the Vocal Jazz chair for Idaho ACDA, and is Past President of Idaho ACDA. He was selected Idaho's "Outstanding Choral Director" by Idaho ACDA in 2014, for "Distinguished service to choral music in the state of Idaho". His university and high school concert choirs and vocal jazz choirs have performed for seven state or regional NAfME or ACDA music education conferences. Quinn is co-founder of the Treasure Valley Vocal Jazz Camp, held each summer on the NNU campus. Quinn is an avid jazz guitarist, and heads his own jazz quintet with his wife, Shirley.

Cherice CameronCherice Cameron
Cherice Cameron is a native of Idaho, born in Pocatello and raised in Moscow, who finds joy in the beauty of our state. As a child, Cherice spent her summers in Twin Falls on her grandparent's farm and developed a deep love for the area. She earned her Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts in English, and Master of Music from the University of Idaho and just completed her 19th year as Administrative Assistant of Bands with the University of Idaho. Cherice currently serves as the Director of Orchestras at Vallivue High School and Vallivue Middle School in Caldwell, Idaho, where she conducts six orchestras. She is a member of NAfMe and has been teaching strings for 31 years as a private studio teacher and Idaho educator. Cherice has performed with numerous symphonies and ensembles including The Corelli Ensemble, Washington-Idaho Symphony, Everett Symphony, Northwest Savoyards Theatre Orchestra, and Palouse String Quartet. She currently performs with Serenata Orchestra in Boise, Idaho. Her ensembles have performed with singer/songwriter Josh Ritter, and have performed in locations such as New York City and Walt Disney World.

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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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