For over 45 years, Calvin College has welcomed students from West Michigan (and beyond) to engage in wonderful musicmaking and learning through Knollcrest Music Camp (KMC). This summer experience promotes the musical, social, and spiritual growth of young musicians by helping them find their place within the amazing field of music. Led by Calvin faculty and other outstanding music educators, Knollcrest Music Camp inspires personalized artistic development through formative, practical opportunities within an enriching, inclusive community.

For more information, download the 2017 Knollcrest Music Camp brochure.

High School Week | July 31-August 4, 2017
Middle School Week | August 7-11, 2017

Please note: Online registration will be available starting in February. Registration links are found under the High School and Middle School tabs below.

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Cost

High School Week: $250
Middle School Week: $225

Registration includes a KMC t-shirt. A fee of $25 will be added to registrations received after June 30. The deadline for FULL refunds is June 30.

Attendance Policy

Participants are expected to attend class full-time. All students are also expected to perform in the Friday evening concert.

Lunch

Students may bring their own lunch or purchase it through Calvin Dining Services. Boxed lunches cost $35 for the week and include a sandwich, chips, a fruit or vegetable, a treat, and bottled water.

Contact Information

Email: musiccamp@calvin.edu
Phone: (616) 526-7145
Address: 1795 Knollcrest Circle SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

July 31-August 4, 2017 | 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

  • For students entering 9th-12th grade
  • Students must have at least two years of musical experience and bring their own instruments. KMC does not supply instruments.
  • 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. daily

Primary Ensembles

All students participate in one of the following:

  • Choir
  • Concert Band
  • String Orchestra

Secondary Ensembles

Students may choose to participate in another ensemble such as:

  • Jazz Band: A performance group comprised of saxophones, trumpets/ cornets, trombones, bass clef baritones/ euphoniums, drum set (experience required), electric guitar, electric or string bass and piano. Guitar, bass, and piano players must be able to read music well and be comfortable reading chord notation. Rhythm section instrumentation will be limited to two (2) students per instrument, and is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Musical Theatre: A group experience that involves singing, dancing, and acting to produce selections from a well-known musical. Students are required to provide their own costumes. No student instrumentalists are used. Music Theatre is limited to the first 60 applicants.

Elective Classes

Students participating in only a Primary Ensemble will choose to take elective classes. Elective classes are organized according to main categories of interest:

  • Music & Movement
  • Music Theory/Composition/Technology
  • Performance Techniques
  • Popular Music

While students are permitted to prioritize their elective interests, it is recommended that they enroll in as many classes within the same category as possible.

Music & Movement

  • Dance: Students learn about the relationship between music and dance through an introduction to varied dance styles. No experience or special equipment is required.
  • Handbells: Beginning (0-1 year of experience): Students with limited experience learn basic ringing techniques. Students must be able to read music well. Intermediate (2 or more years of experience): Students with preliminary experience build upon fundamentals by learning more difficult ringing techniques through rehearsal and performance.
  • West African Drumming: Students learn and experience West African percussion through active participation in a hand-drumming ensemble. Students will be exposed to authentic folk music, group composition, and improvisation. No previous experience is required, and no reading of musical notation is involved. Drums will be provided. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Music Theory/Composition/Technology

  • Figuring Out Melody: Students learn how to compose a basic melody, then find ways to make it more interesting and expressive. Students must be able to spell chords fairly well, and be willing to do a half hour of homework each day. Class size is limited to 8 students.
  • Fundamentals of Music Theory and Composition: Students learn about the “building blocks” of tonal music through an overview of the basics of music theory (scales, intervals, key signatures, chords, tonality, rhythm, melody) and the completion of small composition assignments.
  • Sound Design: Students learn about how music is reproduced digitally by various means. Students will gain an introductory understanding of how to construct original sound objects, create sound palettes from sampled sounds, and modify ready-made sounds from music synthesizers. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Performance Techniques

  • Chamber Music: Students learn to rehearse and perform in a small ensemble setting. Students will be divided into appropriate ensembles and coached on the intricacies of chamber music performance. For woodwinds, brass, and strings only.
  • Guitar:
    Beginning Guitar (0-1 year of experience): Students with limited experience learn basic guitar techniques and notation in a group setting. Students must provide their own guitars. Class size is limited to 8 students.
    Intermediate Guitar (2 or more years of experience): Students with preliminary guitar experience build upon fundamentals by learning more difficult techniques in a group setting. Students must provide their own guitars.
  • Piano:
    Beginning Piano (0-1 year of experience): Students with limited experience learn basic keyboard skills in a group setting. Class size is limited to 10 students.
    Intermediate Piano (2 or more years of experience): Students with preliminary piano experience receive coaching on pieces they are currently studying. Students also have the opportunity to perform as soloists and as part of the class ensemble. Class size is limited to 10 students.
  • Voice: Students work with a professional vocalist in a studio setting to develop and improve tone production and technique. Students are exposed to a variety of exercises and repertoire.

Popular Music

  • Contemporary A Capella Singing: Students learn some of the basic techniques of contemporary a cappella style singing in a group rehearsal setting. Prior experience in choir is helpful, but not required.
  • The Evolution of Pop: Students trace the development of popular styles throughout recent music history.
  • Music in Movies: Students learn about prominent film composers as well as the processes of composing and recording music for movies. Students will also watch one movie in its entirety to analyze and discuss the role music plays in it.
  • Music in Worship: Students learn basic concepts in planning and leading musical performance in worship settings. This course is open to instrumentalists and vocalists.

Afternoon Assembly Sessions

KMC will again offer varied sessions during our daily afternoon assemblies. Some sessions will be devoted to faculty-led masterclasses in each performance area.

Private Lessons

All High School students have the opportunity to schedule a 30-minute lesson with a member of the Calvin music faculty. Lessons will be held immediately before or after the camp day (depending upon faculty availability). Lessons will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students registered for a private lesson will then be charged an additional $25 fee.

Honors Program

KMC offers an additional opportunity for those students interested in focusing more deeply in their area of performance. Students involved in the Honors Program are expected to participate in the Primary Ensemble (Choir, Concert Band, or String Orchestra) of their honors emphasis. Any exceptions will be determined by KMC faculty. Honors students are selected by KMC faculty and assigned to one of the following small ensembles:

Note: Audition materials for the Honors Programs will be posted soon.

  • Woodwind Quintet: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn
  • String Quartet/Quintet: two violins, viola, cello, piano
  • Vocal Ensemble: ranging from 6-10 members
  • Brass Quintet: two trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba
  • Percussion Ensemble: ranging from 4-6 members
  • Jazz Combo: 6-8 members, including bass, piano, drums, guitar, with 2-3 saxophones or brass

Honors ensembles meet each day during KMC’s 0-hour (8:00-8:50 a.m.) for rehearsal and faculty coaching. All honors ensembles will perform for their peers at the Friday afternoon assembly.

Students interested in the Honors Program must submit an audio/video recording along with their KMC application. Application materials will include a prepared piece, designated technical elements (scales, vocalises), and an assigned etude. The deadline for all Honors Program applications (which must include a recording) is June 30. Students with incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Registration & Medical Release

Please note: Camp registration can be completed on-line through the following link below. However, students receiving scholarships or the pre-registration discount should pay off-line via check. When registering, click on “show other payment options” to select “PAY OFF-LINE.” This can be done at the beginning or end of the registration process.

Register here

August 7-11, 2017

  • For students entering 7th-8th grade
  • Students must have at least one year of musical experience and bring their own instruments. KMC does not supply instruments.
  • 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. daily

Ensembles

All students participate on one ensemble. Students may choose to participate in a second ensemble or take elective classes.

  • Choir
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band: A performance group comprised of saxophones, trumpets/cornets, trombones, baritones/euphoniums, drum set (experience required), electric guitar, electric or string bass, and piano. Guitar, bass, and piano players must be able to read music well and be comfortable reading chord notation. Rhythm section instrumentation is limited to 2 students per instrument, and is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Music Theatre: A group experience that involves singing, dancing, and acting to produce selections from a well-known musical. Students are required to provide their own costumes. No student instrumentalists are used. Music Theatre is limited to the first 65 applicants.
  • String Orchestra

Elective Classes

All students participate in one ensemble. Students may choose to participate in a second ensemble or take elective classes.

  • Brass Techniques: Students with brass instrument experience build upon fundamental skills in a group setting.
  • Chamber Music: Students learn to rehearse and perform in a small ensemble setting. Students will be divided into appropriate ensembles and coached on the intricacies of chamber music performance. For woodwinds, brass, and strings only.
  • Clarinet Choir: Students learn about, rehearse, and perform music written for clarinet ensemble. Proper breathing, playing position, embouchure, intonation, and fingerings will be addressed. Students may also be exposed to other instruments of the clarinet family.
  • Dance: Students learn about the relationship between music and dance through an introduction to varied dance styles. No experience or special equipment is required.
  • Drum Circle: Students learn and experience African and Latin percussion through active participation in a hand-drumming ensemble. Students will be exposed to authentic folk music, group composition, and improvisation. No previous experience or reading of musical notation is required. Class size is limited to 10 students.
  • Eclectic Strings: Students with string instrument experience have the opportunity to perform various musical styles ranging from fiddle to rock.
  • Flute Choir: Students learn about, rehearse, and perform music written for flute ensemble in 3-6 parts. Proper breathing, embouchure, intonation, and high note fingerings will be addressed. Students may also be exposed to alto and bass flutes.
  • Guitar:
    Beginning Guitar (0-1 year of experience): Students with limited experience learn basic guitar techniques and notation in a group setting. Students must provide their own guitars. Class size is limited to 8 students.
    Intermediate Guitar (2 or more years of experience): Students with preliminary guitar experience build upon fundamentals by learning more difficult techniques in a group setting. Students must provide their own guitars.
  • Handbells: Students learn basic ringing techniques as they rehearse and perform in a handbell ensemble. Students must be able to read music well.
  • Music in Motion: Students explore different ways in which movement and music are connected. No special equipment is required.
  • Music Theory through Technology: Students learn about the “building blocks” of tonal music through an overview of the basics of music theory (i.e., scales, intervals, key signatures, chords, tonality, rhythm, melody) by using available music technology. Class size is limited to 14 students.
  • Piano:
    Beginning Piano (0-1 year of experience): Students with limited experience learn basic keyboard skills in a group setting. Class size is limited to 10 students.
    Intermediate Piano (2 or more years of experience): Students with preliminary piano experience receive coaching on pieces that they are currently studying. Students also have the opportunity to perform as soloists and as part of the class ensemble. Class size is limited to 10 students.
  • String Techniques: Students with string instrument experience build upon fundamental skills in a group setting.
  • Ukulele: Students learn basic ukulele techniques, like chording and finger-picking, in a group setting. Emphasis will be on playing popular music, and students will also have the opportunity to work on creativity projects in smaller groups. No previous experience is required, and no reading of musical notation is involved. Ukuleles will be provided. Class size is limited to 10 students.
  • Voice: Students work with a professional vocalist in a studio setting to develop and improve tone production and technique. Students are exposed to a variety of exercises and repertoire.

Registration & Medical Release

Please note: Camp registration can be completed on-line through the following link below. However, students receiving scholarships or the pre-registration discount should pay off-line via check. When registering, click on “show other payment options” to select “PAY OFF-LINE.” This can be done at the beginning or end of the registration process.

Register here

  • 45: Years that Knollcrest Music Camp has been hosted at Calvin College.
  • 330: Students enrolled at 2015 KMC (140 high school students and 190 middle school students).
  • 19: Current Calvin faculty/staff involved in KMC (teaching at camp, giving a private lesson, leading an assembly session, etc.).
  • 9: Calvin Alumni who have returned to teach on the KMC staff. This includes some of our recent grads such as Sarah Horton, Chelsea LaJoye, Tracie Wiersma, and Steven Wideman.
  • 5: Current Calvin students involved in KMC. This includes Andrew Plaisier, Kelvyn Koning, and Annelise Folkema who performed during both weeks of camp. Angela Dieleman also serves as our office administrators.
  • 16: Students who participated in the new high school lesson program. These students had a 30-minute individual lesson with one of our faculty either before or after camp.
  • 13: Students who participated in the re-vamped high school honors program. These students were organized into a woodwind trio, string quartet, and jazz combo.
  • 56: High school Students who indicated that they are now more interest in majoring in music at the college level.
  • 95: High school students who indicated that KMC increased their interest in continuing music activities after high school.