Music Workshops

Groups

Prairie Fire Drum Corps
Drum up some fun! This marching drum corps will corral campers for some lunchtime grub.  Instructor Tracy Freeze. Ages 6 through adult. 11:00-11:50 a.m. Chapel.

 

Prairie Fire Choir
Guys and gals, girls and boys, come and make a joyful noise! If you’re vocal and you know it, join the Prairie Fire Choir. Instructor Carol Krueger. Ages 6 through adult. 11:00-11:50 a.m.

 

Prairie Fire Marching Band
This roving band of pied pipers will wrangle campers for dinner with a Joyful Noise original piece inspired by the tallgrass prairie. Plan ahead! Sheet music will be available for download in August.  Instructor Gary Ziek. Intermediate through Advanced. 4:00-4:50 p.m.

 

Prairie Fire String Orchestra
Rosin your bows for a pre-dinner performance of a Joyful Noise original piece. Plan ahead! Sheet music will be available for download in August.  Instructor Jeremy Starr. Intermediate through Advanced. 4:00-4:50 p.m.

 

Chamber Groups
Break out of the chamber and into the great wide open! Rehearse in an unmatched setting, partake in our wide range of classes, and enjoy coaching from our world-class musicians.

 

Bring your Band
Band bonding at its best! Bring your pre-formed band for some attention from one of our Joyful Noise faculty.

 

Alternative

Beginning Creative Free Play
Learn to wing it like a meadowlark. Eugene Friesen will introduce techniques for improvising with all instruments and will coach free musical play in small groups. No previous playing experience is required. Instructor Eugene Friesen. 1:00-1:50 p.m. Ritchie Lodge Patio.

 

Advanced Creative Free Play
Learn to wing it like a meadowlark. Eugene Friesen will introduce techniques for improvising with all instruments and will coach free musical play in small groups. Some playing experience is required; however no improvisational experience is required. 10:00-10:50 a.m. Ritchie Lodge.

 

Rappin’ in the Flint Hills
Don’t be wary of the prairie. Walk this way toward a rap to remember. Instructor Cade Amend. Ages 8 through adult. 2:00-2:50 p.m. Overlook Horizon.

 

Learning to Write Music
You can tell everybody this is your song! Learn the basics of composing music. No experience required. Instructor Gary Ziek. Ages 8 through adult. 1:00-1:50 p.m.

 

Beginning Jazz Improvisation
If jazz is your bag, join the cool cats for this improv 101. Instructor Gary Ziek. Ages 11 through adult. 3:00-3:50 p.m. Gazebo.

 

Classical

Beginning Brass
Brass instruments were made for the great outdoors! Learn the basics of the French horn, trumpet, trombone or tuba.  Instructor Terrisa Ziek. Ages 11 through adult from 10:00-10:50 a.m. OR ages 6 through adult from 11:00-11:50 a.m. Overlook.

 

Brass Sectionals/Master Class
Show your brass class! Join other brass players to work up a piece for the Prairie Fire  Band. Instructor Gary Ziek. Intermediate through advanced. 2:00-2:50 p.m.

 

Beginning Clarinet & Saxophone
Let the Flint Hills winds inspire you to learn clarinet and saxophone basics. No previous experience required. Instructor Dawn McConkie. Ages 6 through adult. 11:00-11:50 a.m. Ritchie Lodge.

 

Beginning Flute
Toot that flute! Learn flute playing basics. No previous experience required.                                 Instructor Michael Murrell. Ages 6 through adult. 10:00-10:50 a.m. Tallgrass classroom.

 

Beginning Oboe & Bassoon
Express your double-reeded self. No previous experience required. Instructor Stephanie Patterson. Ages 6 through adult. 1:00-1:50 p.m. Tallgrass classroom.

 

Beginning Strings
Place your chin and draw your bow! Learn the basics of violin, viola, cello or double bass. No previous experience required. Instructor James Starr. Ages 11 through adult from 11:00-11:50 a.m. OR ages 6 through adult from 2:00-2:50 p.m. Tallgrass classroom.

 

Hand Drumming
Put your hand in the band! Learn basic hand-drumming technique on congas, bongos, djembe, doumbek, claves, agogo bells, shaker, shekere and guiro. No previous experience needed. Instructor Tracy Freeze and Glen Woolard. Ages 6 through Adult. 10:00-10:50 a.m.  Chapel.

 

String Sectionals/Master Class
Bring your strings and spring into the swing. Join other string players to work up a piece for the Prairie Fire Orchestra. Instructor Jeremy Starr. Intermediate through advanced. 2:00-2:50 p.m.

 

Orchestral Percussion
We got the beat! Learn basic drum technique on snare drum, bass drum, timpani, cymbals, suspended cymbal, woodblock, cowbell and temple blocks. No previous experience required. Instructor Tracy Freeze. Ages 6 through adult. 1:00-1:50 p.m. Chapel.

 

Intro to Handbells
Are you a person for whom the bells toll? Find out in this introduction to Handbells. Be a part of something bigger, using your basic music reading skills and some instruction to create an angelic chorus. All ages and skill levels welcome. 3:00-3:50 p.m. Jones Lodge.

 

Mallet Percussion
Marimbas, vibraphones and mallets, oh my! Learn basic mallet techniques on marimba and vibraphone. No previous experience required. Instructor Tracy Freeze. Ages 11 through adult. 3:00-3:50 p.m. Chapel.

 

Vocal

Vocal Sectionals
Join hands and hearts and voices … and hone your vocal skills. Instructor Penny Speedie. All ages. 10:00-10:50 a.m. Koger Pavilion.

 

Introduction to Singing
The only thing better than singing is more singing! No previous experience required. Instructor Emy Phelps. Ages 6-12 from 10:00-10:50 a.m. OR ages 13-adult from 11:00-11:50 p.m. Koger Pavilion.

 

Musical Theater
Let’s put on a show! Learn and act out a hit song from a popular musical. No previous experience required. Instructor Penny Speedie. All ages welcome. 3:00-3:50 p.m. Koger Pavillion.

 

Opera
“Verdi” is the color of the green prairie grass. Produce and perform a short opera scene. No previous experience required. Instructor Penny Speedie. Ages 11 through adult. 4:00-4:50 p.m. Koger Pavillion.

 

Folk

Beginning Guitar
We pick you as a new recruit! No previous experience required. Instructor Wayne Gottstine. Ages 11 through adult from 10:00-10:50 a.m. OR ages 6 through adult from 2:00-2:50 p.m.

 

Immediate Guitar Technique
Have you already succumbed to the strum? Take it to the next level with this class. 1-2 years playing experience required. Instructor Wayne Gottstine. Ages 11 through adult.  11:00-11:50 a.m. Koger Pavilion.

 

Advanced Guitar Technique
If the guitar has already taken you far, this is the class for you. 3+ years playing experience required. Instructor Wayne Gottstine. Ages 11 through adult. 1:00-1:50 p.m. Koger Pavilion.

 

Banjo for American Folk Music
No need to duel – pick up your banjo and join in the fun. Learn the most common keys and time signatures. Bring your own banjo. Some playing experience required. Instructor Richard Crowson. Ages 11 through adult. 4:00-4:50 p.m. Ritchie Lodge Alumni Center.

 

Bluegrass Band
Bluegrass guru Kenny White guides you through the high lonesome sound of one of North America’s oldest music traditions. Bring your own bluegrass instrument. Participants should be able to tune and play simple tunes on their instrument. Ages 11 through adult.  1:00 –1:50 p.m. OR 2:00-2:50. Ritchie Lodge Alumni Center.

 

Bluegrass Ornamentation & Style
Explore bluegrass techniques and style with Kenny White. Bring your own instrument. Some playing experience required. [fiddle, banjo (5 or 4 string), guitar (6 string or tenor), mandolin, mandola, bass fiddle, cello, viola, hammered dulcimer, Appalachian dulcimer, jug, harmonica, Jew’s harp, accordion and/or concertina.] Ages 11 through adult. 2:00-2:50 p.m. Ritchie Lodge Alumni Center.

 

Family Music Jam
Gotta Sing! Gotta Play! Bring your instruments/voices for this group sing- and play-along.  Come and go as you please. All ages and skill levels welcome. No previous experience or instruments required. Instructor Wayne Gottstine. 3:00-4:50 p.m. Koger Pavilion.

 

Mandolin for American Folk
Learn the art of handlin’ the mandolin using the most common keys and time signatures on American Folk tunes. Instructor Kenny White. Ages 11 through adult. 10:00-10:50 a.m. Ritchie Lodge Alumni Center.

 

The American Fiddle
World-renowned fiddler Darol Anger offers demonstration and instruction in a variety of American idioms and tunes. Some playing experience required. Ages 11 through adult, 11:00-11:50 a.m. Ritchie Lodge. OR 1:00-1:50 p.m. Pavillion.

 

Folk Music on the Prairie
If you blew onto the prairie by a  mighty wind, this class is for you! Instructor Richard Crowson. Ages 11 through adult, 2:00-2:50 p.m.

 

Kids Fun

Instrument Building
Convert common household items into instruments that you can play. Instructor:  Emilia Vaca. Ages 6 through adult. 10:00-10:50 p.m. OR 3:00-3:50 p.m. OR 4:00-4:50 p.m. The Nature Shed.

 

Kindermusik
For a child’s brain, body, heart and soul. Young children thrive on music! Join your child for a great time of music and motion. Ages 2-3, 11:00-11:50 a.m. OR  ages 4-5, 10:00-10:50 p.m. Ritchie Lodge Basement.

 

Children’s Prairie Adventure
Explore the habitats, wildlife, flora and fauna of the prairie through interactive play. Instructor Sue Kidd. Ages 2-7. 11:00-11:50 a.m. Platform.

 

Instrument Petting Zoo
Please DO pet the instruments. Instructor Gaile Stephens. 2:00-2:50 p.m. Ages 2 through 7. Ritchie Lodge Basement.

 

Sing, Play and Move – Orff Style
Kids lead the way as they play a variety of instruments, move, sing and speak following the Orff-Schulwerk technique. Improvise sounds on instruments with great American folk songs, singing games and poems. Instructor Gaile Stephens. Ages 4-5, 11:00-11:50 OR Ages 2-3, 1:00-1:50 p.m. Ritchie Lodge Office.

 

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