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Registration Open for Popular Camps

May 5th, 2017

At Summer in the Arts at Northern, junior high and high school students work and live with NIU faculty, alumni and students to gain a greater appreciation for the life of an artist and get to experience their art as never before. Students have their choice of theater, visual arts and instrumental jazz at the camps this summer.

NIU Jazz Camp and Theatre Arts Camp Junior: July 9-14

NIU Jazz Camp for grades 8-12 attracts instrumentalists who want to take their jazz playing to the next level. Campers rehearse and perform in a big band, combo or Latin jazz combo to prepare for a concert on the last day. Master classes, concerts, jazz theory, improvisation, jam sessions, sectionals and optional private lessons are all part of the daily curriculum. The camp is under the direction of Geof Bradfield, a noted saxophonist and jazz studies faculty member at NIU.

Theatre Arts Camp Junior is designed for theater buffs who have completed grades 6-9. Campers enjoy daily classes, individual coaching sessions, theater games and rehearsals for a final performance. Workshop choices include auditioning, acting, musical theater, stage combat and makeup. Camp director Nathan Wyman is a theater professor at William Jewell College.

Visual Arts Camp and Theatre Arts Camp Senior: July 16-21

Visual Arts Camp for artists in grades 8-12 is an exciting and diverse creative art experience. Campers enjoy two daily in-depth studio sessions, choosing from a wide variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional classes. Camp activities include talks by professional artists, open studio time and a gala art show on the final day. This camp is directed by Lynn Stockton, an NIU alumna and award-winning art teacher at Jefferson High School in Rockford.

Theatre Arts Camp Senior is an intensive program for students who have completed grades 9-12. Senior campers spend the week in rehearsals, classes and individual coaching sessions to hone skills and prepare for the final-day performance. Workshop choices include auditioning, acting, musical theater, stage combat, makeup, lighting and set design. The camp director is Nathan Wyman, a theater professor at William Jewell College.

Campers sleep and eat in the newly renovated Gilbert Residence Hall, located near the NIU music and art buildings. A variety of evening recreational activities include bowling, basketball, movies and talent shows.

Early registration postmarked or received before June 1 receive a $60 camp fee discount. Returning campers save an additional $25.

These popular camps fill up quickly, so early registration is advised. For more information, call 815-753-1450. More details about the camps, scholarships and registration forms are available at