BANDit - Summer Chamber Music Academy


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Audition Requirements:
Two major scales
Chromatic scale as high and as low as the student can comfortably go
One 2-3 minute solo of student’s choice

Summer Chamber Music Academy
June 12-16, 2017
Napa Valley College

¡BANDit! Summer Chamber Music Academy is a 5-day intensive chamber music program hosted by Napa Valley College for woodwind, brass, and percussion players to promote the tools and artistry required to prepare and perform solo and chamber ensemble music. The specific skills learned in chamber music can improve a student’s overall confidence, communication skills, and creativity. Participants will be working with a faculty of professional Bay Area musicians in individual, side-by-side, and group settings.

During the program, students will play in chamber groups, have coachings with faculty, and perform in daily masterclasses for their peers. Participants will have the option to take electives such as:
World Music
Dalcroze Eurhythmics
Non-Verbal Communication & Cueing
Stage Presence & Communicating with an Audience
Music Theory & Appreciation
Sight Reading
Alexander Technique & Body Wellness

June 12-16 8am-1pm
June 16, 11am Outreach Concert (off-campus)
June 16, 6pm (4:30pm sound check) Final concert
Loretta C. Silvagni Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center at Napa Valley College


¡BANDit! is open to all woodwind, brass and percussion players who love to play and want to meet new friends and improve their abilities. ¡BANDit! Is designed for musicians ranging in age from 12-18 years old. All skill levels are welcome! Students can apply with a pre-formed ensemble or individually to be placed in an ensemble. We encourage traditional and non-traditional chamber ensembles. Students without prior chamber music experience may apply.


Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, CA.

Audition Requirements:
Two major scales
Chromatic scale as high and as low as the student can comfortably go
One 2-3 minute solo of student’s choice
Students are required to submit video link via private/unlisted Youtube channel or upload an audio file to a shared Soundcloud by April 15, 2017




Jennifer Hunt

Flutist Jennifer Hunt pursues a versatile musical life as a passionate performer and educator. She is adjunct flute faculty at Napa Valley College and Pacific Union College and has worked as a teaching artist at Salvador Elementary School and Performing Arts Workshop. Ms. Hunt regularly presents solo recitals, combining diverse works with the standards of the flute repertoire. She has been a featured concerto soloist with the Napa Valley College Orchestra, Hartt Collegium Baroque Ensemble, Foot in the Door Contemporary Players, and the University of Montana Symphony Orchestra and has been a guest artist for the Dillon Concert Association’s Community Concert Series. In 2015, she founded OpusEd, an integrated arts education company, whose mission includes fostering interdisciplinary learning through the arts, specifically music.Combining her passions for music and service work, Jennifer created and performed in “Bach and Roll for Haiti,” a series of concerts to benefit Save the Children relief efforts in Haiti and has worked to incorporate the performing arts into education by orchestrating music and theater projects at schools in Peru and on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana.



John Freeman

John Freeman is a busy freelance trumpeter in the San Francisco Bay area. He is the Principal Trumpet of The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, The Marin Symphony, The Stockton Symphony, The Fresno Philharmonic, and Symphony Napa Valley, and a member of the Oakland Symphony and Opera San Jose. He is adjunct professor of trumpet at UC Davis, and teaches many private students. Before moving to San Francisco, John was Principal Trumpet of the Charleston Symphony in Charleston, SC. He received a Bachelors and Masters degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was a student of James Darling and Michael Sachs. When he's not performing or teaching music, John enjoys cycling, running, roasting his own coffee and spending time with his wife, Robin.







Julia Sarah BonomoJulia Sarah Bonomo (purposefully initialed after J.S. Bach) was destined for a musical life from the beginning. Sarah has always been driven toward musician-hood, transferring from taking naps under her mother’s piano as a child to taking up the clarinet as an adolescent. Currently Ms. Bonomo is an active freelance clarinetist in the San Francisco Bay Area and the founder of an unconducted chamber orchestra named One Found Sound. Sarah’s clarineting has taken her across the United States and Europe, including New York, Italy, and Denmark. As a founding member of the award winning woodwind quintet Terpsichore Winds, Sarah gave her Carnegie Hall debut May 2, 2011.

An avid orchestral and chamber musician, Sarah currently holds the principal clarinet chair in the Monterey Symphony, and has performed in the Benvenue House Concert series as well as receiving fellowships from the Imani Winds Chamber Music Institute and Bowdoin International Music Festival. In the spring of 2012 she organized a performance of Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale” collaborating with LINES Ballet and Alasdair Neale, music director of the Marin Symphony. She has also held chairs in the Tallahassee Symphony, the Merced Symphony, BASOTI Summer Festival Orchestra and various regional orchestras in and around Tallahassee, Florida and the Bay Area. She has worked with such artists as Yefim Bronfman, Lewis Kaplan, Kurt Muroki, Anthony McGill, Mark Nuccio, and Liang Wang, as well as played under the batons of Alasdair Neale, Nicola Luisotti, Ming Luke, and Ari Vardi.

Sarah graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University in 2009 with two separate Bachelor’s degrees; a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and a Bachelor’s of Music in Clarinet Performance studying under Drs. Frank Kowalsky and Deborah Bish. She completed her Master’s studies in 2012 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Luis Baez of the San Francisco Symphony. She holds a minor in Spanish Language studies and is an avid connoisseur of foreign film and cooking.

Sample Daily Schedule (Mon-Thurs)
8-9am Chamber Rehearsal/Coaching
9:15-10:15am Chamber Rehearsal/Coaching 10:15-11am Break (Snacks & Frisbee!!)
11am-12pm Masterclass/Instrument Fundamentals
12:10-1pm Electives

Friday Schedule

8-9am Chamber Rehearsal/Coaching
9:15-10:15am Chamber Rehearsal/Coaching
10:15 Transport to Outreach concert
11am Outreach concert
12:30pm Transport back to NVC (students free until soundcheck)
4:30pm Soundcheck for concert
6pm Concert in Loretta C. Silvagni Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center at Napa Valley College


$300 each

* BANDit Assistantships
There are 2-3 work study positions available for students who have completed 11th or 12th grade and wishing to defer some of the cost of the tuition and gain valuable music administration/business experience. To apply, include a resume and assistantship application.