BW CSI: Conservatory Summer Intensive

...investigating college music study while exploring careers in music... 

Bryan L. Bowser, Artistic Director; Laura Joss, Instrumental Director; Sally Schneider, Choral Director

The Conservatory Summer Intensive is a two-week program for high school students considering studying music in college.  This program allows students to step into the shoes of a Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory music major and work directly with the BW Conservatory of Music faculty.

Students will participate in workshops throughout the Intensive which explore Careers in Music. Participants can elect to receive additional private lessons in their primary or other chosen instrument.

Participants will choose between the CSI Track or a Specialized Track. Current high school juniors also may elect to participate in the APP: Audition Preparation Program.

Curriculum Placement
If a student is accepted, the submitted audition will be used for placement with a private lesson teacher. Students should choose material they know well and enjoy playing or singing. Doing the most difficult piece does not always showcase the students' abilities to their best advantage. Conversely, picking material that is overly simple will work against a student because it is difficult to gauge his or her playing ability accurately. Consultation with one's private lesson teacher is always a wise move when determining audition material!  Always remember, those listening to your audition are listening for potential not perfection. 

Theory Placement
All CSI students will take a brief music theory placement exam on Registration Day, the first Sunday of the Intensive. Results are used to place students at the instructional level best suited to their current abilities and backgrounds. 

Ensemble Placements
All students will have a scheduled audition on Registration Day. Ensemble directors, chamber music coaches and private lesson teachers hear all auditions and place students according to playing ability. All students should bring a prepared piece for auditions, including vocalists.

Common core classes for all participants will include:

  • Music Theory / Ear Training
  • Major Ensemble (orchestra, wind ensemble or choir)
  • CSI Singers (all CSI choir)
  • Private Lessons (2 45-minute lessons)

Elective courses will include:

  • Composition
  • Improvisation
  • Conducting
  • Music Technology
  • Group Piano Class
  • Group Guitar Class
  • Group Voice
  • Percussion Ensemble (percussion students only)
  • Alexander Technique*

*"The Alexander Technique has a long history of helping instrumentalists and singers to perform with less stress and likelihood of injury. Musicians do some of the most complex and demanding physical movements of any profession. In recent years, the term Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) has come into popular use, but musicians have always had to face the challenge of performing the same complex muscular actions over and over again.

By helping musicians improve the quality of the physical movements involved in playing an instrument or singing, the Alexander Technique also helps improve the quality of the music itself. A violinist's stiff shoulders and arms will get in the way of a pleasing sound; a singer's tight neck or jaw will cause the voice to become less resonant. By helping musicians release undue tension in their bodies, the Alexander Technique makes possible a performance which is more fluid and lively, less tense and rigid."—From: The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique

CSI Track

Students who chose the CSI Track will participate in a large ensemble (chamber choir, orchestra or wind ensemble), theory/ear training course, two elective courses, sectionals, two 45-minute private lessons, CSI Singers and performance in the large ensembles concert. CSI Students in 2015 will  also visit Beck Center for the Arts to see Green Day's American Idiot and The Cleveland Art Museum for Wade Oval Wednesday.

CSI Track Electives

Morning Electives

  • Beginning Conducting
  • Beginning Music Technology
  • Improvisation
  • Composition
  • Saxophone Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble

Afternoon Electives

  • Advanced Music Technology
  • Advanced Conducting
  • Group Piano
  • Group Guitar
  • Group Voice
  • Music and Body Mechanics 

Electives will be assigned based upon availability; first choice is not guaranteed.

CSI: Specialized Track

Students may chose one of the specialized areas: 

Music Theatre (voice students only)

Includes: music theatre workshop course, theory/ear training course, one elective course, two 45-minute private lessons, chamber choir, CSI Singers and performance in the solo and chamber music recital and large ensembles concert. 

Chamber Music (string students only)

Includes: chamber music ensemble coaching, theory/ear training course, one elective course, two 45-minute private lessons, orchestra, sectionals, CSI Singers and performance in the solo and chamber music recital and large ensembles concert.

Composition

Includes: composition workshop class, theory/ear training course, one elective course, four 45-minute private lessons (two in student’s instrument and two in composition), large ensemble of choice (chamber choir, orchestra or wind ensemble), CSI Singers and performance in the large ensembles concert.

Keyboard  (piano & organ)

Includes: piano duets class, keyboard master classes, theory/ear training course, one elective course, four 45-minute private lessons, CSI Singers and performance in the solo and chamber music recital and large ensembles concert.

Jazz (trumpet, trombone, tuba, saxophone, percussion, guitar, bass and piano)

Includes: jazz ensemble, theory/ear training course, one elective, two 45-minute private lessons, large ensemble of choice (chamber choir, orchestra or wind ensemble), CSI Singers and performance in small ensemble and large ensemble concerts. Students may choose a secondary instrument to participate in a large ensemble.

Specialized Track Electives

All students participating in specialized tracks will choose between the following list for their elective course.

  • Beginning Conducting
  • Beginning Music Technology
  • Improvisation
  • Composition
  • Saxophone Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble

APP: Audition Preparation Program

May be added to either the CSI Track or the Specialized Track; rising seniors only (graduating in 2016)

In addition to participating in the CSI track or one of the specialized tracks, students seeking assistance in preparing for college music auditions may elect to participate in the APP. APP students participate in audition preparation classes, mock auditions and master classes. They also receive two additional, 45-minute private lessons.

Students applying to the APP program must submit an audition.  Students who are accepted into APP are expected to bring to campus their selection for their college audition already prepared.  Students can check with their college of interest for audition recommendations and guidelines. 

Here are some words from previous APP students:

"I have been accepted to Cleveland State University for Music Performance and Music Education with a focus in Trumpet.  I was also accepted to Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory for Music Education with a focus in Trumpet. 

The APP program helped me calm my nerves when it came to auditions.  After having the opportunity to participate in a mock interview and audition as well as taking classes with some of the instructors who see auditions, I gained a lot of knowledge.  I had the chance to prepare my music resume as well as an essay that I used throughout this audition season.  The best thing that I learned throughout the APP program was that the professors and staff were on my side every step of the way.  They want what's best for the students.  Overall the APP program was very informative and helpful when it came time to begin auditions." - Clare, trumpet, Brunswick, OH

"The Audition Preparation Program made a world of difference for my auditions. I felt very prepared and comfortable going into my auditions because the program taught me what to expect. I found myself looking through my notes from this summer before my auditions, and they renewed my confidence in myself to have a successful audition. 

So far I have been accepted to Nazareth College and Duquesne University with talent scholarships from both schools, and I have yet to hear from Baldwin Wallace." - Leah, voice, Edinboro, PA

How to Apply & Audition for The Conservatory Summer Intensive

In order to be considered for participation in BW: CSI, applicants must submit:

  • Completed application
  • Recorded video audition (In lieu of an uploaded or recorded audition, live on-campus auditions will be held at BW's Boesel Musical Arts Center.)
  • Musical Experiences summary
  • $200 deposit

Auditions

Auditions are required for all Conservatory Summer Intensive applicants. The audition should consist of two pieces in contrasting styles. 

In lieu of an uploaded audition, live on-campus auditions will be held at BW's Boesel Musical Arts Center.  We must have your completed application and $200 deposit prior to the audition. Click here to sign-up for an audition date. Contact Caroline Arendec at (440) 826-8068 or carendec@bw.edu with any questions.

Auditions will be waived for students applying for the CSI Track who participate in one or more from the list of selective ensembles.   Students wishing to participate in a Specialized Track or the Audition Preparation Program must submit an audition.

In order for the audition to be waived, applicant must provide documentation of membership in one of the ensembles listed above.  Documentation may be in the form of a copy of a concert program or letter of acceptance from the ensemble.  If you participate in or have participated in an ensemble that you believe should be included on our list of selected ensembles, please contact Caroline Arendec at 440-826-8068 or carendec@bw.edu with the name of the ensemble.

Musical Experiences Summary

Please include a list of musical experience in:

  • Solo performances: list major works studied and/or performed
  • Chamber music: list major works studied and/or performed
  • Large ensemble music: list major works studied and/or performed

Tuition Deposit

Please include a $200 tuition deposit; make check payable to Baldwin Wallace University.  Deposits are non-refundable except for those students not admitted to the program.

CSI: Fees & Expenses 

  • Commuter: includes CSI Track and all activities (no meals) - $1,200
  • Resident: includes CSI Track, room, board and all activities - $1,800
  • Specialized Tracks: (music theatre, chamber music, composition, keyboard or Jazz) - $200 additional fee
  • Audition Preparation Program (APP): (high school juniors only) - $200 additional fee

We must have your completed application and $200 deposit prior to audition.

Students are welcome to attend CSI as either residential or commuting campers. Board is included in the fee for residential campers and includes all meals. Commuters may bring lunch with them or purchase meals either on campus or in Berea. There are several restaurants and sandwich shops in close proximity to the campus and a large grocery store is within walking distance. 

Residential students will be housed in the newly renovated and air-conditioned Davidson Commons.  The Commons are located within close proximity to the Conservatory.  CSI residential students will live in suite-style housing which includes units with two-person bedrooms, a shared bathroom and small common area. 

Residential and commuter tuition includes the CSI Track and all extracurricular events.  Students can opt to include a Specialized Track (music theatre, chamber music, composition or keyboard) and/or additional private lessons for additional fees.  High school juniors can also elect to participate in the APP: Audition Preparation Program for an additional fee.  A limited number of scholarships may be awarded based on the quality of the audition.  A $200 tuition deposit should accompany the application and will be applied toward tuition. The deposit will be refunded for those students not admitted to the program.  The deposit is nonrefundable for those accepted to the program.  Payment in full is due by June 15 and no refunds will be made after that date. 

Additional expenses for students are minimal. All admissions and transportation costs for off-campus programming are included in the cost of tuition for all campers, residential and commuting. Students like to have spending money for the occasional meal in town, items from the BW Bookstore or souvenirs.

For more information please contact BW CSI: Conservatory Summer Intensive at (440) 826-2365 or conreach@bw.edu